Leyburn now has Australia's largest Supercross track
LEYBURN man Robert Haworth took building a bike jump in his backyard to a whole new level - constructing the largest supercross track in Australia.
Mr Haworth already had several motocross tracks in his backyard at Haworth Park.
Motocross and supercross are very similar, but as the name suggests, supercross is more extreme, featuring faster, bigger and more jumps than motocross.
Mr Haworth said several tonnes of dirt had been used to build the new track, which took close to a month to complete.
"Supercross has been around for about 10 years and I am just trying to get it back up and running," he said.
Building the biggest supercross track in the nation was not a cheap exercise.
Mr Haworth said it had cost him almost $70,000.
And that was without having to fork out money to hire the machinery and fuel to run them - they were donated by Dave Weiss from Orford Bitumen.
The track will not just be used by locals.
Mr Haworth is hosting round two of the Queensland Supercross Championships on November 9, an event that will draw up to 90 riders.
"I am just trying to get people back into the community, the only thing we have out here is the sprints," he said.
One of the 90 riders taking part in the event is Toowoomba teenager Kaleb Barham.
And after recently being dubbed the Australian Motocross Champion for the second year in a row, Kaleb is one of the favourites to take out the junior lights category.
"I have been riding since I was two-and-a-half," he said.
"I just love the adrenalin, the speed and the people you meet."
With dreams of making it as a professional supercross racer in America, the country where the sport originated, Kaleb is stoked to have a track of this quality so close to home.
"It can be hard to juggle school and training," Kaleb said.
"I have a small supercross track in my backyard.
"After school I either train on that or go to the gym for boxing training.
"But it is great to have a track only an hour away from home.
"It is a good, fast-flowing track too."
But Kaleb said juggling schoolwork and training was part of the gig.
"If I put the hard yards in now it will help me pull it off in the long run," he said.
Mr Haworth said there would be plenty of action for spectators to take in at the November 9 race meet.
"We are actually going to open the gates at 9am and let people watch the riders practice, nowhere else does that," he said.
On top of the racing there will also be a freestyle jump show.
What: Queensland Supercross Championships
When: November 9, from 9am
Where: Haworth Park, 6266 Toowoomba-Karara Rd, Leyburn
Cost: Adults $25, student $15, child $10, family (2 adults 3 kids) $60
Tickets: buy online at www.qldsupercross.com or at the gate