If there is such a thing as a cautious pocket rocket, Selina was it. Her Australian accent completed the image of a feisty mother with attitude to burn, but get her on a bike and she is obviously in no rush to get hurt. Of course that doesn’t mean her sons of husband feel the same way about their bodies, but then they aren’t a triage nurse like Selina. This family group based in the Hawkes Bays Valley Road was full of fun.
They are friends with Sam and Darcy who joined us for the session, two riders I have worked with before, who were also the reason why Selina and family got in touch with us. Apparently the difference in their riding was obvious enough for Selina to decide that it was time to get her boys the same treatment. And as they say, if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.
The day was a progression as the family followed on to the sections I had been working through with Sam and Darcy when they were ready, starting with a flat paddock and ending with the main MX track. Oscar was my biggest surprise, eventually hammering his way around the track until I decided it best that he call it a day.
Wallace and Grommit
After a night spent halfway between Wairoa and Gisborne, I was welcomed to a Kopua track in the best condition I have ever seen it. The morning shower turned the recently ripped clay into plasticine, ready to be shaped however we saw fit. We wanted some smooth shallow ruts, so we got to it with Jacob, Aiden and McKenzie. Not only were the turns good but the main tabletop became our biggest feature as we patiently worked on keeping their knees from coming forward and head from coming up while jumping. Jacob excelled, and I think he will be buzzing for some time to come.
It was a similar story for Malcolm and Murdoch who hail from a sheep station halfway between our days venue and Whakatane. It is always fun to work with a father son team, and they got the whole nine yards which included a bit of turning in the air. They weren’t getting flat by the end but they are on the right track.
Up the Tempo
Our premiere group was last, consisting of some of the up and coming talent. McKenzies older sister Taylah shows speed, so we helped her open up her turns and keep close to the bike over jumps. Alana took some convincing to decrease her lap times but surprised us all by having a few seconds off her times around our shortened loop by the end. Troy got off the rear brake to help him carry more speed while Jake started scrubbing a little.
Now that this track has now been opened up to the public, it is crazy cheap for people to go have a skid on what is definitely a fun track. I loved my latest visit and be sure that we will be back soon.