Women on wheels tear up Morgan Park track
IT'S all about the women this weekend at a special event being held at Warwick Dirt Bike Club at Morgan Park.
The Women On Wheels event is a three round series, with the first two rounds being held in Beaudesert and Goondiwindi over the past couple of months.
Series co-ordinator Mel Stagg said it was about recognising the part women played in the sport of motocross.
"This is such a family oriented sport,” she said.
"But it's still quite male dominated, so this is all about given the girls a race series all of their own.
"The idea of a series like this has been around for some time, but I've come on the scene and made it happen, and it's working well.”
The event races are graded between A, B and C divisions.
The women all race together but are scored in their own divisions.
Series leader Briony Hendrickson has thrown her considerable experience and expertise behind the series.
An 11 time Queensland title holder and six time Australian title holder on the flat dirt tracks, Miss Hendrickson said she had jumped at the chance to return to motocross for the WOW series.
"I'm so keen to do my bit to promote women in this sport,” she said.
"It would be a great thing to see more girls and women participate and it's great to see so many taking part here today.
Generally the women riders are lumped in to race with the men, something rider 21-year-old rider Taryn Cox said could be quite daunting.
"It's pretty scary,” she said.
"And that's what usually happens, until this series came along.
"It's still pretty full-on and competitive but it's a great opportunity to race against the other girls.
"It's a great idea and it's been lots of fun so far.”
Miss Cox missed the second round of the series after crashing out in round one.
"I dislocated my shoulder and damaged my AC joint,” she said.
"So it's taken the six weeks to heal to the point I can race again.
"I'm nervous, because if I crash again, it will mean surgery and a long lay off.”
Miss Hendrickson, 25, a PE teacher from Bellmere near Caboolture said she tried to get out on her bike at least once a week.
"I have events about once a month and then there's the state and national event calendars as well,” she said.
"I'm really proud to see the WOW series take off and also to be an ambassador for women's motocross.”