RED GOES FASTER: A rider going through a narrow part of the track during the ride.
RED GOES FASTER: A rider going through a narrow part of the track during the ride. Sam Flanagan

Bikes zip through the Yamsion bush

MOTORSPORT: Dirt bike enthusiasts from across Queensland gathered for the Kaimkillenbun Trail Bike Ride over the weekend for two days of full throttle action.

The ride is put on by the Kaimkillenbun School P&C as a way of raising money for the rural school.

Ken Buckley oversaw the trail ride, and said the annual event went off without a hitch.

"It went great, wonderful. The weather was perfect, we couldn't have asked for more,” Mr Buckley said.

Mr Buckley said it drew over 700 riders to the area, with the campsite bursting with riders and their 4 stroke or 2 stroke bikes.

"They came from everywhere in the south east corner of the state, we got people from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba. We probably had a couple from interstate as well.

"We had just over 700 fully paying riders compete and there would have been a couple of thousand of people staying at the camping ground when you consider wives, girlfriends and children.”

On Saturday the riders completed a 30km track, before taking on a 50km one the second day.

Mr Buckley said the riders loved the circuits, and thankfully there was only one broken bone.

"Everyone that came back on the Sunday loop were very impressed and said it was a terrific ride.

"Nothing serious fortunately, I think one guy had a broken collarbone that will need a bit of work, but other than that it was just the normal bumps, bruises and scratches that trail bike riders get.”

Mr Buckley said after the money has been finalised from the ride it will go to a much needed upgrade of the schools play facilities.

"We are fundraising towards a new playground for the school which will cost a bit over $50,000, so last year and this years money will be put towards that.

"We've got a playground but it's ancient, one of the swings there was used by the grandparent of a current student.”


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