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The Nelson Mail - 18th November 2005

As reported by the Leader in June 2005 the Trials Park in Wakefield, although having been established three years ago, is now a reality with the official launch on November 20th. In 2003, 2004 and 2005 the three NZ Junior Trials Champions have been from the Nelson region, produced by the efforts of Stephen Oliver of the NonStop Trials Academy and the NN/Marlborough Trials Association under the leadership of Bob Cooke. The Academy has also produced one of the top contenders again for Junior title in 2006.

The Parkes family trust has made available the use of their land for this facility and the launch has been made possible with the major support of Goldpine, Hirequip, Nelvac Home Services and other local businesses alongside the huge efforts of the Oliver family.

NonStop Trials Park
NonStop Trials Park

The world of Trials sees man and machine in harmony almost defying the laws of gravity, triumphing over the natural terrain and man-made obstacles in a way quite unlike any other sport. This physically and mentally challenging sport tests the balance and skill of a rider from the novice to the top level riders in the World. Where high levels of balance and technical skills are required, Trials has long been recognised as the foundation upon which all other motorcycling sports can be built. It is absolutely awe inspiring to watch world class riders conquering the unbelievable in a world where seeing-is-believing.

Josh along with current World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts, American Supercross & Motocross Champion Ricky Carmichael, and World Enduro Champion Stefan Merriman all have a great appreciation for the sport of Trials - all using Trial motorbikes for cross training. Trials teaches the skills to handle your motorcycle in all situations giving you the edge over your competitors. Where better to learn the skills that will help you ride on and off road with greater confidence than in Nelson at the NonStop Trials Academy.

Due to the style of bike and tyre, Trials is a low impact sport both for noise and ground damage, the opposite to other forms of motorcycle sport. As such the local district council has inspected the site and approved it for use by the Academy.

It is not uncommon for Stephen to be working at the park late into the night and it has been said by many businesses approached by Stephen that his passion and commitment have spurred their support for this facility to become a reality and an asset to the Nelson community.

Due to Stephen's efforts this has led to Nelson receiving a high profile in the sport of Trials internationally with the visit in July of a Japanese contingent (as reported in the Leader July 14th, 2005) to inspect the property. Mr Manzawa, motortrials journalist and organiser of the Idemitsu Trials event (largest Trials event in the World) said he was very impressed with the setup at the NonStop Trials Academy and he is keen to foster the links between Japan and Nelson for junior squads from both countries to compete both here and in Japan. To this end a team of Nelson youth has been invited to Japan in 2006 as guests of the Idemitsu Rally at its 30th anniversary.
Stephen has also established contacts in England with ten times British Champion Steve Saunders and an ex American Trials Champion who both run similar Training Schools in their home countries.

Trials riding is probably the only motorcycle sport where age barely matters and families often ride and compete together. However, it is mostly fathers who instruct their children and there is only so much that can be achieved this way without a more formal teaching programme in place. Stephen's hope is that the Academy will provide the push necessary to enable NZ once again to enter a team in the international Trial de Nations competition.
Right now in spite of the outstanding form of the current NZ Champion, Warren Laugesen, who gained experience riding in England and Europe, there is not the depth of talent in this country in recent years. Stephen is changing this by working with Bob Cooke and the NZ Trials Associations producing Junior Champions, preparing them for future national and international competition.

The Trials Park is situated in a natural amphitheatre with all the facilities within a compact area with good spectator viewing. There is every type of obstacle from rocks, grassy banks, logs, gullies and hill climbs along with man-made obstacles utilising concrete, pipes and wooden structures to test even the highest level of ability.
The Park has been designed with cycle and Trials motorcycle use in mind with future provision for Mountain Bike facilities to be established at the site; however if local bodies offer their support, this facility will be made available to the wider community for scheduled 'learn-to-ride' training days or fun days.

Due to the facility being on private property the Park will only open to a set Calendar of events with supervision under OSH provisions for pre-registered Academy courses and training days. It is not available for public access at other times.

For further information and to register your interest in future courses or training days contact Stephen Oliver at the NonStop Trials Academy 64-3-5451053 or email him at

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P O Box 752, Nelson, New Zealand
Tel: 64-3-545 1053
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