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2016 dirtriderZ Annual Weekender - Bonnie Doon

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So my 2016 Annual Weekender kicks off with a lazy Friday with the family before shipping them off and deciding I'd better start packing myself. I get up to Starglen about 5.30 on Friday arvo and am greeted by Geoffro and Hilly then check in and catch up with Scottie. The crew already has plenty of banter on the flow and a catch up with a froth is essential. Friday night feed was good and washed down with a few more bevvies and eventually hanging around a campfire and a bbq shelter in the rain then back into the restaurant before heading back to the fire before calling it a night at around 1 ish. Seeing a pair of boots on sleeping dirtriderz member brought a giggle to a couple of us as well as Sheeney and his cat, man those 2 needed a room.

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Saturday morning and a few more roll in, I had my own brekky and we gear up and gather at the top of the hill for a photo and to head off on the social ride. The overnight rain while annoying for socialising made the trails spot on. Hilly did a supreme effort leading the crew and Brucektmguy ran a tight ship sweeping. The ride flowed really well and not a lot of help was needed, everyone was moving along nicely. On the usual climb to the lookout there is the rutted hill that sometimes catches a few and we had bit of a traffic jam up one rut but after a bit of assistance we were at the lookout and taking on the scenery and snapping a photo or 2. Fro was getting around like an overexcited kid when he overtook me and launched off the washouts roosting me with everyone! Love ya work mate. I didn't hear about James stack and wrist injury until we were almost finished on the ride, hope it heals alright mate. Lots of trees down with the dry conditions of the past few years then rain followed up by recent winds so everyone did well to navigate their way around/over them all where necessary. Back to Starglen for lunch and cheers to the chefs for getting the belly warm.

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The Saturday arvo ride crew was gathering around the bunkhouse trying to convince each other that jackets were or weren't needed as the rain would start and stop continually. Also leaving at about 1:50 PM for an 80 KM ride is something not many people achieve starting at 9AM. Luckily Cruiser suggested it wasn't going to get any warmer and I put my jacket on, it was pretty chilly as the pace was moving and the windchill was icy. Luckily we weren't too far from some good tracks and warmed up pretty quickly and the Jackets were off. I don't care what you say Hillly, yes there was a bit of road, but most of those trails were awesome. The climbs were grouse with some very technical parts requiring good line selection and a bit of throttle in the right spots to get you through. Some steep rutted downhills and in particular a nasty sandy one was tricky to negotiate so I didn't join a couple of the boys in attempting to climb it as the ruts were really deep and downed trees in all the wrong spots.

Cruisers chain problem had us scratching our heads but we think it must have just been filled up with sand as it came good and didn't bother him again. The bullants however, well they were some of the biggest bullants I have ever seen. Some of the bigger ones were about 40mm long and very hungry. I first found out there were bullants there by Cruiser jumping up and down and flash me his but saying get them off me. This was cool and I did that.......next thing he starts jumping again and is starkas, time for me to go for a walk, he can sort that out himself! A quick photo and then I start jumping in pain. Somehow one has got inside my pressure suit and I just squashed it into my body than another biting me on the waist. 2 days later they are still itchy and a little bit painful. As Cluffie arrives to see what we are up to, we get Cruisers bike back together and get going. With the downed trees, sometimes the tracks got a little hard to find and it would take a couple of us to find where we were supposed to be going but this just added to the adventure of the arvo ride. 

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Fletch was starting to tire and his over the bars on a rutted downhill looked nasty. He hit his head and didn't respond to me for a bit but that was due to being a bit winded so I let him lay down and rest while I got his bike out of his way. I made him rest for a few minutes before he was right to get going again but a little bit later the effects of that crash had taken its toll on him, it was a ripper though. A simple wet log spat his rear tyre out to the left and sending the front off the edge of a ledge/corner to the right of the track, straight at dreaded blackberries. I start thinking how am I going to get a bike out of blackberries when a bit of whiskey throttle action jams the bike in harder and deeper into the blackberries and Fletch goes down over the bars again I think and rolls down deep into the spiky abyss ending up on his back like a flipped turtle.  I jump off my bike to render assistance but in my head I just don't know how the hell I am going to get Fletch out of there without getting really scratched up. I offered a very outstretched arm but Fletch tells me he has enough clothes on and is pretty protected and rolls and works his free. We move to getting his bike out and succeed without too much pain and get going to catch up with the crew.

