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2017 18th June Julian Bentley trial, Championship Rd 3 of 5

Julian Bentley Trial results rochdalemc2017.06.18

This years Julian Bentley Trial had a change of venue, usually at 400
Acres, this year South Hollingworth Farm Walsden was the choice,
situated high above Gordon Riggs Garden centre. We know some riders
had difficulty with the postcode for the venue depending on were you
got the info from, sorry for that , we, ll sort that for future
      The trial itself was tough but good, with riders taking their
time to weigh up some of the sections because its one of those venues
that contains plenty of rocks that have become overgrown over the
years, so what you find is that there,s loads of grip on the rocks but
the bits inbetween can be very slippy, and that was the case on Sunday
even though its been mainly dry for the last few days.
    Section 1 was observed by Andy Wright recovering from a recent
operation, good to see him up and about, 2 was in a bomb hole, I got a
bit of a telling off for this one, from Lordy our chairman, who
thought it was a bit close to the bone, so after lap one it was
altered, 3 was a good expert, just a shame for the ever present Andy
Cripps that he had no one else in his class to compete against. 4 ,
observed by Bill Francis had a couple of tight turns and took plenty
of marks as riders either stalled their bikes and a few missed the red
and blue flags in the middle in the middle part of the section, 5 has
been in there before, again a tight left turn, but one that was
cleanable, and took the odd dab, 6 was under the trees, good for the
observer in the shade, and was probably the easiest of all the
sections, then you made your way over to the gulley, not many flags
needed to plot this one, this time it seemed to be harder, very greasy
and plenty of large gaps between those green rocks, 8 was unobserved
for most of the trial, but near the end Martin Jackson picked up the
board, this road hard, loose rocks, grass with little grip, you were
glad to see the end cards, 9 was observed by Margaret, well protected
from the sun with her cap, then up to 10, this had a tricky end up the
hill with riders having the odd dab.
            So that’s that trial done for another year, harder than we
intended its fair to say, with temperatures a bit too high for putting
a helmet on your head, so keeping your cool was always gonna be hard,
it is a venue were you struggle to ride in a straight line, plenty of
rocks that always put you off your intended line and as already
stated, it always seems to be greasy.
          Even though it was fathers day and BBQ weather, the entry
was pretty good, so thanks to everyone for turning up and all those
who observed whilst catching some rays.
          Just like many other clubs we are short on people who want
to help out, on Saturday it was just me and Alan setting out, so if
you would like to help out in any way, please just mention it to one
of us, any help will be appreciated .
          Hope to see you at the next event in a couple of months,
Lordy might be talking to me by then. LOL..