Postiebikes Inc. presents...
The 2003 Turondale Race Weekend
|Well folks it was blood, sweat and postie bikes at the
inaugural Turondale Grand Prix held on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th
Feburary 2003.. Day 1 was hot and dusty (with emphasis on the dusty),
so since this was the first time here we decided to play around a
little more than usual. Also, the fact that we were camping on the
Turon River among the gold diggings we decided to swim a little, ride
a little and drink a lot! There were a couple of semi serious
races held later in the day when things got a little cooler, but boy
was she still dusty!
Day 2 was cool and wet after a thundery and showery night. Racing got under way around 10:30am and the boys really made up for what they didn't to on Saturday. The dust had turned to mud and the track although firm was a bit slippery in places which made for some good tight racing with a few spectacular stacks thrown in for good measure. Luckily no-one was seriously hurt, just a few bits of bark missing here and there and a few burns and bruises. I can't say the same about the bikes though.
|The first thing to do is setup camp. Very hard to do when there is little or no level ground and the ground consists entirely of river stones.||The second thing to do is take a picture of
the tent! That's mine on the left. The bike track is on top of the
hill in the background.
|This is Colin doing a last minute rebuild of his engine.||OK here we go, getting ready for the first
|The start of race one day one. Not sure about Dean on the XR200.||As you would expect the XR lapped the field
but he did look good so what the heck. Did I mention it was dusty?
|There goes Parko, one of the pioneers of the sport.||This is a newcomer, Neil doing it tough on
my bike. He didn't like my rear suspension, I told him that bad
tradesmen always blame their tools.
|This is Rob from Orange who has become a regular.
||This is Pete, who has also become a regular.|
|And here's a closer look at Rob's beast.||What's this? Try a CT90 engine in a YZ80
frame. This one was built by Pete for his daughter.
|Very pro.||Purple is nice...
|Now this is a novel idea... lets go the
||There goes Dave on my bike again. Hey Dave,
get your own bike!
|Go Sarah, hey what's that behind, a storm?
||What to do when it starts to rain? Why not drink!|
|Glenn wanted to have a go on my bike so he
could get his picture up here!
||This is what happened 2 seconds later.
Cleaned up by the guy who came from behind! The price you have
|Look at this little charger, Rob's son Jeremy on his XR75||But the weekend belonged to big Jeremy, who won
every race he entered and totally demoralised the rest of the field.
(even when he gave a head start)
|And Jeremy's dad Ken also blitzed them when he was allowed to have a go. Thanks for a great weekend Ken!||Here's the aftermath of another stack which resulted in great pain for 2 members of the team from Cowra. (Danny & Denzel)|
P.S. That was not all! After I left there was even more fun. A hill climb event that was a time trial in which Ken's son Jeremy won. There were also a few more races, the last of which resulted in Danny from Cowra breaking his leg in two places. Sorry to hear about that. Get well soon matey!
Copyright ©2003 - Postiebikes Inc.- Warren Leadbeatter
Last Updated - 11 March, 2003