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My name is John Ravenscroft. I have been around motorcycle trials for donkeys’ years, but I have been off the radar for a fair old while. I tried to introduce innovations at rounds I & II of the 2009 North Island Championships. I believe that the innovations were largely successful, though I concede that they failed in one area. I sought comments on the innovations, but I received none. Does this indicate:

a)         that you understand how the innovations work and you reject them, or

b)         that you do not understand how the innovations work but you reject them, or

c)         that you could not be bothered to comment


Globally, competitive motorcycling is structured with riders forming the base. Rising through the structure, clubs form the next tier, then national federations such as Motorcycling New Zealand (MNZ), with the Federation Internationale de Motorcyclisme (FIM) at the top.

Other, splinter organizations exist but, I contend, those outside the above structure are rebels without full recognition.

MNZ relies on commissioners to act as interfaces between riders and officials. The recent resignation of Warren Laugesen has left trials without a commissioner. I believe that Warren was a very good commissioner. He persevered at the job for many years and has earned his retirement. Despite Warren’s searching, no one has volunteered to take over the job. Trials cannot command respect from above when it cannot offer a representative.

MNZ and FIM are likely to regard the trials fraternity of New Zealand as a disorganized band of rebels, unworthy of official recognition.


I do not claim that I can be a good commissioner. But, rather than see trials abandoned, I am prepared to do what I can. But it would be pointless to step up if I do not have support from the riders.

I estimate that the NZ trials fraternity comprises slightly more than one hundred riders. MNZ need to be advised of potential commissioners before the end of April. If I have not received more than fifty indications of support by April 28th, then I will not put my name forward. If I am appointed as commissioner, I will push to introduce my initiatives.


I am not asking for your vote. I am not promising to push your barrow for you. But if I am appointed as commissioner and you have a suggestion, I will listen, if your suggestion is worthy I will push for its introduction (I do not accept either of b) or c) above).


Please contact me:



phone 021 674 496


John Ravenscroft

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Pioneer posted on April 28, 2009 17:12

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Pioneer posted on April 22, 2009 13:08

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Pioneer posted on April 22, 2009 12:47

With our up coming trial at Flea bay fast approaching we thought it an opportune time to introduce a new feature to the website. Allan Honeybone has given us some old Megaphones from the 70's, 80's and 90's and each month we will feature a story from one of them and post the newsletter in it's original form on the Megaphone Page. 

This month we feature a story about Flea Bay which is dear to my heart as I was involved in it. It also goes to show that trials can sometimes be more about the people and the places than the motorbikes!! Maybe that's what keeps me coming back. And talking off coming back; will we see a return to Flea Bay by "The Five" 


Destination:- Flea Bay

Estimated Time of Arrival:- 6 p.m. 

7.00 p.m.             Nick, Pete and Shane assembling motorcycle at Nick’s place.

                                Derek assembling motorcycle at Derek’s place.

                                Glenn still at work.


7.30 p.m.             Glenn finishes work, Derek has cuppa with Lynley at Glenn’s place.

                                Nick, Pete and Shane still assembling motorcycle at Nick’s place.


8.30 p.m.             Hamburgers for tea at Halswell for D and G.


8.32p.m.              Hamburgers for tea at Halswell for N, P and S.


9.30 p.m.             Brakes fail on Rover.

 9.35 p.m.             Arrive Akaroa................Fast

                                Take medicinal drink at Grand and phoned Francis so he wouldn’t worry!?!


11.00 p.m.           Leave Grand for Flea bay. Too Cold to ride.


11.30 p.m.           Arrive Flea Bay ...............Fast.........Very Fast.

                                We’re early for a change!


Unfortunately the sun had already gone down but we’d been camping before, so putting up the tent wasn’t much of a problem.

Lighting the campfire on the other hand did prove to be difficult; matches would’ve been the answer, if we’d had some.




1)      Matches

2)      Car cigarette lighter

3)      Glenn’s Bike.


Answer:- Number Two. Contrary to popular belief, you cannot light a campfire with one of these.


Next morning we were up with the sound of a bird (a sparrow), and after a great breakfast, we dismantled and reassembled Nick’s bike remembering to tighten all the bolts this time. We also made major modifications to Derek’s kick start lever.  After what was a really great lunch we realised we didn’t have enough petrol and upon careful consideration it was decided a car with no brakes was safer without petrol as well.


That afternoon four of us went riding and Derek worked on his Monty for a few hours, stealing some bits off cars while no-one was watching, he finally got it running beautifully. He was very proud of himself and it was a real shame it wouldn’t go into gear.


About 5 pm some friends arrived and it was decided to borrow Francis’s boat and go diving. Some of us couldn’t understand why they needed a ship to go swimming so close to shore and we were sure most divers normally leave their ships on the surface when they go under.


