Nobody does the family trail ride camp better than Honda, and January marks the start of another big year for the new generation.
Two camps were our introduction once again, one near Whangamata on the Coromandel Penninsula, the other a bit further south in a place called Waiakia. The latter required a flight to Dunedin and a rental car, but Whiritoa being just over an hour from home was perfect for the family. That meant the tent was packed and only the boat had to miss out.
A similarity between the camps was my late arrival. Whiritoa because of our crazy Academy commitments, Waikaia because of a misinterpretation of when my flights would arrive. We made it work and it meant that I didn’t hesitate to make a very cool track at both events, but means my apologies to those inconvenienced, including my hard working wife who had to put the tent up with our live-in teenager Cade Srhoy instead of having her husband there to do it for her. Sorry!
There was also a lack of riding demonstrations this time, instead I took the time to explore the tracks for myself and formulated a plan for next year. Of course the feature of our time was the one hour coaching sessions that many riders made the most of. Brakes and turns, bumps and berms. A new feature being the lap timers I attached to a lucky few who had something extra to gauge their improvements from. I will be using these as much as possible over the four camps to come.
Why It Works
Every year I appreciate more just how important these events are, as I see these kids get their introduction to a safe riding environment at these events, run by a conscientious and thoughtful organizer. Then they grow up and many stay with the sport and its red brand, including those like Todd Keown, one of our Academy riders who continued on to race Woodville very credibly this year. Lets keep them coming!