Hunter scenery on show for inaugural Port to Port MTB mountain bike challenge

Hunter Mountain Bike Association president Dallas Barham.

Hunter Mountain Bike Association president Dallas Barham.

THE Hunter's best scenery is set to shine when mountain bike riders hit the dirt for the inaugural Port to Port MTB next month.

The four-day, 200-kilometre event is the sister event of Australia's number one stage MTB event, Cape to Cape MTB in Western Australia.

Stage one of the Newcastle race starts at Nelson Bay Marina and cyclists will tackle some of Port Stephens's finest trails.

On the second day riders will hit the Pokolbin State Forest, taking in winery views, and climbing and descending through 54 kilometres of terrain.

On the third day riders will start on the outskirts of Cessnock, travelling old rail corridors and fire trails.

The surf and the sand of Blacksmiths Beach will be the backdrop for the start of the final leg, with riders to head along the Fernleigh Track before diverting to Glenrock State Conservation Area, Merewether beach and Nobbys lighthouse.

Hunter Mountain Bike Association vice president Dallas Barham said his club helped organise the route.

■ Port to Port runs from Thursday, May 29, until Sunday, June 1. Go to www.porttoportmtb.com for entry information.

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