Category Archives: 03. News & Views

Twilight Trial (with former UK Champion Dan Thorpe)

The first event of the year this year will be a Twilight trial at Glenelg Spur on Wednesday the 17th January. Riders briefing will be at approx 5.15pm with the trial to start immediately after. At this stage we intend to have 5-6 easy sections ridden 3 times but the format could change on the day. We also will have the BBQ going all evening so you don’t get hungry.

As an added bonus we will have Dan Thorpe and his wife Katy Sunter-Thorpe (who are holidaying in New Zealand at the moment) in attendance. Dan and Katy will be riding around and will be on hand to offer some guidance and advice on the night.  We are incredibly lucky to have Dan and Katy take time out of their holiday to attend one of our events so don’t miss it.

Even if you can’t get there for the trial come along for a BBQ and a chat.

“Dan Thorpe is one of the most respected trials riders from the past decade. He has ridden at the top level of British and International trials and has now topped over 100 National wins. This fantastic trials career has come about by having superb technique, an analytical trials mind and by doing the simple things right.”

” Katy is one of the best womens trials riders in the world with top finishes in World rounds, Scottish Six Day and the rugged Scott Trial.”

2018 Calendar of Events out now

Go to the 2018 Calendar page now for this years calendar of events

Calendar for 2018
There are a few changes to the format for 2018 which the committee hopes will be an improvement on the way we do things.
On the Wednesday the 17th we will be running our first Twilight trial hopefully at Glenelg Spur. If this is a success we will try and squeeze in a couple more before the end of summer. The summer series this year will be over 5 rounds at 2 weekly intervals. Each of the trials will start with a training session in the morning
followed by a lunch break and then the trial itself starting in
the afternoon. The training sessions will vary over the series covering everything form bike maintenance to section setting.
The next big change for 2018 will be the format for the club champs. In 2018 ALL club trials (except the summer series and Kaikoura) will count towards the Club Champs. That means there will be 8 rounds with Championship points being awarded at each event.
The last change is at each trial we will be asking for volunteers to set the next event. We will be looking to get an Expert/Intermediate and a Clubman rider to set each event. Paul has already offered top peg the Twilight Trial, so we are looking for a clubman rider to assist there. Also, if we could get a couple of volunteers now to do the first round of the Summer series that would be good.
You will notice that none of the properties have been confirmed yet and as they will only be confirmed 3-4 weeks out from each event.
It’s important to keep an eye on the website for changes
as the year progresses.


Pioneer Dinner Evening – 26th November

The club would like to thank the Cashmere Club for a great evening with a very enjoyable 3 course meal.  Some 25 people attended the event, the first of its type in many years.  With Peter Jackson as the host the evening was concluded with the trophy and shield presentations, some of the photos taken have been included here.

To see these photos please click on the following link: Club Awards


Megaphone Spring 2017 Issue

The Spring Issue of the Megaphone Magazine is now available. The club would like to thank Peter Hosking as Editor and all the club members that contributed to this edition.

To view this issue please click on the following link: Spring 2017

If you would like a paper copy of the Megaphone then please contact Peter Hosking directly.

Club Trailer gets a facelift !

The club is pleased to announce that the club trailer has had new logos added by Mike and his people at BNS Design & Print Ltd.  If any company wants to add their advertising to the club Trailer then please get in touch with the committee via the Web site message system or phone.



The club would like to thank all riders that attended the second day of training at Western Valley.  The club would also like to extend its special thanks to Jules Huguenin for providing this training and to Matt Latham and family for letting us use this great property.

Canterbury provided a warm and sunny day for this training and both groups, Clubman/Beginners in the morning, and Intermediate/Expert in the afternoon enjoyed a challenging 3 hours of training, often well outside their normal “comfort” zone.

Training consisted of two sections being laid out by Jules who then proceeded to show how each section should be ridden, and what riding technique should be used to overcome each element of the section.  Mention should also be made at this point of the help Derek provided, not only as the MNZ official for the day but also as minder in those parts of the section that needed it.

The photos below do not cover the entire day, rather just the morning, if any other photos have been taken especially during the afternoon please pass them onto the club.

Waimak Trials Park WORKING BEE 25th and 26th MARCH

Waimak Trials Park WORKING BEE 25th and 26th MARCH

The club would like to say a very big thank you to all those members and friends that came out on the Saturday and Sunday and helped to restore the Waimak Trials park, which now looks great with many new sections.

The club would also like to  thank Will and Josh for supplying two diggers, and all those club members that supplied spades, wheelbarrows, and weed whackers. Please note that if you had any hire costs then please let Ross or one of the committee members know and the club will reimburse you.