People and places, two things that determine how good a coaching trip is going to be. Broxy’s latest journey dished up the best of both of them as he enjoyed the best weather early spring could deliver, with the irrepressible Josh Bartosh back from MTF long enough for a ride to the end of the earth.
For the third day in a row we were at the Marlborough Champs track, this time two ladies to start with then four lads and no track markers to hold us back. While we eased the ladies into their skills, right from the start of the boys session we noticed Joshs’ influence. Not in a bad way mind you. He set the bar high by showing me how to pop the clutch to get the front wheel extra high through a G-out that none of us had mastered yet. I was then able to repay the favor by helping him accelerate harder with less strain on his arms up the rough horse power hills- while our coaching lads learned the whole time. Certainly not your usual way to do it but successful!
Down By The Riverside
We had been staying with Marlborough club pres Mike Holland and family for the weekend but moved to Christchurch for stop number two where the weekends MX2 class winner Cody Murphy and his family were our hosts. The Waimakariri river motorcycle reserve was our playground for the day that followed where we arrived early for play before showing Lewy Bell and Will Taylor a thing or two.
With an hour to go, “Tex MX” introduced himself. Before long he joined in on the coaching session aboard his 450 and let rip. His energy added the life we were losing late in the younger lads session and along with the use of our lap timers we finished on a high.
Brushing off the Cobwebs
Oamaru was next with Joel Meikle tagging along for the morning session after we had stayed with them the night. It began at Jase Haymans track which he was grooming while we were sessioning it out with his son Luke and a last minute addition, our friend Ryan Mason. Ryan then came with us for the trip down the road to a stubble paddock where his schoolmates were booked for what had become a massive schools session.
It had begun with a facebook message from young Scott Hawkins who had then asked his sports coordinator if she was able to make it happen. Word must have spread quickly because before long around 20 riders had come out of the woodwork, keen for an afternoon on the bikes where we split them into two groups and got stuck in. Using Josh and plenty of video footage to show them their progress we hammered some control into their riding, with speed a welcome by-product as they prepare for the Secondary Schools MX in a month or two.
There must be some kind of magnetism in our travelling because just how Joel spent the day with us after staying with his family, Campbell King did the same for our Balclutha session. Who could blame him. The Reserve track has had a fair bit of attention lately and proved to be one of the best moto playgrounds in the country that day.
While Josh and Campbell battled, the combo of Matt, Liam and Ryan were drilled through their own special day session. The lap timers were used extensively to prove that the inside is at least as fast as the outside. Building their confidence on ruts, jumps and braking before finishing with some one on one with Ryan to help his starts, we had a great time before heading off to the furtherest destination of our trip, the south western town of Tuatapere where the Bennie family made most gracious hosts.
Last of the Mohicans
By this time the still, clear days were practically magical; and with snow capped mountains in the background we hammered out a bunch of skills for the cross country riders making up session number one. I will let the photos do the talking on this one, before more good times with the younger group that afternoon. There was a tinge of sadness in the knowledge that this was to be our last session at this magical location but be sure we will be back, and the Bennies have not seen the last of us!
To finish up it was a morning session back at Balclutha organized by the excellent Josh Bradfield. Villipoto skills helped their control and straight line speed. We practiced the safe way to case doubles. I was blown away by the improvement of Adam Dickie. Basically it was a great way to finish our trip and by the time we were making our way north again it felt like we had left no stone unturned.