The road racing and recreational motorcycle sports community are celebrating today with the announcement of track resurfacing works at one of the state’s top racing circuits.

Labor Upper House Member for Northern Victoria, Jaclyn Symes, announced an Andrews Government funding package of $143,000 for the Broadford motorcycle complex, to enable resurfacing of the road race circuit to go ahead as part of Women’s Only Ride Day happing today.

The circuit hosts racing and recreational events all year around, catering to road bikes, super-moto, sidecars and historics, and is a popular choice of venue for car manufacturer promotions and test days.

The circuit also provides a facility for new riders wanting to try out motorcycle sports, riders wanting to experience a competition surface, junior motorcycle sports development programs, and of course the Women’s Only Ride Days which are designed to encourage female participation both recreationally and competitively.

“The complex is a key asset for Motorcycling Victoria, however the track is showing wear and tear and the updated circuit surface will be laid later this year, and will ensure Broadford continues to operate as one of the best road circuit facilities in Victoria,” Ms Symes said.

Today’s Women’s Only Ride Day is organised by Motorcycling Victoria to encourage women to come and try road racing bikes in a safe and supported environment. Coaches and mentors are also on hand to give participants the assistance they need to develop their skills and confidence on a bike.

First time participants not only get to have hands-on experience, they can also get a free three month Recreational License if they want to continue riding. Since the ride days started in 2016 interest has grown and last year the number of licenses issued jumped more than 60 percent.

“The Andrews Government funding of $50,000 for Motorcycling Victoria’s Female Participation Program ensures days like todays Women’s Only Ride Day are possible and is part of our commitment to sports and active recreation, and to encourage women and girls to get out there and get active,” Ms Symes said.

“Broadford State Motorcycle Sports Complex is a critical piece of infrastructure for motorcycle sports in Victoria providing a competition circuit and also a location where novice riders can try the sport or hone their skills under expert tuition.

“Women are excelling at motorcycle sports, and events like this open day at Broadford are the perfect opportunity to experience the thrill of riding.”

Quote attributable to Head of the Office for Women in Sport and Active Recreation, Dr Bridie O’Donnell

“We’re changing the game for women’s sport in Victoria – enabling more girls and women to get out there and enjoy doing what they love, and boosting the number of women on boards and other leadership positions.”

“The Andrews Labor Government’s Victorian Budget 2018/19 invests almost half a billion dollars in sport and active recreation, including more than $100 million to improve facilities and access for women.”