Local trials rider Paul Dowell makes his way over some rocks ahead of this weekend's NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial near Wakefield.

Top trials event back at 88 Valley

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The highly successful two-day NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial kicks off in Wakefield this Saturday, attracting some of the top moto-trials riders from around the country.

The Adventure Trial caters for riders of all abilities, riding both modern and classic bikes, following a trail/trial format which tests their skills while having fun with a group of like-minded participants.

Magazines in England, Japan and Europe have profiled this event highlighting some of what Nelson and Tasman have to offer, says organiser Stephen Oliver. “Riders attend to enjoy some of our beautiful scenery and take part in one of the friendliest motorcycle events available.”

The inaugural NZ Ihatove Adventure Trial, which is run by the Oliver family of Nelson’s own NonStop Adventure NZ Ltd, was staged in 2010 and it is held annually during the third weekend of February. The Oliver brothers are well known for their Goldpine Team Xtreme display riding at local A&P shows, the trolley derby and the Nelson Santa Parade and the Ihatove is supported by Tasman District Council.

Stephen says best spectator viewing will be between 12.30-2.30pm on Saturday and Sunday.  The event will be signposted from Wakefield’s Eighty Eight Valley turn off and as this event is held on private property there are no pets allowed and no food or drink sales available.

Details are available at: www.nonstopadventure.co.nz/newzealandihatovetrials.php