New Zealand Trials News
Update from Jake21st May 2008
Hope you are all fit and well back home.
Weather over here is starting to get better. The last couple of weeks I have been training hard on the bike and at the gym and with the weather been nicer it has been a lot more enjoyable.
Thought they were going to arrest me, they came down to me and started to talk in Italian and I asked if they spoke English and they said yes, they said that I was not able to ride here and asked what I was doing and I said I was training for the Future trial team and then the next half an hour they talked to me about the bike and where I'm from and why I was here, but I still couldn't keep my eyes off the handcuffs and gun though, but in the end they were cool but just said not to go back there.
Will update you all when I get back from Japan. Cheers, Jake.
Ihatove Spring Trial10th May 2008
Our Japanese friends on the Ihatove Trial staff have been hauling their bikes out of winter storage and heading for the hills again, kicking off the season with a Spring Trial on May 5th. The event attracted 16 entrants who rode 18 observed sections in warm spring weather. There was a good variety of terrain, and competitors were kept on their toes by challenging sections demanding sound riding skills. The importance of good technique was underlined when Tsuchiya-san, who has been riding since the early days of the Ihatove trial more than 30 years ago, took top place on a TL125! Second place went to Ishiyama-san, who visited Nelson last year. Judging from the photos, he was riding in fine style. Some other familiar faces can also be spotted in the photos - there's no missing recent visitor to Nelson Iemura-san in his dayglo-pink Ihatove vest! The event wound up with an informal award ceremony in a nearby restaurant. An enjoyable day out for all, and great practice for the big Idemitsu Ihatove Trial in August.
WMCC Trials Champs - Rd 26th May 2008
From: Darren Stockman
The usual intense rivalry's continued in the Clubman and Intermediate grades with Murray replacing Derek this time to take on the formidable Steve Armistead from Hamilton (you don't have to be a brain surgeon to win here, but it obviously helps if you are a retired Heart surgeon!) as Steve attests to by leading the Class.
Annette and I were even treated to 'Opening Night' at Onewhero's 100 seat purpose built theatre with an hilarious show and it showed how resourceful small country communities can be when they are passionate about something. Thanks Onewhero for a great weekend adventure.
Waimea Weekly Competition Winners Day Out2nd May 2008
Nick & Peter Oliver of NonStop Adventure Ltd recently hosted the winners of the Waimea Weekly holiday edition competition - Lydia Langbein, Billy Langley, Jordy Trafford and families at the 88 Valley Trials Park in Wakefield.
It was the first opportunity for everyone to attend together for a day of fun and learning and their first exposure to Trials riding.
Nick Oliver started with some basic riding techniques and a brief coaching session with skills that can be transferred to all off-road disciplines.
This was followed by a have-a-go session will all three winners given the opportunity to try out their form on the NonStop bikes.
Nick Oliver took the more experienced Jordy Trafford who currently rides a Morley Honda CRF150 machine while Peter and Andrew Oliver helped Lydia and Billy.
Nick & Peter also finished the session with a demonstration showing what can be achieved when you have the correct coaching and skilful instruction and a first-class facility available in the Tasman District thanks to the Parkes family and NonStop founders Stephen & Deborah Oliver. This is proving to be a great asset to the community on all fronts - locally, nationally and internationally with an opportunity for the Tasman District council to promote the Nelson region among NonStop's many guest riders, particularly from Japan.
It was a great way for the families to spend the afternoon together and good feedback was received with all three families eager to attend the next NonStop/Waimea Weekly fun day.
Japanese Television Show Focuses on Local Riders1st May 2008
A Japanese cameraman and journalist Shuuji Fujita has visited the Tasman Region to film and interview top local motorcycle trials riders Nick & Peter Oliver. This film will screen as a 1 hour program later this year.
Fujita was here with Iemura and Nakamura, staff members of trials company Idemitsu Ihatove which is in partnership with Nelson-based trial company NonStop Adventure Ltd.
Nick and Peter will be flown to Japan to compete later this year at the Idemitsu Ihatove trial promotion - giving them major exposure. Idemitsu has a strong relationship with NonStop, and founder Stephen Oliver says the trip will benefit trials riding in the region.
"One of the main reasons for the trip was to enable Iemura and Nakamura to visit New Zealand as advisors to NonStop Adventure in their efforts to promote trials nationally and internationally. As well, it was for us to tap into their expertise and experience in running and setting up an Ihatove trial in Nelson."
Stephen has also been working with Motorcycle New Zealand to encourage inclusion of Japan in the Oceania Challenge. This event is currently held annually between Australia and New Zealand. MNZ is talking with Federation of International Motorcycle (FIM) and Motorcycling Australia about the feasibility of this tri-nations approach to the Oceania Challenge.
Most of the footage for the programme was filmed at the trials park in 88 Valley, Wakefield. Fujita also interviewed Stephen, Nick, Peter and Andrew for the cover story of the 32nd Idemitsu Ihatove Trial television programme.
Idemitsu Ihatove Trials Training Day28th April 2008
Nick & Pete Oliver asked Stephen to resurrect the TY80s as they thought their Japanese friends would appreciate a photoshoot of them riding their first real trials bike.
Manzawa-san has sent the following news to the boys as an added surprise as they prepare themselves for the trip.
"I like you are preparing for Ihatove on TY80!"
Mitani will be riding in classic trial again. I will introduce you to him.
About your bike, I will try to prepare Montesa Cota 4RT or Scorpa SY250 if possible. This time, 125cc would be little sad for you and Peter, I think.
Manzawa who has a good western sense of humour quickly posted this story on the Ihatove website
Ishiyama, previous visitor to NonStop with his sons, saw Manzawa's article and commented that he had managed to secure two TY50s for the boys to ride as an added challenge.
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