Zoe helps Dad beat the obstacles

IN A reversal of the traditional father-daughter roles, Rocky Trials Club president Ken Cutmore believes he can learn a lot from his daughter and rising talent Zoe.

Zoe this year won her second successive Central Queensland observed motorcycle trials novice club championship while Ken also got in on the winning act, taking out the equivalent B grade prize.

Although only 16, Zoe has already been riding competitively for four years ? just one less than Dad ? and boasts enough experience for the pair to tackle each event as equals.

'We practise together and before competition we walk out the course and plan how we are going to attack each section and each log or rock,' Ken said.

Observed trialling requires competitors to complete testing courses by negotiating their way, on motorcycle, through natural and man-made obstacles.

With a system of scoring in which the lower the score the better the rider has performed, riders accumulate points by touching the ground with their feet, missing a directional arrow, stalling the engine, rolling backwards or riding outside the borders.

Balance and control while moving at a low speed are the measures by which trial riders are judged ? something which Zoe said did not appeal to some youngsters.

However, Ken said the sport taught riders greater control of their vehicles and, with few injuries sustained by competitors, made it an ideal activity for families. Other club championship winners for 2005 were Gladstone's David Lahey and Rockhampton's Don Jones who shared the A grade title and Gladstone's Anthony Paton who sealed the C grade honour.

The club boasts 43 members, up from just eight four years ago, and meets once a month at various locations in Biloela, Rockhampton and Gladstone between March and November.

A number of members also compete in Brisbane. For information phone Ken Cutmore on 4979 4046 or visit the club website at www.cqmototrials.org.

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