Coal Creek was the setting for the Cyclo Cross event promoted by the Leongatha Cycling Club on Sunday. In a perfect autumn day the club had 65 entries for the day with riders racing over a great course of around 2.3km length at the southern lower end of the park. There were races for seniors on purpose built cyclo cross bikes and races for those just on mountain bikes. The cyclo cross bike is designed for handling gravel, mud, grass and road work and is lighter that a mountain bike. It runs larger tyres that a road bike.
In a cyclo cross event riders can expect to have to dismount to cross logs or run up steps. The Coal Creek course included all the elements including 3 bridge crossings, rail crossings, grass, single track work and hill climbs and descents. All who took part say it is a fantastic location. Perhaps that is a pointer for a new use the Council could further explore.
Local riders performing well were David McFarlane, Chris Baillie, Tom Fitzgerald, Brad Bouquet and Tom Bouquet. In the junior event Campbell Jackson also rode well.
The club would like to thank the sponsors and Coal Creek management for helping the club continue to build the event.
The action has started at Coal Creek. A and B grade on their way