Alpine Motorcycle Club is ready for a mass of riders to descend on their track this weekend as they host a Northern Region MX Series round on Saturday and the North East Champs on Sunday.
“Preparing for a weekend like this begins months before the events. We are lucky at Alpine MC to have a small dedicated bunch who love to move dirt and make the track perfect for a weekend like this. Our club just wouldn’t be the same without them,” Alpine MC President Mark McPherson said.
“The track was pre-prepared over a month ago and with the forecast of a little sprinkle of rain prior to the event, it will be perfect for two full on days of racing. The track is currently sealed and will easily stand up to the amount of rain forecast, then just before Saturday we will rip it and make it perfect,” he added.
Two major racing events like this, back-to-back, mean that the club is relying on a number of tireless efforts from their members and volunteers to ensure the whole weekend is a success.
“Our biggest challenge for a weekend like this is organising enough helpers on the day, especially first aid and canteen helpers. We have a great bunch of members who help out but we always welcome an hour of help if anyone can spare it!” Mark said.
Alpine MC Club Secretary Paula Miotto has a few specific people to thank on behalf of the club as they ready themselves for the weekend.
“I’d like to mention our Clerk of Course Eddie Ovens, our Steward Craig Windham and officials Mark McPherson and Chris Roche that are always the first ones to put up their hands and commit to helping at these events,” Paula said.
“Then there’s Christine Windham, a very important and integral part of these events. She is the nuts and bolts of the Northern Regions and she also helps every year with our North East Champs event and without her these events wouldn’t be the success they are,” she added.
The North East Champs is an event that the Alpine MC has run over the past couple of years, in place of their 1-Day Open.
“Sunday is our North East Champs, a single day event which includes a feature race with prize money and a perpetual trophy on offer in the name of a club legend, John Hill.” Mark said.
“It is always a great day and this year we thought we would have a go at going back-to-back with the Northern Region to try and capture a high quality of rider,” he added.
When it comes to the weekend as a whole, both Mark and Paula are simply wanting everyone to have a good time and to see some fantastic racing.
“I personally am looking forward to two great days of racing with no serious injuries and to seeing families having a great day enjoying the Alpine MC hospitality,” Mark said.
“We pride ourselves on being a family friendly club and we will host a great day that makes everyone, riders and spectators, feel welcome and well catered for,” Paula said.