Plenty of action despite the weather

By David Rak

Despite the elements, the Motorcycling Victoria female participation program was a success.

The come-and-try event at Broadford State Motorcycle Complex offered new and existing riders the chance to get on the three dirt tracks in a safe and encouraging environment. 

Motorcycling Victoria’s Meghan Hayes said conditions in the lead-up to the event and on the day made track preparation difficult.

“We made the decision to proceed with the day, and with the safety and enjoyment of our riders being our top priorities we adjusted our plan,” she said.

“The motocross track was not in riding condition, so we offered a variation of off-road riding on paddocks around the complex and the top side of the enduro track.  

“It seemed the dirt track won the hearts of most riders on the day and we almost had to drag the junior riders off the track at the end of the day.”

Ms Hayes said she was overwhelmed by how happy all the riders seemed with the opportunity to ride, even with the poor weather conditions.

“The smiles and thanks from the riders really made all the behind-the-scenes work worth it,” she said.

“I’m keen to start planning the next one and I hope to see all of the riders there again with their friends.”

Ms Hayes said the event would not have been possible without a huge team of helpers behind the scenes.

“Belinda and team from Shannons Insurance were there on the day and have been instrumental in supporting this program for many years,” she said.

“Lewis and the crew from Suzuki Australia came with the full Suzuki Truck full of some test bikes for the ladies to hire out and try.

“The Harley Club of Victoria were there to support the program and answer any rider questions about club events and memberships.

“Cam Donald deserves thanks for supporting this program and for bringing his crew on the day. Their support and encouragement for the future of this program will play a key part in its future success and we are very grateful and lucky to have them on board.

“And a special thanks to Ian Whitehead, Wayne Sullivan, Peter Jones, Nicki Shea-Howell, Rachelle Descent, Stephen Roissetter, Justin Gioffre and Paul Koczak for their coaching commitment on the day.”

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