To the TERCerians,
As a great man once said,
“Well what a big week in Football it has been”……but for us its “What a big month in TERC we have had!!”
Well what awesome conditions at our Bakers Beach Enduro, its was pretty well perfect racing conditions.
First and fore-most we have to acknowledge how well the endure track was laid out and
constructed by Vice president Phil and his merry-men, as you will all agree the course of the track and set out of the pit area was quite first class.
It was great how the Pee Wees were close and we could all go and see where the TERC talent is planted and grows..
The flowing Pee Wees track had these little guys n girls up on the pegs with #24, one of our Dealership Riders out showing that he can ride,
but not to be out done by young #20 that he is a 3rd generation TERC rider.
Its just great to watch the style of these kids that some day they might be wearing the #1 Plate.
On behalf of all the kids, thanks to all the Mums n Dads that get up earlier load all the bikes and make the trip out to the venue and support
So race day came around for the juniors and if the weather was anything to go on, the day was set to be a good one.
As usual Ash from Motorcycle Scene had The Pee Wees all in order and as always he was organised (thanks to Mel).
Out came our four wheeler friends where they certainly looked the part, especially the gun rider #13.
But I must say Team #111 looked very pretty from the rider, the mechanic to the dietician and support crew.
The little juniors were all scrutineered and "chomping at the bit" for their clutch off.
The race ran well with only just the regular racing challenges put to the riders.
Then the bigger juniors rolled up around lunch and they all came to play.
#35 'donned some fresh shoes for the day, #34 was flanked by his team that looked great in their awesome embroidered team polos and #228 rolled up to the start line ready to ride.
#72 was on the gas earlier and was smashing it, while #54 showedno fatigue in racing MERC the previous weekend and yet #25 simply rode under the radar like one of these factory riders from Team Beta.
Something that should all know and don’t really see, that these guysall have a lot of fun and laughs amongst themselves on the start line just before they race. It is soooo pleasing to see the good comradery and sportsmanship between our junior riders.
Then came Sunday, the sun started to shine through, the big boys have come out to play.
The orange 300 wearing the #1 plate made its way down to the pointy end of the grid, while #525 was happy just to be there and take it all in amongst our big guns
The riders got away cleanly and the crowd watching their clocks in readiness for the first pass.
At around 29 mins there were signs of some orange through the bushes, followed by what looked like a number 8, but was in fact a number 3.
Refuelers were getting ready for the second lap dash for a splash.
Where seconds count its entertaining to watch how the teams refuel and riders replenish.
#6 was on the pegs and was in front of his fellow starter,
#2 was pumping, but couldn’t catch #1, who definitely showed us what home ground advantage is.
#11 and #70 duelled each lap, where #10 certainly was in the mix.
If riding the #111 quad on sat wasn’t enough, #5 backed up his stellar performance to come in forth behind last years no.1.
#62 certainly put the E in endurance while #525 showed us training hard pays off. #175 didn’t disappoint while #8 flew under the radar and finished in the top 10.
#112 did the girls proud, while #713 rode his blue barron hard all race.
#747 showed our young guns that he has still got it and #888 ploughed through his 3hrs.
Thanks to the support crews and all the volunteers that make the day.
I huge shout out of thanks goes to Ash and Bels for their "on-field" and "off-field" efforts.
Our sweepers can’t be forgotten as these guys are there for our help, so thanks to all of you.
But the biggest thanks goes to the track builders, and all those that HELP PACK UP, 'cause there is nothing worse than a handful of people left rolling tape up thinking they could be on the beers when everyone has left for home.
So to be Captain Obvious, events just don’t happen.
We have a million phone calls, emails and texts made and exchanged in the lead up to our RONALD MCDONALD weekend, and even a special meeting to discuss our options with the main intent to GO RACING!!
And that we are, we are heading out to Yolla/Oldina for our Grass Track event, still on the same weekend.
If it wasn’t for our foresight to submit a second permit 8 weeks ago for “just in case we get too much rain at Bakers Beach”, none of us would have the option to pursue our passion, and that’s ‘donning the gear and riding our beloved bikes next weekend
I big thanks to Matty Ryan, our Bakers Beach property owner for going to extra lengths in hosting a Grass Track, but the weather has beaten us, which is disappointing and expected this time of year.
