Two issues that I'd really appreciate you discussing with your States riders.
1. That we follow Europe's lead in restricting Under 18 trials competitors to 125cc machines, whatever Class or Grade they compete in. The idea being that Juniors would develop their riding technique, rather than relying on the super grunt available on 250, 290, 300s.
2. Jamie O'Neil, current TdN Manager, made a couple of excellent recommendations in his report on the 2007 TdN. That current, or prospective, TdN riders be encouraged to conduct Coaching Days on the Saturday prior to Open Trials in their home State. Jamie is fully aware of the Budget shortfall in recent years with the TdN Team. His suggestion would have the Experts returning something to their sport, which would be really appreciated by our B, C and Clubmen competitors who could attend these Coaching Clinics. All funds raised would go to top up the TdN Budget. We have a couple of excellent Women Coaches so there is no reason why they couldn't do similar Coaching fund raisers.
We would be very interested in hearing your responses to these couple of (possible) proposals.
All constructive comments welcome!