Riders test technical skills
More than 36 riders will pit their fitness and skills against some tough terrain when rounds five and six of the South Island moto trials are contested at Long Valley near Havelock this weekend.
Moto trials is a technical version of motorcycling where skill, balance and concentration are more important than speed.
Jason Baker is Marlborough's top rider and will be hard to beat, especially in his home province as he tries to move up from second to first in the Expert class.
Brendon Wadsworth sells and fixes motorbikes for a living at Marlborough Trials Centre in Grove Rd so he shouldn't have too many concerns about mechanical failures.
He's in the top three in his division and his 12-year-old son Gareth Wadsworth leads the junior section after the opening four rounds.
David Atwool, John Mortimer, Jordan Sowman, Ryan Lewer and Colin Dew are Marlborough's other competitors, with Lewer and Dew competing for the first time.
Brendon Wadsworth said the course would test everyone, with varying degrees of difficulties depending on the categories they are riding in.
"Lots of vertical stuff, rock faces, vertical banks, creeks, a long section," he said.
Each moto trial division rides 10 sections four times tomorrow and again on Sunday so fitness and endurance are also important factors.
On Sunday, each section is different from the one that riders tackle tomorrow.
The action begins at 9.30am each day and runs through to about 3pm.
- The Marlborough Express