Vin­tage En­duro hots up

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX - From Peter Drake­ford

The Vin­tage En­duro Rid­ers Inc. (VERi) will hold an­other of their pop­u­lar events at Black­wood, Vic­to­ria, on 24th – 26th May. The aim is to run a vin­tage friendly event suit­able for older bikes and rid­ers, to de­ter­mine the best in class through spe­cial tests and the abil­ity to main­tain an old mo­tor­cy­cle and ride to pre­de­ter­mined time sched­ule be­tween check­points. The Vin­duro is rid­den over three days with a Com­pet­i­tive Class as well as a non­com­pet­i­tive Rally Class. The Rally Class rid­ers can ride the three days or just ride one or two and won’t ride the Spe­cial Tests. Also there are three age groups which are in­side the Mo­tor­cy­cle year cut-offs – pre-1976, pre-1980, pre-1984, pre-1988.

This event will con­sist of four dif­fer­ent loops of ap­prox­i­mately 50km that will take rid­ers into all the dif­fer­ent zones of the di­verse Wom­bat for­est; fern gul­lies with deep black soil, hills with stunted dry bush that ap­pears al­most Alpine, rocky trails worn in by min­ers from 100 years ago, un­der thick over­grown tracks with moss cov­ered ruts, through wet rain­for­est glades with trees as tall as the eye can see, down the red clay rut­ted Power Line track, around pud­dles that could still have a 4WD buried just un­der the wa­ter, around pris­tine grass track spe­cial tests on pri­vate land and then catch your breath on the well main­tained for­est gravel roads.

The Fi­nal Mo­tocross Test will be on rolling pad­dock dip­ping down onto river flats and up the slopes. Then it’s off to the Black­wood Hall for the pre­sen­ta­tion and cel­e­bra­tions. For more in­for­ma­tion, the en­try form and the Sup­ple­men­tary Reg­u­la­tions, go to.... www.verivin­ and then the A3VE link.

Craig Ralph on the Yamaha IT250 he rode at the 1984 ISDE in Hol­land, shown here at the 2018 Black­wood Vin­duro.

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