New Zealand Ihatove Trial News
2011 Idemitsu Ihatove Trial27th June 2011
Preparation for this year's Japanese Ihatove event is well on the way, thanks to Yasuo Manzawa and his team of merry men & women.
Spring is in the air and although the work is hard it is great to be at one with nature and once again experience the lovely fine weather that it brings.
As we are all aware the Earth Quake has caused huge disruption in the life of many Japanese and their communities, this has only made the Ihatove team more determined to get things back on track.
Ihatove Adventure Trial 20116th May 2011
I traveled up to Nelson with Mick and Jill to meet up with Alan (future president) Duthie and stay with Tony & Joy Cameron in their fantastic big house. We discovered that Tony is a pretty good host and a real cracker on the BBQ. Unfortunately this led to a late night and a lethargic start to the next day.
We arrived at 88 Valley for a friendly "play trial" on the Saturday morning, which was organised to the standards of a NZ Champs event. We even had a machine inspection by Grant Oliver who explained the advantages of having wheel bearings in my back wheel and not in my spares box.
Thanks Grant, they do feel better now. After the "play trial" [Mick and Alan Duthie tied for first] we were given two options, stay at Nonstop Park for some training with Nick Oliver or go for a trail ride with Stephen. Being too thick to train I opted for the trail ride. What fantastic ride. A piece of advice though, if you are trail riding with Mick Andrews and he says 'Do you think it's a good idea to ride up there? Don't even think about it. The answer is NO. Else, when you ride up, Mick then points out "it doesn't look too good going down there does it? But we still had to go down.
More misfortune that evening, Tony was a good host yet again and we had another late night. Everyone was a little lethargic the next morning. Alan Duthie's bottle of turbo medicine was added to the coffee, which gave the day a boost and got everyone into a fit state to ride motorcycles.
Arriving at 88 Valley everything was well organised with Olivers everywhere. They must really have the breeding gene. We were broken up into groups of ten to head off into the wilderness to follow a well marked course. Hobbit was our mule, carrying fire extinguishers and other things required to survive for 7 hours out on the trail.
This was my second nonstop trial this year and I must say it was fantastic to be using second and third gear in sections at times. I'm now left wondering why we have moved away from nonstop trials.
If you only ride one trial in 2012 then make sure it is the Ihatove Adventure Trial.
2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial6th March 2011
Day two was the Ihatove event itself.
They were superb. We rode in groups of 3-4 and marked each other just like in golf. I chose the blue grade for the day and had an absolute whale of a time. I regrettably missed a peg which gave me a 5 (not good) which ruined my overall results (came 4th on 8 points)- The winner was on zero - Yasuo on a Honda Montesa 4RT.
The little Scorpa was fantastic and yes it climbed almost anything. Mind you with no seat at all my legs were screaming out on Monday after five hours of constant standing up.
What I absolutely loved was the genuine camaraderie, the smiles, the willingness to do the best you could, the helping one another spot the best lines, and sections that had been excellently set out. There was no moaning at all from anyone involved, perhaps only that directed at ones self when you had mucked something up.
It seemed full of fun and what trials is all about, when sections are properly marked out
The classic bike fraternity were out in force and I saw some fantastic riding on classic old machinery that would make many a modern rider gasp.
All day long the Oliver family were there to help, from Stephen's mum and dad, to his brother and of course his wife Deborah, plus the skilled yet fun-loving sons. Pete is a real comedian.
So do yourself a favour and add "ride a /another trial" and contact Stephen Oliver at NonStop Adventure.
Ihatove Report - written by Allan Boot (Part 1)5th March 2011
The Bucket List
Most of us know what a Bucket list is - the movie with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman reminded us that it's those things you mean and want to do before you die, but mostly never make the time to do.
Life Coaches stress the importance of always having 150 things on your bucket list so you are always looking ahead and setting goals. I totally get that stuff - being a part time life coach helps!.
So it is that I found myself in February, at the 2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial run by NonStop Adventure NZ, based in Nelson. Two weeks prior I re-read my bucket list which had on it "ride another trial" and thought - "practice what you preach".
Youth has well and truly passed me by and at 53, the screws, plates and replacement hips are the result of a life lived to the maximum with a few off-road motorcycling injuries taking their toll.
I have been pondering "what's next". Family and friends say a wheelchair, but I want to wear out not rust out and motorcycling is very much in the blood.