Tea at the Grand that evening wasn’t too bad, Jean arrived with some disc pads and people to play drinking games with. Fun was had by all and we certainly kept the locals entertained. We left the pub before it closed (or was that before it reopened) and said goodbye to the girls and Pete’s trousers and headed back over the hill.


                New Game “Catch a Rabbit”

                Final score : Home Team (Rabbits) 3 Visitors (Us) 1.


We were surprised the next day to find Nick hadn’t broken any bones, but weren’t surprised to hear he had lost his watch and ripped his expensive and very trendy shirt. After another great breakfast Pete went to search for Nicks watch and found it in a very deep hole, just off the side of the road (lucky Nick) and while some of us fitted the disc pads to the Rover, Derek dismantled and reassembled his bike several times without much success. Then after another excellent meal four of us went riding with Francis, Derek went for a run and Pete’s battery went on charge. (Who left the key on?).


We packed up about 4pm and headed home stopping only briefly to help the Accord pull the trailer up the hill.


A lot of fun (and some good food) was had by all.


Thanks again Francis for your hospitality.


To see the Complete newsletter from August 1987 go to the Megaphone Page


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The 2009 Oceania Trials Championship, held in conjunction with the first two rounds of the South Island Trials Champs, was a special event in Nelson this year with the introduction of a special guest rider from Japan to compete against the teams from Australia and New Zealand. 

Through their association with the Japanese Idemitsu Ihatove Trial, Stephen Oliver, founder of local NonStop Adventure, invited Takumi Narita, the Motorcycle Federation of Japan trials coach and ex World podium finisher to be guest rider and coach at this year’s Oceania Champs.   NonStop is keen to see the introduction of a Japanese team in future Oceania events and upon his return to Japan Takumi will be meeting with the FIM (Federation of International Motorcycling) to share his observations and experience at the event along with the results achieved over the weekend.

As well as this Takumi’s visit heralded the introduction of a new event for 2010, the Tasman Ihatove trial, which will be based on the very successful Idemitsu Ihatove trial now in its 33rd year in Japan.

Both the Oceania and Tasman Ihatove events, along with the NonStop Adventure motorcycle training Academy, have the blessing of the Tasman Mayor, Richard Kempthorne, Motorcycle NZ CEO, Paul Pavletich, the Nelson Motorcycle Club (which celebrated 100? Years in NZ in 2008) and the local farm owner Ian Parkes and family, along with Robert Eggers and Goldpine, who are one of the major sponsors of the NonStop Adventure trials park in Wakefield.

Trials motorcycling is a challenging, fun, family oriented sport which teaches great riding skills that can be applied in all disciplines of motorcycling as testified to by great NZ Motocross and Enduro riders -Josh Coppin and Stefan Merriman.


Nelson lived up to its reputation with great weather for the two days of competition along with a one-day coaching special held after the event.

A large field of riders from throughout New Zealand impressed the many spectators who visited the local trials park on both Saturday and Sunday and those watching were impressed not only by the great riding style and friendly nature of Takumi Narita but also the skills of  Wellington rider Jake Whitaker, who last year achieved 10th placing in the World Youth Championship; Warren Laugesen, 7 times New Zealand Champion; Jason Baker,  10 times South Island Champion, along with well-known local riders Stephen, Nick & Peter Oliver and the Australian team of Alex Coleman, Sam Rummery and Simon van Baalen.

Although riding on unfamiliar terrain on borrowed bikes the Australian riders enjoyed being part of the competition and NonStop coaching.

The experience of the New Zealand team gave NonStop riders Jake Whitaker (Expert), Stephen Oliver (Masters) & Peter Oliver (Youth) a convincing edge on both days to take out the Oceania Championship title for 2009.


In the first two rounds of the South Island Champs the highly skilled Expert Class saw a hard fought battle for top three places.  Jake Whitaker, who is riding at international level, easily took out both days ahead of the other Expert riders.  Surprise second place on day 1 went to local Nick Oliver, but the experience of Warren Laugesen saw him dig deep and take a narrow lead over Nick of only two points after the two days of riding to take out second place.  Two other local riders – Karl Clark (Motueka) and Jason Baker (Blenheim) took out 4th & 5th.


Again in A-grade a battle ensued between guest rider Takumi Narita, riding a Scorpa 125; Chris Birch, a multi NZ Enduro Champion and top international star; veteran trials and enduro NZ Champ Stephen Oliver and his up-and-coming son Peter Oliver.

Takumi lead the overall field but top three in the South Island Champs changed between Chris, Peter & Stephen on each of the two days with a final close result of Peter, Stephen and then Chris after the combined score was totalled.   Chris took the lead on the first day with an outstanding ride on the flowing, hill-climb sections well suited to his enduro riding experience, but after bad arm cramp on Day 1 Stephen pulled out some top rides to pull ahead of Chris only to have Peter score a lap of just 2 points on Day 2 to beat his father by 4 points.


