This is just a quick report on how our Trials forum went on Saturday at M.Q and a quick explanation of the reason behind us having to reschedule our practice day on the 24th May.
It was discussed how the issue with the clash of dates happened, and it was a simple mistake as the copy of our state’s calendar on hand to the Logan River committee at the time of the Logan River trial postponement was not accurate. However it has been decided by MTCQ reps and C.Q club reps that for the benefit of the QLD series, it was in the best interest of Trials for our 2 clubs to reschedule our events and allow Logan River to continue to run theirs. Also, it being only the second trial for the year and the next one being the QLD Titles, as riders we all felt the need for it to go ahead. I do apologize to all our club members who had taken the time and effort to make arrangements and bookings to run our Practice day but it’s simply for the greater good, once again I’m sorry.
As for the forum my opinion is that it went very well, in general a really good outcome for all Trials clubs in Queensland
A couple of notable items are:
We are able to and encouraged to use practice days as a cheaper alternative to having full events and all clubs agreed this would be a massive benefit to all as we could run several per month and all clubs are welcome to ride other clubs’ practice days.
This in my opinion is a great way to develop our riders skill level in a non structured casual ride with their peers. Both Rob Wager from WDTC and Rick Kent from Logan River in chat after the meeting also agreed it will be a massive benefit especially for our juniors and aspiring experts. Also no sections need to be set and no formal structure needs to exist, however should clubs wish to set sections, riders may keep score of their day as a way to measure improvement, as long as trophy or prizes are not awarded! In short, more rides, more opportunity for new riders who may not be ready to compete, more opportunity for informal tips and pointers for all riders!
- Less officials required running club and interclub Trials, a really good outcome and we will discuss this in more detail at our next meeting,
The use of Qld Moto Park. the opportunity exists for Trials to take part in a motorcycle extravaganza style of event in September called Moto Fest. M.Q is really pushing for Trials to be involved along with MX enduro, endurox, dirt track and classics all at the one event. Myself, Rick Kent, Rob Wager, Graham Wiess and whoever else is available from the subcommittee have a meeting at QMP with Kim Rowcliffe and Michael Brown from M.Q and Ray Buchanan and staff from the park on the 21st of this month to see what can be done to set 5 or so man-made stadium style sections to be used and then left as a permanent fixture at the park for all to use. Also subject to the property being suitable are considering running the 2016 Australian Trials titles at QMP with full support of the park and MQ. This decision will be discussed and finalized by our subcommittee after suitable venue inspections are done and the site is approved.
A really big one was the fact that we now have permission to designate a separate area for kids that don’t yet have a licence so they can ride and enjoy the family atmosphere of Trials and our officials and property owners can now relax as we are in fact covered by insurance for this.
A submission to be put forward to the sub-committee by Tuesday to propose the Clerk of the Course be able to ride in events with the hopes of encouraging more people to hold C o C. licenses
A submission to be put forward regarding the need for us to have a scrutineer at Trials. Jim Feeheley M.Q president will be taking this matter up personally at his meeting with Peter Boyle from M.A at the next MX round at Coolum.
In All a very positive meeting indeed with all club reps and subcommittee members on the same page and all sharing a huge passion for making Trials easier to run, simpler for all concerned, with more events, less headaches and above all to have Trials succeed in QLD.
A big thank you must go to Kim Rowcliffe, Michael Brown and Jim Feehely from M.Q for taking the time to meet with us and also for sharing our want and need to run Trials with a more common sense approach and less rule book bashing. Thank you also to all the club representatives for sharing their passion and giving up their time and especially those from central Queensland for traveling down.
I’ll send out the full minutes from the meeting as soon as they are available.
MOTORCYCLE TRIALS CLUB OF QLD INC