2019 8th September Dale trial, Championship Rd 4 of 5

Results rochdalemc2019.09.08


38 riders came to Walsden on Sunday for this years trial, which saw the entry tackle 10 sections with 4 laps on this rocky little bit of Yorkshire. Always a testing little place that you find  physical  to ride, as riders end up using a lot more of the clutch to negotiate those rocks that always seem to be in your line. Section one was observed by Alex Lord, a fairly steady one to try and get everyone into the swing of things, 2 was tight to be fair for the clubman, with a daunting looking deviation for the 3 lads on the expert route, 3 and 4 were flowing  for the majority, but as always the grass was greasy and had the potential to catch out the unsuspecting rider. Round the corner for 5 and 6, i (Barry) observed 6, and this did not take too many marks, with some big rocks that had to be ridden, Stephen Ellis was on 7 and from there you headed down towards the woods which had a little step near the end that caught out quite a few of the entry, 9 was the rocky beck, a tough natural section that always takes marks, once you had got your breath back, you headed back towards the car park for 10, a nice little section to end the lap on. George Morton was the outright winner of the trial, Pete McCANNA had a good ride on his Fantic, his son Adam was looking very tidy on a borrowed pre 65 bike, in the youth section, Will Sagar continues to impress, and the two Harry,s, Bayman and Cripps seem to be improving with each trial.

That sums up a good days sport, the sun was out, we had 9 observers, and everyone seemed to enjoy the event. Thanks to the landowner for the use of his land, Barry, Ian and Alan for setting out, and everyone who observed….PLEASE NOTE…. THE LANDOWNER DOES NOT ALLOW PRACTICE AT THIS VENUE….
Next Trial, is a Novice Beginner rd 3 in October, Then the Pennine Trial in November, thanks again, see you soon…

2019 16 June Juilian Bentley Trial, Championship Rd 3 of 5

Results rochdalemc2019.06.16

A smaller than normal entry turned out for this years trial at Walsden. Those that did had a stiffer test than intended, partly because it is a piece of land that is tricky to set out on especially when you are trying to plot routes for beginners and experts, and to be fair the bits in between the sections probably caused a few problems for those on the beginner route mainly getting from section 9 to number ten as it got slippy around those rocks on the hillside..No complaints from the riders though as they seemed to accept the added difficulty, Mason Carter continues to improve as he gets used to riding the intermediate route, Gabby Whitham has also moved up to the experts and young Charlie Cripps continues to impress on the Youth Intermediates, i,m sure it will not be too long before he also moves up to the same route as his dad Andy. Martin Jackson had a good ride on my section 9 with 3 cleans and one dab on his last lap, one of the better rides on the day. The entry may have been a bit low but we did manage to Have 7 observers which was good with the riders having to watch themselves through on the other 3 sections, thanks to those who helped out during the trial, Stephen Hoyland for paying the observers, and young Harry Cripps for bringing in the route markers, thanks to Margaret for the results and the landowner for the use of his land. Our next trial is in September hope to see you there.

2019 28th April Novice & Beginner champs round 2 of 3.

Results rochdalemc2019.04.28


A dry and bright Sunday for the trial was in contrast to the previous
day when we set out round 2 of our novice beginner series at Back
Cowm. We plotted 8 sections going in an anticlockwise direction, same
as the 4x4s who were having one of their fun days, with each section
having three routes, beginner, easy novice and a clubman route for
those wanting more of a challenge. We were a bit down on numbers for
some reason so that affects the amount of people who can observe, so a
big thanks to Blacky and Stephen Hoyland who observed from the start
and everyone else who picked up a board during the trial.
Thanks to the course plotters, Alan Lord, Fitzy, Ann and Lianna
Titley, and John at Cowm Leisure for the use of the venue, Next trial
is in June at Walsden, hope to see you there…

2019 24th March Sid Humphries Trial Club Championship round 2 of 5

Results rochdalemc2019.03.24

A good size entry once again turned out for this years trial at Lee
Quarry, the weather was dry but a bit cold and breezy for those who
came to observe, especially for the youngsters who observed sections 4
and five. Me (Barry) , Alan Lord, Paul Heys and Fitzy had put in the
10 sections which turned out to be tight and niggly in places, with
the beginners having four laps of nine sections as they missed out
number 6, but to be fair i think they could have had a go at this one
as it rode quite nice once you had got down into the river. We even
had a visit from the boys in blue as they had recieved an email from
Lancashire County Council notifying them that we were running an
event, he took some pictures and videos giving us some positive
feedback for a change, at least the sight of him made those illegally
practicing keep a low profile for a while…..
Thanks to Lancs County for the use
of their land, the lads for setting out, Margaret and Kingsley for the
results, and everyone who observed, our next trial is at Back Cowm on
the 28th April, a novice beginner round


2019 17th February Novice & Beginner Round 1

Results rochdalemc2019.02.19

Cliviger was again the place for our first round of the novice
beginner trials we have this year.  A dry week before meant the land
was drier than normal for this time of year, so with one eye on the
forecast we set the ten sections on the easier side, the one exception
was number 1 on the harder route. Watching the riders on Sunday we
could see they had to go through the reds then back into the white and
yellow deviation then attack the hill with a very short run up, one
explanation could be that those practicing on Saturday had disturbed
the flags and put them back in the wrong place, because me and Blacky
cant,t remember setting the section out in that way, but then again we
are getting on a bit and the memory is not what it used to be, but
either way the riders did seem to mind the added difficulty.
Sections 2 and 3 were close by, then over to the bottom of the woods
for 4, at first glance it looked a little confusing with plenty of
flags of different colour’s for the 3 routes, 5 took you into the woods
a good section for both of the novice courses, Margaret observed 6 at
the top left corner and 7 was just opposite, unobserved at the start
but an unlucky rider picked up the board because his bike developed a
problem, 8 was over the wall on a greasy banking, Lee Titley struggled
to get to grips with this one as she tries to get used to her new
bike..9 was in the big rock gully, Blacky had put a tight turn in for
the harder route which took marks off most, then over to far corner
for ten, something new that had not been in before, slippy on the
downhill as Keith Goodwin found to his cost as his Fantic tucked in on
him, hurting his knee, hope its not too serious Keith and your back on
it soon….
              Thats the first one out of the way, thanks to everyone
for your support as another good entry enjoyed a good days sport, Tony
for the use of his land, and all of you who observed, our next trial
is at Lee Quarry in March…..