Say what you like about the Toowoomba Motocross Club, they're in touch
with their feminine side. Or at least they want to be - announcing generous
prizemoney distribution to attract female riders to this year's Mountain Man
motocross event at Toowoomba, on March 10/11.
The club will pay women down to tenth place in class, and junior
females also get a bonus if they are the 1st, 2nd or 3rd female finisher in
either Mini Lites or Junior Lites classes.
So far the takeup from the ladies has been a little modest, but one new
mum considers Mountain Man the perfect comeback to racing, and her entry is
Renae Evans gave birth to her first child, a daughter, late last year,
and has gravitated back to the race track as a way to get her fitness back.
"Toowoomba is a great fun track to ride and I'm really looking
forward to the event.
"I think its great that there is now a class for Women as I feel
it is less pressure and more fun to ride with other girls, which is what has encouraged
me to give it a go now.
"Back when I turned senior, there was no Women's class in these
events so with the exception of the Go Girls series, I had to race Clubman
(which I found intimidating)."
It hasn't hurt that Renae's partner does a bit of motocross, and is
frequently training and riding in the vicinity ...some guy named (2-time MX
Nationals Champ) Dean Ferris.
"The reason for my return to racing is that I found it great
motivation to get fit again after the birth of our beautiful baby girl.
"I've been riding and training a little with Dean throughout his
pre-season and am really enjoying my riding again, so much so that I thought it
would be fun to go racing again."
Accomplished Coach John Armstrong resides in that neck of the woods, and
he reckons Echo Valley is a must-do if you're serious about developing your skill set.
"Echo Valley is a very technical track requiring many different
skills," said John. "With large changes in altitude, there are some
steep uphills and downhills requiring many different body positions. The track
will form a lot of ruts that create the potential for great corner speed if you
can use them correctly.
"And the jumps are challenging, without being dangerous.
"A lot of very good riders come to Echo Valley too, so there is
usually a lot of competition to test yourself against."