Catch up to Dakota on a corner and I give him a nod as sweep and roll past him as he fires up his bike but as I look over my shoulder he isn't coming. Something must be wrong so I turn around and he comes past me in the opposite direction and his back wheel locks up as he passes me and comes skidding to a halt. He can't grab neutral so with the hours in the day ticking over we start trying to remove his chain so we can tow his bike back. Hilly turns up and offers to tow but the CRF was struggling and I took over on my Berg and once going we were travelling at a comfortable 50km/h, luckily on open trails. We catch up to the rest of the group, all with different worries about the cold, how we are all travelling health wise, fuel levels and ability to tow back to camp. The decision was made to dump Dakotas bike in the bush for a nights sleep to teach it a lesson and Hilly dunk Dakota back to camp with Fletch running on vapours heading with them. We continued along the trails back to Starglen and was pretty damned happy when we started seeing the Starglen property signs. Back at bike shed about 6:45 PM (almost 2 hours after we thought we would be back) and I've covered almost 155km for the day with almost 40km in the morning and 115 KM in the arvo blast!

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Straight off the bike and straight to the dining room still fully kitted up in my dirty bike gear with jacket, flight vest and sweep vest (and even some blackberry bush still!). Some absolutely beautiful meat with rolls and all the good stuff washed down with a couple of cold beers fixed me up and then to the showers to clean up and get ready for the nights festivities. Since I was late back I asked some of the other admin what I needed to do to help out with the door prizes but Coise had already done most of the hard work and setup everything. Champion effort mate. I scored really well this year and for sweeping I got a pair of Scott Goggles and was lucky enough to win an entry for next years Stockmans Rally. I haven't done a rally before so it should be a lot of fun. Massive thanks to all the sponsors for their generous attitude to supporting such a great forum and I hope everyone thinks of our site sponsors when making their next purchases. I was chatting to Scottie later in the night and he couldn't believe the amount of gear that was given away. His kid is doing really well riding dirtbikes and the prizes that are on offer for the Vic and Aus titles are no where near the amount that is offered to us. 

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Lots of laughs during and after the prizes and a bit of a gathering inside over a few shots and plenty of banter. A few of us head up to the bunkhouse and another gathering happens there before we head back out to the outside campfire for a late night feast of hamburgers. Not sure why but some of our friends not on the forum didn't really appreciate us singing The Lion Sleeps Tonight at about 3:30 odd AM, cheers to Luke and Farnsy for supplying a late night wake up that wont be forgotten in a hurry! We wandered down to find James and Dan by the front fire and start drinking with them before Dan says he is going to bed but he looked as fresh as a daisy. Somehow it was about 5 AM and I told him I wasn't planning on having a big night so told him to stay up and take on James and bid them goodnight.

Sunday I had a lazy comfortable sleep in and didn't get up till about 11 AM, even after hearing the odd bike or 2 and saying goodbye to people passing through the bunkhouse. Some 2 minute noodles for brekky and a bit more banter with Hilly, Tammy and Scottie while I pack up my gear. I got out of there a bit after 12 and slowly headed for a pie and coffee in Yea to split up the drive back to Geelong. Yes another cracking weekender was had, yes it was smaller than usual but that just meant everyone got to chat a bit more with everyone else, I even remembered a few names which is pretty impressive for me. 

A massive thanks to Geoffro for somehow getting all this organised. So many prizes and such a great vibe the whole weekend is a credit to the stress you put yourself through in the leadup months. The mods and admin couldn't get together all at the sametime to help out and organise a few things but yourself, Geoffyboy and Coise came together to do an amazing job. Well done guys. Scotty and Amanda, you will be dearly missed running Starglen Lodge. From your awesome hospitality to great food and letting us pretty much do whatever we want every year will be missed but we will let you know where we have next years and you guys are welcome to come along and enjoy the next one with us. Massive cheers again to Hilly for your efforts to wrangle the Honda together and punt us around some awesome tracks that left both Cruiser and I smiling and yakkin about them long into the night. To our generous sponsors, just awesome. To each and every attendee of the weekender, a massive thanks for attending it and getting into the fun that makes these weekends fantastic. Meeting a few new members and catching up with many old ones and some that I only ever see on the weekender is great. Bring on 2017!

