DATE CHANGE!!!! Now Sunday 19th May Meet: 8 am, Matthew Flinders Rest Area, Steve Irwin Way ALL BIKES WELCOME - Snail Trails type ride - Enduro skills will be optional. SUBJECT TO FAVORABLE WEATHER - MAY BE RESCHEDULED IF THE WEATHER IS CRAPOLA As many of you would know by now, our much loved riding buddy, and all around dirt-bike queen - Melissa - is headed to the Finke Desert Race in June. Now, you may not be aware that she is funding the trip herself, and that the expenses for such an entry run very high indeed. Many thousands of dollars in fact. A few years ago, Mel was seriously injured in an accident with a drunk driver. Her fight to walk again would have been effort enough, but now she runs Tri-athalons and races dirt bikes!!! We are very proud of her, and are keen to help her realise her dreams. So we, her friends would like to show our support by offering the 'Send Mel to Finke' Introduction to Enduro skills ride and BBQ!! This ride is for everyone, but it's especially for newer riders who would like to step up from Grade 1 riding, and have a go at some Grade 2 and 3 terrain, at an extremely easy pace, and with total support from more experienced riders. I encourage the chicks to get on this one too, all skill levels are welcome. THE PLAN: We will have discussions and demonstrations of basic enduro riding skills, such as: Body positioning (riding standing up etc) Slow riding Emergency braking on gravel Balance Water crossing Riding in deep sand How to tackle rocky hills and more. Also some handy hints for preparing your bike, maintenance, handling the bike when in tight situations. All the stuff it usually takes months to pick up... the hard way! After the ride, we will put on a BBQ snag sizzle and some light beers and soft drinks. So come along, grab some skills, have a great social ride day with no pressure at all, meet our very own lady racer, enjoy some food, a drink and some great company. All we ask is that you make a donation of around $15 towards Mel's entry and support fees. Here she is in action, thanks to B1 for the video: <EMBED height=480 type=application/x-shockwave-flash width=853 src=http://www.youtube.com/v/H2TvW3vtHqs?hl=en_US&version=3&rel=0 allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></EMBED> WHEN: SUNDAY MAY 12 WHERE: MATTHEW FLINDERS REST AREA, STEVE IRWIN WAY, GLASSHOUSE MEET: 8.00 am for 8.30 ride brief and the first skills demo. BRING: Registered bike, license or learners, all safety gear including knee and elbow armour, water, camera, $15 and a good sense of humour and a taste for adventure! AS WITH ALL OUR RIDES, YOU SHOULD RIDE AT A PACE THAT YOU FEEL IS SAFE. YOU SHOULD NEVER ATTEMPT ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT COMFORTABLE WITH, AND YOU SHOULD SEEK ADVICE OR HELP IF UNSURE. YOU MUST READ AND AGREE TO THE DISCLAIMER http://snail-trails.sportsontheweb.net/disclaimer.htm BEFORE COMING ON ANY GROUP RIDE. THIS IS AN INFORMAL, NOT FOR PROFIT RIDE, NO RESPONSIBILITY IS TAKEN OR IMPLIED. So who's in?? Strumm - lead Sandy - sugar distribution officer Mr Bergman - chief videographer Melissa - demonstrator and helper Kirstie - chief catering officer Scott - Helper Brett - Helper Kawasaki Glenn (?) dwb79 - bike setup demonstrator RE017 - Helper Flower Power Stuart - Helper Dennis - Helper Candace mGary - Helper/sweep Young gun 640 xronly Stefs cruiser 0405canvet + 1 Knowles (?) drzTroy + 1 (?) Wasca - mothership driver Peter Stew Paul Nathan C Chinky (??) (insert your name here) DATE CHANGE!!!! Now Sunday 19th May Meet: 8 am, Matthew Flinders Rest Area, Steve Irwin Way ALL BIKES WELCOME - Snail Trails type ride - Enduro skills will be optional.