Canobolas Motorcycle Club veteran Peter Davis returns for five-hour enduro at Echo

ON YA BIKE: Peter Davis gears up for this weekend's meeting. Photo: CONTRIBUTED
ON YA BIKE: Peter Davis gears up for this weekend's meeting. Photo: CONTRIBUTED

Normally you'd find it nigh on impossible to separate a young boy and his football, be it union, league or the round ball variety.

Kick it, pass it, in the backyard and, much to the bane of a lot of mums, inside the house as well - it's an obsession.

Growing up, Pete Davis was the same. Except his obsession had a touch more horse power.

Davis has long been involved with motorbikes, living on properties he's always had the space to enjoy the perks.

His competitive streak clicked into gear when he began off-road racing with the Canobolas Motorcycle Club (CMCC) in the 1980s and although he chose work and family over motorbikes in the 90s once his sons joined the club his love of the sport ramped up soon after.

He began racing again in 2008 and hasn't stopped since and will next weekend appear on the starters grid in the masters class (over 50s) when his home club hosts the five hour Cross Country Enduro at Echo on May 19.

The meeting will also mark Davis' return to the track, having crashed in the Yellow Mountain Cross Country last August, and he can't wait to get back in the thick of it.

"I had six years racing together with my sons including state enduro rounds which was really good fun," Davis said.

"It's the friendly atmosphere and the adrenaline that keeps me coming back."

Davis says the camaraderie in the sport makes the Canobolas club more of a family: "we all look out for each other whether it's on the track or in the pits".

"It's a sport you can keep doing for as long as you want to keep doing it," he adds.

Currently making preparations to ride in Sunday's five hour enduro - the second round of Canobolas Motorcylce Club's 2019 season - Davis will team up Peter Middleton.

Davis said he and Middleton will do alternate laps at the Echo course, which will be about 30 minutes a lap.

There's an ironman category for Saturday's event, which will allow competitors to do the whole five hour race solo, but Davis said that amount of riding requires an insanely high fitness level and hours of preparation.

Competitive motorcycle racing is a physically demanding sport, speed and consistency are the keys, and Davis knows this better than most.

Enduro racing requires technical riding - body position on the bike, good clutch and throttle control and good lines to navigate obstacles such as rocks, gullies and trees.

"At times you are riding at speed through trees that are only a handle bar apart so there is no room for error," Davis added.

He's previously finished in the top 10 at Yellow Mountain in age class and figured on the podium in both the over 35 enduro class at CMCC and in the over 50s in CMCC 2018 season.

His attention is firmly on this coming round.

"I have been training by riding short tracks and through timbered country," he said.

"I am spending time making sure that my bike is fault free, my suspension is just right and my gearing spot on.

"On the day, it is all about staying on the bike and taking care of your nutrition and hydration."

The CMCC five hour cross country enduro will be held at Echo on Sunday, May 19. Senior riders are welcome in the teams of two or ironman category. See the Facebook or Club's webpage.