Bro­ken bones a part of life when you love rid­ing

An ad­dic­tion: Bad weather, in­jury slowed them down for a while but not enough to stop them get­ting back on bike to do the sport they love

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Bran­don Livesay bran­don.livesay@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

FLOODS, bro­ken bones and de­stroyed mo­tor­bikes are merely ob­sta­cles that must be con­quered by the Myles fam­ily.

Pa­tri­arch Rob Myles took his three boys, Daniel, 6, Corey, 11, and Jay­den, 12, to Ma­nar Park at the week­end, for their an­nual pil­grim­age to Dirt Bikes and Mu­sic.

The park has be­come a favourite haunt for the Myles boys, who have a full-blooded ad­dic­tion to rid­ing fast on two wheels.

It’s an ad­dic­tion that brings a fair share of high­lights as well as set­backs.

“We got caught out here in the Aus­tralia Day floods a cou­ple of years ago, and we were out here for about a week be­cause we got flooded in,” Rob said.

“And I busted my bike on the Satur­day and then I busted my an­kle the next day so I was on crutches the whole time.”

But the flood­wa­ters didn’t dampen his spirit.

“Ever since then we’ve been com­ing back.”

Myles said the weather re­port last week had him think­ing they might be tak­ing another ex­tended stay at Ma­nar Park.

“The thought did cross my mind that it was go­ing to flood again with all that rain, but it’s a great spot and it’s a great fam­ily at­mos­phere,” he said.

Myles has ex­pe­ri­enced his fair share of in­juries on the bike but it hasn’t ever stopped his love of rid­ing.

“Later that year (after the floods) I had to get chop­pered out of here,” he said.

“I over jumped the ta­ble top, just went a bit hard, and I shat­tered my humerus into about 1000 lit­tle pieces.

“It slowed my boys down a lit­tle bit, see­ing me get chop­pered out.

“But they are fine now, they’re all rac­ing to­day.”

The boys were rac­ing in the Mad­clown Flat Track Time Tri­als on Satur­day morn­ing, do­ing speed runs on the oval track.

They had their work cut for them with a huge num­ber of ju­niors tak­ing part and putting on some se­ri­ous times.

Need for speed

Ma­nar Park vol­un­teer Mar­wyn Co­belin said the speed of the ju­nior rac­ers on the flat track had been out­stand­ing.

“I’ve got a radar gun and I’ve been keep­ing an eye on all the lit­tle fel­las, I clocked one at 59km on the flat track,” he said.

“And that’s not a bad rate of knots on a lit­tle bike.”

Co­belin said the good rid­ers re­ally stood out on the flat track time trial be­cause it was im­por­tant to draw the best rac­ing line.

“It’s a short take off and there’s banked cor­ners,” he said.

“I get a bit wor­ried be­cause they are get­ting pretty high on the wall and I’m al­ways wor­ried they’ll push too hard and they’ll go over. But they are all re­ally good rid­ers.”

Co­belin said the fastest speed he clocked on Satur­day was in the se­nior di­vi­sion, where rid­ers were hit­ting the mid-70kmh range.

“I clocked two of the se­niors. One was 74, one was 73, and that’s about as fast as you can get on that track down the straight,” he said.

“That’s about the max­i­mum they can get be­cause they have got to gun it down the straight.

“That guy who was push­ing up in the 70s, he was high on the bank in the turn and he pushed it a bit. But he is a real handy rider.”

Co­belin said the Aus­tralia Day week­end al­ways drew a fun crowd to Ma­nar Park and ev­ery­one was well be­haved.

“But you do get them all to­gether and they go, ‘I can jump two feet’, then ‘I can jump three feet’, then ‘I can jump four feet’ and it keeps go­ing and go­ing,” he said.

“But you only tell some­one to slow down once (in the speed limited ar­eas) and you don’t have to ask again.”

Beaudesert rider An­drew Wills said he was al­ways up for a chal­lenge on his dirt bike and had en­tered in ev­ery se­nior event.

“The hill climb and the bar­rel races, and the en­duro are the ones I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to. There’s a fun lit­tle kicker up the top (of the hill climb),” he said.

Wills said he was not too con­cerned about rain be­fore the event be­cause the mud was all a part of the sport.

“And this type of soil, when it rains you just get a lit­tle bit more trac­tion so it’s not too bad.”

Rob Myles I over jumped the ta­ble top, just went a bit hard, and I shat­tered my humerus into about 1000 lit­tle pieces

1. Jay­den Kel­low waits for the starter to give him the go ahead. 2. Blair Colthup gets a pep talk from Dad be­fore hit­ting the flat track. 3. Chelsea Kel­low rides while her Aus­tralian flag cape flies be­hind her. 4. Quinn Bar­rett hits top speed along the straight. 5. Daniel Myles pins back the throt­tle. 6. Sophie Treeloar in the 50cc Mad Clown Flat Track race. 7. Skye Wilson pushes it to the limit on the straight. 8. Spec­ta­tors made their own arena in the backs of utes. 9. Ju­nior rid­ers line up for time tri­als on the flat track.

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Ti­mothy Hol­tum rock­ets down the back straight.

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