A group of volunteers have worked to revitalise the Cobram motorcross track to improve safety and attract new members to the club.RIAHN SMITH December 14, 2013 4:00am
Cobram’s motorcross track has received a much-needed facelift just in time for school holidays.
The Pye Rd racing facility was filled with excavators, bobcats and dump trucks last month as volunteers worked to redesign and resurface the track.
Cobram Border Motocross Club vice-president Stuart Elliott said local businesses donated labour and machinery to rework the site, saving the club about $16
‘‘We’ve modified the whole back section to make it safer, we took out a big mound of dirt and put in into the rest of the track to give it more grip,’’ Mr Elliott said.
‘‘And we made a whole new section with more rolling jumps.
‘‘We also made a new sand trap section and modified the watering system to help reduce dust.’’
Mr Elliott, who’s two children aged six and nine also ride, said he hoped the changes would improve safety and attract more people to the club.
‘‘I think every two years you should change the track layout to keep the competitors keen.
‘‘We’re also keen to get the kids out of the bush. In state forest or bushland, in fact all the way along the Murray River you’re not supposed to ride unless you’re on a fully-registered bike, which is not an option for kids.
‘‘They can be fined quite heavily, and we know police patrol that area so we’re inviting them to come to our club and ride in a safe, controlled environment.’’
Mr Elliot said the club was pleased with the support shown by the community.
‘‘It’s awesome for the local guys to have done that, a couple of companies actually paid workers to come out and do the work as a donation to the club, which was just great. We’re pretty lucky to have had that help.’’
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