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South Island Championships Christchurch 2008

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. 

 Brad Hibbs

  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?

KAIKOURA 3 DAY TRIAL 2008

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.

Change of Venue

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.

Championship Classes for 2009

Warren has sent out these ideas for classes for next years Championship rounds. Here's your chance to have a say, just click on the comments tag and let us know what you think.

 

Hi All 

Championship Grades 

During the Trials workshop held recently at the MNZ AGM in Nelson I had an item for discussion regarding Championship Grades. The Item was discussing the possibility of changing some of our existing support grades to receive full Championship Status. 

To achieve this we all need to come up with a sensible/workable structure that recognises true Champions in both age and ability classes. I then need to present it to the MNZ board for their approval or not and generally will act on the recommendation from me unless it goes against the MNZ constitution or policy.  

The simple option would be to just issue all existing grades as full Championship Grades with the exception of Social Grade. But with a little discussion we came up with a proposal that although a little different from our current Classes it could work well.  

For some time now there has been discussion about the need in NZ for a Masters class as they do in Australia. This is for 35 years + riding the Yellow (Intermediate) line. There was full support at the meeting for this class to be installed and felt that the positives for it out way any negative reaction that it might have on the existing Intermediate Grade. All riders who make this age group are automatically put into the Masters class and removed from Intermediate. The feeling was that we needed to have a separate grade to cater for those older riders who are either coming back down from the A Grade and those experienced riders in Intermediate to have a good class to compete amongst themselves in. This then leaves all the up and coming younger riders to fight it out for a title with out the others getting mixed up in it. 

So with that in mind it was decided that this grade would be given the full Championship status over the Presidents as this is the higher class of rider in the same age group category.  

So we have seven Classes with the following titles: 

New Zealand Expert Champion

New Zealand Masters Champion

New Zealand Junior Champion 

National A Grade Champion

National Intermediate Champion

National Clubman Champion

National President Champion 

The three NZ Champ classes represent the very best in ability at the top level and each of the two age groups. Then the four National titles represent all other grades. 

It was thought that the top three grades get full Championship status as they do now and the other four could be recognised at a lower level, basically receiving MNZ certificates but not Medals.  

So now the question is what do you think of this format? Do you want a Masters grade? Should we give all seven classes’ full recognition? (I am sure MNZ would supply another 4 medals each year).  

We also briefly discussed that in the future if (and hopefully we will) we get to a situation of having good junior numbers coming through the ranks from Junior into Intermediate that we would shift the Junior Championship to this level where it recognises the achievements of these better riders and the Blue line riders would become Youth riders who are just beginning in the sport. Obviously as I said we cannot do this yet until we get better numbers for these grades so it was decided to keep Junior as it is at the moment.  

Unfortunately we did not discuss the current trial under way in the North Island with the Presidents riding one Yellow gate per section. I think at this point we will continue this system if the organising club wishes to run with it and we will all need to make a call on it later in the year for next year. This is almost a whole different topic and will leave it at that for now. 

Please as usual pass this around and send back any comments to me for evaluation. 

CheersWarren