With all of us being volunteers, time is one of the reasons (7 days), where a 2-day event will be hard to orchestrate in building TWO tracks (plus a Pee Wees track) for TWO days, so we have decided as a committee to make our mission and go for a fantastic racing weekend in our regular format, rather than a half effort of a 2 day event.
So yes, Pee Wees and Juniors will be on Saturday and Quads and Seniors will be on Sunday.
I must say extreme efforts and thought was put into ways of overcoming parking issues, unloading of bikes, a paddock turning to soup and all of us getting foot-rot. But as mentioned, our mission was only with the eyes on the prize, and to actually hold an event.
If you remember one thing from this report, please be it that…………
WE WILL NEED FLAGGIES on BOTH days for our grass Track this weekend.
We will need the yellow board filled promptly prior to racing as we are hoping to get a FULL day of racing on both days as being our second last race of the year, we thought we would squeeze in as much track time in as we can, as that’s what we are all there for.
We have some awesome activities and huge fun planned; like face painting, a jumping castle, a silent auction with huge range of items and prizes, static displays and great food where a lot of proceeds will be donated towards Ronald McDonald House.
It’s hard to single our members of the committee as we all do so much, but a huge thanks to Ash for arranging all the council and police permits, arrangement of caterers, organising of stuff that none of think about until the day and this is all done on our behalf.
Don’t forget, if you have not marked on your calendars please note that our
Junior Presentation Day is on the 09DEC and the
Seniors Presentation Night is on the 25NOV.
For the Juniors this year we are heading out to Loyetea for a BBQ lunch, trail ride for the
Pee Wees, small juniors and big juniors.
The permit for our event is approved and we are all set for a relaxing casual day
We have already arranged to get out there a truck to use for our Trophy presentation, the toilets and the caravan with our track building gear in it, but ever the case will be a great day.
As you have just read there is a fair bit happening in TERC land so if you can help anywhere please put your hand up.
Presidents Report JULY 2017
Yeap, its been too long since the last Presidents Report and so that means we are all keen to go racing at Coal Mine next weekend. The track looks good, slippery in parts and fast in others, but one thing is for sure it will suit all riders. So whether you race on Saturday or Sunday, or even if you are the head trainer for their racing team like #69 or #LM50 be sure get some training in this weekend through the bush, then come the weekends end you have got the week to preen your ride, ready for the Junior day on Sat 29JUL and the Seniors day on the 30JUL.
So cast your mind back to the last two weeks in May where we had lots of rain and with a lot more wet stuff forecasted to come. This in itself created much talk with Plan B’s and Plan C’s being discussed.
But the long-n-shot of it, we ran with Plan A in slippery and muddy conditions, and we weren’t disappointed, but who doesn’t like top get dirty other than #525.
#11 had all the toilets, pegs and caravans on site for the likes of our track builders in #Q16 and #115 to co-ordinate the layout and positioning of circuit. A big thanks to our land owner #Q15, whose efforts do not go unnoticed, as the property has been used for some big events. Thanks Matt.
I know #8 and a few others made the journey to finalised the track on Friday arvy, so thanks to you all.
So with gum boots the better choice of footwear, a load of gravel to assist with the access and the tape all up, the scene is set for Day 1 for the Juniors and Pee Wees.
Although the clouds were over us all day, we didn’t seem to get wet as the first round got underway on time where the riders focused on sorting out race lines like #228 and #35 who both showed us how it is done. It’s in the mud where the one percenters make all the difference, like clearing tyres and staying ahead of the packs for clean air and it was clear that #54 and #79 thought about this.
#34 showed us the power of green and #22 did his sponsors proud.
In the groove and riding well was #373 and #101, where both were getting some great air on the jump.
The start line was well manned and managed, and to these guys thanks heaps.
Although it took longer than anticipated the flaggy positions were all filled (we do need the flaggies positions filled and filled quickly as we are actually not allowed to race without them).
