The heart of the Golden Triangle may be famous for producing high quality wheat, but for one weekend a year, hundreds of keen Dirt Bike trail riders take to the trails around the village of North Star, for the annual North Star Trailride.
This year's event takes place on July 28th and 29th, and Jeff Nixon from North Star takes up the story.
“The first ride was in 2006, with 60 riders attending. In 2007 we joined the Dalby Moto Series, with 250 riders, from then on, the ride grew in popularity with well over 1000 riders each year since 2012. The North Star Trailride has been featured in many articles in Australasian Dirt Bike magazine, and several other industry magazines. (search ADB North Star Trailride).
Our ride has 140km of marked trails, from the 300m Pee Wee track, 6km Novice, 20km Junior, 40 and 80km open track through a range of terrain comprising, farm roads, creeks, gullies, creeks, scrubby Hills, and quarries, with a few rocks thrown in here and there just for fun. The Enchanted Forest and Mt Mitchell give the more adventurous riders plenty of challenges, with bypasses on hard sections giving the novices an easier way through. With over 400sq kilometres to play with, the track markers have made interesting, challenging trails for all ages and abilities.
We open all of the tracks at the same time both days, and close off the longer tracks earlier, to ensure all riders get back to camp before it gets too late, and keep the shorter tracks open for those riders looking for an extra few kilometres on the bike.
The ride is based at the North Star Sporting Club, 50km south east of Goondiwindi, the club provides meals, drinks, showers, toilets and camping at the club ground. Lunch is also available at the fuel stop on the 80km track.
Over 100 volunteers, from 14 local not for profit groups, including schools, fire brigades, sports clubs etc help in running the ride, all receiving a donation for their service. The ride is not for profit, with all proceeds being returned to the local community groups.
There are always plenty of giveaways for the riders, ranging from a new bike, riding gear, and helicopter joy flights. We have a helicopter on site doing joy flights, and providing support for the organisers’ efficient running of the event.
The 2018 North Star Trailride will see Online Booking only. To book, search Trybooking.com, and follow the prompts to the North Star Trailride July 28, 2018. Knowing how many people are coming to our event is critical in having adequate resources on site, to cater for the wellbeing and safety of all in attendance, and having trialed Trybooking over the last two years we are confident in the system assuring a well-managed event.
We encourage all riders to have Ambulance cover. Qld residents should be covered, but residents from other states should check that they have current coverage through their health insurance.