Shorty has been refining his track near Wairoa for a few years and now had much of it ripped deep with the obstacles flowing together perfectly. The only thing out of his control is the watering system, rain bucketing down the night before.
Fortunately I had a plan and it came together to produce the kind of camp that any rider would have been falling over themselves to do, had they seen how it all turned out.
Getting the Low Down
Having just held a trail ride at their place, the kids loop was still in action so we began our coaching on the back paddock with the ridge jump you may have seen on Facebook. This lesson was crucial for setting the tone, strictly getting them bent at the waist to keep their arms from straightening in the air.
A small kicker was forming and a little turning over the jump was massively helpful, combined with tight knees on their seat. Sure enough it transformed their jumping, especially once they simply kept powering off the ramp rather than blipping and preloading.
After lunch we could then use those sections that run around the outside of the main track, which quickly formed some primo berms and ruts. Firm but shallow enough to pop out of if necessary, I was able to get most of the riders working on entry speed with front brake, rather than the typical slow entry and bad throttle control.
Keegan, Shorty’s eldest son, needed this as much as anyone despite being one of the fastest there. Well, we got him faster and more consistent than ever.
Only the inner sections of the track were too wet to ride initially but we had a few runs through them before dinner to let some of the lines settle over night. As it turned out, day two was even better than I had imagined.
With the whole track now open, the boys were able to session any section they wanted, whether practicing whips off the slightly rutted upramps or railing corners in the kind of condition that any International event would dream of.
I will let the photos tell the rest of the story but as you can imagine it was a bunch of tired but very satisfied riders who headed home that afternoon.