Oakleigh MCC Non-stop Trials Series 2016

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Non-stop trials were revived in Europe in an attempt to regulate modern riding techniques and to promote dwindling grass roots trials. Numbers attending local club trials in the UK have generally increased since its introduction.

Whilst hopping and other advanced techniques are great to watch and are achievable by the upper level riders, it is generally beyond the capabilities of most club and youth riders. In addition to providing an opportunity for club riders of differing skill levels and ages to compete, the non-stop rule keeps sections flowing, provides an interesting spectacle for spectators, and above all – IS FUN!

Australia hasn’t adopted non-stop rules but after the success of the series last year, Oakleigh MCC is once again running a club mini-series for our members and is also open to riders from other clubs. Day Licences will be available. Here are some key points on the series:

• This series is about having fun and getting people out on their bikes. That includes families and those of you with cobwebs on your bike.
• There will be three rounds with points allocated for each round.
• Three classes will be set out – CLUBMEN (blue), INTERMEDIATE (yellow) and EXPERT (red).
• Non-stop trials are technically challenging but are much less severe in terms of obstacles and run-ups to the obstacles.
• The Clubmen line will be suitable for all junior and youth riders as well as general clubmen.
• The Intermediate line is aimed between C and B riders.
• It is expected that expert riders will hop but stopping when doing so = 5! Typically, a 1 second stop is permitted for all grades.
• Twin-shock riders are welcome and twin-shock bikes should be more competitive than in normal trials.
• The trials will be self-observed. New to the concept? Club riders will be there to help all riders.

Round Dates: R1 – 9.30am 16th October / R2 -TBC / R3 -TBC

Venue: Oakleigh Motorcycle Club, Simpsons Road, Clayton.

Entry Fees: $30 per round or $80 for full series entries.

Trials Development Practice Day ( juniors & adults)

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Saturday 16th July at Flag Staff Lane 1pm – 4.30pm

RSVP Matt Hannaford 0417 506693

The Trials Development is for all riders that think they will benefit from practising with our more experienced riders. It suits any age and riding level.

We will be at Flag Staff Lane on Sat 16 th July from 1pm – 4.30pm if anyone would like to ride in the Trials Development Program, please contact Matt Hannaford 0417 506 693

We already have 4 people that booked in. Please book in as it helps me with riders to help out on the day.

This is a free ride to all licenced rides.

Entries for round 3 of the Vic Trial Series can be completed online here.

TRS and Vertigo test day

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This upcoming weekend The Hell Team are heading south with the new Vertigo Combat CAMO 300i and the TRS ONE 300 for a couple of sessions at Bendigo (Saturday) and the Oakleigh Motorcycle Club on Sunday.

These two new brands have made a big impact on the World Trials scene recently and The Hell Team would like to give interested riders the opportunity to test ride these bikes in Victoria this weekend.

This is for genuine interested riders and not a fun ride and all riders must be club members.

 

 

TDN presentation cheque

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E7D_1294-aAt the Argyle 2 day trial in June, OMCC presented Phil Whittle (TDN manager) with a cheque for $2002 to help get our Australian trials team to this years TDN event in France.

It was greatly appreciated by Phil and I know that all the TDN riders would be very grateful of this contribution by Oakleigh MCC. With the Trial Victoria Club putting in $2000, I felt that we could go one better so $2002 did the job.

With many events happening around the country, there is still plenty of ways that clubs or individuals can support these guys to get them to France.

On a personal note, I would like to thank all the riders that took part in the Kyle Middleton training weekend and the OMCC for putting their hand in the bucket in supporting this years event.

Peter Wines

Victoria Trials Development Practice Day (Juniors & Adults)

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Argyle Sat 11th June   1pm – 4.30pm
RSVP  Matt Hannaford 0417 506693
The Trials Development is for all riders that think they will benefit from practising with our more experienced riders.  It suits any age and riding level.
We will be at Argyle on Sat 11th June from 1pm – 4.30pm if anyone would like to ride in the Trials Development Program, please contact Matt Hannaford 0417 506 693

Argyle 2 Day Trial this weekend – Entries available online

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Get on your bike this weekend and up to Heathcote for Trials Club of Victoria’s Queen’s Birthday Long Weekend Trial. Online Entries are available up until Friday night.

