Sun shines on 2016 North Star Trail Ride

Kids on the trail.
Nanjing Night Net

THE North Star Trail Ride is back with a bang, after being washed out in 2015.

“At the moment the conditions are perfect for good riding, there’s no dust, and there looks like a bit of rain mid week which shouldn’t be a problem,” committee member Jeff Nixon said.

The trail ride held July 30 and 31, is open to two-wheeled, off-road motorcycles, and riders of all ages and abilities.

Jeff saidno quad bikeswill be permitted on the North Star course, due to safety concerns.

The only prerequisites are that riders wear appropriate riding gear, and their motorcycle needs to be in good condition before they sign up, the entry fee covers two days of riding.

There are150 km of marked tracks throughout North Star district for the event, catering for pee-wee, novice, and openriders.

“Many people are travelling from all over the east coastto visit an area that most had never heard ofuntil the trail ride started to take off a few years ago,” he said.

The trail ride began in 2006 after a few mates decided to meet at the North Star Sorting Club and go for a ride through the creeks, over the hills and around the wheat paddocks.

That day, 60 riders turned upand they decided they might do it again the next year.Word spread, and by 2014,1500 riders rolled up for the weekend.

“The trails range from open black soil farm roads, creeks, rocky hills, and thick scrub, with plenty of places to have a rest riding along smooth tracksbefore heading back into tight single trails,” Jeff said.

Chuck and Kenji Thomas on the bike that will be given away at the North Star Trail Ride, July 30 and 31. Pictures supplied by the North Star Trail Ride.

The event is entirely child friendly.Adults can ride with their children on all of the tracks,except the pee-wee track, which is in the ringand constantly supervised where parents can see their kids from the fence.

Camping is free for participants and spectators, and the community are welcome to come along toSaturday’s festivities.

There will be a video recaps of the day’s action, dinner and a mechanical bull,SundayaHonda CRF 50and riding gear will be given away and a Gold Coast Holiday will be raffled off.

The trail ride is a major fundraiser for community groups from North Star, Yetman and Goondiwindi, with over 100 volunteers coming from schools, fire brigades, sporting clubs and service clubs.

The event gives the North Star community the opportunity to maintain,and upgrade the Sporting Club facilities with the funds raised.

Gwydir Shire Mayor,John Coultonbelievedthat the event could bring up to $200,000 to the region.

Checkout the Facebook pagefor more informationand updatesor phone 0428 545 367.

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