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.