MANNING Cycle Club hopes between 50 and 60 riders will contest the annual criterium racing program on Saturday and Sunday.
Events will be held at Kolodong on Saturday before moving to the criterium track at Taree Recreation Centre on Sunday.
"We're expecting to get riders from Port Macquarie and Coffs Harbour,'' club spokesman Michael Cross explained.
"Unfortunately there's a race in Newcastle so that will probably hit the number of riders we get from there and the Central Coast.''
Mr Cross said clashing with other events in the State has been a problem the club has faced since launching the criterium weekend in 2016.
"We've bounced it between two weekends in October, but we seem to have the same problem each year,'' he added.
He explained it is virtually impossible to get a free weekend because of the crowded State calendar.
However, he expects the A-grade field to be strong, headed by Manning Valley riders Marcus Worth and Glenn Mathiske.
Worth was third in the NSW under 19 road race at Goulburn last month and has just returned from riding successfully in the Yunca Tour in New Zealand.
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Mathiske was the best performed Australian rider in the UCI Grand Fondo World Championship held in Poland in September, where he was the 22nd rider across the line from a field of 225 and also the first Australian to finish.
Mr Cross said this weekend will also be an opportunity for the club's younger riders to experience a higher standard of racing.
"We have a number of juniors who will be infiltrating the grades soon,'' he said.
A time trial followed by a criterium will start the program at Kolodong tomorrow from 1.45pm.
Riders will be a the criterium track at 8am on Sunday.
Meanwhile Member for Lyne Dr David Gillespie will officially open the club's headquarters on Sunday from 10am after the completion of racing.
The clubhouse is part of the Manning Hockey Association Centre and is next to the criterium track. Manning Cycle Club moved into the headquarters three years ago.