The forecast of 37 degrees didn't deter any of the 35 riders that took part in the Gymkhana at Clermont Junior Motorcycle Club last weekend, as 35 riders from Clermont and surrounding clubs took part in the club's first ever Gymkhana.
Glenda Brooks brings us the story.
"Within the first hour of the event, we were already being asked, "when is your next one".
"We opened up circuit that included: Figure 8, Acceleration and braking, Clover Course, Slow Course, Looping Course, Bending Course, Musical Chairs and a Wheelie Course. These circuits (apart from slow race and musical chairs) were also open to the 4 quad entries.
"It was amazing to hear so many laughs, and see so many smiles all day. Each course honed in on riding skills such as brake/clutch/balance control.
"Although a non-competitive event, we did keep times, which everyone had a blast checking out.
"The event was also an awareness-raising event for the good work done by the organisation Livin, in regards to mental health & suicide prevention. With this in mind, the riders all got to vote for a junior and a senior rider as the events' "Riders' Rider". The votes had to be based on good sportsmanship, encouragement, mateship, positivity and offering help - which are some of Livin's focuses. The riders were not allowed to vote for themselves. The winning riders were: Junior - Hayley Ball, Senior - Greg Brooks.
"This event would not have been possible without the massive support of the event sponsors and volunteers.
"We can’t wait to it all again, ...once it's a little cooler."