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Video transcript for Gerrit's story Gerrit’s story: What keeps Gold-level rider Gerrit coming back for more?

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(Motorcyclist riding around corner. Cuts to wide view of motorbike riding around corner quickly. Cuts to motorbike riding into camera. Cuts to motorcyclist riding around corner. Cuts to group of motorcyclists following each other around a corner. Cuts to group of motorcyclists riding in the rain. Cuts to motorcyclist straightening up after coming through a bend. Cuts to motorcyclist riding at night with headlights on. Goes to black screen, text appears “Come Ride With Me – Gerrit’s Story”. Cuts to rider putting on their motorcycle helmet. Cuts to Gerrit talking to camera. Text on bottom left reads: “Gerrit – Gold Certified Rider”.)

Person 1: I’ve been riding motorcycles for about 36 years.

(Close up of hand holding handle bars. Cuts to Gerrit sitting on his bike. Close up of foot on pedal. Bike rides off.)

Person 1: Started off at school having a 50cc, but you learn to respect your ride regardless of whether it’s a powerful bike or not.

(Aerial view of rider riding off. Cuts to rider riding towards camera. Cuts to Gerrit talking to camera.)

Person 1: Moving to New Zealand, I brought my bike from South Africa, and the bond with my motorcycle was key.

(Motorcycle coming towards camera and passing it. View of Gerrit as he’s riding. Wide view of Gerrit riding towards camera. Bike riding in different locations.)

Person 1: Getting out on my bike on a good day is a wonderful experience. You get to see some beautiful countryside, you enjoy the ride, it’s great.

(Gerrit talking to camera. View of Gerrit as he’s riding. Bike rising around corner.)

Person 1: My first course that I did was a Bronze course and that was purely to pick up skill, and then moving on to the Silver ones, learning some new skills.

(Instructor talking to classroom of riders. Cuts to Gerrit and other riders watching and listening, then back to the instructor.)

Person 2: The value of collective knowledge in the room, not just me. It’s about what you know and what you don’t as well. So we learn from each other’s experiences.

(Cuts to Gerrit listening to instructor. Cuts to instructor standing in front of presentation screen. Close up of screen.)

Person 1: I think that classroom experience was good, cause it sort of set the scene and the reason why we were doing the training in the first place.

(Cuts to Gerrit talking to group. Cuts to view of course booklet, then to instructor talking to presentation. Cuts to Gerrit talking to the group. View of instructor talking to screen.)

Person 1: I do consider myself a fair weather biker though. That’s maybe part of the reason why I keep coming back for some of these courses. You sometimes lose a bit of the ability to keep yourself and others around you safe.

(Cuts to group weaving between cones. Other riders watching. Close up of rider practicing. Rear view of instructor teaching. Cuts to instructor watching riders. Close up of bike wheels while manoeuvring towards camera.)

Person 1: And then getting out doing the slow manoeuvres, that’s not something that you practice every day so that was quite good, and get a good few tips and tricks from some of the other guys to see what they do and how they approach some of those things.

(Cuts to Gerrit talking to camera. Cuts to group of motorcyclists riding in rain.)

Person 1: Being in Wellington, it’s always a bit of a challenge with rain and wind, which is two of the most daunting things that you can probably face. Doing the Gold course with Peter yesterday was exactly that. It was a pretty rainy day. There wasn’t too much wind, but it was wet.

(Cuts to Gerrit talking to camera. Cuts to view of Gerrit as he is riding. View of group riding past the camera, rear view of riders.)

Person 1: Having intercom connectivity and him taking us through the hazards, the dangers, the vanishing point and everything that we’ve spoken about in the classroom, it was really great to put it all into practice.

(Gerrit talking to camera, close up of biker riding towards camera in rain. Cuts to group of riders riding past camera. Rider coming towards camera in the rain. Gerrit talking to camera.)

Person 1: The rain was coming down, and there was quite a few things you had to keep in mind and deal with at the time. But that’s what motorcycle riding is all about, and you need to make sure that you follow all of those to stay safe.

(Cuts to group riding towards and past camera. Group riding towards camera. Rear view of group riding. Riders riding around corner, past camera. Cuts to Gerrit talking to camera.)

Person 1: I’ve definitely improved some of my skills in the cornering, especially in the wet conditions. And funny enough, some of the slow manoeuvres that we’ve learned in the car park, I could actually apply some of that knowledge in the cornering, like body positioning and things like that, that was helping me to go through those corners at the wet conditions.

(Cuts to the instructor talking to the group.)

Person 2: Have run at about maybe 60K, something like that.

(Cuts to biker riding towards camera and stopping. Different view of rider stopping.)

Person 1: I think there’s some real good value in doing some of these Ride Forever courses, depending on your skill.

(Group of riders riding across overpass, riding towards camera. Gerrit talking to camera. Group of riders riding past camera. Gerrit talking to camera.)

Person 1: As an experienced rider myself, I’ve done a few of these courses, and every time I’ve learned something to just prevent you from being in an accident or keeping you safe and other people on the road safe. I think it’s absolutely worthwhile. Why wouldn’t you do it?

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