FINISHED EARLY: Riders receive instructions during the Lions Tourist Trophy ride near Kyogle.
FINISHED EARLY: Riders receive instructions during the Lions Tourist Trophy ride near Kyogle. Rodney Stevens

Three crashes mar first Lions Tourist Trophy festival

THREE motorcycle accidents including one that left a rider with serious injuries helped to convince organisers to close the Lions Tourist Trophy ride earlier than expected on Sunday.

Emergency services were called to The Lions Rd at Grady's Creek near Kyogle about 11.10am on Sunday morning where a 52-year-old motorcyclist was assessed on site by paramedics, before being taken to Lismore Base Hospital with leg and rib fractures as well as internal injuries.

The crash was one of three accidents across the event involving more than 200 riders, Lions TT chairman Casey Stringfellow said.

This was an incident rate of 1.7 per cent and low considering Lions Rd was a "demanding and technical course with a challenging surface for riders", he said.

The event let motorcyclists take their turn to ride on the Lions Rd, which was otherwise closed to traffic.

One requirement is riders must stay within posted speed limits, Mr Stringfellow said.

"It's a technical ride. You don't need to speed to have a good time," he said.

As Sunday morning progressed it became clear a few riders were not riding in the spirit of the event, he said.

There Kyogle Council and police will meet to plan next year's event, and already ideas were being discussed to improve safety, said Graham Kennett, Kyogle council executive manager urban and asset.

A few riders who couldn't self-regulate meant increased control and monitoring measures would be required next year, Mr Kennett said.

Overall the event was good for the region, he said.

Mr Stringfellow said the decision to close the event was taken by the event organising committee after meeting police and the council.

The decision was about limiting damage this year, and making a bigger and better event next year, he said.

The Lions TT is a not-for -profit event that aims to raise money that can be used for the upkeep of Lions Rd.

Mr Stringfellow said it was too early to determine exactly how much had been raised.



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