2020 16th February Novice & Beginner Round 1(CANCELLED)




Start time 10:30


Secretary Margaret Whitlow  01706 633977

2020 26th January Harry Robinson Trial

Results rochdalemc2020.01.26

It was a cold wet day at Back Cowm Quarry for this years trial, which saw 50 odd riders tackle some wet and greasy sections in full view of the lads in their 4 wheel drives who were also using the quarry for their monthly day out.

We were short of a few observers  but the first 4 were manned, Steve Ellis on number 1, a difficult one for the experts with the grip level so low, 2 was watched by Stephen Hoyland sat in the comfort of his pickup, again this looked hard for the experts, but Charlie Cripps is beginning to really progress at this level and should be the one to beat in the not too distant future.
3 was a shale hill climb, very slippy on the turn before you went up , and 4 was opposite the brick crusher, observed by Bill Francis, again sat in the comfort of his vehicle, this had a tricky turn on the main route that needed a good line to get a clean, 6 and 7 were in the very back of the quarry, both had no observers with  riders having to judge each other, section 8 had no observer for a while but later Paul Heyes wife walked up to take over, Margaret and Lauren were on 9, and again the riders had to mark each other on 10.
       The weather turned out to be a bit miserable on the day and this may have had an effect on the entry which was a bit down on previous years, but the trial itself was about right for the conditions . Thanks to everyone who observed, John at Cowm for the use of the land, and all the riders for your support.

2019 Boxing Day Trial Charity Trial

Results rochdalemc2019.12.26

The Boxing Day Trial Charity Trial was run once again at Back Cowm, this raises money in conjunction with John at Cowm Leisure, last years worthy causes were, Men in Sheds, and Cancer Research. This years charities have not yet been chosen, we have a meeting early next year, but if anyone has any ideas, please get in touch.

        We tried something a bit different for this years trial, 10 sections instead of 8, and a wheelie section, just as a bit of fun, Keith Goodwin surprised me on this especially as he is a beginner rider on my old Fantic 240, he showed up many others as he carried on towards the national gulley on his back wheel….
        I had help on christmas eve setting out, Andy Cripps, Charlie and Harry, along with Colin Blunt, much appreciated and always welcome, we were short of observers on the day, but a big thanks to those who did pick up a board, especially Bill Francis who made the trip from Diggle to help out.
         Thanks to Charlie Cripps, Harry and Harry Bayman for putting out route markers and bringing in those sections which had no observer, John at Cowm Leisure for the use of his land, and  the riders, for your support throughout the year.
        Our next trial is the 26th Jan, The Harry Robinson Trial, @back cowm, until then, have a happy new year and all the best for 2020….

13.11.2019 Club AGM

Last Wednesday we had our AGM, attended by 7 people, the outcome from this was, entry fees and membership will stay at £15 and £5 respectively, everyone stayed on in their current roles, with Michael Whitlow as your club President and Alan Lord as your Chairman.
We will continue to run our club championship and the charity trial on boxing day, as for the beginner series there was a lot of debate, support for this has dwindled over the last couple of years, and we have found ourselves asking if it is worthwhile continuing, we do not want to cut trials, especially those that encourage youth in the sport. So we have a piece of land booked for the first one in February, based on the entry and feedback we will decide after that trial what we are doing.
To sum up, the reason why we stayed on in our roles was simply because there was no other volunteers at the meeting, we were spread a bit thin at the trial on Sunday and had to be helped out by George and Jack, there is no doubt at all, that if nobody new takes an interest clubs will fail and the sport will suffer. Come on lads, please don’t let this happen….
Anyway, rant over, thanks to everyone for supporting our events during 2019, everyone in the club for their efforts, and all of you that have observed at our trials…

2019 17th November Pennine Trial Club Championship 5 of 5

Pennine Trial, North West Centre Championship round, results rochdalemc2019.11.17 Updated

The best part of 70 riders turned for this years trial, which was once again at Lee Quarry. Jack Spencer and George Morton helped set out on the Saturday, with our Chairman Alan Lord, we were short on numbers, so the help from both these lads was very much appreciated. Having a new set of eyes put a new slant  on the trial, with some long sections in areas that have not been used for a long time, which provided a different challenge for the riders. It was slippy but that was to be expected because of the time of year and the amount of rainfall, this resulted in some tired looking individuals by the end of the day, but all in all a good trial was had by most…