SA GIRLS ROCKIN’ AROUND THE CLOCK IN THE 2018 24 HOUR TRIAL
As we all know, this weekend sees SA’s most famous and longest running motorcycle event happen for the 86th time since 1924 (7 years missed for WW2 1940-46 and 2 years in the 1950’s through market slumps). This is the 94th anniversary of SA’s most famous motorcycle event, In 2018 however, and like previous years, todays modern riders will again tackle a course of 4 laps of about 200kms each, with 12 off road sections per lap, with tea and breakfast breaks between laps 1 & 2 and 3 & 4.
The event will start from the Kapunda Trotting Complex, with the Trotting Complex will have full catering available all weekend, merchandise, along with event programmes available Saturday morning in the under cover area, which will include any directions to spectator areas for the event.
This weekend will also see 9 women tackle SA’s famous 24 Hour Trial, with the 1st bike starting at 11.00am. All will be riding on sidecars, with 8 passengers and 1 rider fronting the starter and 4 laps of 200kms in any weather conditions that the event throws up!
So, who are these intrepid women?? Well, let’s have a look …..
#15 LISI PHILLIPS, PASSENGER FOR ETHAN PICKSTOCK.
A multi time starter in the ‘all nighter’, with 1 finish to her name, as a passenger aboard a KTM 950 sidecar in a wet year, which was a brilliant effort in itself. Also a rally (car) navigator, Lisi, who has also dabbled in other disciplines like sidecarcross, motocross and trials, will be on board this year with her partner, Ethan, and they hope to get that first finish together after a number of unsuccessful starts!
Lisi also is active in the sport, having held committee positions at her local club, the Gawler MCC and also holds an officials licence!
#17 MELISSA ROGERS, PASSENGER FOR CHRISTOPHER PAUNOLA
Melissa starts the ‘24’ for the 3rd time in as many years and is chasing her first finish, with this being the only reliability trial she is yet to finish after debuting in reliability trials in 2016. Melissa is also a multi-discipline competitor, having started in trials as a solo rider, winning the SA Women’s Cup in 2012, before finding a niche as a passenger in trials, with the highlight there being crowned the Australian Champion passenger in 2016, only the 2nd woman to win this Championship in its 50 year history, as well as representing SA at the Australian Trials Teams Championships in 2016 & 2017.
#18 KRISTY SCHULTZ & AYLA PLOWMAN, THE ALL-GIRL TEAM!
Kristy & Ayla have re-written the history books since teaming up as an all-female sidecar team in 2013, competing in reliability trials and sidecar-cross for a number of years now. Together they became the very first all-female sidecar team to finish this famous event in the ‘Open Sidecar’ Class, with now 3 finishes to their name, in 2013, 2015 & 2017. Together they also have a top 10 finish in the Australian Sidecarcross Championships in 2014.
Kristy has also created 24 Hour Trial history on her own as she started her career as a solo rider, notched up 4 finishes in the ‘24’ as a solo rider, with this also a women’s record in the Open Solo class – and – it was also 4-in-a-row as well, and then switched to 3 wheels where she became the first woman to ride a sidecar to an Open Class finish in 2012, but with a male passenger - and - can also boast a finish in the Finke Desert Race on a solo!
#20 BARBARA GREENHALGH, PASSENGER FOR HUSBAND, ROGER
One of the absolute ‘ladies legends’ of the sport here in South Australia, Barbara first notched up a 24 Hour Trial finish in the 1970’s , and before her first ‘retirement’ in the early 1980’s, became the first woman to finish the 24 Hour Trial twice! Returning to the sport in the 2000’s with husband Roger, together they have finished the event on more than 1 occasion, and had retired from this event after their finish 2 years ago, but now they are back, with the Motorcycling SA Life Member keen to add to her very impressive resume!
Barbara also has had a multi-disciplined career, starting also as a trials passenger in the 1970’s, with a top 5 finish at the Australian Championships to her name, and since her return to the sport in the 2000’s has ridden trials again, the 2010 SA Women’s Cup & Diener/Holmes Sidecar Trophy, as well as many sidecarcross meetings, and all with hubby, Roger.
#23 CAROLINE WILKSCH, PASSENGER FOR GLEN WUNDENBERG
The absolute ‘ladies legend’ of the 24 Hour Trial in its 90+ year history! More starts than any other woman, now well over 20 and counting, Caroline became the first woman to win a solo class, when the event was split into Open & Rally, with Caroline winning the very first Rally Class in 1987. In 1988 Caroline formed (we think) the very first all-female sidecar team to start the 24 Hour Trial, and a year later became the first woman to ride a sidecar to a finish in an all-female team when her and Janene Spruzen finished 2nd in the Rally Class Sidecars in what is remembered on of the wettest events of that era where only about 25% off the total field finished the event.
Caroline is also the only woman to date to do the ‘treble’, finish as a solo rider, sidecar rider and sidecar passenger, and will look to add to her record amount of finishes for a woman in 2018!
#25 SAMANTHA BAXTER, PASSENGER FOR ZAK SMITH
One of the ‘newbies’ to the sport, Samantha already has started this event in past years, as well as many of the reliability trials in the SART Championship series with 2018 finding Sam with a ‘new’ combo of bike and rider and they will be more than keen to get that first finish as a team in SA’s famous ‘all-nighter!
#27 VANESSA SILVY, passenger for Aaron
Another husband & wife team, this will be their first event for the year, with the pic above taken from their 2017 attempt where they retired early in the event. 2018 will see them keen to atone for that non-finish from last year
#29 MELISSA FOOT, PASSENGER FOR JUSTIN FOOT
The only non SA team in 2018, this married team from Victoria have a long history together, particularly in road race sidecars, but also have tried trials together as well – and are very much rookies in 2018, with them already having travelled to SA to ride the lead up events run by the Keyneton & Velocette Clubs to prepare for the ‘24’, and SA more than welcome, and wish them luck in 2018!
Motorcycling SA wishes all 9 of our female rider and passengers the very best of luck this weekend as they all chase their own little piece of 24 Hour Trial history, and whether that history is new, or adding to an already impressive resume, all will give 100% as they tackle the elements as they unfold!
With thanks to Thomas Ware Photography – Four07 Images for the pics
With thanks to Jen Shanks – Pretend Photography for the pic of Vanessa Silvy