It is hard to beat the original.
After a few years away from the traditional Gold Coast track on Motuiti road, we are back. The success of this years Wellington Champs that had been held there barely weeks before my visit proving that I wasn’t the only one who was pleased to be riding among the cover of pine trees once again.
Matt and James joined the faithful Kane in our sandpit. While Kane worked on his ability to stand through the first half of a turn, Matt put his gym technique to good use by quickly discovering a new world in his standing ability. The secret for James was the old faithful of gripping that seat with his knees, something well worth the extra effort.
Cohen was next, looking to get the confidence on his 65 that he used to have on his CRF50. We literally stuck to the start straight for the whole session, starting with clutch control, moving through bending at his ankle for gears and progressing onto one bump he needed to get his knees locked in for. His parents were plenty pleased to see his confidence coming so far in such a short period of time, as was I.
Riding Red in style, my final session was Amelia and Llewellyn aboard XR and CRF230 machines. Having survived the hills of the Tussock Buster they were keen to make life on two wheels a little easier with some new skills.
Starting off in a similar style to what we did with Cohen, I was able to extend these two on to some hills at the end. Keeping those knees on the seat and body low enough that their arms stayed bent was the key, progressing to as tight a turn as possible at the bottom. This requires the quick pivot into our sitting position that takes some getting used to, but certainly works.
Yes, it is good to be back.