So luckily for me, a quick phone call two weeks out and accommodation, flights, entry and lease of a bike is arranged. It should be called "One stop"- Not "NonStop". However, I'd recommend you get your request in earlier than me for next year as the lease bikes are in hot demand for international guest riders.
After being picked up early on the Saturday morning by trials guru Nick Oliver, we head out to their fabulous property 25 minutes out of Nelson.
Rust is everywhere- not on the bike but on me and I manage to make simple sharp turns and hills look hard, until after 10 minutes or so there's a modicum of control.
Day one is a low key affair with the 50 or so entrants treated to a 2 lap trial of 10 sections per lap followed by an afternoon of coaching for those that want it- Yes Please!
I like the fact that sections are to be ridden in a "non stop" manner as I was never any good at all that hopping and bouncing stuff anyway. The new scoring system of 1- 4 for "dabs" and a five for stopping or crashing is simple too.
See the Ihatove Photo Gallery here
Final Preparations14th February 2011
Its all go at the NonStop Trials Park in Nelson as final preparations are completed for the NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial this weekend.
A great field of riders will be winging their way to Nelson to take part in what will be a fun event.
Mick & the classic boys survived the weekend in Christchurch and are looking forward to their next outing full of enthusiasm.
Below is a link to our draft program; at the printers as we speak.
Never a dull moment4th February 2011
Stephen was fortunate that Nick purchase a CRF230 last year and has generously made it available to mark out the trail and Trials sections and to enable the materials and equipment to be transported to the top of the farm.
After some extensive gully clearing we now have an interesting and flowing course which is easily navigated thanks to the brightly coloured course markers (as seen in the accompanying photos). The white markers with red, yellow and blue clearly show the route for all the classes, with white arrows on coloured backgrounds easily directing the flow of the section. Some extra tracks have been cut for easy entry and exit points for the many recreational / Social / Classic riders this event has attracted.
Countdown to Ihatove15th January 2011
The pace has picked up in the lead up to the NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial. Founder and leader in waiting of NonStop, Stephen & Nick Oliver have been working hard finalising the two loops for the Ihatove Trial and designing the sections and obstacles for the NonStop trial and NonStop 'KickStart Scott trial'.
2011 NZ Ihatove preparation5th January 2011
Stephen & Nick have been working on the trails for the 2011 February Ihatove Adventure Trial at 88 Valley and have the bulk of the two loops sorted for this year. It is great to see all the hard work from last year paying off in a much easier preparation season for the new event.
2011 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial weekend (19-21st February)5th January 2011
Saturday 19th February -(am) Scruitineering followed by a NZ NonStop Trial
Saturday 19th February Social evening. Club Waimea, Richmond - Restaurant & Bar available. Time to socialise, meet special guests Mick Andrews & Haruo Kimura and see video footage of the day's riding.
Sunday 20th February - NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial
Due to the interest from the Classic trials fraternity this event will be classic-friendly, bringing all riders together for a fun and challenging ride.
The inaugural 2010 NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial has been very well received with premium coverage in NZ, Japanese, English, French & Italian trials magazines. As a sports tourism event it is also supported by the local Tasman District Council and a draw card for international participants.
NonStop Adventure are pleased to announce that in 2011 we are privileged to be facilitating the reunion, after many years, of long time friends, riding compatriots and two main players in the development of the Yamaha TY250; Mick Andrews, accompanied by his wife Jill and Haruo Kimura.
Mick Andrews, three times Ihatove participant, having been a special guest at Yasuo Manzawa and Shozo Narita's Japanese event in 1990 (picture). Kimura has also worked as development rider for all the Yamaha trial bikes and in recent years the very popular Scorpa 125 which uses the Yamaha motor, with the Ihatove Trial in mind. As this article goes to print Kimura is currently finalising the development of Kenichi Kuroyama's Yamaha/Scorpa works bike for the 2011 Japanese Championship season.
As an adventure weekend this privately run event caters for a large diversity of riders and no licence is required.
As an optional third day of riding Monday, 21st February will be a half day NonStop Adventure tour ride to Havelock, Marlborough Sounds.
2011 NZ Ihatove entry forms now available!19th October 2010
We look forward to greeting all the riders again in February and we will update you with more news as it comes to hand.
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