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Are there any final stats as to finishers and numbers?

Just shy of 220 entries. No way to measure finishers as such, but anecdotally I think most everyone rode at least some of the course.

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2009: 18B, 1979 Suzuki PE175, no medals awarded
2010: 20A, 1979 Suzuki PE175, bronze
2011: 16A, 1979 Suzuki PE175, gold
2012: 32A, 1979 Suzuki PE175, silver
2013: 18A, 1981 Yamaha XT250, bronze
2014: 26C, 1977 Yamaha DT125, gold
2015: 97, 1981 Yamaha XT250, silver
2016: 115, 1981 Yamaha XT250, gold
2017: 33, 1981 Yamaha XT250, silver
2018: 46C, 1981 Yamaha XT250, gold

Might I add that to date I have a perfect Harrow record - 10 starts & 10 finishes!  ;D

Tex


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What an event!

I arrived late to the party at the Hermitage Hotel on Friday night, which probably wasn’t a bad thing! As always it was a highlight to catch up with old friends, and make new ones, over a glass or two.

The short ride on Saturday was bliss. The sun shone, I was riding a great track with mates and all was good in the world. A minor step off didn’t spoil the buzz. A couple of laps around the grass track was enough for me and the XT250. Then it was back to the camp to refresh, and then assemble out the front of the Hermitage Hotel for group photos and a parade down the main street.

How cool was that? Two hundred odd vintage dirt bikes cruising through town! A magic moment.

Saturday night dinner is always good value. Prize giveaways from sponsors is always a nice touch. The auction for the coveted first starting positions was done with much hilarity, and I’m impressed at the amount of money put up for a good cause by the bidders.

There wasn’t much sunshine on Sunday morning, and some overnight rain had dealt with any dust you might’ve been able to find.

Bikes were off in quick succession and it was game on again. Conditions were noticeably more slippery than the previous day.

The toll bridge was a treat, and I’ve never crossed a bridge before where you have to go through water to get on and off it! I got a nice soaking as I exited.

With the slippin’ and slidin’ in full swing I dropped the front wheel over a bank and was precariously balanced on the verge of full submersion in deep water until a riding buddy grabbed the back of the bike and we carefully dragged it out of danger. I’m waiting to see if my other mate caught the incident on his Go-Pro.

Aside from that minor hiccup, the day was going well so far. Back through town, and after a quick splash of fuel it was time to set out for the rest of the ride.

A big thank-you to the sweep rider who helped out when the XT suddenly stopped.  We got it re-started. I caught up with my two buddies who’d been waiting for me down the track, and we pressed on.

At one point the low ground clearance of the XT saw me wedged after choosing the wrong rut. Drag it out, continue on.

I stepped into knee deep water to help a mate get his bike off a rock. If there were any dry spots in my boots, they were thoroughly soaked now. On the other side we stopped and I lent a spanner to a rider with a drowned Husky, while we caught our breath.

I loved the tight sandy single track through the bush areas. I hated the slimy, muddy track that ran forever beside those big dams. The rest of the day was pure Harrow Vinduro: riding through those big paddocks, looking for arrows, negotiating creeks, slimy logs, spine tingling off camber trails, and all the other stuff that makes this event so unique and hard to put into words.

I witnessed a couple of hilarious crashes courtesy of my riding buddy, the best being a high-side that sent him sliding on his face down a creek bank until a fence post stopped him from going into the water.

A successful crossing of the river at the camp ground marked the completion of my tenth Harrow Vinduro, and I’d earned a gold medal as well. Perfect.

A big thanks to all who made it happen, and in particular the township of harrow which always makes us so welcome.

Tex

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Yeah, nah, neither ready here. Trying to get an IT200L to Harrow as the IT400D nearly killed me last year.

I'm thinking some suspension might be a little more useful.

Except that I pulled my wheels out last weekend to put new tyres on and they are rooted. The straight one is full of aluminium rot and the unrotted one is as pissed as ten men. And my mag rotor is looking decidedly shady.

Anyone parting out an IT200 in Melbourne?

Take the 400 to Harrow. Drink beer. Tell tall tales. Ride the 400 at Harrow. Problem solved.  ;)

Tex

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in order to secure a coveted gold medal at the 10 year anniversary Harrow Vinduro i have embarked on a spartan training regime....

beer consumption--up by two stubbies a night..increasing to three in the last week ( this is on top of the std 6 pack)
physical exercise - minimised on all accounts
diet-- pizza now four nights a week, special with the lot only!
motorbike riding- testing only (dont want to fall off before the event!)

with this in train and religiously adhered to, im in good shape to grab the gold!!

Now, that's a training regime I can relate to, and replicate! 8)

Tex

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Someone had a crack on a IT465 but didn't finish. Another guy did manage to finish on an XR250 though (don't know what year).

Tex

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From the ABC News website:

Former Dakar champion Toby Price has been crowned king of the desert, after winning a record-breaking sixth Finke Desert Race motorbikes title.

More than 100 cars and 500 motorbikes raced from Alice Springs, along a rough dirt track to the small community of Apatula — formerly known as Finke — and back again over two days.

The champion rider finished the gruelling 460-kilometre course in 03:55:25.1.

It was a precision ride for Price, who recorded a time difference of only six seconds between his two days riding the course.

He said the record-breaking title was sweeter than his previous wins.

"Fingers crossed the sixth stays there for a while, if I don't come back and do it on the bikes again, I don't want anyone beating that anytime soon," Price said.

However, the victory was bittersweet.

Price was attempting a double-win, in both the car and motorbike divisions, but was forced to forfeit the former when his trophy truck had a mechanical failure.

