A Pony Express at Bike Territory

June 10, 2011

Bike Territory situated on the property Castletop and owned by Scott and Regina Michell, last Sunday hosted a round of Narrabri Dirt Bike Club’s Pony Express.

With over 80 competitors, and perfect conditions, the scene was set for a very enjoyable day of endurance riding. ‘Track conditions were dusty in places but due to the work of the Bike Territory crew around the spectator area the dust was under control’ said Clerk of the Course, Guy Turner.

While some competitors found the 20.3 kilometre endurance ride very challenging with various obstacles including tractor tires and logs, all competitors were very pleased with the track with no serious injuries or crashes throughout the four hour race.

While the competitors started at the same time the race was divided into grades with A grade the fastest grade, B grade, C grade, over 35s, over 45s and Ironman.

Most competitors in the A, B and C, over 35s and over 45s raced with partners, sharing the challenge of four hours of intense riding. However the name says it all, with competitors of the Ironman event, riding the entire four hours by themselves.

Local man and owner of Bike Territory, Scott Michell and partner came in second in B grade. The fastest lap time and winner of the A grade competition was Dallas Paine coming in at 30 minutes and 31 seconds followed very closely by A grade rider Chris Thomas riding the entire 4 hours by himself and coming in with a second fastest lap time of 30 minutes and 32 seconds.

Despite competitors claiming that Bike Territory has a ‘warped sense of humour’ in terms of the challenging track, Mr Turner said “the day was enjoyed by all’.

Local Riders do Bingara proud
Dean Turner who also lives and works at Bike Territory with his family chose to give the Pony Express a miss and instead opted to ride in the second round of the NSW Motocross Series hosted by Tamworth Motor-cycle club. Dean, who is sponsored by Bike Territory, rode in two classes, C Grade Opens and All Powers and was riding at an A grade standard , beating many A and B grade riders  throughout the day.

Dean brought home a first in the C Grade Open competition, which after also winning the first round of the series, puts him  in a very good position for winning the entire series.

Local boy Blake Fletcher has been competing in the North Coast Moto-cross series and despite a spectacular fall in the third round held at Grafton two weeks ago he managed to still win  the C Grade Lites event. Blake, after riding well through all rounds of this series is  also well in the running for winning the entire series.