Despite being a few days after the South Island’s biggest annual motocross event, in winter, the need for a South Island bootcamp overcame all.
We had planned on using the awesome Mount Venus track that is causing quite a lot of excitement. With more options available out there all the time it will certainly be something for the future, but because of recent rain we ended up using what will be the venue for this years Mini Nationals. The Christchurch Club track at West Melton turned out to be perfect for our group of Juniors anyway.
It was a classic story of progression. Each rider had their weaknesses, and also their strengths. Clyde for example, a new addition to the sport of MX, shows an incredible ability to lean far into turns. He also started clearing the main tabletop before anyone else, yet he was one of only two riders who couldn’t bring themselves to wheelie the first hole in the sawdust section.
As a coach, there are times when you can see that a rider just needs that little bit of pressure. It was a safe but scary skill, one that he needed to sleep on; which is the beauty of these camps.
We got Clyde wheelying over smaller holes. Moving his feet back on the pegs and bending at the waist so that he could keep his arms bent, by the end of the day he started getting it. But it wasn’t until day three that he got it consistent.
Laying It Down
Normally day three is all about speed work, but with ice on the ground, the sawdust was a perfect place for us to start. All the riders needed was to warm their hands on expansion pipes during talking breaks. Clyde started with a few lifts that were not enough, then some that were too much, but before long he had it just right.
When it came time for the stop watch laps, he was really on the ball alongside his friend Dylan. They battled hard, and although Dylan bested him for best lap, it was still at least five seconds quicker than they had been the day before.