The Central Queensland town of Clermont has a monumental claim to fame when it comes to motocross. After all, it’s where former AMA Factory rider Michael Byrne grew up, honing his craft to get to the top shelf of pro racers in Australia, before moving to the US to make it big.
Though many of them probably hadn’t heard of “Byrner”, 22 new riders turned up to enjoy the weekend’s Come and Try Day at Clermont, 275 kilometres south-west of Mackay.
Club member Glenda Brooks takes up the story:
“We had seven junior male, three junior female, nine senior male and three senior females,” said Brooks.
“We ran 8am - 12 midday and everyone got to try all 3 of our tracks if they wanted to (full MX, junior MX, dirt track and natural terrain). The one thing we, as organisers, noticed was that everyone was smiling and having a ball.
“All the juniors got to pick from lucky dips, as well as receiving a free ice block (or 2).
“We had a practice ride on the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning as well, so that anyone who wanted to keep riding could do so (once they purchased a rec licence and membership). Several of the riders took up this opportunity. On Saturday night the club put on a BBQ/social night as well, so that people could mingle and get to know others in the club. The club also organised movies for the littlies. Around 30 attended the social night.
“It was great to see that three dads (John Randall, Michael Brooks and Kristin McKie) got to see their children ride on the track they used to race on as kids.
“I have already heard from quite a few to say that once their free 90-day rec licence expires they will be getting an annual rec licence so they can keep coming back to our practice days. We also picked up a few annual family memberships out of this as well.
“The highlight of the weekend was the huge interest in quads. We are one of only a small number of Qld clubs (in particular Central Qld) that welcome quads onto all of our tracks.”
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