2018 9th September Dale trial, Championship Rd 4 of 5

Results rochdalemc2018.09.09

Thanks to the riders who turned out for Sundays trial at Bill
Francis,s land at Diggle, near Delph. An entry pf 22 was what we
probably anticipated because of some big trials and the number of
events that were on the same day.. We had put in 9 sections for most
with the beginners missing out on number 7 under the bridge because of
its difficulty.
Starting down in the bottom corner, the trial
basically followed the river up and under the bridge, the sections
were in the usual areas but we did try to put a variation on what had
been done before, 8 was over some loose stones and up around a tree,
which was tight and slippy for the expert riders, finally 9 was a long
section, observed by Glen Gosling,  this had some cambered turns that
reqd a good line.
So , the trial was over a bit early with everyone happy
with the trial, and  despite the low entry we did manage to get 5
observers with riders having to pick up the rest of the boards, thanks
to Bill for the use of the land, all of you who observed, Paul and
Alan for setting out and Margaret for the results….
Our next trial is a novice beginner, we are looking at
Back Cowm for this , we do have a plan B, so please keep a check on
the website or Trials Central. Thanks again, see you all soon….


2018 15 July Sid Humphries trial, Championship Rd 3 of 5



Sunday at Lee Quarry, was the re run of this trial, which we had to
cancel earlier this year because of the  poor weather, not the case
today though as temperatures in the mid twenties
meant it was going to be a hot one.. Lack of rain meant the venue was
the driest we,ve ever seen it, no water in the rivers what so ever and
all of the tracks dry and dusty, we even manged to get one or two
sections in places that we usually struggle to get access to, section
2 was one of these, a dried out area that is normally under plenty of
water. 4 was another that hasn,t been used for a long time, this
required you to hold your nerve, making a right turn down over some
very loose stones that never bed in, 5 is normally a river section
situated between two stone pillars, today it was just a bolder field.
Back onto the tracks and down towards 6, again something new, Andy
Cripps made this look too easy with his usuall flambuoyant style, a
bit of a slippy hill climb on 7 because of the dried out gravel that
was a bit like marbles beneath your tyres, 8 was a tricky one for the
clubman, loose rocks and an off cambered turn meant that you could
easily get off line. Blacky picked up the board on 9, a bit of tester
we thought for the experts, but the caliber of riders on this route
was pretty good, so no problems at all i the end, then back to the
centre of the venue for ten….
A good trial which was enjoyed by an entry which
was down on the day, other events, or even the weather may have played
a part, but looking at other results from trials, there seems to be a
trend, with numbers looking to be on the way down this year, but
things may start to pick up once the holiday season has ended.
Thanks to those who did ride the trial, Lancashire
County Council for the use of the land, Blacky and Michael for giving
me a lift to set up on Saturday, and Margaret for the results.
One last thing to mention, THERE IS NO PRACTICING AT
LEE QUARRY, this could lead to the loss of a good venue for the club.
Thanks to everyone once again, and see you all in September for the
Dale Trial….


2018 17th June Julian Bentley Trial round 2 of 5

Results rochdalemc2018.06.17

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Fathers day was  again the date for this years Julian Bentley trial,
held at South Hollingworth Farm, up above Walsden. A compact venue
with plenty of rockery, some pretty big if you have the bottle and
skill for that kind of thing.
      Eight sections were put in on the Thursday night because some
of us had work and family commitments at the weekend, leaving just two
to do on the morning of the trial. Andy Wright put in the first 3
sections.all measured to perfection, in and around those rocks that
have loads of grip. Most of the other sections were set very similar,
simply because of the nature of the land, 6 was different, under the
trees in the woods at the bottom of the hill, a couple of twists and
turns up and around the bankings, then 7, the Beck which had a lot
less water in it then usual, but it was even more greasy than in the
past, a real mark taker.
                  A good entry seemed to enjoy a trial which was
testing and tight in places , there was also a good number of
spectators for most of the day, giving the trial a different feel.
                We would like to thank the landowner for the use of
his land, the riders and watchers for making it worthwhile and all the
ten people who observed, our next trial is the Syd Humphries at Lee
Quarry in July…..

2018 22th April Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 2 of 3 Cowm Quarry

Results rochdalemc2018.04.22

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2018 18th February Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 1 of 3 at Cliviger

Results rochdalemc2018.02.18

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A wet and slippy Calderhead farm at Cliviger was the place for our first round of the novice beginner series this year. Me and Ian had put in the eight sections on the Saturday, we tried our best to avoid anything that would have been too greasy on the day of the trial and I think we managed to do this with the real slippy bits being in-between the sections. Number 1was in the old favourite, the stream, nothing too drastic, the drop into the stream may have been a bit daunting for the absolute beginner, but we just wanted to avoid two way traffic at the exit, two was on the bankings opposite the stream, a couple of riders on the novice route failed to give this one enough respect first time round meaning they ended up lower down the banking than they intended resulting in 5s, three was at the bottom of the woods that’s not been used for a while, onto four observed by Stephen hoyland, don,t think he intended to stay in one place all day but thanks for helping out, round to the top of the woods for 5 and 6, both slippy and tricky, good bike control and lines were essential to get cleans on these two.  Up to the big gulley for seven, then across to probably the hardest of the lot 8, very tight and twisty, this was the one that will decide who came out on top.

A nice little trial to start the series off, thanks to Tony for the use of the land, everyone who helped run the trial and all the observers. Next trial is in march @  Lee quarry.