This Saturday (18/09), Whian Whian State Conservation Area (SCA) west of Bryon Bay will host over 200 mountain bikers competing in a 60 kilometre mountain bike marathon.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Ranger Brian McLachlan said that this was the fourth year the Freedom MTB Marathon had been run as a healthy, environmentally friendly recreation activity and as support for the local tourist industry.

“The riders use public roads and management trails in Whian Whian SCA, descending through sub-tropical rainforest and wet eucalypt forest,” he said.

“The event’s success over the past three years has been great for locals and visitors alike, providing an opportunity to experience this beautiful area.

“During the event a section of Minyon Drive will be closed between Minyon Falls Day Use Area and Peates Mountain Road. This means that people will not be able to drive between Minyon Falls and Rummery Park.

“This closure will be in place from 5pm Friday 17th September until completion of the event on Saturday 18th.

“Access to Minyon Falls Day Use area remains open from the eastern entrance via Minyon Drive, while access to Rummery Park Camping Area will be open from the south via Nightcap Range Road.

“Gibbergunyah Range Road, Tungun and Peates Mountain Road remain closed.”

For more information contact NPWS Alstonville. Telephone 02 66270200. Visit the web www.environment.nsw.gov.au.