2018 15 July Sid Humphries trial, Championship Rd 3 of 5



Sunday at Lee Quarry, was the re run of this trial, which we had to
cancel earlier this year because of the  poor weather, not the case
today though as temperatures in the mid twenties
meant it was going to be a hot one.. Lack of rain meant the venue was
the driest we,ve ever seen it, no water in the rivers what so ever and
all of the tracks dry and dusty, we even manged to get one or two
sections in places that we usually struggle to get access to, section
2 was one of these, a dried out area that is normally under plenty of
water. 4 was another that hasn,t been used for a long time, this
required you to hold your nerve, making a right turn down over some
very loose stones that never bed in, 5 is normally a river section
situated between two stone pillars, today it was just a bolder field.
Back onto the tracks and down towards 6, again something new, Andy
Cripps made this look too easy with his usuall flambuoyant style, a
bit of a slippy hill climb on 7 because of the dried out gravel that
was a bit like marbles beneath your tyres, 8 was a tricky one for the
clubman, loose rocks and an off cambered turn meant that you could
easily get off line. Blacky picked up the board on 9, a bit of tester
we thought for the experts, but the caliber of riders on this route
was pretty good, so no problems at all i the end, then back to the
centre of the venue for ten….
A good trial which was enjoyed by an entry which
was down on the day, other events, or even the weather may have played
a part, but looking at other results from trials, there seems to be a
trend, with numbers looking to be on the way down this year, but
things may start to pick up once the holiday season has ended.
Thanks to those who did ride the trial, Lancashire
County Council for the use of the land, Blacky and Michael for giving
me a lift to set up on Saturday, and Margaret for the results.
One last thing to mention, THERE IS NO PRACTICING AT
LEE QUARRY, this could lead to the loss of a good venue for the club.
Thanks to everyone once again, and see you all in September for the
Dale Trial….


2018 17th June Julian Bentley Trial round 2 of 5

Results rochdalemc2018.06.17

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Fathers day was  again the date for this years Julian Bentley trial,
held at South Hollingworth Farm, up above Walsden. A compact venue
with plenty of rockery, some pretty big if you have the bottle and
skill for that kind of thing.
      Eight sections were put in on the Thursday night because some
of us had work and family commitments at the weekend, leaving just two
to do on the morning of the trial. Andy Wright put in the first 3
sections.all measured to perfection, in and around those rocks that
have loads of grip. Most of the other sections were set very similar,
simply because of the nature of the land, 6 was different, under the
trees in the woods at the bottom of the hill, a couple of twists and
turns up and around the bankings, then 7, the Beck which had a lot
less water in it then usual, but it was even more greasy than in the
past, a real mark taker.
                  A good entry seemed to enjoy a trial which was
testing and tight in places , there was also a good number of
spectators for most of the day, giving the trial a different feel.
                We would like to thank the landowner for the use of
his land, the riders and watchers for making it worthwhile and all the
ten people who observed, our next trial is the Syd Humphries at Lee
Quarry in July…..

2018 22th April Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 2 of 3 Cowm Quarry

Results rochdalemc2018.04.22

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2018 18th February Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 1 of 3 at Cliviger

Results rochdalemc2018.02.18

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A wet and slippy Calderhead farm at Cliviger was the place for our first round of the novice beginner series this year. Me and Ian had put in the eight sections on the Saturday, we tried our best to avoid anything that would have been too greasy on the day of the trial and I think we managed to do this with the real slippy bits being in-between the sections. Number 1was in the old favourite, the stream, nothing too drastic, the drop into the stream may have been a bit daunting for the absolute beginner, but we just wanted to avoid two way traffic at the exit, two was on the bankings opposite the stream, a couple of riders on the novice route failed to give this one enough respect first time round meaning they ended up lower down the banking than they intended resulting in 5s, three was at the bottom of the woods that’s not been used for a while, onto four observed by Stephen hoyland, don,t think he intended to stay in one place all day but thanks for helping out, round to the top of the woods for 5 and 6, both slippy and tricky, good bike control and lines were essential to get cleans on these two.  Up to the big gulley for seven, then across to probably the hardest of the lot 8, very tight and twisty, this was the one that will decide who came out on top.

A nice little trial to start the series off, thanks to Tony for the use of the land, everyone who helped run the trial and all the observers. Next trial is in march @  Lee quarry.

2018 28th Jan Harry Robinson Trial

Results rochdalemc2018.01.28

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A free weekend in the nwc calendar meant we could squeeze in this year’s Harry Robinson trial at back cowm, heavy snow the previous week meant the access road was very slippy and the quarry itself had a good covering of snow .Having had to reschedule the trial we knew the entry would be down on what we expected the week before due to a big trial in Cumbria and also other clubs trying to re run their trials, but around fifty riders turned out for what in the end was a good trial. We had spoken to John at cowm on Monday and we agreed to Have a smaller lap as we had to share the quarry with the 4x4s because it’s the last Sunday of the month. Setting out on Saturday was cold, we split up at the start and left Paul Heys to plot number 1, a couple of logs for the clubman to get over and some rocks at the end that were quite tricky, on the intermediate route Andy Cripps made it look easy as he continues to recover from injury, 2 was a tight one, probably taking the majority of marks for the clubman, 3 was observed by Margaret Whitlow, well wrapped up as usual , a section which flowed well not causing too many problems, 4 was new one the hillside near to the leap of faith, from there you had to nip around the back of the pit bike track to get to 5, a variation on things that have been tried in the past, then probably the longest run between sections to 6, a good section with a steep exit, this gave me a scary moment second time round as the bike decided to die just as I was about to get commit, down into the sandstones for 7 with its large flat rocks which have plenty of grip, 8 was a green route, tight and slippy at the end, 9 was heading back to the graffiti wall, this didn’t deteriorate as we thought and the grip level was pretty good all the trial, last but not least was ten, fairly straightforward on all routes unobserved for most of the trial with riders having to mark each other.

That sums up a trial which I think was worth re running, thanks to Blacky, lordy, and Paul for setting out, everyone who observed and those riders who picked up a board, Margaret and Kingsley for the results and anyone I’ve forgot to mention. Need to give John a mention at cowm leisure for the use of the land so we could rearrange the trial.
Our next trial is Feb 18th, Nov beg rd1@ cliviger….