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2016 23th October Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 3 of 3 Wallsden

Results rochdalemc20161023

The last round of this years novice beginner series was held at South Hollingworth Farm high up overlooking Walsden. A bright, crisp day greeted the riders, it was a bit chilly in the wind, but nice in the Autumn sunshine, at least it stayed dry as the access road to the carpark was a concern on Saturday, because of the recent work that has been done on the mast in the top corner, but we did manage to get quite a few vehicles up into the field with the rest taking the easier option just down the road, this should not be a problem in the future though, because we are led to believe the road is going to resurfaced which will make it a lot better for us when we next use it.

Eight sections had been set, with the usual three routes plotted that catered for the raw beginner up to the novice route, were the sections were tighter so riders that normally ride at a higher level could join in, and it was good to see a few having a go including an outing by Martin Sandiford, riding just a week after completing the lakes two day..

The action got underway down near the cattle grid with many riders spending a few moments studying the first section which was up a greasy hill, turn right, back down, watch out for the hidden rocks that lay in wait, then left back up the hill for the end cards, two was just a bit further up the hill, observed by Bill Francis, it was a bit tight and twisty but not too many problems there, three was in an area with some big rocks that had loads of grip, you had to plan your route and stick to it to get a well deserved clean. Section four was a loose bundle of stones, set well for the beginners and the novice easier rider and a tight turn for those on the novice route, this was un observed at the start of the trial but it was good to see riders joining in doing the observing duties then at the end The injured Stuart Cripps picked up the board to help us out. Five was a fairly straight forward section, observed by the lonely figure which was young Alex, then over to six, the gulley that always takes a few marks and it was the same on Sunday, I really thought I had it on the third lap, but two dabs near to the end put paid to that, gather your breath and make your way to seven, observed by the injured Paul Bolton, a section that became very slippy on your way to the end cards, then from there you made your way towards the carpark for eight,  steady away for most, but with a tight turn and an awkward rock for those on the novice route.

That just about sums up a trial, which was pretty good, you had to ride it in places, mainly on the novice route, but there was nothing daft, its just a place that is very slippy inbetween those stone and rocks that are actually really blessed with loads of grip.

Finally a big thanks to Blacky and Lordy for giving us a lift setting out on Saturday, the landowner for the use of his land, everyone else who contributed to the running of the trial, you the riders who have supported this series this year, and last but not least the observers, we were a bit short at the start of the trial, but ended up ok as some of you picked up the boards making sure that all of the sections were covered..

Just a couple of things left to mention, our AGM is on Nov 9th, please don,t run for the hills, we are a very small group and could do with a lift, then there’s the Pennine Trial on the 20th Nov@ Lee Quarry, parking is at the bottom so we will need observers with and without bikes, thanks once again and see you all soon…