News 9 Jul 2010

Off-Road: 2011 A4DE set for Gum Valley in Queensland

Price on his way to winning this year's Australian Four Day Enduro.

Price on his way to winning this year's Australian Four Day Enduro.

Motorcycling Australia has announced that the 2011 Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE) will be hosted by the Gum Valley Veterans and Natural Terrain Motocross Club.

The event will be held on 20-23 April 2011 on land situated in and around the Gum Valley Motocross Park which is located at Koumala, near the Queensland city of Mackay.

The Gum Valley club has around 300 members and has successfully hosted two rounds of the Australian Motocross Championship in recent years. Next year’s A4DE trails will be run on private land adjoining the venue, making them be easily accessible for spectators and safety crews.

Gum Valley club founder and land owner John Hand is extremely excited by the prospect of hosting Australia’s biggest Enduro event in 2011.

“Our club consists of a wide variety of members and is all about having fun, but at the same time we pride ourselves on the ability to host quality national events,” Hand said. “We will definitely look at trying to bring the spectators closer to the action at next year’s ‘Four Day’, and are confident that all riders, teams and fans will enjoy a memorable event.

“The tests and trails will provide riders with a diverse range of terrain on which to compete, ranging from sandy loam cross-tests to Enduro forest tests, while the final Motocross will be held at the famous Gum Valley motocross track.”

Hand, a multiple Australian and Queensland Enduro Champion from the early 1980’s, is also confident that the changed format – running the event from the Wednesday and finishing on the Saturday – will prove successful.

“We’ve brought it forward in order to maximise the excitement for the Motocross on the final day, both for riders and fans,” Hand said. “It will also provide us a great opportunity to focus on making the presentation ceremony one to remember.”

In other off-road news, MA is calling for expressions of interests from promoters interested in hosting both the Australian Off Road Championship (AORC) and the Australian Four Day Enduro (A4DE).

MA is seeking expressions of interest for promoting the AORC from 2011 and the A4DE from 2012 until 2013 with potential for a further three year option.

Applicants must be prepared to engage the services of motorcycle clubs with course layout, officials, and general running of the events. Furthermore the successful applicants must be willing to attend the 2011 A4DE to be held at Gum Valley Motorcycle Club, QLD.

The call for expressions of interest will close on 31 July and from those expressions at least two applicants will be selected to provide a detailed proposal that must be submitted by 31 August.

The applicants selected to submit a detailed proposal will be sent the selection criteria in order to ensure the correct information is included. The successful applicant will be appointed by 15 September 2010; and will be expected to sign a heads of agreement by 31 September.

All applications are to be lodged with:
Events Officer
Motorcycling Australia
PO Box 134
South Melbourne
VIC 3205

Anyone requiring more information or if you would like to discuss this process further can contact:
Sam Ryan
Events Officer
Motorcycling Australia
Phone: 03 9684 0510
Email: [email protected]