Chivers gears up to be pushed to limit in a perfect ride
CLOSE to a year ago, Sarah Chivers left the Australian Moto Trials Championships happy with second place, but desperate to win in her final year of the age competition.
Now her last opportunity is approaching, and Chivers is doing everything she can to be prepared.
For all of the 2015 season, the 16-year-old has taken the jump to the C grade competition in Central Queensland.
Going back to the junior women's earlier this month, she dominated the Queensland titles to win them for the third time.
"I dropped eight points on the two days, and the next girl dropped around 160," she said.
"I can ride every section dropping no points. It is just not thinking you are done until you really are."
The Australian level is in 10 weeks' time in New South Wales, and Chivers knows near perfection will be needed to win the titles.
She has been working for months on fitness, her mental approach and knowing her bike.
Only dropping seven points last year, Chivers believes she can beat the mark, especially with other girls pushing her to the limit.
"I have become better, without a doubt, I have gone up that grade and I am doing quite well in competitions," she said.
Chivers also has the chance to test her skills at Turkey Beach on June 28 and 29.
The CQ club is hosting round three and four of the Queensland series, which will bring in a lot of good riders.
"I will be using it as a training day, so hopefully I do well," she said.
The Australian titles are at Pacific Park on the Hawkesbury River on August 29 and 30.
Queensland Trials results
Sarah Chivers - 1st junior women's
Andy McDonald - 1st C grade
Nicole Casy - 2nd open women's
Tony Bax - 2nd veterans