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
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.
Timothy Holtum rockets down the back straight.