Challenges of trial riding brings Van Heerdan back again
FRANK Van Heerdan has been into trial riding for 22 years, but his on-again-off-again relationship with the sport means his current performances are below his level of expectation.
Originally trying his hand at the sport in 1991, Van Heerdan continued through until 1997 before having a five-year hiatus, and has only had the opportunity in the past four years to race on club days with the CQ Moto Trials Club.
Having ridden in Brisbane for a few years though, expectations are high every time he gets the chance to get back on the bike, only his skills are not maintained.
"I have only been doing club trials up here; I should have stuck to Brisbane," he laughed.
"I am tossing up whether to do this or go do field archery, which I have been doing shooting around with."
Van Heerdan has been thinking of stopping the trials for quite some time, even switching to rally for five years between 1997 and 2002, but the balance sport keeps bringing him back into the competitor list each month when the days are on.
Although he would rather be riding the slick and well built terrains of Brisbane, Van Heerdan was well satisfied when he left Scrubby Creek on Sunday.