Cyclists hit Forrest for annual riding festival

 Forrest Festival organiser Norm Douglas expects 350 cyclists for this weekend’s mountain bike event.

Forrest Festival organiser Norm Douglas expects 350 cyclists for this weekend’s mountain bike event.

ABOUT 350 cyclists will flock to Forrest this weekend for the town’s fast-growing Forrest Festival.

Event organiser Norm Douglas, of Forrest, said the two-day five-stage mountain bike event had continued to prove popular in its fourth year.

“We’ve kept the event the same this year because I think we’ve found the right mix that appeals to pro riders as well as the everyday rider, they’re the ones you’d most like to appeal to,” he said.

“We’re probably going to end up with the same numbers as last year, around 350, which is great because one of our main motivators is to bring people to the town and boost tourism.

“We are limited to how many we could accommodate, we could go to 400 but once we got there we’d have to increase days, and it’s hard to know if that’s the way we want to go.”

Unlike other mountain bike “marathon” events, the Forrest Festival is made up of five stages – a 15-kilometre cross country, a five-kilometre hill climb, a five-kilometre time trial, a five-kilometre timed sprint, wrapping up on the Sunday with a 50-kilometre marathon.

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