The Mylaps girls are well and truly all over their job and doing well. Thanks to #69 for his expertise in his role as Clerk of the Course, and last but least a huge thanks to #222, #19 and #117 in the caravan.
The Pee Wees were a true advert to our sport and a great example of what TERC is about. With the track pegged out on the brow of the hill, where the mums and dads had good trackside views the day for these little young guns was well orchestrated by #8 and #50, with some great back up from #979 and #142.
So day two came around, and the questions on everyone’s lips was...Will it rain or will it pass ?
Either way we were going to race, and what a day. A few crashes and some great bar-to-bar racing.
Our starters were ready and flaggies in position and the first race didn’t disappoint.
We had some great racing from #3 and #2 with some exciting lead changes in their respective races.
#1 and #5 came out in white overalls, but this was only to protect their gear from getting dirty and I must say their Mums were very thankful. #15 rolled up like one of those big named factory riders where his bike was already onsite, gear ready and gloves pre-warmed, and he did not disappoint.
#714 bought his A game to Yolla, and had the field looking at his back sprocket most of the day.
We saw #6 plough through the field and show us he is bike fit, and we even managed to see the red baron in #9 ride his bike like he stole it to gain some good track position in his races.
We have seen some very passionate riders who are very keen, which pretty well is all our riders, but I must say we have seen some younger guys like #51 and #4 proving to us, they are the riders to watched. Then there are the guys like #62 and #550 whom are creeping up the rankings. The guys that are flying under the radar are certainly #39 and #175. It would be good if the likes of #739 and #747 could be more consistent and not worrying about their hair and make-up and just ride like we know they can.
So the line up saw some good looking bikes out there, up there with the pristine condition of #525. Even #85 ’donned some fresh rubber, which had the likes of #29 and #914 hungry for a dual out on the track. The likes of #112 and #70 showed the boys how it was done with their training paying off and finishing well up in the final placings. The big five hungee of #1 certainly proved its worth on the track, except the 50 metres after the jump where it didn’t really touch, I am sure there are some great photosabout. Then there was the flag ship from Orange County in #4 who is hot on the tail of the big guns, and many say he is the dark horse in our field.
To say the least, it was an awesome day of racing with one race to go, in the race of races, our
King of the Paddock finial. #1 had some good starts through the day, where #2 had his blue machine on-song and then there was #3 who looked great and was bike fit like no other.
But they were all in the sights of #5 and #15 who just wanted to finish on the podium.
There were definitely some riders who were ignoring the media, with their only intended contact being at the press conference as #714 and #15 were definitely focused on the main race and taking the chequered flag
#8 and #4 were happy for the lime light to be on #9 and #6 as it took the pressure off them for a better race preparation, and their plan worked.
It was an awesome race and was started under a shower, just to cause a late track condition from perfect to perfect slippery conditions.
Fifteen laps were down and then the big boys tapped it up a notch and #2 and #3 were in a tight position battle with #2 looking certain for a podium finish, but its not over until the chequered flag drops and with only laps to go, the blue yammy lets go a fet-lock and pulls to the side and soon a good hard race was won and done.
But it doesn’t finish there.
One of the most sporting like gestures ever seen has Baylee and Jonte walk down to the bottom of the hill and help push Tommy’s bike back to the pits. Now these guys are spent, absolutely shagged, and to see them do this was an absolute awesome moment. Its great to see the good intense bar-to-bar combats on the track, and then off the track we all help each other. Well done to ALL!!
So again thanks to all the riders and onlookers, thanks to the mums and dads and a HUGE thanks to the committee and all the people behind the scenes as race day just doesn’t happen.
Our event at Rocky Cape was called off and to say the least, under a cloud controversy.
For whatever reason you may have been informed, it was deemed that the Rocky Cape Enduro Circuit would struggle to hold up for either a junior or senior day, and if it did would take a lot of casualties in its wake in the way of repair costs outside of the regular "after race" maintenance costs, plus cause much on-track grief for riders and recovery crews.
