Utilising the yet-to-open East Coast mountain bike trails, a new three-day endurance event aims to stage a world-class three-day race to entice riders back to the region year after year.
Break O'Day Council will decide how to support the new Dragon Trail MTB event at its Tuesday meeting.
Community services project officer Erica McKinnell outlined recommendations inline with requests from the events organisers, including cash sponsorships of $6500 or $13,000, a payment for the creation of a trophy, and waiving all infrastructure hire fees for the event's first three years.
The three stage event will run from March 26 to 29.
The race will begin at Branxholm and travel 45-kilometres through the Blue Derby trails ending in Weldborough, where competitors will camp overnight.
On day two they will enter the Poimena to Bay of Fires trail, ending on Swimcart Beach. Competitors will camp overnight at the St Helens Community Stadium.
On the third day competitors will tackle the St Helens Mountain Bike Trails.
Mrs McKinnell in her report that the organisers aimed to have 100 riders in the first year of the event, with 60 per cent from the mainland, 20 per cent from Tasmania, and 20 per cent internationally.
However, as of May 23 there were already 112 fully paid registrations.
"The event will be supported by the organisers with the option of airport transfers, food and tented accommodation for registered participants," Ms McKinnell wrote.
"The target market for the Dragon Trail event is women 40 years and older, as it is the current target market for Mountain Biking Australia. Those competing are also supported by their family members who will need to source accommodation for the event locally."
Event organisers said in their support proposal that the event would have a large benefit for the region.
"Break O'Day Council has invested significantly in the St Helens Mountain Bike Trail Network with the aim these trails will bring significant benefits to the region, primarily through the economic impact of tourism," they wrote.
"Dragon Trail recognises the opportunity afforded by the council's investment and plans to host the majority of the event within the Break O'Day municipality."
They said there would also be a large impact on the community, with shuttle bus operators and community groups to be employed, plus flow on effects with hardware stores, supermarkets, and restaurants. There would also be a need for accomodation for those watching and working at the event.
For more information about the event, visit dragontrail.com.au.
At the council meeting, councillors will also discuss the Drought Communities Programme and St Marys Community Space.
The meeting will take place on July 15 from 10am at the St Helens council chambers.