New Zealand Trials News
Off Road Coaching Manual9th September 2011
We are very pleased to announce that with the support of many, the publication of our first "Off Road Coaching Manual" is now available.
You or your friends may access the manual by emailing us requesting a hard copy or a high quality PDF version.
Alternatively you can click on the Coaching Manual button on the right of the page. This will give you access to download the manual from a lower resolution PDF. It has been very well received and with the endorsement from the MNZ Trials commissioner the manual is looking to be a valuable asset to the off road M/C fraternity.
Riding dirt bikes as a sporting activity ranks right up there with the best.
" Proud to be involved in Off Road Motorcycling in NZ"
Time on the bike.4th September 2011
With the imminent advent of the Masters grade, the founder of NonStop, Stephen Oliver has decided to put in some time on the bike.
He freely admits that it was high time that he brush up on some of the basics and continue to improve his skill level with regards to the more modern techniques.
Stephen had this to say: "It has been awhile since I spent some selfish time to work on my own riding but I feel it is necessary now that I have been given the opportunity to help Stef Downes.
This has been really great and has played a big part in giving me the extra enthusiasm I need to focus on my riding, which will in turn help me with Stef and her goals. Although I am fifty-one years old and some may see this as some what of a hurdle, I believe that it is even more important to maintain a reasonable level of fitness with a couple of rides a week.
If this is done then you are able to continue to ride and have a lot of fun on a trials motorcycle to a ripe old age.
However it is important to ride at a level that caters for your ability in order to avoid unnecessary injury.
Self preservation is right up there for me.
Stephen and Deborah have both put in many hours over the last decade to successfully lift the profile of the trials machine and the way in which it can be ridden; not only has this increased exposure it appears everyone else is also putting in a bigger effort.
See Flickr photo gallery "Stephen in Training"
2011 Idemitsu Ihatove Trial30th August 2011
The 2011 Idemitsu Ihatove Trial has been another successful event with two fine days of sun shine.
Yasuo has quickly skyped us tonight to let us in NZ know the outcome and was very happy with the success of the weekend and the mood of the competitors. As he was about to leave for the closing ceremony he will give us a more detailed account of the weekend over the next week.
The event has maintained its high standard of "no casualties" with the 400 plus riders completing the course incident free with big smiling faces.
Shozo with both sons Takumi and Ryo were present as was Kenichi Kuroyama, having just competed in the Japanese round of the World Series only a week ago. Yasuo told us how Kenichi is quite the entertainer, performing for the riders at the welcoming function on the eve of the first day of competing.
1st major outing for Stef and her Beta29th August 2011
It was the Weekend of the South Island Champs in Blenheim and the Beta 125's debut Trial. Going into the weekend I knew the biggest challenge for me was going to be getting used to the bike as I had only had it for just over three weeks. In that time I had been out riding as much as possible but riding a trial was a different story.
It was wet and I was keen to get in some good practice time in the wet conditions before the days riding began. A short ride down the road found me at an area with other fellow riders. I was still unsure as to how the Beta was going to react with certain obstacles so I tried a few different rocks, a bit of a slippery hill climb and a loose quarry rock slopes.
With a bit of experimentation I found my feet and was ready for the day ahead.
All I had ended up doing was riding too fast for the section and getting offline. There was also no real reason for me to assume I would struggle to find grip. So first gear was selected and once I had adapted found it to be much more user friendly. The rest of the day went well and I was pleased with the improvement in my riding.
Day Two and snow was on the forecast, it had rained most of the night, so it was looking wet. I was feeling a lot more comfortable on the bike after the previous day's efforts and looking forward to seeing the difference in the days riding ahead. The sections were similar to the day before with a couple of them being reversed. I got to open the Beta up on a couple of hill climbs, but a bit of a rock slab proved to be the highlight of the day for me. I had to be confident when attacking it as it was either you are up or you are not.
It had a good run up so I chose to use second and hit it with a few revs. The Beta handled it a lot easier than I had first thought and was more fun than daunting by the end of the day.
By the end of the weekend I no longer believed that it lacked power, it had plenty, enough to get me in trouble. Traction wasn't an issue. And there was no need to use higher than first gear purely for the reason of it's a 125. I did learn that you do need to ride it differently than a 250.
It needs more revs, clutch work and technique to get it to do the same thing but it did everything just as well providing you did all the above. But really the most important thing is that I had a great weekend and it was just so much fun to ride!
Stef coming to Grips with Beta28th August 2011
Stef coming to Grips with Beta
I have just spoken to Stef and she has informed me that it was another very successful day and the machine is bedding in nicely.
Stef had this to say. "I have just finished tidying up the bike after Day 2. It's going well. Good thing about today was it was a club day out at the Pioneer Trials Park so there were other riders around and I could copy more of what they were doing. The Inters/Expert rider Glen Smith was out and I got to go with Glen, he gave me some training which I thought was quite good for me as it challenge me to do some things I had be avoiding on the new bike up to this point..
I was quite surprised when I managed to do what I wanted it to do, which was to ride non stop by carrying the front wheel from off the bottom tyre to the next tyre and to my delight succeeded in reaching the top.
Stef Downes, goes 12526th August 2011
Stef Downes has recently shelved the Scorpa and taken delivery of a new Beta 125 Evo.
It wasn't long before Stef had the machine all assembled and ready to ride.