There were some really knarly passes and an awesome track on the whole, but for the best interests of the many "mums n dads" out there it was thought that the round be called off.
s crew with the likes of Eggs, Brett, Craig, all their kids and other helpers for their concerted efforts and time given over many months.’This decision was not made lightly and was made with due diligence and consideration of our club and its riders. Yes, not everyone agreed but there was over 100 years of experience that contributed towards the decision. So although disappointment passed through the ranks of the "track building crew" it must be highlighted and written in the sky that Sean Mulloy and his team did an impeccable job of preparing a track. An enormous thanks goes out to Shaun
Thanks from all of us.
As its been a few months since our last race meet I thought I would enlighten you on a few happenings within TERC.
Our Juniors Presentation Day will be help at Spreyton Cider on Sat 09DEC17.
We can confirm that the Grass Track event that we dropped at Smithton will be picked up on the weekend of the 07/08OCT in a TWO day event at Bakers beach Yes 2 day event, where the Juniors will race BOTH Sat and Sunday and so will the Seniors. The tracks for each division will be different. The Pee Wees will also be racing both days as well.
Our night of nights, in our Seniors Presentation Night will be held at Pier 01 in Ulverstone on Saturday 25th November. Details will follow.
Our regular committee meetings which are held just before our next event are welcome to all members to attend, just watch face book for where and when.
Our TERC structure appears to be working with designated club positions over-seeing jobs in the club and acting as a central liaison point, like Jaquesy being the Track Director and Daniel being our Seniors Riders Rep, then along with John and Brett being our Quad and Juniors Rep’s respectfully. Don’t forget these guys are very approachable and if you have any queries or concerns, please do not hesitate to mention it to these key positions in our club.
Our next event is at Coal Mine which is shaping up to be a great track.
To get there head south off the Bass Highway at the back of Wynyard up Calder Road and then take Pages Road off to the right where you will come to a stop sign onto Preolenna Rd (not sure of spelling) and turn left. Continue driving and you will get to a fork in the road and veer left which is Coal Mine Rd. Continue on and in 5-10minutes you will come to TERC. There will be red TERC signs out so just keep a watch out for these.
And finally thanks to my two VPs who do an awesome job between races, at races and fulfilling their roles especially in taking on Clerk of The Course.
So we are sure to see a great roll up at Coal Mine, which is on Saturday 29JUL for the juniors and Sunday 30JUL for the seniors.
DEEP CREEK. 27/28MARCH
As we look to our next TERC weekend, let's just recap on the FANTASTIC weekend that was had at our Deep Creek Enduro Junior and Senior Days.
To say it was a great track, is an understatement and to #42 and his crew with the likes of #20, #Q15 and #228 spending many weekends in the Pines was well worth the effort, something we all benefitted from.
The conditions were ideal, the location was quite central and the racing by all reports was good and enjoyed by both the riders and the many spectators.
A big thanks to a few of the juniors like #54, #79, #228 and #373 in making an effort and helping their dads track build, which is pleasing to see the juniors help build our tracks, 'cause I guess in years to come WE will be helping them.
Something that needs noting here, by you significantly helping to track build and spending many hours rolling out tape and preparing the race circuit gets you to ride the track in your role as track builder.
So for those riders that need that confidence like #307 and #142 in preparation for your come back or just want to be sure you bring your A game to race day, like #69 and #222 to track build and ride your bike is well and truely within our rules. (this ruling is of course monitored).
So with the last minute finishing touches on the Friday prior to racing we had a track with everything, like dead mans hill, some awesome twists n turn through narrow race lines, sections for the skillful and then the infamous "Hookeway Pass"... yeap the scaffold bridge built by our own club professional scaffold bridge builder from Hookway Building and Bridge Construction (thanks to Hookie from all of us).
There were no real issues of concern, only just a few minor house keeping rules that we need to be conscious of like getting off your bike for refueling and every bike to have CLEAR numbers visible on the front plate and two side plates,
(The last committee meeting deemed that duct and electrical tape is no longer acceptable, as there are numbers in the caravan at each race event (approx $1each)).
The QUADS all filed in, with healthy numbers seen on the start line. It was good to have the quads clear the track and preen it for the juniors. One of those riders, #115 went further to notify all the wallabies to get out of the way for the next 48 hours.