This event runs over the long weekend Sunday 12th and Monday 13th June event at the Argyle property. Click “View Event” above to see directions to the property and to enter online.

On Sunday evening, Darren Robinson will be making pizzas for tea and all proceeds will go to our Trials des Nations team fundraiser.

Supp Regs are available for download here.

Picture: J.C. riding the mono section.

Australian Trials champion weekend coaching at Melbourne Moto-Trials Centre

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The Melbourne Moto-trials Centre based just 25 minutes from the CBD played host to multi-Australian Outdoor Champion and 2016 Australian X-Trial champion Kyle Middleton for a weekend of coaching and a fund raiser of the Australian Trial des Nations team going to France later this year.

Saturday’s session had Zac Mularczyk (Ex), Tim Lewis (A), Matt Hannaford & Peter Wines (B) with Michael Brady & Rob Austin in C+.
Initial talks revolved around bike, suspension and general setup before heading out to the practice area where many pointers and guidance were given over wet off camber rocks & logs, slat wall variation techniques and finally a couple of large square concrete blocks where a stationary start with the front wheel on the face.

Sunday’s session had Sam Jobson (C+), Steve Brown, Greg Chalmers & Jaco Coetsee (C), Anthony Day, Cristian Ambrozie, Daryl Glen, Hein Daniels & Matthew Nally in the novice grade.

Again bike setup, tyre pressures and riding position was explained before heading out to zig zag log area where constant full lock right to left hand turns on wet slippery off camber grass before it turned into a mud & slush mess.
Next was the various ways of getting over rocks with final obstacle being the use of the slat wall. This had a number of novices rattled but Kyle’s guidance had most riders having multiple attempts and many laughs along the way.

At the end of the day, Kyle gave all riders a demo using his enormous talent and skills riding over many wet, slippery rocks that most of us can’t even walk over.
As like most of Australia, constant rainfall over both days put a different perspective on most of the ways we ride in the dry conditions.

On a personal note, I’ve found Kyle to be a very down to earth guy with great coaching skills and technical ability to help any rider irrespective of what level they ride.

Not only did the OMCC riders get great tutoring over 2 days, we were able to raise $1700 for the TDN fund and hopefully other clubs will take up this same opportunity.
Don’t forget, other riders you may choose from is Chris Bayles of Tasmania and Conner Hogan of South Australia.
There is still some way to go in reaching their fund goal so read more about their progress on their campaign page (https://www.gofundme.com/AustralianTdNteam).

Trials Development Report – VTS Round 2 – 14th May

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We met up at a great new property in Ravenswood. The weather was perfect over the weekend with a dozen or so vehicles camping from vans, tents and swags. There were a couple of nice fires burning at night with good tunes from Rob Austin, and the kids running around till late with torches. It was a great night had by all.

The trials site has lots of rocks with great rolling terrain, with a well set trial with a short and easy walk between sections.

We had 8 kids & a small group of senior riders, working on turning, wheel placement and riding up and down big rocks.

A big thanks to Hillary Stephens and Jacob Whittle for their help with the kids – they had a great time, and are still talking about it today. Thanks again.

The Trials Development is for all riders that think they will benefit from practising with our more experienced riders. It suits any age and riding level.

We will be at Argyle on Sat 11th June from 1pm – 4.30pm if anyone would like to ride in the Trials Development Program, please contact Matt Hannaford 0417 506 693

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Kyle Middleton training weekend (4th & 5th June)

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Opportunities like this don’t come around very often.

A full weekend of Trial’s mentoring by Australia’s best Kyle Middleton.

At this stage, it looks like B grade and above will be on Saturday and lower grades on Sunday.

There is only a couple of spots left so contact me on “peter.wines@bigpond.com” if you want to be a part of it.

Lunch on both days will be provided.

All proceeds will be going to the TDN team to get them over to France on the 10th & 11th September.

Peter Wines

 

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