KICKING UP DUST: 1000 people are expected to celebrate the 10th year of Lowmead Reloaded, 600 of which will be tearing around the track. Darryl Purdy at last year's event.
KICKING UP DUST: 1000 people are expected to celebrate the 10th year of Lowmead Reloaded, 600 of which will be tearing around the track. Darryl Purdy at last year's event. Mike Richards

1000 expected to turn out in 10th ‘Reloaded’

TEN years ago, the Curtis Coast Trail Riders brought trail riding back to Lowmead, where it had been held years before.

Back then the organisers called it Lowmead Reloaded.

They had no idea whether or not it would work.

It did.

"We have got over 400 open riders and 120 novice riders signed up," CCTR secretary Allison Perry said.

"On top of that we have 35 peewee riders.

"We had to shut down taking nominations and it closed Friday last week."

As well as the riders, the number of people camping at 'Clarkey's' just to be involved and enjoy the weekend is as high as ever.

Perry estimated about 1000 would turn up.

She said the assistance everyone had offered simply to be a part of the weekend was unprecedented.

"There have been things like a guy on Facebook asking if anyone could take his motorbike down as he could not get it there. Straight away people responded to take it for him," she said.

"Others have been asking for positions and people who now can't make it have offered their spot."

The biggest difficulty with so many riders is trying to keep everyone safe and know where the riders are.

Perry said everything was in place to do so, with sweeps ready and tracks marked.

The marking has been happening regularly since January.

As has organising a few fun events for Saturday night entertainment.

"We are adding things, we have a 'how slow can you go' race of 10 metres long," she said.

"Then there is the usual barrel race and raffle.

"MPE Suspension is coming up to help riders with their suspension and make recommendations too."

Riding begins Saturday morning and continues until the afternoon.

Riders are then back on track Sunday.

The Tracks

  • Open - 2x 16km
  • Novice - 10km
  • Peewee - Short track