"It's a bummer, it would have been nice to try and go one-one with the thing," he said.

"It is what it is. Nothing really should be made to go at speeds like that across that terrain.

"It's understandable that things break and things happen."

Hospital staff in Alice Springs were kept busy, with almost forty people presenting to the hospital with injuries.

Thirty-two competitors were injured and 14 spectators suffered minor injuries.

There were no life-threatening injuries, with the majority of the patients requiring treatment for joint dislocations and fractured arms or legs.

Tex

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For Sale / Re: 2018 swap meets
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:45:13 AM »
QB Swap Meet
Racecourse Reserve, Maldon, Vic
Sunday 10 June 2018 from 7am
Entry $ 5 / Stalls $20
https://www.onlymelbourne.com.au/maldon-swap-meet-qb

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Vinduro / Re: VERi Beaufort Vinduro - Sunday 27 May 2018
« on: May 27, 2018, 10:16:40 PM »
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it was one of those days.

Don't be too hard on yourself - you definitely saved me some time on Section 3 by kindly pointing out that I'd missed the same corner as you!  ;D

What a great ride! Bike was running poorly, but I still had a great time - I had a low-speed fall thanks to one of the hundreds of slippery logs across the track, and a heart-in-the-mouth moment on a long downhill, but all good.

Those pine sections - how bloody good were they?!  8) Definitely a highlight. Big thanks to the plantation owner for letting us ride thru there.

The "beerduro" the night before was a highlight too. I think this aspect might be becoming a 'thing' as they say!

Great ride with great people. You can't get much better really.

Tex

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Vinduro / Re: VERi Beaufort Vinduro - Sunday 27 May 2018
« on: May 21, 2018, 08:52:45 PM »
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Whats the club organizing for weather this year

Just for you GMC...



 8)

Tex

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Vinduro / Re: VERi Beaufort Vinduro - Sunday 27 May 2018
« on: May 17, 2018, 11:43:28 PM »
Some details about the event itself:

* Section 1: to the Chute Check = 8 kms. (time for riders/mates to regroup, sort problems etc with a bitumen road back to the start if necessary.
* Section 2: HVP pines and some bush = 20 kms.
* Section 3: Mt Cole  = 40 kms.
* Section 4: HVP pines and Red Hill Road home to Raglan =15 kms.

Refuel will mostly likely be at Check 2 (28 kms).

Please note that all details are subject to change.

Also, erstwhile club volunteers Mick & Rach will be sweating over a BBQ for breakfast and lunch on Sunday (only).

Tex

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Vinduro / Re: VERi Beaufort Vinduro - Sunday 27 May 2018
« on: May 15, 2018, 09:42:58 PM »
Getting to the 2018 Beaufort vinduro:

The start/finish/camping/pits/etc is located at the Raglan Recreation Reserve in Raglan.

From the service station in Beaufort on the Western Hwy, turn towards Amphitheatre and Raglan onto Havelock St, and then turn left onto King St. Follow King St over the railway tracks and out of town. King St becomes Main Lead Rd. Main Lead Rd then becomes Raglan-Elmhurst Rd once you pass the Amphitheatre Rd turn off on the right. Raglan Reserve is on the right not far on.

If travelling from Elmhurst direction, take the Raglan-Elmhurst Road south until you reach Raglan. In this case the reserve will be on the left as you are leaving Raglan.

If travelling from Ararat on the Western Highway you can turn left at the Eurambeen-Raglan Road, then right at Grant Lane, and right again onto Main Lead Road. The reserve will be on your left a short distance thereafter. Travellers from Ararat can also continue to Beaufort and take Main Lead Road as described above.

The VicRoads Country Directory (8th edition) reference is Map 57, G7.

There'll be signage in Raglan on Saturday & Sunday.

See you there!

Tex

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Vinduro / Re: Vintage Class A4DE
« on: May 13, 2018, 10:39:13 PM »
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I also bought the latest ADB but I didn't interpret it badly like you did.

I didn't attend the A4DE, and so have no first hand experience. I thought the article in the latest ADB showed the vintage riders in a good light.

Tex

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Vinduro / Re: Three Bridges Vinduro (VERi): 28 - 29 April 2018
« on: April 29, 2018, 10:57:20 PM »
What a day! I'm so glad I made the trip down.

There were four separate loops, of increasing difficulty with 'one' being the easiest and so on. I was happy to complete one turn of each on my XT250, and then a last spin around loop one before calling it quits. I've not ridden much lately, and I'm already aching but I thoroughly enjoyed the interesting riding conditions.

The "beerduro" the night before just made it a perfect weekend.

Tex

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Ok, I don't get to brag too often (ok, never) but I think I must be in a pretty select group, having ridden and finished every Harrow vinduro.

I've listed the year, rider number, bike and medal below.

2009: 18B, 1979 Suzuki PE175, no medals awarded
2010: 20A, 1979 Suzuki PE175, bronze
2011: 16A, 1979 Suzuki PE175, gold
2012: 32A, 1979 Suzuki PE175, silver
2013: 18A, 1981 Yamaha XT250, bronze
2014: 26C, 1977 Yamaha DT125, gold
2015: 97, 1981 Yamaha XT250, silver
2016: 115, 1981 Yamaha XT250, gold
2017: 33, 1981 Yamaha XT250, silver
2018: ?

I'm really looking forward to making it ten, or have I jinxed myself?

Who else has ridden all (or most) of the Harrow Vinduros since 2009?

Tex

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Vinduro / Re: Vintage Class A4DE
« on: April 13, 2018, 08:04:18 PM »
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Any ride reports? Anyone willing to share their experience?

Plenty of stories, videos and pics... all on Facebook.  :-\

Tex

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