Central Otago Motorcycle Club (COMC) welcomed over 200 riders to Cromwell last Sunday taking part in one of the club’s biggest annual events of the year.

Contrax King of Central Motocross competition attracted riders from across the South Island including woman’s world champion Courtney Duncan.

“It’s amazing to get riders like Courtney here in Cromwell.

“Courtney took out the MX2 250cc ladies class, just one of 13 classes to compete,” says club secretary Shelley Cornish.

Courtney spent time encouraging young fans and signing autographs between stints on the track.

The COMC boasts 250 members from across the region with competitors ranging in ages from four years old right through to veterans.

This year’s event ran to schedule after the 2020 event was postponed due to the nation-wide covid lockdown.

The club hosted the event in July last year and the colder weather was a concern, luckily enough conditions cleared in time to have an exceptional winter day on the tracks.

It’s the generosity of supporters in all sports that make the difference and COMC club relies on that help from across a wide range of people willing to get stuck in.

“It’s the support from our volunteers that truly make each year a success, we are lucky to have very committed members on our committee who go the extra mile, and there is a lot of people we thank.

“We couldn’t hold this event without their support, our major sponsor Contrax Central Ltd, our riders and their families as well as our other class sponsors,” Shelley adds.

The COMC member and Palmerston based rider Baden Clearwater (8) left Sunday’s meet as Pro 65 Class winner, while Cameron Laird from Queenstown took out the Veteran’s Class for riders aged 35 years and above.

Great weather added to an eclectic atmosphere attracting huge support from competitors and spectators over the day-long event held along Bannockburn Road.