(For those concerned no wildlife was caused any grief and the concerned Quad rider that steered of course, went down a cliff, rolled 6 times, flipped over the hand bars and came to rest in blackberry bush was treated only with a bandaid of love which was applied to his pride)
The JUNIOR DAY saw a great roll off of riders where all the bikes looked great and saw the race distance with #35 riding extremely well with many wanting his track position.
Our Junior Rep, in Brett was thrilled that the day went off without any major concerns.
Rods day was relative quiet, with only a few riders known to have an altercation with the trees and their roots, but with a well set track a good days racing was had.
So then Sunday came around and....
“There was movement at the station, for the word had passed around that the colts from the camps of #117 and #111 were here to race and race fast n close with the likes of #2 and #3 in their sights. Their racing, along with #70 and #10 was going to be challenged, by the likes of the dark horses in our TERC stable, where we all know them as #15, #39 and #4.
These stallions were all let loose with a few fillies like #112 and #134 amongst them, where they have ventured out in the paddock with some real good breeds like #525, #175 and #85 for some good close racing. #914 and #888 decided to treat the event as an enduro and not a sprint as #1, #2 and #3 did right from the start gate.
A few jockeys rode too hard, and have had their rides do a fetlock, like #62, #76 and #29, but decided to watch the fleet come home under the chequed flag.
The old draft horses of the field like #550 and #LMbill rode well and returned to the stable in need of some more training before the next race.
Yes, you can see, we as the hard working committee do enjoy what we do in setting up, running and orchestrating our race days, both the lead up and on the day itself. But our main challenge is packing up the track, and in that we are all out there onsite anyway, to give us an extra 60 minutes I see as not a big ask, especially in that you or your son/daughter has just had an A Class track to race on with all the twists n turns, not to mention the facility of first aid onsite and Mylaps there for your enjoyment and satisfaction were all in place. Track building and track pack up is a lot of fun, especially if you get to experience our new 6 wheeler or 4 wheeler and just ride around the track rolling tape up and pulling out pegs, you get to meet stalwarts of the club like #LM50
Our next event is our Grass Track out at Yolla, where the guys have already got a track in mind with all systems go for the two caravans, toilets, pegs and all the tape to get out ready for some serious track building in the coming week, and with the forecasted rain will separate the men from the boys.
But if you cast your mind back to West Pine last year the bad weather didn't stop us and we did see who had the skill and stamina at this event.
If anything, in that you can handle a wet track both as a rider or spectator it is shaping up to be a great track where I am sure we will see some action packed races.
Just to keep you in the loop, our new caravan is going to be converted to an electric braking system, our August Enduro event looks like it will be at Bakers Beach as its calendered event as an Enduro and our new 6 wheeler and quad were very very handy in the set up and pull down of Deep Creek.
Now some big news is that the Grass track event in October is now on a huge property also at Bakers Beach, where we are endeavouring to have a two day event, i.e. Juniors race both on Sat and Sunday, where the same goes for the Seniors.
(FYI: This is yet to be confirmed)
In the case it gets the green light this is where we will be calling upon more than just the regular track builders, and where many of our 500 plus TERC Club members will be required to help out on either or both days, as it will also be the TERC Event where we as a club will again support Ronald MacDonald House.
So no report would be complete without acknowledging the great work of Ash where she has submitted all the right paperwork and permits months n months ago (while we were all sleeping) so we could all race at Deep Creek.
Thanks also goes to Bels (&Ash) for organizing all the Regos in the caravan, and then the MYLOs for operating Mylaps.
Its good to see our Reps really taking ownership and standing up for their respective sections, there efforts do not go unnoticed.... Thanks Guys.
As always my two VPs did an awesome job and were great where each fulfilled their duties as requested and took on the role of Clerk of The Course on their days.
So we hope to see a great roll up at Yolla, which is on Saturday 27MAY for the juniors and Sunday 28MAY for the seniors....just following the RED TERC signs from where the Cam River intersects the Bass Highway on the west side of Burnie.