Coonabarabran's Arthur Norton will take part in 2020 Tour de Gorge

Participants will ride through the Pilliga Nature Reserve on some scenic trails which are not usually open for cycling. Photo: Shutterstock
Participants will ride through the Pilliga Nature Reserve on some scenic trails which are not usually open for cycling. Photo: Shutterstock

A avid rider from Coonabrabran is looking forward to participating in an annual resilience ride through the Pilliga Forest in September and encourages others to get on their bikes and take part.

Mr Norton has been participating in the Tour de Gorge since it first started in 2013 and will be participating in this year's event.

He described it as a fun but challenging ride that caters to all levels, and will be undertaking the 50 kilometre trek.

The avid road rider admits he doesn't do a lot of mountain bike riding, so to prepare for the event will be upping his training beforehand.

"But every year it's on we always make sure we get out and do it because it's a local event that is close to get to...," Mr Norton said.

"I've just always loved the sport.. it's always been great fun to catch up with friends... and encourage each other."

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One of the main things that has kept him coming back each year was the people.

"It's also a lot of fun. It's not a race at all, but a good challenge," Mr Norton added.

"Last year was a cracker. I don't know if COVID will slow things down this year, but last year was fantastic."

He encouraged those interested in participating, especially families, to give it a go this year.

"If you want a good fun day out and get in some exercise and see scenery you're not able to see everyday, it's a good ride for you," Mr Norton said.

The annual Tour de Gorge will run on September 5, and start at Pilliga Pottery and then take participants on a ride through the Pilliga Nature Reserve on some scenic trails which are not usually open for cycling.

The briefing starts at 8.30am and all riders should be finished by 1pm. As the ride is being hosted at Pilliga Pottery, there will be local stall holders, refreshments and meals from Blue Wren Café on offer throughout the day.

The event is cash only and $25 per person, which includes a registration pack.

For more information and to register call Pilliga Forests Discovery Centre (02) 68 434 011 or visit www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au