What a great day of practice! We had 13 eager riders ready to hone their skills and get some final practice before our big event at our Hornsby Interclub next weekend.
The conditions were great compared to the really hot weather we have been experiencing over the past couple of weeks and the track and event areas were also all in great shape.
With the small group of riders for the day, we were able to stick together as one group and tackle each event area one by one. This was a great opportunity for the younger kids to see how the older more experienced kids get through some of the courses and it also gave plenty of time to run through each event without the pressure of marshals, flags, heats and finals.
After a couple of hours riding we had moved through the same 6 events that will be run at our Regional next weekend and that gave us just enough time to complete some warm up laps on the minicross track before lunch.
The rest of the afternoon was mainly spent on the track where our riders were split into 3 main groups. This allowed for 3 lap motos with riders whom wouldn’t normally go up against each other there was even some sibling rivalry between some of our riders but thankfully everyone rode well and left just enough room for each other without any incidents.
The riders looked to be having plenty of fun and we finished the day off with 30 minutes or so back at event area 1 & 2 where riders did some intense last minute practice of Looping and Orange.
All in all it was a great day of riding and good luck to all our riders who will be competing next weekend! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Click here to check out some of the cool action shots courtesy of Julianne from ‘Totem Design’
A great turn out for Round 3 with 34 riders in attendance on Sunday 8th April. Once again riders were ready to tussle with their competitors for competition points as well as get in some practise for our upcoming regional event.
Our 7 nippers enjoyed a day of riding practising many of the Minikhana events as well as getting in a little Enduro for the day. They all went home with huge smiles and I am sure they, as well as their parents slept well that night!
All other classes were well represented and competed in the following events: non footing clover, Alcceler8, Looping, Orange, Slow, Ring return and Minicross. The competition was strong and in many events there were fewer black flags than we have seen in the past. The skills are certainly improving!
Looping was, as always, a challenge but was a good opportunity for our new riders to experience just how technical and rewarding this sport can be. Even though many of the riders black flagged on the very first turn, you could see the determination in their eyes to try and make it past the next turn.
Hopefully our young riders can get in plenty of practice over the next 2 weeks and show the rest of the Minikhana clubs just how good our Hornsby riders are at the upcoming Hornsby Interclub.
Some of our new members joined us for the first time today and added great value to the club. Some of our newest riders landed themselves a place on the podium too!
The results for the day:
50cc Auto - 1st Charlie #23
Miniwheels - 1st Jordan #751
65cc - 1st Beau #98
85cc - 1st Keenan #602, and
Junior Big Wheels - 1st Dom #224
After all the riding and the presentation the day ended on a social note with the club putting on a spread of nibbles. This gave the adults an opportunity to chat (without the yellow vests on) and the kids some play time off the bikes.
Thanks to all our parents for the hard work that goes into our competition days. From cooking the BBQ to marshalling our in the sun every single bit helps! Our president even put his body on the line as he had a stack on the Start ropes...thankfully no cameras were around for this!
...Check out some fantastic action shots here courtesy of Julianne from ‘Totem Design’.
This coming Saturday 14th April we have a MX coaching day with Michel from ‘Race Pace’ If you are interested in attending this please contact Race Pace directly or click here and book your spot asap.
Sunday 15th April...Minikhana practice day...Gates open at 8am. We look forward to seeing you there! Go Hornsby!
Last Sunday 25th April saw the first of the 2018 Minikhana Interclub competitions get underway. The first stop on the list was the Sutherland PCYC minibike club at Lucas Heights. Although it may not have been a very pleasant smell in the air by the tip, there was a strong smell of victory amongst the 20 Hornsby riders which made the trip to compete. The new families fit right in and were welcomed by our 'old' riders and families.
Sutherland had put in an outstanding effort to prepare both the minicross tracks and event areas to a premium level as they hosted 6 events for the day including footing clover, orange, bending, ring return, accelerate & brake and minicross. All riders worked hard and competed well with some close heats and most riders coming away with some places in the final. The conditions were hot and dry but the bond between the riders and their families was strong and although the Hornsby riders enjoyed meeting kids from other clubs they very much looked out for one another and the comradery between them was very obvious.
Our 3 nippers, Harper, Lorenzo and Jamie were exposed to a variety of riding conditions and enjoyed lots of track time.
All our parents marshalled and earned themselves a sun tan in the process.
Congratulations to the following riders who finished the day on the podium.
Jordan #751 - 1st Miniwheels - C Grade
Beau #98 - 2nd 65cc - C Grade
Kye #04 - 1st 85cc BW - C Grade
Our next event is...
Minikhana Series 1 - Rnd 3 on Sunday 8th April. This is shaping up to be a big day of events not only for the club championship but also for the lead up to our very own Interclub later this month. The committee would like to also invite everyone to stay around for a social afternoon after our competition has finished. This would just be for an hour or so and enjoy a beverage and some afternoon snacks. Kids can play around with each other (not on their bikes) and parents can get to know each other over a drink and some food. Hope you will all stay for our social afternoon!! See you Sunday!
...Check out some action shots from the Sutherland Regional here.
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