2016 4th September Dale trial, Championship Rd 4 of 5


open to all classes

new venue for RDMC

venue is at Diggle ( Bill francis’s land)
Harrop Court
nearest postcode OL3 5LL 10:30 AM start.
Contact Margaret Whitlow for details on 07854406423

2016 19th June Julian Bentley trial, Championship Rd 3 of 5

This years trial was held at Walsden, up on the hillside behind Gordon Riggs, with good views of the surrounding area, including the local cricket pitch, just, so you could chill out after the trial. Ten sections had been plotted, catering for all classes, with most on the middle route or the inters, there was just one expert, the ever present Andy Cripps, and a couple of riders on the easier routes, the only blot though was the fact that some reprobate had knicked the flags off section 6 and also emptied the remaining flags out of the bag that had been left on the section, presumably into the canal, this caused a slight delay as the section was reset, with Blacky picking up the board, obviously after his efforts the previous day Ian was less than impressed, made worse as his son, Sam had eaten his remaining flap jack.
Nine out of the ten sections had different routes for the classes, the exception was 7, which had one route for everyone, except beginners, this was the gulley, which repeatably caught out most riders, each trying in vain to get a well deserved clean, Anthony Farrow was one of these frustrated people, by only getting a clean on his last attempt, the stand out rider on this section was the silky Pete Clibburn, who I believe got 4 cleans on a very tricky beck.
So that was it, a bit down on numbers, but with everyone having a good trial, all the sections observed, a warm dry day with everyone finished before the rain came, thanks to landowner for the use of the land, the riders  and the observers.
Just one last thing to mention, Alan Lord, our chairman is cycling from lands end to John o Groats in the aid of Cancer Research in September, its not just a ride he can complete in his own time, its nine days in a group of riders, with professional riders setting the pace to make sure they make their deadline, the positive from this is that he will raise £1500 for a really good cause, any donations are welcome and can be made from the link on our website, or contact Alan, thank you and see you all soon…

2016 17th April Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 2 of 3 Teg Enviromental

Results rochdalemc2016.04.17

Teg was the venue for round 2 of our novice beginner series, high on the hills over Sharneyford between Bacup and Todmorden, quite exposed but with some cracking views especially with bright sunshine like we had on the day. Its not always been a place were we have been able to get a decent entry in the past, but this time it was pleasing to see yet another good turnout with people travelling from Yorkshire and Cheshire with the youngsters who had also made the trip for the first round back in Feb.
We had planned to set 10 sections and to make use of the top part of the quarry, but with the clay pigeon shooters finishing a bit too late for us, we put in 8 sections, staying in the bottom bit of the venue, but increased the laps from 4 to 5, this worked well with the riders who seem to appreciate the slightly different format..
We even had a visit from the boys in blue who had received reports from a local stating that there was 15 quad bikes tearing up the moor, but after giving them mine and the clubs details there were reassured enough to know that it was a well organised event, and they even showed some interest in some of the old bikes on show including Michael Whitlows, our club president.
The sections themselves were spot on, pretty long and flowing, the exception maybe was number 4, this is where I could have done with a sat nav, there was just a lot of flags to look at for the 3 routes, other than that it was all good with the novice route providing a good test for these riders because it was set a bit tighter, the novice easy was good for the twin shocks and the beginners spot on for the little ones on their electric machines…
So all in all it was a good day, the weather was good but cold, so as always we should thank the 8 observers, also the landowner for the use of the land,  and all of the riders for supporting the series, hope to see you soon at the next event which will be advertised in due course…..

2016 20th Mar Sid Humphries trial, Championship Rd 2 of 5

Results rochdalemc2016.03.20

This year’s Sid Humphries trial was subject to 3 changes of venue before a suitable location could be found, the end result had the trial being held at the infamous 400 Acre venue. This place is like Marmite to the North West trial riding fraternity, you either love it or hate it. I must admit it is one of my favourite venues especially on a clear crisp and dry day like we had on Sunday, unfortunately it is nigh on impossible to be able to offer a beginner route. This had a negative effect on the entries with only 30 entries in total, but the positive spin of the situation was not a section queue in sight (happy days). Back to the trial I think the sections were bang on the money on the day, every section should have been cleanable at least once by the majority of the field. To the results there was a bit of an upset to the pecking order in the Expert class with Julian Ingham putting in one of his star rides to take top honours, this left runner up award to Andy Cripps who has been unbeatable at Rochdale trials recently. Third expert was Martin Sandiford he looked to be riding well and was closely followed by Adam McCanna aggressive as ever on his very tidy 4RT. Matt Hopkinson was top Inter losing 25 followed by Edward Berry on 33, in the Novice class a surname we have not seen for while Ben Cornthwaite took the win by a 21 point margin over Andy Hope. In the veteran classes over 40 went to Alan Lord and over 50 Pete Clibburn (but Clibbys victory might be under debate as he broke down on section 4 on lap 1 and had to double up sections to finish). The youth classes only had a single rider in each class but it still takes some riding around does 400 acres for a youngster on a little bike so respect due to the younger ones especially Charlie Cripps.

Club Presentation night Saturday 5th March 2016

Berni Inn, The Fudge factory, Market street, Whitworth, Ol12 8DN

2015 Club Championship
1 Andy Cripps Expert
2 Julian Ingham Expert
3 Josh Law Expert
1 Jimmy McCanna Intermediate
2 Sam Blackburn Intermediate
3 Adam Mccanna Intermediate
1 Craig Mercer Novice
2 John Nolan Novice
3 Stephen Hoyland Novice
1 Charlie Cripps Yth C
1 Alan Lord O40
2 Scardon Coupe O40
3 Andrew Chislett O40
1 Andy Fitzsimmons O50
2 Peter McCanna O50
3 Carl Braddock O50

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