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2006 Idemistsu Ihatove Trial - Japan
60th Anniversary Kaikoura 3-Day 2006
The Leader - June 2006
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The Nelson Mail - 28th November 2005
The Nelson Mail - 18th November 2005
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New Zealand Trials News

John & Bodil join the team

13th October 2012
The A Team: Stephen & Deborah, John, David,Stef & Bodil
The A Team: Stephen & Deborah, John, David,Stef & Bodil

With the recent arrival of John Shand and partner Bodil to Nelson, it took no time at all for Stephen to renew friendships of old and have John out on a trials bike for the first time in 30 years. John, who last competed on a Mick Andrews replica twin-shock Ossa, quickly adapted and showed some good form on a Montesa 4RT which he has nick named "the Beast".
John will be involved as Operations Manager of Jotagas NZ using his many years of experience and expertise to bring a much needed boost to this new venture. The next issue of DRD will be introducing him and Bodil with more interesting stories to come.



Family Day Out

12th October 2012
Andy,Charlie, Peter, Nick and Logan
Andy,Charlie, Peter, Nick and Logan

Grandad and founder of NonStop trials park Stephen Oliver, is very pleased to see the fruits of his efforts when family and friends gather at this great venue. There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the family together enjoying what he has spent so many years doing.
Grandsons Logan & Charlie have their uncle and Dads to look up to and 88 Valley is an ideal property for all level of rider.
There's always a good atmosphere that anyone with similar values would enjoy to be part of.
It is great to see Stephen's wife Deborah, and the wee fellas Mums there, also enjoying the moment.
Now with summer heading our way we look forward to more of the same.


Joel Murgues pays NonStop a visit

10th October 2012
Joel had a great time.
Joel had a great time.

NonStop recently played host to Joel Murgues from New Caledonia, as he holidayed in New Zealand to indulge his two passions of snow skiing and trials riding.

He claims they share the same fitness requirements, which at the ripe old age of 55 means the one helps train him for the other.

Nick was on hand to give Joel some pointers
Nick was on hand to give Joel some pointers

He had already been skiing for three days before his arrival, rode at NonStop for two days and then headed back to the North Island for another two days of skiing before heading home, so it must work!

Although from France, Joel has been contracted with his hospital administration skills to many French speaking countries including New Caledonia.

There he has six other riders who are keen to attend the NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial, so Joel was here to be the forerunner for them to attend in the near future.


Joel was very happy with his experience, the riding tips he picked up and the hospitality he received from his Oliver family home-stay.



Peek preview

19th September 2012
New Creation
New Creation

"Peek preview" Read this as there is a prize at stake.

Ok, here is my latest creation. The Team (ME) at NRC (NonStop Research Centre) has been spending a few hours lately building this machine. This bike is a bit of a hybrid. I have given
it a thorough testing (before making it look pretty) and it feels really nice to ride. Before I list some of the components used, see who can tell me what two bikes have been used to create this one. It also has some aftermarket goodies, can you spy those as well. List them and I will pick the winner.

Winner will get a prize and this will be a free entry to the Steve Saunders Training Day at the 2013 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial in February. "Good Luck."


Jotagas Debut ride:

10th September 2012
Father and Son combination
Father and Son combination

This weekend was the first competitive outing for the Jotagas in NZ.

The event was the New Zealand South Island Championship. I took out Presidents grade for the weekend on the 2012 Jotagas and won the series overall.

Nick (middle son) had his first ride on the new 2013 Jotagas at his first competition for two years. Riding A grade he had a convincing win for the weekend, finishing with a total of 11 points lost with his closest rival on 58 points.

Nick loves  his new Jotagas
Nick loves his new Jotagas

The 2013 machine was "fantastic" and several riders took the opportunity to test Nick's bike and were very impressed.

Nick has ridden several different makes of machine in recent years and has always preferred his 4RT Montesa/ Honda; however on the way home Nick commented that he thinks we definitely have the best bike for the job.

I personally was also very happy, as Nick had a great day and enjoyed the new machine and is still buzzing, so thanks to Jotagas.

Thanks also to the organising club, as they did a great job to salvage this event from some atrocious weather; a great effort.

Next month is our NZ Nationals which is in Alexandra, so we are trying hard to have one of the new 250 machines available at this event. This will be a great opportunity to show off the 2013 model. I am looking forward to this model as it is in high demand world-wide as a great all round machine for the majority of riders and will be a real winner.