Still plenty of juice left in the mighty Berg 350

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Great write up everyone , sounds like another great one .

Wished I could have been there but too many things stopping me from being able to attend this one .

Hopefully next time , its such a great weekend,

Well done to all the organizers and sponsors too , top effort.

Would have been hilarious if the ant episode was caught on vid!

 

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8 hours ago, 5EXC-F said:

Great write up everyone , sounds like another great one .

Wished I could have been there but too many things stopping me from being able to attend this one .

Hopefully next time , its such a great weekend,

Well done to all the organizers and sponsors too , top effort.

Would have been hilarious if the ant episode was caught on vid!

 

yes Chris, it was a great weekend and you were missed mate. get your stuff sorted and get on 2017  

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Seriously, being told off like naughty children by that guy vs the "wake up" that soon came. Priceless. Good times.

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Someone sleeping in the bunkhouse left there swag poles behind. I took them for you. Can get them off me somehow sometime

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Google maps got me within 8min of star Glen through the back roads then I met a deer Hunter and he said the track is blocked buy a tree and you won't get any further , dam I said , he asked were I come in from I said swampool and he asked if he could follow me back out as he was looking for a main road so we headed back the way I came in with a wave we went our own ways at the main road. I Came in to star Glen Sat morning around 845am so didn't miss the morning ride wether was kind on the morning ride and the group road well easy to tell everyone was having a ball back for lunch and Geoffroboy was cooking a feed fit for burnings shoppers All tucked in and Injoyed some hot food and yarns talks catchups  some tucking into a bruw or two  Arvo ride saw numbers drop as the wether tuned it up a notch but the Dirtriderz spirit saw  8 of us hit the trails it was a ride that will be remembered and the yarns will sound better every time We have herd some already but what comes to my mind was the way we worked together and all got home safe  2nd I was near empty on fuel  at starting to  open my fuel cap cluffie said don't look at it don't worry about it LETS GO I said wait  for me as he took off at cluffie speed back at star Glen great to share a meal with friends after a days riding .to the new dirtriderz it was a pleasure misses tiny great to meet you and here about your riding experience cosie you rock  pro riding style One from me is I think KTM had it this year with numbers 

Thanks to 

Geoffro and his a team

Dakota great to catch up

Hilly get a Yamaha 

New dirtriderz I met

Star Glen

Cluffie and family 

Dan good riding 

ABro toby Price 

Sorry I couldn't compete in last man standing as I had an early start Sunday and snuck off so until next ride 

 

 

 

 

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On 23 October 2016 at 9:43 PM, Dakota said:



Had a Blast... but Man Flu Sux
 

Ditto on this one. Don't think the cold did me any favours. 

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I dont have too much to add to what has already to been reported but i would definately like to thank the organizers and all the people that went and made it an awesome weekend.James (katman jnr ) and i had a great time,unfortunately james wrist turned out to be fairly badly brocken but that didnt slow him down much on Saturday night i was fairly pissed off when he came thumping into our room at 5 am.But i cracked up the next day when he told me how he NOODLES AND DAN had been singing  The lion sleeps tonight until being told to shut the **** up.

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We were dominating, probably would have won Australian Idol

For sure. Old mate was just jealous


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I dont have too much to add to what has already to been reported but i would definately like to thank the organizers and all the people that went and made it an awesome weekend.James (katman jnr ) and i had a great time,unfortunately james wrist turned out to be fairly badly brocken but that didnt slow him down much on Saturday night i was fairly pissed off when he came thumping into our room at 5 am.But i cracked up the next day when he told me how he NOODLES AND DAN had been singing  The lion sleeps tonight until being told to shut the **** up.

Please wish James a speedy recovery! He really is quite hardcore.



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Anyone able to post up a vid of the main ride, it would be great to see.


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