Riders respond to new format

ORGANISERS of an Otways mountain bike race are enthused by riders’ positive response to a new-look format.

Entries have opened for the Forrest Six Hour, which includes a three-hour format that organisers unveiled for riders in 2014.

Forrest Six Hour organiser Norm Douglas said he expected the shortened version to attract new competitors to the area.

“It’s a big change this year, we’ve had people ask us about it before and it will allow those people who don’t want to be out there all day, but still want to enjoy themselves to do the three-hour,” he said.

Ninety people have already filled positions for the May 3 event, which has a cap of 550 entrants and is open to solo riders and a teams event of two and four.

Douglas is confident all positions will fill in the lead-up to the event thanks to the Forrest Six Hour’s reputable past and brilliant but forgiving terrain.

“Ours is one of the biggest six-hours in the country, most certainly aren’t as big as this in terms of numbers,” he said.

“We deliberately try and make the course as friendly as we possibly can by not making it too arduous for your average rider, because it’s ultimately the average rider we want to attract.

“We’ve been running for six years, so that alone is evidence of how popular it is and people love the course and that’s why they come back.”

Douglas said the event also attracted high profile riders from the Colac and district and across the nation.

“We’ve had plenty of high-calibre riders and we offer a little bit of prize money in the solo category that attracts a couple of riders,” he said.

“We’ve got our own Jess Douglas competing, who’s a world champion in another discipline, but a similar one nonetheless.”

Interested riders can visit www.forrest6hour.com.au to enter.

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