It’s coming Hornsby peeps, HOPEFULLY WE’LL BE BACK ON THE TRACK IN JULY. Your committee is wading thru the plentiful comms from the NSW Gov and MSNSW, and planning out the what and how. Likely there’ll be a couple more WORKING BEES between now and then. Stay tuned.
Wayne Broady was a member of HJDBC in his younger years and his son Sean was also a member from 2014 to 2018.
This is an article that Wayne himself has written about his recent ordeal and it's been published in the latest edition of Australasian Dirt Bike Magazine (April).
Have a read of his article here...it's an amazing story and the HJDBC family are very glad we could contribute to his recovery.
Hopefully this will encourage others to register as donors to help save more lives.
Here's the link: https://donatelife.gov.au/
Well..well..well....... We’re back!!
Amazing work today riders in very tough conditions.
Hornsby won the day overall by percentage and we won most podium points. Thanks to all mums dads and the committee for giving it all you have.
Photos will be available in Smugmug as usual .
Who’d have thunk it … The Kick Starters had fabulous weather for dirt biking on Saturday, and that afternoon, you’d have thought we were in line for more of the same for our second practice day Sunday. But no; the alarm clock heralded a huge downpour that lubricated the car packing exercise, and then was on and off for the rest of the day.
Of course, these machines are not called clean bikes … and the Hornsby family set to to get some practice in. Event area 1 hosted Looping and Bending; Slow was delightfully slow; Accelerate and Brake was fun in the mud; (Wet) Footed Clover was challenging; Mini-cross was a blast with up to 12 on the track and puddles galore; and enduro got a look in again too. The Nippers sampled a bit of most, with some coaching thrown in.
Hard to see under those helmets, but pretty sure there were a lot of smiles today.
Welcome to those new to the Hornsby family who were having their first Hornsby day today. Lovely to welcome new members to the club.
Many thanks to Karen and Kristen for sorting the canteen, and to the Marklew family for their kind donation of sausages for today’s feast.
Thanks to Rod and Beau for assistance with the impromptu nippers clinic today.
Photos on Smugmug as usual. Note the change to the Smugmug home page … a new carolsel at the top of the page randomises through the latest posts. Galleries follow.
A post about Saturdays’s kick start follows below.
Next event is the BHJMTC interclub on Sunday 15th March. Gonna be a hoot!
Unlike the last kickstart which was held in teaming rain today’s weather was awesome for the 8 kickstarters who came to HJDBC.
It was a sea of blue with 6 Yamaha ,a Husky 85 and Suzuki 70.
Once again we had coaches Rod & George who were assisted with our now well seasoned demo rider Beau #98.
We blitzed the theory side of the course in great time which gave us plenty of time to get lots of practical riding in.
The boys and girls were exemplary, they listened and followed all instructions to the tee.
After doing some technique drills around the witches hats we practiced some uphill & downhill drills up and down the berms of the MX track.
We then cut plenty of laps on the MX track to the point that the kids (and the coaches & parents!) were all worn out and were ready to call it a day.
A special mention must go to all the riders who were extremely mindful of the abilities of the smaller kids and were very considerate and safe when riding near them. Also Beau was a great role model today and was very helpful and patient with the all the riders in showing them the way around and the correct techniques.
Photos on Smugmug here. Select the Kick Start gallery.
Hornsby kicked off the 2020 competition with the first of eight club rounds on a fantastic riding day … not too hot, not too wet. Who’d have thought it still summer in Sydney!
We think today marked a possible record for the club; fifty-two riders across all six classes (7 Demo; 4 50cc; 11 MiniWheel; 7 65cc; 12 85cc and 11 JBW).
So many riders and supporters makes for a massive day, and the canteen team worked hard to keep all fed whilst trying out new menu items and variety like chicken schnitzel rolls for lunch. Thanks Rose and team!
We also did something new-ish today in that we kept the event areas open for those who wished to practice when they had finished their Minicross event. Good work for those that took that up.
Results for the day were:
50cc - 1st #25 Tyla
MW - 1st #230 Andy
65cc - 1st #116 Josh
85cc - 1st #11 Nathan
JBW - 1st #04 Kye
A full list of the days results from Harry can be found here. Find the latest PDF version of results in the 2020 directory. Check out the new leaderboard summary format that Harry's worked out. After each event the Leaderboard file will be updated, and a separate PDF for the day added to the folder.
You can also browse some photos from the day here. Thanks to Jo and others for taking these whilst I was elsewhere today.
Because many continuing riders changed classes and bikes for 2020, competition was fresh. T’was interesting to see which events had the highest incidents of black flags: In Footed Clover & Accelerate & Brake 27% of riders flagged; Slow 47%; Ring Return 49%; Bending 64% and Looping 87%. What will you practice at the next practice day on Sunday 8th March?
Hornsby hosted another kick start Sat. 22 Feb, where we had 8 riders made up of six nippers and two 65cc.
We arrived at the club to find we had received quite a lot of rain overnight and the rain continued to fall whilst we set up for the day. There were lots of puddles and it was very very slippery.
It continued to rain whilst we conducted the theory part of the course.
Fortunately the rain eased to just a sprinkle just in time for the kickstarters to ride.
We had Sienna #32, Charlie #24 and Beau #98 expertly show the new riders the basics of how to ride their bikes and they had a fun time riding through every puddle they could find.
We spent time practicing our braking and bike handling skills in the event areas as well as doing some drills around cones.
After much deliberating we deemed the minicross track far too wet and dangerous so the riders were confined to the event areas for the day, where they enjoyed themselves in the conditions.
The riders certainly got a taste of what it’s like to ride in wet weather and they did an awesome job of staying upright and safe.
Everyone successfully passed with flying colours and had lots of fun despite the trying conditions.
A big thanks to the boss man George, Kevin J, Charlie, Sienna and Beau for helping out today.
Some photos from the day can be found on the club Smugmug site here.
What a fabulous (delayed) start to the 2020 season Hornsby peeps! After having to cancel one practice day due to 40º+ temperatures, and a kickstart due to hundreds of millimetres of rain, the weather gods were kind to us and we took advantage!
Forty five riders took to the track from thirty one different families. Welcome back to previous members, and we welcome Abigail, Lachlan, Flynn, Ethan, Caylan, Mitchel, Beau, Chase, Oliver, Oscar, Anish, Neil and Cooper as thirteen of the new members to the club this year. We look forward to seeing what you can all do this year!
As happens in a new year, some riders have moved up a class and there’s definitely a new mix this year. There were eleven riders in the 85cc class today … phew!
In typical practice day form, we embraced a bit less formality and the riders relished being able to practice the discipline that they felt they’d like to brush up on. Accelerate & Brake, Orange, Looping, Bending, Footed Clover, Ring Return and Slow all got a run, plus some enduro to spice things up. And as per normal at Hornsby, Minicross was served up after lunch.
Special mention to Rosemary and team who have taken over the canteen this year and if their first run was anything to go by, in fine Hornsby tradition, we’re up for some tasty food this year.
Steve’s put photos from the day into the Clubs Smugmug site here, where photos from other practice and competition days can be found.
As George mentioned today, please to respond to Jo’s text messages about impending rides, with whether or not you’re coming. Your response helps us plan catering amongst other things, and helps ensure the day is as enjoyable as it can be. And if you did not receive a text on 12 Feb about today, please let Jo know on 0490 456 485.
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