Riders gear up for Pure Tasmania Wildside MTB

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While this Australia Day weekend is a chance for many families and groups of friends to get together and enjoy a barbecue, picnic or day at the beach, for some energetic individuals it will be a completely different story as they embark on a challenging cycling adventure around the island state.

The Pure Tasmania Wildside Mountain Bike is an amazing four-day, 140-km competition – as well as 60 km of cruising – along the most exciting tracks in Tasmania's diverse and spectacular west coast.

Taking place from Saturday January 28 to Tuesday January 31, this epic journey gets underway beside the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area and concludes in Strahan – two of the region's major adventure tourism icons.

While some participants will be elite athletes, most riders are likely to possess a reasonable level of skill and fitness, along with the determination to make the distance.

From the rugged mountains to the pristine sea, it is bound to be one of the most scenic cycling routes this year's group of enthusiasts have ever experienced.

The event is set to draw riders from all across the country, with Mt Isa resident Ron Whitehead planning to head a long way south for the chance to be part of something special.

"I will be treating the race as fun, it is a fantastic chance to get to explore a beautiful place where not too many other people get the opportunity," Whitehead told The North West Star yesterday (January 26).

"I'm sure my competitive nature will definitely come out but I won't be killing myself and I think I'll stop for the odd photograph."

The race is made up of seven stages – passing locations such as Rosebery and Zeehan – giving cyclists a chance to recuperate in between their daily efforts.

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