More than 80 entries make the first Oberon Rat Race a success

ALL AGES: More than 80 runners and mountain biking enthusiasts participated in the NSW Bike Week Oberon Rat Race on Sunday.
ALL AGES: More than 80 runners and mountain biking enthusiasts participated in the NSW Bike Week Oberon Rat Race on Sunday.

The NSW Bike Week Oberon Rat Race took place on Sunday, November 10 as part of Oberon Outdoor Week.

This time trial event offered trail runners and mountain biking enthusiasts an opportunity to test their skills around a new 6.5km trail created by local Chris Duff on the shores of Lake Oberon.

The day incorporated a beginner's downhill mountain biking course giving cyclists of all ages an opportunity to test their skills on the downhill track.

The day was run in partnership with the Oberon Golf Club who allowed cyclists and runners to temporarily take over the course, with the tracks weaving in and out of the bushland and fairways.

The participant data is still being analysed although over 80 registrations were received with an even mix of kids, tourists and locals.

This was pleasing for organisers as they were aiming to create a fun family atmosphere for everyone.

Special thanks goes to Chris Duff for the many hours he put into making the trail and creating something that locals can now enjoy. Maps of the trail are available at the Visitors Centre.

This was the final event of the second ever Oberon Outdoor Week festival which has offered an array of activities.

Early estimates indicate around 500 people have attended at least one of the events.

These events have helped put tourism dollars into the town and provided some great experiences for visitors and locals.