Bellingen Shire Turns Wheels for Cyclists

Dave & Kirk celebrate after the challenge

Dave & Kirk celebrate after the challenge

Kirk & Bettyanne head off on the start of the challenge


Mark gets serenaded at Perry’s Hill

The Coffs Coast Challenge was held on Sunday with much of the 100 km event being held in Bellingen Shire, touring through Mylestom, Raleigh and Bellingen.  There was a battle against cool southerly winds and threat of rain, however Council’s efforts to fill in as many pot holes as possible was certainly appreciated by the 550 entrants.  Our local contingent of the Dorrigo Urunga Bellingen Bicycle Users Group (DUBBUG) performed credibly with Dave Spears crossing the line first for our group followed closely behind by the remainder.

This year’s event included a tour to Mylestom and showcased the Bellingen River.  The ride to Bellingen was along Waterfall Way.  In the town, many people came out to support the riders including musicians strategically placed in the Council’s gardens and also at Perry’s Hill. The return ride via North Bank Road tested hill climbing ability and was aptly named “the beautiful way”.

There is no doubt that cycling is a growing, healthy & fun activity for all ages.  Events like this are now prominent features in the Bellingen Shire and attract visitors from all around Australia, with participants in this year’s challenge coming from many areas including New South Wales, Queensland and even Tasmania.

Next Sunday, the DUBBUG has organised a great introductory ride for anyone wanting to think about taking up the challenge next year.  We leave Urunga BP at 8 am for a cycle into Coffs Harbour for coffee and cake before returning.  More details can be found at

Dave Spears