In the highly contested Intermediate grade young NonStop riders Blake Fox and Calum Anderson had good results mid field but first place was taken by Sam Reid with second and third place hotly contested between Warwick Merriman and Glen Smith.  After a count back and double-check of the score cards it was in fact Warwick Merriman that took out second ahead of Glen on the number of cleans.


A large Presidents field was also hotly contested with long time riders Brendon Wadsworth, John Lawton and Steve Wade taking out top three places.


NonStop riders also took 2 of the 3 places in the Clubman grade with Paul Simmonds a clear winner ahead of Daniel Penney and Francis Sydenham.


Junior riders Ryan Dunn, Liam Draper (12) and Brady Inwood had great rides to complete both days of competition and will be the ones to watch in the future.


A social grade also gave Dick Gardener and Dave Atwool the chance to try their skills within the sections that allowed all levels and age of rider the chance to compete and safely enjoy a challenging, fun ride.  Trials is one of the few sports that can see father and son, father and daughter riders and it is possible to have young riders of less than thirteen up against riders as old as eighty.


On Easter Monday a large group of riders, including the Australian team, took advantage of the one-day coaching session offered by NonStop Adventure with their guest coach Takumi Narita sharing from his vast experience with the assistance of NonStop’s great friend, highly talented Japanese translator and fellow trials rider, Dave Atwool of Blenheim.  He did a wonderful job of conveying Takumi’s advice to all the riders who could then put into practice what they were being taught.

Many riders tackled new levels of obstacles and extended their comfort zones to go home feeling greatly encouraged by their experience and ready to apply their new found skills at the next trials event.  All of them appreciated the efforts of Stephen and the NonStop team in securing Takumi for this truly inspiring session.


Of course, none of this could have been possible without the great support of Ian Parkes and family who make their property available for such a positive event for the families that attend trials competition and coaching.  They were pleased to see so many spectators come out to the two days of competition and enjoy the friendly family atmosphere.


Many thanks to the great team of NonStop Adventure, Nelson Trials Group and the Nelson Motorcycle Club, for their combined efforts in making this event so successful.


For photos and results see www.nonstopadventure.co.nz



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Pioneer posted on April 16, 2009 08:23

  As I was unable to complete the riding I was able to make some observations of my own, for what it is worth. 

1, Gordon great weather, again. 

2, Long way from Inver Vagas to Nelson to get foot stuck under a bloody tree root 

3,  Well run event, Gordon lots of great work, I know how long it takes. 

4, Steve & the team good work on the sections & getting the overseas riders out here. 

5, Speaking for myself after my accident I feel that may be all clubs focus a bit more on better First Aid coverage at Championship level. 

6, North Island riders fantastic turn out ,with out these riders the south island trials clubs are in big trouble, Where have our riders gone or what are we doing wrong? 

7, Presidents grade, what are we doing to these riders that are over the age of 45?  WE ARE MAKING IT HARDER FOR THEM TO RIDE. Doesn"t make sense to me. I say get rid of the green arrows let them ride the blue line again, and if any rider finds this to be too easy of a ride, then I suggest you get your arse into intermediate grade. 

8, JAKE WITTAKER, OUT STANDING!! Come on MNZ get the money out of the bank and get Jake back over seas NOW!!! 

9,Thanks to Jim I had the pleasure of traveling back to Ch Ch on the big black bus, due to that bloody root. ( but somebody let a stink bomb off on the bus. I know it took me a while to find it but it eventuallly ran out at Rangiora) 

10, Corona, Lemons, Bikes, are not a good mix are they RAT?                                                                     

11, Your feed back is welcomed.                                                                                 

Keep your feet up  

Cheers   Hibbsy

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Pioneer posted on April 16, 2009 08:21
Guys, A big thanks from the organizers for making last weekend such an enjoyable occasion. A special thanks to all of you who traveled down from the North Island. Attached are the final results. There is more data than even the geekiest of you will be able to handle!   The computer identified a couple of arithmetic and card reading errors. These did not change the Championship Placings on either day, however the 2nd and 3rd place results for the Intermediate combined scores have changed hands. Glen, you now pip Warwick by one point. I’ll leave it up to you guys to exchange trophies…….a good excuse for you, Warwick, to come down to either Kaikoura or the other SI Rounds!!. Thanks again, Gordon Anderson

Points Sheet SI Champs 2009 - Final.xls (317.50 kb)

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Pioneer posted on April 1, 2009 20:37

The Kaikoura entry form for 2009 is out now. You can download yours from our Entry Forms Page.

Enter now and don't forget to book your accommodation early.

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Pioneer posted on April 1, 2009 20:30

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