ABOUT TRANSMOTO’S EVENTS
Transmoto Events are team-based dirt bike events that sit somewhere between a recreational trailbike rally and a full-blown enduro race, and cater to riders with an average to advanced skill level. Technically they’re races, but you can race or simply ride them. Teams are welcome to take the events as seriously or light-heartedly as they want.
Transmoto has always focused on staging non-elite, team-based dirt-bike events whose relaxed atmosphere, custom-built courses and emphasis on fun, not officialdom, encourages participation. They’re tailor-made to create a memorable experience for a broad cross-section of Australia’s dirt-bike community, and they generate a large volume of engaging content (words, images and video) that’s published on Transmoto’s digital channels.
WHEN ARE THE EVENTS?
2019 EVENT CALENDAR…
Event 1 (Mch 2-3): Transmoto 12-Hour @ Batemans Bay, NSW
Event 2 (Apr 13-14): Transmoto 8-Hour @ Coffs Harbour, NSW (NEW)
Event 3 (May 25-26): Transmoto 8-Hour @ Mackay, Qld
Event 4 (June 29-30): Transmoto 8-Hour @ Coonabarabran, NSW
Event 5 (July 27-28): Transmoto 6-Hour @ Conondale, Qld
Event 6 (Sept 21-22): Transmoto 8-Hour @ Wangeratta, Vic (NEW)
Event 7 (Oct 19-20): Transmoto 8-Hour @ Stroud, NSW
WHO CAN RIDE?
Anyone who’s at least 16 years old, as of the weekend the event is held. And there’s no need to have a motorcycle licence or a registered bike.
A core prerequisite for any Transmoto Enduro Event is picturesque and varied terrain, because these factors generate a memorable riding experience for entrants and high-quality photographic and video imagery for any content created at the events.
Each course’s one-off, custom-made loop is between 12 and 16km in length, and comprises of terrain that’s typical of an average trailride: a challenging (but not intimidating) combination of singletrack, fire road and grasstrack sections, with ‘chicken line’ options for any particularly technical sections.
Transmoto Enduro Events are technically race meetings, so they must adhere to certain Motorcycle Australia (MA) racing rules. But in keeping with these unique events’ recreational nature, rider behaviour is also governed by a set of guidelines based on common sense and courtesy to fellow riders.
Each event operates as a timed relay race, with the rider’s/team’s time starting when they pass under the start/finish line at the beginning of the day. Once riders complete their lap, or laps, they hand the team’s transponder (which is, in effect, the team’s ‘baton’) over to another team member. The aim of the race is to complete as many laps as possible within the event’s 6-, 8, or 12-hour window. A lap started inside the event’s 6-, 8, or 12-hour window (whichever is relevant to the event) will be counted only if it is completed by crossing the start/finish line. After receiving the ‘Last Lap’ board/flag, competitors must therefore pass under the start/finish line at the end of the day to be deemed a finisher.
As all Transmoto Enduro Events are staged on private property, a road motorcycle licence is not required. You will, however, need either an MA Annual Licence or a One Event Competition Licence (OECL) to ride, which are available to purchase during the online entry process.
HELMET & PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT
All participants are required to wear full protective equipment – including helmet, boots, goggles and gloves that meet the requirements set down by Motorcycling Australia’s 2018 MoMS (Manual of Motorcycle Sport).
BIKE & HELMET SCRUTINEERING
All entrants’ bikes and helmets will be scrutineered, and must comply with MA’s 2018 MoMS guidelines. For bikes, that means plugged bar-ends, a handlebar pad fitted, clutch and brake levers with ball-ends, brakes with a spring-return, self-returning throttle, sprung footpegs, secured sidestand, and an exhaust that satisfies the relevant noise emission test (112dB/A). Helmets must carry a label that complies with the rules set out in MA’s 2018 MoMS.
MECHANICAL SUPPORT & SPARE PARTS
Mechanically minded pit neighbours can always be called on to help fix any problems with your bike, but because there’s no official mechanical support at the events, it’s important you make sure your bike is well maintained, and that you bring any spares and tools you’re likely to need for running repairs. If in doubt, get your local dealer or mechanic to fix your bike up well in advance of the event.