Another of Coolatai’s big annual events besides the Coolatai Tractor Pull is the Coolatai Pony Express.
Coolatai is rural. Country. Therefore “Pony” to me means something to do with horses – maybe smaller ones. So when I heard about the Coolatai Pony Express, I thought it was something to do with horses!!
Nope! It’s Motorcross racing. No one can give me an explanation as to why a “Pony” race is actually a motorbike race!! One thing I DID find out which seemed to have a relationship to a horse race is that each motor bike had to be checked for “fitness” before the race.
The Coolatai Pony Express is organised by the Moree Motorcross Club each year.
The Coolatai race is grouped within a series of motorcross races held in (I think) northern NSW. Ours is held normally around this time of the year – in June. We had the perfect weather this year.
I haven’t been to one of these events before so I wasn’t sure what to expect – after learning not to expect horses that is!!
I’m not into motorbikes in a big way due to lack of exposure over my life really. I have no idea how many ccs anything with two wheels has – except if its powered by a human. Then I know “cc” must stand for “Calorie Consumption” and if it’s my son, who is a professional cyclist in France, the cc number is high. I assume it’s the same for bikes!!
I ended up having a great time there. I helped on the Coolatai Tennis Club’s Refreshments Pavilion for a while but as it was so ably staffed I drifted off and took some photos and chatted to people. I learned lots.
Two people I chatted two (in my “official” capacity of coffee maker) were two of the officials. Two delightful women, Melita and Wendy, from the Moree Motorcross Club.
They were obviously the ones responsible for the administration of the whole race. To me a daunting task. HOW does one keep track of over 80 riders all flying passed continuously for 4 hours? They don’t have RFID tag technology (too expensive) so they do it semi automated with manual backup. I was glad it wasn’t me. I went and made them a cup of coffee as my contribution to recording the speed for the day!!
Watching everyone set up was interesting and SO colourful. As with most sports there is a ton of gear. It looked as if they were going into battle with breast plates and big boots and helmets and goggles!
Rather than try to describe this I will just post some pictures.
MULTITUDE OF BIKES!!
Ahhhhhhhhhhh……… One thing that I find REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY, REALLY annoying about living in a rural region is the upload “speed”. I have lots of photos to up load but they are being loaded at 2MB per day it seems. Ahhhhh. I think I will leave this as it is and try tomorrow to post some more when my patience is restored!!!
Sorry – but that’s all today folks!!