Riding as a family is something special. Having siblings and a Mum or Dad to race is more than just an advantage; it is the best fun.
MX Central happened to be the venue where I worked with four different families over two days last month. Having a track like this adds even more to the enjoyment so my job was simply to get some skills in there as well.
Leading the way in terms of a steep learning curve was the Gillion and Wilson families who took their jumping skills to a whole new level. Staying low to the bike was as challenging and rewarding as always. It led to some hot competition later in the day as they really started getting a feel for the new skills with the classic “Did you see me over the tabletop!” statements being heard.
A favourite of mine was the Broughton family with Dad leading the way. His buzz came in doubling a section that had been bugging him for a while, which led the way to all his offspring doing the same soon after. But we weren’t happy just to be clearing it. Hitting the jump at speed and using a forward-back-forward movement with their bodies off the upramp and into the air meant they didn’t need to power off the upramp, keeping them lower to the ground and carrying more speed through the section.
On the other range of the spectrum, Jackson Stanners’ father was happier supporting from the sidelines which was the place to be in this case because of the massive improvement his son was making. Jackson was an excellent student, able to transform my instructions into reality almost instantly, with the benefits being made manifest just as quickly. He went through a transformation in ability and confidence that I have rarely seen, even with one scary moment that saw him hit the deck. Soon he was ready to be shown around the big track and while that was not his cup of tea yet, it soon will be.
James at MX Central is moving that place forward at a rapid pace with a new layout and constantly groomed track. Keep supporting a place like this and he will keep looking after us as we continue to grow families closer together using the medium of motorcycles.