Monthly Archives: November 2017

2017 19th November Pennine Trial round 5 of 5 Club Championship

Sunday 19th of November saw this years running of The Pennine Trial at Lee Quarry Rossendale. A clear frosty day made a change from the usual poor weather that caused the cancellation of last year’s trial, meaning the venue hasn’t had much use over the last couple of years.  Fifty odd riders turned up for what was a tough trial in places, sections 1 and 2 were steady enough with cambered turns just to settle the nerves, then came 3, a long section with a tight right turn for the clubman, the green route on the other hand looked daunting with a large rock to negotiate before turning right over some ugly looking scenery. 4 was the first in the river, getting to it was tricky enough, then you had to ride the flat slabs that have never been so green, this did cause problems with the grip level almost at zero, it wasn’t really until the 3rd lap that you had full confidence with the throttle. You stayed in the river for 5, a short section, no real dramas here, then a run up to 6, a section with a waterfall and a tight turn for the inters, with a few missing flags on the banking near to the exit. 7 was a natural gulley with a couple of deviations on the hard route, while the clubman kept to the left over the loose rocks. 8 is an old favourite, Lordy wanted this one in, twisty and greasy, you had to work hard to get a clean, then on to 9, hard on the experts who had to turn and go over some large rocks before turning right to go back up the gulley. Last but not least 10, this had a not too inviting start with most clubman taking a safety dab through the gap and the rest of the section was so greasy, it really didn’t scrub clean all day, when the scores come in I’m sure that it will show that it was a real mark taker.
Feedback from the riders in general was good, it was tougher than normal, and you did have to get your head into the trial otherwise you were in for a tough day…
Thanks to Lancashire County Council for the use of this venue, everyone who helped out including Steve Collinson from Darwen Trials Club, and All the Observers, including those who picked up boards for a while during the trial, thanks again and see you all soon……