Southern street lugers compete at Bathurst: Gallery

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos
THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos
THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

THE MOUNTAIN: Scenes from Newton's Nation on Mount Panorama. Nic McKirdy is wearing the fluoro yellow leathers. Photos by James Travalos

Bill Salmon of Bermagui is ranked third on the national ladder as calculated by the Brisbane Street Luge organisation, while Nic McKirdy of Batemans Bay is currently ranked fifth.

Bill finished 10th in the Street Luge event at Newton’s Nation, while Nic finished ninth in Street Luge and 13th in Classic Luge.

The 1.3km course started at the top of the mountain made famous by the V8 Supercars down the dipper through the S’s and finishing on Conrod Straight, where the racers reached speeds up to 106km/h.

Nic, who last year was top ranked in Street and Classic divisions, said he had been frustrated by recent crashes and this was the third event in a row where he had crashed out before the final.

Even so it was only the second event on his new board and he was pleased with his speeds, but it was Bill who was climbing the rankings with three events left to go in the season thanks to his consistency.

The next sanctioned event with points on offer was Peak Hill in October, but before then Nic was planning a trip to Europe to participate in a free ride in France and then to compete in the Independent World Championship in Austria in September.

He also hoped to participate in the Beat the Bastard charity event in Townsville in June that each year raises funds for cancer-related charities, this year Camp Quality.

Money is always an issue for competitors with Nic lucky enough to have sponsorship from the Norwegian clothing company Arctic Boyz, who supply him with one set of leathers every year.

Other members of the Southern NSW club not able to raise funds to travel have to remain satisfied riding the local hills.

To get involved check out the “Southern NSW Street Luge Racers” Facebook page… or check out Nic's vids at YouTube.com/user/sidecarnic123

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