Staying flexible is essential in this game as you never know what to expect but somehow you have to believe that it will all work out. Especially when one of your students goes missing…
While the forests of Woodhill can be sand riding heaven once you know how it likes to be handled, on the other hand it can be hell for the uninitiated. Having completed one of our Bootcamps a month earlier would certainly help but seeing as that had been Matthews first ride on a CRF150R, we began on the pine needle surface of the trial riding area. Things were generally going fairly smooth, improving along the way so we had a break then headed off to the old carpark, where life got interesting when Matt didn’t understand our loop and kept going.
Fortunately he stopped before long and we found him. The session was a success and my heart rate calmed down eventually before finishing my ride and heading home. There had meant to be a days coaching to follow but with rain rolling in on an already wet surface we postponed. Which worked out quite well.
A new opportunity has arisen thanks to our good friends and sponsors Botany Honda. Wanting to make the most of it we booked in this Wednesday before I was to fly out; which was very handy considering the previous cancelation. I got to work with Cody, Josh and Malcolm after using them as props for a photo, one which many Aucklanders will be passing by every day in the near future.
Then Rhys Kelly once again joined in for more coaching, this time along with young Kevin aboard his KTM65. After making the most of Ardmores start straight the boys loved hitting the big track even with the big bikes racing past once I had carefully got them on line. We plan to do much more here at Ardmore, hopefully with the place to ourselves so keep your eyes out. There is less chance of getting lost.