ON THEIR BIKES: Amity, 9, Zac, 11, and Allison Perry are all looking forward to the Curtis Coast Trail Riders poker run.
ON THEIR BIKES: Amity, 9, Zac, 11, and Allison Perry are all looking forward to the Curtis Coast Trail Riders poker run. Andrew Morgan GLABIKE

Trail bike riders try their hand at poker

CURTIS Coast Trail Riders are about to embark on a journey no one in Queensland has ever tried - playing poker while zooming through bushland on their bikes.

The club is going all out for the final ride of the year - a Christmas ride poker run.

Celebrating a big year in style, the committee thought they would go into unchartered territory, which means a little bit of poker, even for those who have never played it before.

Working in teams of two, riders will count on luck to get them the best hand of the field, earning cards after riding a loop of a track and completing an obstacle course.

"Rider one will head out first, get to a checkpoint, get off their bikes and go through an obstacle course and then get a card," the club's secretary Allison Perry said.

"The second person then gets tagged in and goes for a loop."

Each pair can earn up to six cards for their hand, and need to get the best possible outcome to win one of three prizes.

With vouchers from Harbour City Motorcycles on offer, the reward is well worth the ride.

Essentially just a normal ride with a small incentive added on, the idea has a earned a bit of interest, including from the Perry family.

"It is cool that if you have the best hand you get a reward," Zac, 11, said.

"This is the first time I will ride as a team."

Zac is not yet sure who he will team up with in chasing the voucher and a trophy made from motorbike parts.

But his sister Amity has already teamed up with someone she knows well but has not teamed up with before.

"I am racing with my dad, Mark," Amity, 9, said.

"I am looking forward to the wheelbarrow race."

In the case of a tie in hands, a wheelbarrow race where one partner pushes their mate in a wheelbarrow will decide the winner.

XMAS Trail Ride:

  • When: November 29 and 30
  • Where: Calliope, off Racecourse Rd
  • Who: Capped at 200 riders
  • Time: Saturday 1-5pm, Sunday 8am-1pm


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