NORTH ISLAND TRIALS CHAMPS – ROUNDS 7 & 8. AUGUST 2008
It seemed such a good idea way back in about March this year when, at a club trial down here in Christchuch a certain Mr.Derek Scott came up with the wonderful idea of going up to Wellington to ride a couple of North Island Champ rounds. Well, as the months past and some South Island rounds came and went, Kaiakoura 3 day came and went, things were looking quite promising. Right up until about a month prior to the event. It started raining. And quite frankly didn’t stop. So there we were last Friday morning heading north towards Picton, 6 of us in two vans, driving through torrential rain, roadworks with Stop/Go men and temporary traffic lights at all the major landslips along the way. The thought of 2 days riding in these conditions was not very appealing. Amazingly there were no major delays and we arrived in Picton with hours (literally) to spare. The crossing was as calm can be. After more torrential rain during the night we awoke to more rain, we headed out to the venue and missed it by about 20kms. Finally arriving at the right place the first challenge was to descend the steep farm track to the parking area. ‘This’ll be fun on the way out’ I thought, ‘wish I’d bought that 4WD Hiace now’. The trial got under way and all the sections were a reasonable ride away along narrow, muddy (funny that) farm tracks which, on the first lap were fine but very quickly turned to something akin to an ice rink only worse. Plus with a couple of steep climbs and descents thrown in made for very interesting travelling to and from the sections. The sections themselves were mainly in and out of rocky streams, up and down greasy banks. Number 9 and 10 probably the most slick of them all. But, considering the weather in the weeks previous they were on the whole very rideable and still taking points. And the rain had stopped. Day 2. After more rain overnight we awoke to blue sky and sunshine. Arriving at the venue, early this time, we were told that the organisers had eased off some sections due to MORE rain. Music to my ears. They had been snowed on the previous evening whilst getting the sections ready for Sunday. After briefing we were off. No long muddy tracks today, just a short loop crammed with 10 mostly muddy sections. The first lap condions were pretty good but very soon about half of the sections became extremely slick. Full credit to those riders that seem to be able to find traction on such terrain. The sections had quite a variety. A steep hill climb, a rather large rock for Intermediates/ Experts and slippery logs. But, nothing dangerous AND the sun was still shining. Plus a few spectators had made their way out. All us South Islanders finished in one piece which is always a bonus in my books. A big thank you to the Ixion Club for putting on an excellent trial especially considering the weather they had to deal with in the weeks prior. I for one will be back for more…….. Cheers John Regan Quote of the Weekend: ‘Too Much Throttle – Nink Um Poop’………..(you needed to be there….!)
Follow this link to the Ixion Website to veiw the final results.
Wellington August 2008 results
The venues for the 2008 Nationals have now been been finalised and confirmed. They are:
Day 1 Louis McGregors Property Chapman Rd Alexandra
Day 2 & 3 Harry Roberts Property Earnscleugh Station Hawley Rd Alexandra
Directions and maps to both properties have now been posted on The Pioneertrials Directions page
We have also confirmed 10 more sponsors for the event as well.
The Bakery Resene paints Alexandra Tourist park Southernwide Real Estate Central Alexandra Holiday Park Kapiti Motorcycles
Jason Baker Sherco
The New Zealand Community Trust and The Nelson Marlborough Trials Centre
We thank these people for their generous support and hope you will all make an effort to support them whenever you can.
Thought you might be interested to see this article on Kaikoura 3-day on the Scorpa news site. If you look through the news archives you will quite a number of articles sent by NonStop Adventure. Cheers Stephen Oliver
South Island Championships Christchurch 2008
Disappointingly only thirty-three riders turned out for the 3rd and 4th round of the South Island Champs in Christchurch.
Day one was held at a new venue which was a great property but the weather turned on us resulting in everyone returning high scores and two or three sections becoming un-ride able. The sections setting was challenging for all grades with a mixture of rocks and grassy hillsides. Thanks to Derek who had a big off and couldn’t complete the day he managed to take some photos that will be posted on this website.
Day two the weather was brilliant but the rain from the previous days meant the sections were still very difficult. Back to the familiar Kaituna Valley but with some new sections. The sections were based around creeks, slippery rocks and greasy banks. The terrain allowed the competitors to rev out their bikes especially on section 6 where the spectators gathered.
Overall we found the weekend to be very challenging but enjoyable with good results for our riders as the results will show.
Southern Trials Group
P.S. Where are all the riders and why are they not turning up?
The venues have been finalised for the upcoming S.I. Champs in christchurch on the 19th and 20th of July. They will be Kaituna Valley and Graylees Rd. Both are located off the main Akaroa Christchurch Highway and are very close to one another. See our Directions page for more information.
KAIKOURA 3 DAY TRIAL 2008
Motorcycling in New Zealand does not have many traditions, however the Pioneer Motorcycle clubs annual Kaikoura Trial would have to rate as New Zealand motorcycling best and longest running tradition at 62 consecutive years.
The first Pioneer Kaikoura Trial was held on April 3rd and 4th 1915 and was won by H Foubister on a Rudge in the solo class and by Frank Thomas in the sidecar class. Apparently riders were affected by the same hazards in 1915 as in 2008. Alcohol and weather has a lot to answer for. The Kaikoura Trial carried on annually until the Second World War when all motorcycle competitions were stopped for the war effort. Since 1946 the event has evolved from a trial where competitors rode their machines on the road [often with a pillion pussy on the back] to an event where all machines are transported and competitors stay warm and dry.
2008 was a small field of only 55 riders including 3 side chair entrants and several classics. It was pleasing to see another great turn out from the North Island. Day one was at Oaro on the fantastic Trewin family farm. A warm dry day and reasonably dry sections apart from two in a real bog hole creek were a great way to start the weekend. Four laps of ten sections were completed then off to the Kaikoura night life.
Day two and three were on the farm of Barry Schroder on Mt Fyffe which is an absolute paradise for any Trials rider. This is a large farm covered in rocky and muddy gullies which are all bush covered, rocks, logs, bogs and very wet grassy slopes. Commuting around the farm was made difficult by some fairly heavy rain on the Saturday night and Sunday.
For two days we crashed and bashed around some awesome sections ate a good lunch provided by Sandra and Katrina and had a great time except for the effort of finding section ten. Warwick Merrimen had a fantastic ride just heading off a strong challenge from Shane Brons to win the Kaikoura cup. Paul Jackson and Glen Smith won the sidecar cup again
Really it was just another fantastic Kaikoura Three day Trial. I am already looking forward to next year.
Having lost access to the Van Asch property we have moved the next trial to a new property at Graylees Rd. This property becomes available to us through the efforts of Bruce Bayliss. Our thanks go to Bruce for his work on our behalf.
The property is on the corner of Graylees Rd and the main Akaroa highway about 4kms on from the "Blue Duck Cafe". See our directions page.