Lions Tourist Trophy motorcycle festival gets go-ahead

THE Lions Tourist Trophy motorcycle festival, which organisers say is the only event of its kind in Australia, has been approved.

The not-for-profit October 4 to 6 event will be based primarily at Kyogle, but riders will head there from a marshalling area at Rathdowney, Queensland.

Organisers Casey Stringfellow and Mark Luxford said its purpose was to raise money for improvements to road conditions and safety on Lions Rd, which runs from Rathdowney, along Running Creek Rd, on the way to Kyogle.

Mr Stringfellow noted the festival's cafe sprint event was moved from Kyogle to Casino Airport, but apart from that, the festival was proceeding as planned.

"The businesses and council in Kyogle have been absolutely fantastic," he said.

"It has taken a huge push - we've put in longer hours than our day jobs. But everything is looking great and we're right on target to meet capacity."

Mr Stringfellow said there would be no charge for spectators and encouraged Northern Rivers residents to get involved.

"They must support events like this on year one, or they won't get a chance for a year two," he said.

The festival's approval follows lengthy discussions with councils, state governments and emergency services.

Mr Stringfellow and Mr Luxford were adamant the Rathdowney-Kyogle ride was not a race.



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