THUNDER Point will come to life when Warrnambool Mountain Bike Club (WMBC) gets its dirt criteriums season under way tonight.
About 50 riders will converge on the Thunder Point harness racing track for round one of the series, which starts at 5.30pm.
Riders will complete two laps of a three-kilometre course taking in the track and the coastal reserve.
WMBC secretary Gavin Prentice said he hoped the Warrnambool community would get behind the series.
Prentice said a come-and-try session last week hinted the sport was becoming increasingly popular.
“It’s mainly catered for local riders, we’re getting a nice 20 per cent increase in our member numbers each year,” he said.
“We’re expecting another 10 riders to show up as new competitors, plus all the old guard.
“Judging from last week, we might have an extra 20 riders. So we’d be looking at about 50 start up in the first couple of weeks.
“It drops off a bit through Christmas but when the weather starts getting better we compete with the beach.”
Prentice said the series would run every Friday through to Christmas, resuming when school goes back in 2014.
“At the end of the series we run a handicap race, where the best average time starts off scratch,” he said.
“And everyone else works off how far they’re off the leading time for the series. Really, anyone can win that.
“It’s about the most improved throughout the series.”
The WMBC is also running a skills development program through summer, also at the harness racing track on Thursdays from 6pm.