1000s ride at North Star

The Editor, and a photographer, from Australasian Dirt Bike magazine made the journey from Sydney, to see what we get up to, in the bush on our Dirt Bikes.
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They were impressed with the tracks, and organisation of the event, with over 120 people from North Star and surrounding towns all helping run the event. Riders travelled from Melbourne to MacKay, and everywhere in between.

Sixteen volunteer groups, including School P&Cs, Rural Fire services, Service Clubs, and other sporting clubs all downed tools, and helped to run a very successful event, all of these groups will receive a donation for the services.

Special mention to the Croppa Creek Crows, for their very professional recovery operation, also to St Johns New England, and NSW Ambulance for attending to any injuries promptly.

We had a few injuries and broken bikes, but were able to have help, to those needing it very quickly, considering around 300,000 bike kilometres were travelled, the injury toll was very low.

The highlights were the Mt Mitchell hill climbs, The Enchanted Forest, and the Quarries.

For some reason dirt bike riders get a thrill out of riding their bikes up impossibly steep hills, hideously tangle scrub, and rocky tracks, especially when there is a camera pointed in their direction.

A lot of kids were riding all of the trails, accompanied by their parents, giving them a taste of trail riding with the big kids.

Visitors, without a bike, could get a birds eye view, from one of the Goondiwindi Helicopters, try their luck on the mechanical bucking bull on Saturday night, and buy a raffle ticket in some riding gear, or a week’s holiday at the Breakers Resort, on the Gold Coast, which was won by Kylie Newcomen, from Garah.

The Honda CRF 50, donated by Thomas Lee motorcycles was won by Harry Coleman, from Rowena.

Just got to duck up to Warialda, to do an interview with Prime TV – is a hard life, being the media person,just got to go and load up the crappers, before I go, just to bring me plummeting back to reality, but then I would rather be Kenny, than Kerry Packer.

NOTE: VideographerHamish Siddins from Squarefish who created a 2011 video for the ride, was also on hand this year. He isworking on a new piece to highlight the 2016 event,and Wayne Pratt from Wayne Pratt Photography is also working on images as well.

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