The fifth annual Ténéré Tragics 'Dividing Range Run' has been run and done across the Great Dividing Range starting from the New South Wales north coast at Nambucca Heads.
In the not too distant future the full Tragics story will appear in Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine and Dirt Action. In the meantime here are some stats on this classic rally.
>> Was the fifth annual Tenere Tragics Run, after previous events in 2011 Flinders Ranges SA, 2012 Southern NSW, 2013 Longreach Qld and 2014 Victoria high country.
>> 2015 Tenere Tragics Dividing Range Run (northern NSW) kicked off with Welcome dinner at Nambucca Heads and finished with Farewell & Awards dinner at Riverwood Downs Resort near Dungog NSW.
>> Four day Run covering a total of 1,683km as follows:
Day 1: Nambucca Heads to Tenterfield via Coutts Crossing, 427km
Day 2: Tenterfield to Inverell via Drake and Emmaville, 325km
Day 3: Inverell to Riverwood Downs via Walcha, 501km
Day 4: Riverwood Downs to Riverwood Downs via Barrington Tops and Gundy, 430km
>> 65 Tenere Tragics riders plus four crew riders Clubby, Russ, Clive and Troy, plus YMA riders Gally and Geeza plus AdvtMoto riders Wolfy and Andy equals a total of 73 Tenere riders on the Run, plus sweep truck provided by Eddy Trapp from Trapp Tours and Tania Clubb in the TZ support van.
>> Special guest Tragic was Aussie MX legend Stephen Gall, who made his third appearance at a Tenere Tragics Run, and again shared his vast knowledge with the Tragics through the ride and hosted a special riding skills and bike and rider set-up lecture during the event.
>> One female Tragic rider, Mary-Ann Eime from South Australia
>> Six first-model 1983 XT600ZL Teneres completed the Run this year.
>> Most popular bike on Run this year: 33 x current generation XT660Z Tenere
>> Tragics come from far and wide with entrants this year from NSW, Qld, Vic, ACT, Tasmania, SA, NT and WA, plus Canadian Andy from AdvtMoto
>> Major Awards winners:
Youngest rider: Josh Halpin (Qld), 19
Oldest rider: Harley Drew (NSW), 68
Oldest Tenere on ride: Clubby, 1983 XT600ZL
Most kilometres ridden to the event: John Wheeler from near Darwin, NT, over 5,200km!
Best Presented current XT600Z Tenere: Francis Smith (Qld)
Best Presented current XT1200Z Super Tenere: Justin Hayden (NSW)
Best Presented first-generation XT600/660Z: John Wheeler (NT)
Best Presented first-generation XTZ750 Super Tenere: Chris Kirk (NSW)
Hard Luck Award: Chris Warnaby (NSW), his 1988 XT600Z Tenere expired on Day 2 at Inverell, but he promptly traded it in on a second-hand 2012 XT660Z and will be back for next year's Run!
Captain's Choice Award for Truly Tragic Tragic: Dave Bottomley (Qld), riding a 1983 XT600ZL Tenere
>> Special 100% Percent Tragic awards were presented to 14 Tragics who have now completed all five Tenere Tragic Runs:
Andrew 'Captain Tragic' Clubb
>> Huge thanks to all our Tenere Tragics sponsors:
Yamaha Motor Australia
Yamaha Genuine Parts & Accessories
Yamaha Motor Finance
Yamaha Motorcycle Insurance
Off Road Explorer
Motorcycle Adventure Products