Wouldn’t you support a local business who is actively helping your kids and/ or your partner? Bisset Honda had us down for a couple of days earlier this month, with the kind of results that could make a loyal customer of more than a dozen families.
This may have been the last ride we get at the Bisset family farm, an ideal paddock for kids with small dips to turn on or jump off, yet flat enough to allows parents to see from one end to the other. All of this makes for a great place to improve, and we will be sad to see it go.
The standout of our morning session was one KX65 rider who got to the point of launching massive. I was glad to have worked on the standing skills first or it would have even more nerve wracking to watch.
Taking A Hit
Having a cyclist smack into her car didn’t stop one determined mother from getting her kids to the training. Jack and Kasey made the most of being there too. The lap timers helped their speed, but the most intense competition being between Cameron and JJ who finished with their best laps one tenth of a second apart.
Great hospitality from Bevan and Ingrid led to a big day at Bryce Sowry’s track, starting with one of my biggest fans. Bailey has proved to be a quick learner as he is both attentive and game enough to do the skills that I ask him to do, even if a long rut is involved. He battled the lap timer intensely along with Kane Ditmer, eventually getting times good enough to force me to step up my own riding to see if I could beat them.
Ready For Action
Then the girls arrived, around a dozen of them. With bikes all prepped thanks to the maintenance course that Bevan had shown them that morning, and fuelled with a decent lunch, they were well keen to learn.
After carefully leading them up to the open section of track we were to use, we worked on those keys that would help them brake, turn and power harder without risk of crashing. It was this short session that really got them going, and they were obviously having a good old time by our first break.
Bad Poker Players
Out came the big stick for round two, which was focused on their standing style. Coaching ladies is brilliant because of how easily they communicate how they are getting on with a skill. When I suggested they practice riding over one particular bump with one hand behind their back to prove that they were balanced, it was pretty obvious which of the girls were not going to be trying it. Which made the rewards that much greater for those who achieved it.
A lack of bike fitness in some of them made it an easy decision to finish a little bit early, but that didn’t mean the more experienced riders and I couldn’t do some more laps. This did mean a lack of feedback but that is ok. Words are good but results are better, and hopefully the ladies get out enough on their bikes to really feel the difference, with their business duly going back to Bisset Honda!