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2014 14th Sept Dale Trial, Championship Rd 4 of 5

Results rochdalemc140914

This years Dale Trial was held at Hollingworth Farm Wardle, a new venue to us, situated high on one side of the valley, with stunning views of the surrounding area, which could be easily missed as most people just stay on the beaten track. The venue itself is fairly compact with some pretty big rocks, steep bankings, a wooded area, and a beck which was green and greasy the first time round.

Prior to setting out we decided to check how many expert riders would be there, to see if it was worth putting that route in, so after a few calls, it was apparent there wasn’t going to be any of the local lads, so a slightly different format was chosen for this trial. This meant, those on the intermediate route were going to do all of the harder sections, except number 7, as this just had one route for everyone.

After the usual pre trial briefing, everyone went off to tackle the 4 laps 10 sections, except those on the beginner and 50/50 route, as these riders were not doing section 7 as it would have been too difficult, the first three sections were pretty close to each other and consisted of some tight turns and some rocks that could have been very slippy if it had rained, from there it was down to section 4, a tricky downhill with a tight turn around a tree, then onto 5, a bundle of rocks that just wouldn,t stay still, and caught out a few riders by taking a few slack dabs. Number 6, a hill climb that had a step near the top that took loads of marks on the first lap, one of the riders who struggled with this one was Ian Blackburn, making his long awaited come back on his 4rt, that has been stored in his shed for two and a half years, and judging by how knackered he looked after the trial, it maybe another two years before we see him again. Seven was the greasy beck, just a natural section which was observed by Andy Wright, well capable of taking marks all day long, eight was fairly straight forward, aimed at those on the 50/50 route, then it was onto

9 and 10, which were observed by Max and Paul Johnson respectively.

With the trial over, and Blacky trying to catch his breath, we had a chance to chat to a few of the riders, judging by the feedback, the trial seemed to be a success, especially as most of us had not seen the venue before Saturday, so thankyou for everyone who turned out, the ten observers, and Paul, Alan and Ian for setting out.

If you want to see if Blacky contiues his comeback, our next trial is at Lee Quarry in October, and then the Pennine Trial in November see you soon…

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Barry Sanderson