New Zealand Ihatove Trial News
The 8th wonder of the world (The great Ihatove bridge)9th January 2010
While everyone was enjoying their Christmas/New Year break Stephen has been hard at work preparing the adventure trails for the inaugural Ihatove event in February. With a willing hand from Wellingtonian Bruce Corkill, and his engineering skills, Nick & Stephen were able to complete an engineering feat to be proud of in the middle of nowhere spanning the great Parkes/Hunt farm boundary, in order for the Ihatove trial to take in all the wonderful scenery and trail opportunities on offer at 88 Valley.
Exploration Day Two8th November 2009
Sunday has come around so fast and here we are at the Hunts property for the second day in a row and looking forward to another great adventure.
Today will involve more work, as there is some grooming needed. Fortunately because of the nature of the NonStop type section, we will only need to trim the odd overhanging branch, groom potential sections, remove some debris and a small amount of building to make an already good section better.
I must say that we are fortunate that there is not as much preparation required as our good friends in Japan have to undertake in preparation for their event. The farm is well grazed so getting out the weed eater will not be necessary.
We have found a small waterfall today that will be an added attraction and looks great.
I am also setting out a number of direction markers and arrows to see how things hold up over the next few weeks. Our biggest concern is the wind as on the odd occasion, especially evenings, it can blow; so I hope that they will stand the test of time and be up to it.
Day of Exploration7th November 2009
Saturday was a day of exploration as neither the boys or I have had the opportunity to venture into the neighbouring property.
Preparations begin4th November 2009
I caught these shots of Stephen this evening. He has been preparing for next year's NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial for several months. With the NZ National calendar finished for another year he has stepped up the game plan as there is much to do.
The team at NonStop are keen to have everything as completed prior to the event as possible, so things will run smoothly when the New Year is upon us.
The entries are starting to flow in, which is very encouraging; so this will be an event to remember and one that everyone will be keen to attend annually.
We will be doing regular updates to keep everyone informed as to how things are coming along. So watch this space.
Best in Trialling
33rd Idemitsu Ihatove3rd September 2009
While those of us who attended the Nelson club trial on August 30 revelled in rain and mud, the 33rd Idemitsu Ihatove Trial was taking place under clear blue skies in Iwate Prefecture.
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