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2017 12th February Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 1 of 3 at Lee Quarry

Results rochdalemc2017.02.12

The first trial of our novice beginner series was run at Lee Quarry on
Sunday, a late change of venue due to circumstances that were really
out of our control.
Me, Blacky and Lordy put in 6 sections on the Saturday, leaving
two to do on the day of the trial, we did this just in case the
weather did  take a turn for the worse, so it would be less to pull
back in. As far as the weather went, well it was cold, with a few snow
flurries thrown in for good measure, it was touch and go at the start
whether we go ahead or cancel the event, but a brave decision to go
for it was made, the right one I think as nearly 40 people waited to
sign on, and even though it was so cold, 6 out the 8 sections were
observed, one of these observers was Bill Francis who had travelled
all the way from Diggle, his son Ben couldn’t make it though as he is
away skiing, he could have come to lee quarry instead and saved
himself some brass as it was like ski Sunday up there at times during
the trial…
The entry was once again made up of lots of new faces, with
most either on the beginner or the novice route, with only a few on
the easier novice route, the sections were set sensibly but were
obviously slippy in parts, the hardest thing was being able to see the
white and yellow flags early on until a line appeared in some of the
sections, but after the first lap all was good. One or two bikes
sounded a bit lean at times making throttle control tricky, this was
caused by carburetors icing up in the very cool air, this can always
be rectified though, by riders making the most of the call of
With nobody hanging about, everyone was finished for 2
o’clock, no complaints, and all the riders behaving themselves,  this
is very important, as we had to use parking at the bottom and we
definitely do not want to risk losing a venue that offers plenty…
So that’s the end to a busy couple of weeks for those in the
club, its a real credit to everyone that we managed to get a trial on,
as everything we tried seemed to be against us, but we did and it was
worthwhile because everyone enjoyed what in the end was a good days
Thanks to all of you for turning out in wintry conditions,
Lancs county for the use of the land and those six hardy souls who
stood out there struggling to face into the wind at times, our next
trial is back at Lee in March, all the details will be on the website,
Trials Central and TMX, we have also got a presentation evening, in
March, Tickets £5, all welcome, thanks again and see you all soon….