Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Rowe Takes Every Opportunity


Rowe Takes Every Opportunity


Andy McGechan


Taranaki’s Mitch Rowe is a glutton for punishment.

The rain came down in buckets at the Barrett Road Motorcycle Park facility on the outskirts of New Plymouth on Sunday, turning the popular motocross circuit into a porridge-like quagmire.

And, just as some of the sport’s superstars were packing away their precious bikes, not prepared even to venture on to the track for practice at the annual King of the Mountain Motocross on Sunday, Yamaha’s Rowe was instead gearing up to tackle two classes.

Former national 500cc motocross champion Rowe (Yamaha YZ250F) wrapped up against the elements, waterproofed his bike as best he could and then lined up to race both the MX2 class and the veterans’ class as well.

Rowe settled for runner-up spot in the MX2 class, behind Kiwi international Kieran Scheele, of Central Hawke’s Bay, and then won the veterans’ class, ahead of Inglewood’s Steve Holmes.

Then, just for good measure, he entered the King of the Mountain feature final race as well, finishing fourth overall against the 450cc bike riders.

“It was very hard work riding in these conditions,” said the 47-year-old builder.

“I needed to water-blast the bike between each race to clean out the radiators, but, really, I didn’t need to do much to the bike to make it ready. I just put some silicon on the plastic guards so the mud wouldn’t stick too much.

“It was pretty sloppy mud, so it didn’t really stick too much but it made it tough to see where the ruts were amongst the water.

“Getting a good start was most important because otherwise you’d get your goggles filled in and visibility was impossible. I got a terrible start in the feature race and actually had to stop, take off my goggles and then go again.

“I needed to use eye drops after the racing was over but I enjoyed the day anyway. The bike never missed a beat, despite the conditions.”

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Caracals: Small Cats With Big Ears Arrive At Wellington Zoo

Visitors to Wellington Zoo will be able to see New Zealand’s first Caracals in the Zoo’s new Grassland Cats habitat, with a special visitor opening day on Saturday 27 September. More>>

Gordon Campbell: Classics - Tales From Moominvalley
Can’t speak for the reading end of it but the Moomins ( or maybe the story about Margaret Wise Brown) were the most enjoyable subject to think about and write about during these whole first 50 issues of Werewolf. For that reason – and because the Moomins always reward re-reading – I’ve decided to reprint it. The only added element is a link to an interesting hour long documentary about Tove Jansson. More>>

ALSO:

Repping In The Pacific: All Blacks And Manu Samoa To Play Historic Apia Test

The All Blacks will play Manu Samoa in Apia on Wednesday 8 July next year as part of both teams’ preparations for Rugby World Cup 2015. More>>

ALSO:

Monarchy: Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Are Expecting Second Child

Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are very pleased to announce that The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting their second child. More>>

ALSO:

2015: Elton John Plans Wellington Show

After nine years, Elton John and his band will return to Westpac Stadium, Wellington for one spectacular concert! The November 21, 2015 concert will feature iconic hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career... More>>

Book Awards: Jill Trevelyan's Story Of Peter McLeavey Is Book Of The Year

The story of Wellington art dealer Peter McLeavey and his gallery has won the prestigious New Zealand Post Book of the Year 2014 in a glittering ceremony in Wellington. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: King Richard

Simon Nathan reviews 'Richard Seddon, King of God’s Own': My father grew up in Wellington during Seddon’s premiership... I can recall him standing under the Seddon statue in the grounds of parliament and telling me that Seddon had more backbone than Sid Holland and all his cabinet colleagues put together.. More>>

8 October: Miley Cyrus Bangerz Tour Coming To Auckland!

Dainty Group announced today that global superstar Miley Cyrus will bring her BANGERZ TOUR to New Zealand in October this year. This will be Miley’s first ever visit to New Zealand and there will only be one Auckland show before she takes her tour to Australia. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news