DESPITE Australia having a new Prime Minister who is not averse to wearing Lycra, members of the Northern Rivers Dirty Wheels Mountain Bike Club won't have a bar of it.

They favour loose-fitting gear for their hard-riding style as they thrash along tracks like the one at Byron Bay Farmstay Mountain Bike Park at Hayters Hill.

"We do it for the health and fitness and the adrenaline rush," said club president Geoff Parry. "It's also great to be out in the natural environment away from the dangers of the road."

For an extra buzz, the club also stages night rides, when both the rider's helmet and bike are equipped with high-powered lights.

The club has been going since 2012 and already has 85 members that meet once a month for a social ride. The group currently meets at the purpose-built track owned by Hayters Hill local and mountain bike enthusiast, Ivan Holland. It currently consists of 4km of track that winds through rainforest and cabinet timbers on his family farm.

"We hope to have six kilometres of track in by the end of the year," Mr Holland said. "We get expert trail designers in to help us. The track is only 900mm wide and has to be built so it doesn't damage the environment and has the correct specifications for riding."

This is the only legal single-track facility in the area and the club travels as far as Coffs Harbour, Brisbane and Grafton to compete and ride.

Next week is NSW Bike Week and to mark it, enthusiastic riders are embarking on a Daybreak ride on the Arakwal coast at Byron Bay from Tallow Beach to Broken Head.

Ride co-ordinator Phil Nicholas said Bike Week provided a good opportunity to promote the great bike trails and riding adventures available in national parks.

"The Daybreak ride from Arakwal National Park to Broken Head Nature Reserve, Saturday, September 14, will be an invigorating morning bike taking in the energising ocean air and soaking up the cultural heritage along the way," Phil said.

Pre-payment required. Phone 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757). Price: $20 per person. Children under 16 years $5.


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