[News]

24hour2

Australia’s oldest dirt bike event goes online

4 years ago

Not that Harleys, Ariels, BSAs and Nortons were called ‘dirt bikes’ back in 1924, it’s simply that Australia’s first 24 Hour Reliability Trial was held over a roadless 700km Loop between Bordertown, Broken Hill and the Barossa Valley. Eighty-eight years later, the course has been cut down to a more manageable 250km, encompassing 48 special stages through private properties where the organisers have marked out the worst sections of scrub, rock-shrewn tracks, creek crossings, plus the inevitable sand and bulldust to test competitors’ skills and perseverance.

If a 250km enduro loop sounds all too easy, remember it has to be covered four times; twice at night – with competitors allowed only to take on fuel and food, just as it was back in 1924. But no longer are synchronised fob watches and fountain pens required to monitor riders’ progress and this year, for the first time, the Swann Insurance 24 Hour Reliability Trial will introduce transponder timing to the event with 26 locators around the course. This will provide competitors and spectators a real-time view of results for the 28 special stages.

The 24 Hour will start at Kapunda on July 14 at 11am, five weeks after Finke. And, whereas Finke is almost guaranteed to be hot, dry and dusty, the 24 Hour is traditionally cold, wet and boggy – the perfect counterbalance for dirtshifting masochists.

Transmoto will keep you in the loop as events unfold, but if you can’t wait, log on to 24hrtrial.com.au or call Brett Tomkins on 0419 848 298.

Be the first to comment...

You might also like...

News

3 days ago
2016_KTM_Conondale_Cup

2016 KTM Conondale Cup: Enter Now

The 2016 KTM Conondale Cup will take place at the iconic Green Park circuit in Queensland on March 5-6.

Features

3 days ago
Ducati_1200

Bike: Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Watch this beautifully edited three-part video series showcasing the Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro.

News

3 days ago
Everts_Blog

The Stefan Everts Blog: Entry #1

Team Suzuki World MXGP General Manager, Stefan Everts, checks in with his first blog entry for 2016.

Features

4 days ago
Pat_Bowden

Five Minutes With Pat Bowden

Transmoto’s Ben Heidrich speaks with Australian freestyle motocross ripper, Pat Bowden.

Features

4 days ago
FC450_01

2016 Husqvarna FC450: The Cockpit

What jumped out at us about the 2016 Husqvarna FC450’s cockpit after several rides?

Features

4 days ago
Unifilter_Foam_KITS

Product: Unifilter 690 & 701 Kits

Unifilter Australia has released air filter kits for KTM 690 Enduro R and Husqvarna 701 Enduro models.

News

4 days ago
2016_KTM_500EXC_Web

Transmoto Trader: 2016 KTM 500EXC

This 2016 KTM 500EXC, located at Cessnock KTM, is up for sale on the Transmoto Trader for $12,890.

Galleries

4 days ago
360fly_Preview

Video: 360fly 12-Hour Course Preview

Immerse yourself in the 2016 Transmoto 12-Hour course, located at Batemans Bay, thanks to 360fly.