Monthly Archives: October 2015

2015 AGM Update

Our AGM was held at the Band Club on Wednesday Evening, with all the usual faces there, it was no surprise that everyone stayed on in their current roles for the next trials year, see website, on the subject of the website, those of you who have looked recently will have noticed a few changes, photos and more info will be on there in the future and work is under way to make it more useable so we can tell our members what’s going on, keeping everyone up to date with events next year.

Most clubs will struggle to bring in new people to help run the trials, but we are in agreement that people may have the wrong impression of us at Rochdale, we are not a closed shop, newcomers are always welcome, so it would be good to have a few new faces to give us a lift, it doesn’t have to be all the time, but as and when you can spare the time, so we will be making a concerted effort to open up the club next year, so to attract new faces.

As far as the trials are concerned, we don’t think we have too many problems here, after each trial we usually try and get the riders views, and take on board what is said, and I have to say it’s usually very positive, after the last trial even some of the riders couldn’t understand why the entries are not bigger, maybe it’s to do with people’s old misconceptions.

Land and venues issues, not at a premium in the North West Centre, last year Cowm and Lee Quarry Continued to be our main venues, and Walsden was also used a couple of times, we mentioned using Sharney Ford again as it’s a cracking little piece of land for the Novice beginner series, but the big news as far as we are concerned, is that we are in talks with the landowner at Shawforth were the Pennine Trial used to be held, the quarry at the top has gone, but the access road is brand new and is good for any type of vehicle, we’ll keep in touch, watch this space.

As far as money goes, we are not a profit making organisation but we did show a small increase on last year, new flags, bags etc. will be purchased, donations will be made to local charities, we haven’t decided which ones, any suggestions?

The presentation evening will be the first weekend in March, at the Bernie, Whitworth, the club will be subsidising this, and tickets will be £5 per person so we can have an idea of the numbers.

The overall championships results will be finalised shortly after the Pennine trial, and everyone will be able to see how well they have done, but even if you didn’t win, you’re welcome to turn up and support those who have.

So that’s about it, thanks to everyone who has supported us this year, and we hope to see you all again next year………

2015 25th October Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 3 of 3 Lee Quarry

Results rochdalemc2015.10.25

Final round of the novice beginner series was held at a cold and breezy Lee Quarry. The trial was set the day before when it was damp and windy, all the time we were there and even though it stayed dry on the day of the trial, it remained very greasy underfoot as one or two found out whilst walking the sections. The usuall 3 routes had been set, beginner, novice easy and the normal novice, with 4 laps, 10 sections going in a clockwise direction, the novice easy route looks like the one that is becoming more popular, with riders stepping up from the beginners and other people getting out their twinshocks to have a go at one of our events. Section 1 was probably the coldest for Mr Hoyland who once again observed despite him being under strict orders not to be too late home, 2 was on the left just up the road, this caught out a few as they managed to miss the yellow and white flags, follow the markers round to 3, observed by Glen Gosling, quite a long section with a mixture of rocks and cambers, Stuart Cripps struggled with this, dropping a couple of 5s over the funny shaped rock, back out of this corner of the quarry, turn right to number 4, observed by the ever present Brian, then a short blip to 5, a greasy one watched by young Blacky. From there you had a bit of a ride to six, a long gulley that has been used before, but because of the loose rocks it always provides a challenge, another long run to 7, this was probably the hardest on the day, twisty and greasy, most riders will have dropped marks here, back down the road into the base of the quarry to young Alex who was on 8, you had to concentrate and hold your line if you wanted a clean, both 9 and 10 were good sections,  set just about right for this level of trial, once again a good line with good bike control were needed….
Views from the riders were that this was a belting trial, sections spot on with a decent ride round, the entry was a bit low, that was the only negative as the trial itself made up for that. It just remains to thank everyone for their efforts in the series this year, the observers for braving the cold conditions, and the landowners for the use of the land.

We do have a couple of things left this year:-

Next on the calendar is the clubs AGM, mention these 3 letters and most people seem to lose their hearing, but seriously, we do need more people to run the club as we are only a small group, it’s on the 11th November in the Band Club, Whitworth, details on the website.

The next trial is back up at Lee,15th November, NWC Round, bigger lap, no beginners at this one sorry, then last but not least, our Boxing Day Trial at Cowm, money from this goes to charity, hope to see you there.
Thanks to everyone and see you soon…..