Local mountain bikers are set to get their wild ride fix this weekend as the Quarry Mining Wollombi Wild Ride Mountain Bike Event rolls into town.
In its 12th year, the challenging event will see riders take on treacherous tracks in Wollombi, near Cessnock.
Event organiser Paul Humphreys said that, while the event could go ahead, strong COVID-19 guidelines would be in place.
To comply with gathering rules, event numbers have also been capped, meaning riders from other areas cannot participate.
“It is frustrating that tourism is being promoted in NSW, however, we can’t accept any participant from outside our defined region,” Humphreys said.
“I understand why, but it does make it difficult to administer.”
He added the event needed Hunter, Newcastle, and Central Coast riders to step up and fill the gaps left by the riders that can no longer participate.
“It has been a tricky balance to keep the event going but, with the help of the local Wollombi and Laguna community and our major sponsor Quarry Mining, we feel the event can be staged in a COVID safe manner and still be an enjoyable healthy activity,” he said.
Staged from the back paddock of the Wollombi Tavern, the event will include three different tracks.
A 30 and 64-kilometre track are on offer for those who want a challenge, with both circuits to include a number of challenging descents, jumps and climbs.
A 13-kilometre track is also on offer for those seeking an easier ride.
Each route will have a different start time this Saturday 26 September.
With limited spots available, riders from the Hunter Region have been urged to act fast.