The inaugural outing was at the Pioneer trials park.
Stef had this to say "The Beta is running well. We started out a bit slow just trying to get used to it and bed in some brakes. Some minor adjustments were required after the initial warm up period. Then threw it at some more serious stuff to see how it handled. Most things it did quite well, better than I expected for a first time out.
A couple of times I would do something and it almost wouldn't do it (bigger rocks) so would give it another go with a few more revs and we handled it way better. I definitely found that I will have to ride the clutch and be more aggressive with the throttle.
I can ride it just as slow, creeping around but using the clutch more. I have found that using clutch and holding the revs as opposed to just using the throttle. However this comes as no surprise as this is what I have been told to expect.
A little more time on the bike and I will have it sorted".
Thirsty Work4th August 2011
With just a few weeks left before this year's Idemitsu Ihatove Trial in Iwate (27-28 August), the organizing team is making the final push to get everything ready.
Jake rises to the occasion in the Highlands3rd August 2011
Jake Whitaker has ridden his last event in the northern hemisphere for 2011. The world round took place in Scotland at Fort William, in the same area as the famous SSDT, held every year for the past 100 years, which was celebrated only a few months ago.
Stef in Trialing Paradise24th July 2011
Great company, fantastic weather and two days of trialing in paradise, that most only get to dream about. This is the best way to sum up the first of several scheduled fun coaching weekends for Stef Downes at the NonStop Trials Park in the top-of-the-south. Stef is the newest member of the NonStop Team, and as already introduced in last months Kiwi Rider, is keen to take full advantage of what is on offer at this first class facility.
In Stef's own words, I never knew I would have so much fun under the watchful eyes of the Oliver men while coaching was in progress and this went on all weekend at varying levels. NonStop founder Stephen has a lot to offer and covers the basics in a very thorough manner pointing out that without this firm grounding and foundation it will be difficult for any rider to progress to their desirable grade in the sport. We would cover an area of riding technique and then go and have a play around and apply this in a fun environment.
On this occasion it was Stephen that was doing most of the coaching, while Nick and Pete gave a hand when needed.
The most important area that Stephen wished to address on our first encounter was the ability of riding smoothly and in full control, as in his opinion this is the first requirement before moving forward to the next level. Without this truly sorted it would always be unnecessarily difficult to master the more advanced techniques needed to be able to compete in the top grades.
It is very easy to see why the Oliver father and sons combination works so well as they can all ride together pushing each other to new heights, Stephen included. In fact, on many occasions, it is father that still leads the way and pulls off some crazy rides at which point Nick and Pete, in Pete's words," not to be outdone by an old fart," immediately lift the anti.
For me it was an opportunity of a life time to be able to hook up with this team and it has put a whole new meaning to enjoying my sport.
All in all a great weekend
Side note from Stephen
We at NonStop are very impressed with Stef's riding ability and it has become apparent over this weekend that she is very capable and has developed an extremely smooth style of riding due in no small part to her father Brent, a long time campaigner of our sport. Stef has good technique and we believe the timing is now right for some extra input from the team at NonStop. Stef has a lot to offer and is at a level of maturity that she can put a considerable amount back into the sport. She has good people skills and will be a great role model for all newcomers to our sport and this is another area that Stef is keen to excel at. We at NonStop are keen to support Stef in all these areas and look forward to growing together for the betterment of trialing here and abroad.
Podium for Jake23rd July 2011
On Thursday night I rode in another Italian Indoor Championship, we arrived at the venue a few days earlier which was cool as the venue was very close to the sea so along with Jack Challoner, Davide Zaccagnini and a few of the other riders we went for a run to check out the sights along the beach, then jumped in for a swim to cool off.
Thursday afternoon I had the qualifying lap to ride in which didn't go to plan what so ever, We had a puncher on the first section landing a bit to heavily on a sharp steel edge of a skip bin, you only have 6 minutes to complete 4 sections so any any problems during that time have to be sorted fast, however we got back up and running and completed the lap loosing 6 points but 5 for time penalty's, I was very lucky to make the top ten and get into the semi final in 9th position.
I was feeling good on the bike and lost only 4 points in the semi final leading the event for awhile and finished the semi final in 2nd place, this still didn't secure me a spot in the final as only the top 4 riders go through and i had 4 dual lane races to get through i won two of them and lost 2 when you come second in these races you get 2 points added on to your score, with my two wins this gave me enough to make it into the final which was awesome and a big improvement from my first indoor event earlier in the season considering I didn't even qualify.
The sections in the final are much more difficult and bigger than the qualifying and semi final lap, I started the lap off with a 5 on a big steep after not realizing the bike had clicked into 4th gear after scrapping it along the edge of a pipe before the steep which gave me a big shock when i went to set off. It was then very close between all 4 riders and at the last section I was fighting for 3rd position, The last section was probably one of the most difficult and biggest and defiantly
I cleaned the section to finish with my best result of this year on the podium in 3rd position, i was really happy with the result along with the rest of the
A big thanks to my team Top Trial everyone for there support Karl Clark for minding and again all of you back home for your words of encouragement.
This weekend on Sunday I have an Italian outdoor event which is held again on arena type sections in a place called Lazzate, I have ridden here in past years and have enjoyed it every time so I'm looking forward to getting back there and giving my best shoot for another good result.
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