Today was another Ulysses Slow Handling event at the Riverbank Carpark and once again, as well as the usual spread of American Style enclosed courses, we set a more Japanese style competition course.
We set three enclosed courses and two of them were set with varying expansions so a rider can ease into the swing of it at 40% oversize, then as they gain confidence step down to 25%, 10% or the standard size. Even with this easing in, unfortunately several riders were content to enjoy the spectacle, but as for me....I was like a pig in shit!! ….and enjoyed the hell out of it.
I got to the carpark at about 0810 with Steve and Jim turning up shortly after to help set-up, while Ron & Ann got the BBQ and drinks stall ready. We dropped two courses from the plan and were ready to go at about 1000, with time for a quick practice before the punters arrived at about 1030.
After the briefing it was all a bit of a blur as we got into it and finally started the competition at 1200, whereby half a dozen tried their hands at it but once again John Medlin took it out....although I must say, watching XP@ throw his Transalp around made for an impressive spectacle. Some of the IAM boys turned up as well and showed there skills.
Bloody good day and once again I managed some Go Pro footage as well as getting Woody to film me with my Lumix.
These blogs were posted on the KiwiBiker forum but I decided it was time for a change.