I would consider this my home track, as it is where I did 90% of my training as a teenager. Yet it has been a long time since I have been back, with many changes having happened in the meantime. This story is about that track, told through the story of my two students for the day.
Tegan was wanting to build confidence after a big crash. She was on the mini track, the area that will soon be turned back into a full blown Supercross track.
Obviously it is intimidating to jump straight back to where you last crashed, so we used the flattened area that used to be the old mini track. It will no doubt be buzzing with spectators once again come Labour Monday, but that day itwas just Tegan.
Back on the mini track she got some speed going again, getting air on what was once the scene of my best ever whip for a crowd. I can’t wait to see what Ben Townley and crew can come up with for the big event.
On the big track Kahutea wanted some jumping skills. He had been coached on co
rners by Rhys Carter just one week earlier, so I was happy to oblige. Especially at a track like this where jumps of all sizes are available. A small step up before the start straight got us started, followed by a couple of new/ changed jumps out the back. The landings are too steep on a few out the back, but by the end of the session he was actually whipping on purpose and bringing it straighter before landing.
We finished on the number 1 jump, an old classic that still sends you pretty high. He will no doubt work his way up to clearing the number 3 jump after that, and eventually what is called the “hundred footer” just before the finish. There really is a wide range of options, without even having to head to the Franklin Farm just ten minutes away.
What I like most about this place is the volcanic soil that has a sandy texture, helping it handle the rain fairly well. It usually forms fairly good ruts in the turns with plenty of good berm options. Last but not least is a wide and long start line that has held the Senior MX Nationals not many years ago. It seems as though the club is on its way back to its glory days.