Motorcycle club hosts practice day

GYMPIE Motorcycle Club members thrive on the thrill of competition and revel in throwing up dust on their rivals in pursuit of victory.

However, tomorrow the club’s Cedar Pocket track gates will be thrown open for a practice day, so riders can hone their skills.

Gympie Motorcycle Club publicity officer Donna Jeremy said the day would accommodate novice riders through to the highly experienced.

“There is even a class for the ladies and over 45s,” she said.

The day will run with strict adherence to the rules and regulations of Motorcycling Australia and Motorcycling Queensland.

This means no stands or hand guards are permitted on bikes and juniors aged under 16 cannot ride a 250cc two-stroke.

“Protective gear must be worn, including long pants, long sleeves and protective boots,” Jeremy said.

The practice day is not just for existing members. Jeremy encouraged anyone new to the sport to attend and observe or give it a go.

“This is a non-competitive event, so we would like to encourage any first-timers to come and have a go,” she said.

“Anyone can come for a look and see some of the really experienced riders become airborne over the jumps before landing on the other side.”

Cost is $20 for the day for juniors and $25 for seniors.

Those without a Motorcycling Australia licence will need to purchase a one-day licence, covering insurance, costing $20.

“These must be sighted at check-in,” Jeremy said.

A canteen will be operating for lunch, offering burgers, sausages with bread, drinks and sweets.

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