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All Work and No Play

12th August 2012
Ihatove fun
Ihatove fun

Along with the rest of the Idemitsu Ihatove organizing team, our good friends Rumi and Ishi (pictured here with top Japanese trials rider Fumitaka Nozaki) have been flat out preparing for this years event, which takes place on August 25 and 26.

While the rest of the country escapes the muggy heat at the beach or in air-conditioned comfort at home, the team is slogging across the hills of Iwate checking routes, clearing spring growth and fallen trees, and negotiating with landowners for access.
Yasuo and the gang still find time for a laugh though don't try this on the streets of downtown Tokyo!

NonStop Adventure wishes them all the best for another successful event this year.


Kaikoura Vistas

11th August 2012
Spectacular scenery
Spectacular scenery

Paul Dowell and I both headed South for a fun filled day to meet up with Stef Downes and David Trewin at the Trewin property in Kaikoura. We were greeted with great weather and took the opportunity to throw in a bit of coaching for good measure.

The Trewin's run a 4WD adventure tourism business there and it was very apparent why as the scenery is nothing less than spectacular riding up hill and down dale on the coastal peninsula with clear blue seas. What a great place to run another adventure trial.

We spent most of the day exploring what was on offer while playing in a variety of terrain and making suggestions of how to best utilise the property's features for future trials events and fun days.

The Trewin family are very hospitable and great people to be around. We are looking forward to heading back soon to take the NonStop tribe to share the experience.

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Family Affair

10th August 2012
Family Affair
Family Affair

On my last visit to Christchurch it was great to be able to catch up with the Downes clan. It was the first time I have had a chance to check out the fleet, ranging from BSA , Fantic, Gas Gas , Beta, Honda , Harley Davidson . and Deborah thought I was the only bike nut!
We used this time to get some riding under our belt and David shared in this visit.

Like the Trewin family, the hospitality was first class with good camaraderie and some neat stories to be told. It was also nice to be able to meet the other members of the family. On this particular day David, Stef, Alistair and I were heading in one direction while Shirley, Brent & family were heading out for a day's riding of their own at the local trials park.

Brent has been sorting out his current stable of bikes, so that he can accommodate the arrival of his new Jotagas later this month. After many years of owning near new machines, he is eagerly waiting with anticipation the unpacking experience of his all new bike, when it arrives in its crate from Spain.


Kaikoura 3-Day

4th August 2012
David & Stef & Stephen "Team NonStop"
David & Stef & Stephen "Team NonStop"

One of the longest running trials in the world, the Kaikoura 3-Day saw a great turn out of riders once again from both the North & South Islands. It was great to see all the familiar and not-so-familiar faces and all the old bikes out for a run, mixing it with the new machinery.

Although unable to attend the first day, Stephen & Deborah arrived in time to hear all the stories of the exploits of the day. We must have known something as this turned out to be the hardest of the three days riding with very slippery, muddy conditions to contend with.

After getting settled at the Trewin and meeting up with Stef, we all headed out for dinner in Kaikoura where everyone enjoyed a first class meal and great camaraderie.

I started out the day riding with my two apprentices and once we had sussed out all the sections I really got underway and enjoyed my usual nonstop style of riding to finish before the first downpour caught everyone by surprise. This was good luck more than good management on my behalf but I must confess we were driving out as the rain started, heading back for a warm shower and more Trewin hospitality " Anita managing to not only spend the day looking after the troops with soup, home cooked muffins and the usual sausage sizzle, but also whipping up a roast-of-the-day meal that evening for her visitors.

David and Stef both had great rides on day three but after consistent riding over the three days David Trewin took out the Expert line with a convincing win.

This was a great weekend had by all with many smiling facing. Even young Gareth was back up and smiling after his foot took a battering on day one " showing true grit to keep on riding over the weekend.

Thanks to the Pioneer Club for organising the event again this year. See their website for the full story and results.


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Founding Supporter

24th July 2012
Brian gets to meet the young guns
Brian gets to meet the young guns

Stef and David took the opportunity of catching up with Brian Jones in Christchurch. Brian, a long term friend of Stephen's, had a son in the sport many years ago and accompanied Stephen to England and Europe in the late 1980s.
Since then Brian has always taken an interest in Stephen's exploits and has given advice and support in the background for many years. He was a founding supporter when Stephen & Deborah started NonStop Adventure in 2004 and has taken another front row seat with the advent of Jotagas NZ as it comes on stream.

Brian, and Julie his wife, are keen to give back and enjoy seeing up-and-coming riders taking advantage of Stephen's years of off-road experience.


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