Yellow mountain tests riders and their bikes

Todd Smith takes the lead ahead of younger brother Jacob Smith. Photo: Sally Weber.

By Karen Tooth

Described as the toughest course ever, this year’s Yellow Mountain Cross Country for motorcycles covered 222 kms on private land between Condobolin and Tottenham.

The track is marked by arrows and the terrain consists of open red soil plains to mallee trails to rocky hills. Adding to the time challenge riders had to dismount and turn off their bikes whenever they had to cross public roads. This year is also the first for electronic timing that provided live updates to the web.

Clerk of the Course Geoff Smith said, “Feedback from the riders is that they had a great time and that the course was extremely challenging.”

The event is becoming very popular with the 220 entries being taken up within 45 minutes of the nominations opening online. Geoff said riders came from all over Australia including Queensland and Victoria.

Geoff said there were a few accidents involving broken collar bones and one helicopter airlift of two riders. One rider had a suspected dislocated hip but was released from hospital with bruised kidneys while the other had a dislocated and broken elbow.

Overall winner of the event is Jacob Smith and he was presented with a very special memorial trophy constructed by Geoff Smith from a plough disk donated by the late Col O’Hara from Tottenham. The wooden base was fashioned by Ralph Lee.

Geoff said, “The trophy has become the Col O’Hara Memorial Award and I’d like to thank Ralph for the magnificent job he did on the base.”

Yellow Mountain is on again next year – first weekend in August 2012 with nominations available online.

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