Be warned! This sport is known to be highly infectious. Studies have found it usually starts with one child, then spreads to other siblings. Before parents realise it, the mere suggestion of going for a ride has kids turning off the TV and Playstation or worse, getting up early on weekends!
In extreme cases parents have succumbed to the "infection", buying their own bikes to join in for a family day out or, heaven forbid, a family dirt bike holiday in the country.
Early symptoms include: * Seeing an advertisement for a recreational dirt bike venue and hounding you to go,
* Saying they are happy to go shopping with you but "could we stop off at the local bike shop for a look"; and
* Calling you in to watch a dirt bike DVD, video or TV programme.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED
Minikhana, not mini fun!
Hornsby Junior Dirt Bike Club is a minikhana club where riders compete in events with set rules and objectives. Generally meeting for one practice and one competition "ride day" per month from February to November, riders practice and compete for points towards our two series, yearly championship.
Events are mostly skill based with mini-cross and acceleration tests thrown in. Riders soon understand that less speed and finishing without disqualification is a big step towards winning.
Not the world Championship, but close.
For riders looking for an extra challenge there are also monthly "interclub" events against riders from other Sydney Clubs. Held at different venues ac ross the Sydney region, these events are run under the same rules as club competitions and are open to all riders that want to enter. With some 100 riders competing at these events, they are good-natured but keenly fought battles.
Winning competitors receive trophies awarded on the day and accrue points towards the yearly individual State and Club Minikhana Championships. In 2011, Hornsby had our best result, finishing second in the Minikhana Interclub Championship!
Minikhana (Rated PG)
At Hornsby and all minkhana clubs, parental guidance isn't just recommended; it's a must. Each ride day, parents are required to marshal, score and supervise riders.