DUDLEY resident Jake Pattison is looking forward to matching it with the best mountainbikers in the country when he lines up for the inaugural Port to Port race later this month.
The Port to Port is a four-day race for competitive and recreational riders, travelling through Port Stephens, the Hunter and Newcastle.
The marine pilot took up riding six years ago in an effort to stay fit and ended up losing 20 kilograms in the process.
With Glenrock and the Fernleigh track just a few minutes away, Mr Pattison tries to fit in a bike ride every day.
He has only been mountainbike riding for two years but has raced in the Convict 100 at Wisemans Ferry.
The Port to Port MTB will be Mr Pattison's second big race.
He said he was looking forward to riding against the likes of Andy Blair and Jenny Fay and see how they perform at Glenrock, particularly the popular hill climb named Snakes and Ladders.
Mr Pattison said the Port to Port was set to become a major race on the calendar.
"I'm particularly looking forward to the Super Sunday as the race is finishing at Nobbys which overlooks my workplace - the Port of Newcastle," he said.
■ Port to Port MTB will be held from Thursday, May 29, until Sunday, June 1. For more information about the event go to porttoportmtb.com.