Ben Dunphy, Darcy Ryan, Charlie Ryan, Toby Dunphy, Mackenzie Ryan (front), and Mitchell and Fraser Hannan (back) are ready to race, with club president Chris Dunphy (behind). The Harbour City BMX club is having a much brighter year without its track damaged by floods.
Ben Dunphy, Darcy Ryan, Charlie Ryan, Toby Dunphy, Mackenzie Ryan (front), and Mitchell and Fraser Hannan (back) are ready to race, with club president Chris Dunphy (behind). The Harbour City BMX club is having a much brighter year without its track damaged by floods. Mike Richards

BMXers ride a wave of generosity

WHEN Harbour City BMX's track disintegrated during last January's floods, the club's $10,000-a-year budget for track maintenance looked to be spent for years to come.

Much of the track flattened, large ruts in vital sections and the whole track yearning desperately for attention.

Chris Dunphy was inundated with offers of help to return the track to a rideable state.

A year on the track is back at its best, riders happy and the club satisfied with the outcome, after countless hours, large donations and a positive attitude building back what the water stole.

"There were local companies donating machinery and Blomfields helped us with top soil," Dunphy, the president of Harbour City BMX, said.

"If you put man hours in, it would have been close to $20,000 donated."

A huge number of the club helped out in the resurrection of the precious set-up at Sun Valley, working across a number of weeks once the rain had stopped, simply to get riders back enjoying the facility.

"I spent a solid two weeks of three hours a night getting it back to right," Dunphy said.

"This year we have been fortunate, we are doing track maintenance now and resurfacing the whole track to make it smooth and fast."



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