2017 3rd September Dale trial, Championship Rd 4 of 5

Results rochdalemc2017.09.03

Following its successful use in 2016, Bill Francis’ Diggle homestead was again the venue for this years Dale Trial. Though small in area, this picturesque venue is more than capable of accommodating todays average entry.  On Sunday, 3rd September , 30 enthusiasts presented themselves and were faced with 4 laps of 10 lengthy, but very rideable sections. Plotted several days earlier, in dry and pleasant weather, one eye was on the forecast for Sunday – which was wet !

However, the weather remained kind throughout the day, and my concern as C of C was that the sections would be on the easy side without the addition of some H2O !  My fears were unfounded as all sections took marks, without proving too difficult .

With the attendance of several R& DMC members of years gone by, all 10 sections were officiated , resulting in smooth and flowing circulation of riders throughout the event.

Sec 1  utilized the trees at the foot of the valley , winding between the trees before a short hop over a fallen log . This caused few major problems, though it could have been different had the rain arrived ! Riding No 5 , Jacob Ryder got his day off to the worst possible start here, misjudging the banking before the exit. Sam Sagar also found this section expensive – I wonder if he was intimidated by the observer !?!? ,  ( special thanks to whom , for picking up the board despite having your dogs along for the day ! )

Sections 2-5 followed the river quite naturally upstream ,and were plotted with strategic entry/exits to stiffen up their severity accordingly. This worked nicely, as riders in all classes rode the sections with very few fives being recorded, but no one going clean through all four.  Notable rides here were from Steve Ellis ( Gas Gas ), who dropped just 2 dabs over the four sections, and winner of the O-50 class John Duffy ( Sherco ) who shed 5 marks in total over the group. On lap1 , Barry Sanderson leapt off his machine in Sec 3 , happy with feet up ride – only to receive the news from observer Bill Francis that he had , in fact , stopped adjacent to the easy route ends cards , 2 metres short of his own section ends !

Sec 6, a first gear,  lock to lock snake between the large deciduous broadleaves on the banking, looked innocuous enough, but it took its fair share of marks. Lee Sagar, on his Fantic twinshock,  impressively negotiated this one clean on each visit.

Dropping into the river, Sec 7 was modified for the experts, but is otherwise my idea of a perfect section, needing little more than a ‘begins’ and ‘ends’ card . Pete McCanna ( Honda ) and John Duffy were the only riders in any class to tame this little belter . Due to the topography of the land here, the easy route did not pass under the bridge at Sec 7, but exited the river via a slippery gully, before diverting round to Sec 9. William Sagar, first time out on his new Beta, demonstrated an impressive ‘Superman ‘ impression here on lap 2, but to his credit jumped straight up with a large grin , and recovered to comfortably win his class .  Martin Jackson ( Honda ) tried his best to emulate William whilst cresting the slippery rock step beneath the bridge, but, with age against you Martin, I’m afraid your dismount was a distant 2nd to the athleticism of young William !!

With club Chairman Alan Lord not having, by his own admission, his steadiest ride, it appeared at times that his footrests were fitted with ball bearings . But his reason for wholesale mark losses ?

“ Its them Wrights observing – they keep staring at me in the section !” ……….    Make of that what you will folks !

So onto the final section of the day, and with the muddy slot of No 10 providing more grip than expected, riders completed their 4 laps by early afternoon, resulting in ample time for a stroll up to the farmhouse for bacon butties and a welcome  brew !  No sooner had the flags been pulled than the rain arrived.

Several riders took time to express their appreciation of the event , and the R & DMC would like to extend a big thanks to all observers , especially of course our good friend Bill Francis.


Report : Andy Wright

2017 18th June Julian Bentley trial, Championship Rd 3 of 5

Julian Bentley Trial results rochdalemc2017.06.18

This years Julian Bentley Trial had a change of venue, usually at 400
Acres, this year South Hollingworth Farm Walsden was the choice,
situated high above Gordon Riggs Garden centre. We know some riders
had difficulty with the postcode for the venue depending on were you
got the info from, sorry for that , we, ll sort that for future
      The trial itself was tough but good, with riders taking their
time to weigh up some of the sections because its one of those venues
that contains plenty of rocks that have become overgrown over the
years, so what you find is that there,s loads of grip on the rocks but
the bits inbetween can be very slippy, and that was the case on Sunday
even though its been mainly dry for the last few days.
    Section 1 was observed by Andy Wright recovering from a recent
operation, good to see him up and about, 2 was in a bomb hole, I got a
bit of a telling off for this one, from Lordy our chairman, who
thought it was a bit close to the bone, so after lap one it was
altered, 3 was a good expert, just a shame for the ever present Andy
Cripps that he had no one else in his class to compete against. 4 ,
observed by Bill Francis had a couple of tight turns and took plenty
of marks as riders either stalled their bikes and a few missed the red
and blue flags in the middle in the middle part of the section, 5 has
been in there before, again a tight left turn, but one that was
cleanable, and took the odd dab, 6 was under the trees, good for the
observer in the shade, and was probably the easiest of all the
sections, then you made your way over to the gulley, not many flags
needed to plot this one, this time it seemed to be harder, very greasy
and plenty of large gaps between those green rocks, 8 was unobserved
for most of the trial, but near the end Martin Jackson picked up the
board, this road hard, loose rocks, grass with little grip, you were
glad to see the end cards, 9 was observed by Margaret, well protected
from the sun with her cap, then up to 10, this had a tricky end up the
hill with riders having the odd dab.
            So that’s that trial done for another year, harder than we
intended its fair to say, with temperatures a bit too high for putting
a helmet on your head, so keeping your cool was always gonna be hard,
it is a venue were you struggle to ride in a straight line, plenty of
rocks that always put you off your intended line and as already
stated, it always seems to be greasy.
          Even though it was fathers day and BBQ weather, the entry
was pretty good, so thanks to everyone for turning up and all those
who observed whilst catching some rays.
          Just like many other clubs we are short on people who want
to help out, on Saturday it was just me and Alan setting out, so if
you would like to help out in any way, please just mention it to one
of us, any help will be appreciated .
          Hope to see you at the next event in a couple of months,
Lordy might be talking to me by then. LOL..

2017 22th April Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 2 of 3 Cowm Quarry

Results rochdalemc2017.04.22

2017 19th March Sid Humphries trial, Championship Rd 2 of 5

Results rochdalemc2017.03.19

Club Championship 2016 winners

Club Championship
Rider Class
Andy Cripps Expert
Anthony Farrow Intermediate
Stephen Hoyland Novice
Charlie Cripps Youth C
Glynn Boughton Over 40
Pete Clibburn Over 50
Novice & Beginner Championship 2016
Rider Class
Ben Francis  Best Adult Hard route
Barry Sanderson 2nd Adult Hard route
Steve Ellis Best adult Easy route
John Ormerod 2nd Adult Easy route
Charlie Cripps Best Youth Easy route
Bradley Green 2nd Youth Easy route
Jonathan Brockbank Best Adult Beginner Route
Michael Ackwright 2nd  Adult Beginner Route
Harry Cripps Best Youth Beginner  route
William Sagar 2nd Youth Beginner route