This is the story of a week that couldn’t have been scripted any better had we tried; while managing to find, buy and pick up a new Broxy van despite everything the storms could throw at us.
Window of Opportunity
Now we know that MX riders don’t ‘Melt’ in the rain as some equestrian-type people would like to joke, but this time of year it is some feat to hold a successful session at MX Central. Even on my way to the track the rain was coming down, and yet somehow Coby and Ryan were given the window that they needed and we had a sweet session on a brilliant track. Jumping was even a part of the lesson, going so far as whip-work with Coby aboard his CRF150RB.
The rain that followed did not mean the day was finished, as I was able to put the research Sarah and I had done to fruition in buying a new van to replace the rental that had kept me going since my Fiat died. Over the next two days this 2005 Jumbo Hiace would be away getting some much needed extras installed before I could claim it, and with three more days planned for coaching in Auckland, the timing was looking good.
Exit Stage Left
The sand of Woodhill forest was the only way we managed to salvage the rest of this week, and conditions were perfect with heavy soil and no puddles. Danyon and Richard are some of the quicker riders that I regularly get to work with, this time aiming to help them out of turns and down whooped straights. Keeping their heads over the front of the bars was the key here, along with turning less through the first hole out of a corner.
Four adults were next, one on a borrowed CR250, the other enjoying a squirt on my 250R. It must have worked as those two were battling hard by the end of our time and swearing that they would be making some certain purchases in the next short while. Tracey was a familiar face that quickly picked up her cornering abilities after being reminded what I had taught her at previous Honda Kids Camps, while Craig enjoyed his bursts when his forearms allowed and we finished just before the 5pm bell rang.
Early the next morning began a special birthday session for Troy aboard his newly acquired KTM65. Patience with his clutch work paid off, and by the end of our session he looked like a serious racer. This is the newest convert to MX.
Between sessions I managed to fit in some 5 lap sprints around the EnduroX track, before an excellent session with Isaac and Jacob. With thunder beginning to roll in, our session was well charged, finishing with a lap on the main MX track where Jacob proved he is extremely able; skills that his younger brother is also learning quickly.
New Vehicles For All
That was when the sky really dropped, which made the final session with Chrissy a truly sopping affair. Fortunately it didn’t make any difference to the cornering skills she learned that went a long way in giving her a load of confidence, coupled with the CRF125F that she tried out, which proved to be perfect considering her size.
Somehow that left me with enough time to pick up my newly fitted out van despite the pouring rain and heavy traffic, then drop off the rental. A shower and meal with new friends Michael, Carole and Jacob in Pukekohe and I was headed for home after notifying everyone booked for the following day that we were cancelling Saturdays session thanks to the extra wet conditions. What a big three days that was.