Enduro-ing appeal brings neighbours to Quilpie
MOTOCROSS: Adding an enduro event to their annual sporting weekend proved to be a winning decision for the organisers of Quilpie's motorbike gymkhana, who saw more bikes than people hit their tracks on Saturday and Sunday.
Following the lead of other clubs in the region who have put on enduro races this year, Quilpie drew keen riders from across the outback with their freshly built track.
"It (enduro) is just something everyone who is riding motorbikes is in to at the moment," event organiser Kerri Vaggs said.
"They'll go for about three hours, and may the best man win - the course definitely tested their endurance and we had a few on their knees, which we are pretty happy about, actually.
"They really worked for their prizemoney."
This year's massive prize pool was an extra sweetener for competitors, who shared in more than $10,000 in winnings, including a winner-takes-all prize of $1000 in the hotly-contested double barrels event.
Backed by local businesses of the southwest, Quilpie was glad to see their neighbouring clubs come along to race.
"This year we had really good support from the Thargomindah club who came over, as well as from the Cunnamulla guys, and riders from Charleville too," Ms Vaggs said.
"It's great to have that relationships with the clubs from other towns; they get word of mouth out to us when it comes to events, and we to do same to their supporters - it just works really well."
Less than 24 hours after their competition wrapped up, Quilpie announced the dates for next year's gymkhana and enduro.
"We are getting in for September 26 and 27. I see Thargo also claimed their date, so we've gone for the weekend after again," Ms Vaggs said