2019 17th February Novice & Beginner Round 1

Results rochdalemc2019.02.19

Cliviger was again the place for our first round of the novice
beginner trials we have this year.  A dry week before meant the land
was drier than normal for this time of year, so with one eye on the
forecast we set the ten sections on the easier side, the one exception
was number 1 on the harder route. Watching the riders on Sunday we
could see they had to go through the reds then back into the white and
yellow deviation then attack the hill with a very short run up, one
explanation could be that those practicing on Saturday had disturbed
the flags and put them back in the wrong place, because me and Blacky
cant,t remember setting the section out in that way, but then again we
are getting on a bit and the memory is not what it used to be, but
either way the riders did seem to mind the added difficulty.
Sections 2 and 3 were close by, then over to the bottom of the woods
for 4, at first glance it looked a little confusing with plenty of
flags of different colour’s for the 3 routes, 5 took you into the woods
a good section for both of the novice courses, Margaret observed 6 at
the top left corner and 7 was just opposite, unobserved at the start
but an unlucky rider picked up the board because his bike developed a
problem, 8 was over the wall on a greasy banking, Lee Titley struggled
to get to grips with this one as she tries to get used to her new
bike..9 was in the big rock gully, Blacky had put a tight turn in for
the harder route which took marks off most, then over to far corner
for ten, something new that had not been in before, slippy on the
downhill as Keith Goodwin found to his cost as his Fantic tucked in on
him, hurting his knee, hope its not too serious Keith and your back on
it soon….
              Thats the first one out of the way, thanks to everyone
for your support as another good entry enjoyed a good days sport, Tony
for the use of his land, and all of you who observed, our next trial
is at Lee Quarry in March…..

2019 27th Jan Harry Robinson Trial

Results rochdalemc20190127

Sunday saw a good entry brave the bitterly cold wind for this years
trial at Back Cowm, Whitworth, snow a few days before had cleared on
Friday, leaving the ground a bit on the soft side causing some of the
sections to become harder as the day progressed.
                    Ten sections were set on Saturday, the beginner
route was a little harder than normal, the clubman was aboiut  right,
having rode it, the intermediate route was to be fair harder than we
intended with one or two being too tight for the conditions, sorry
lads we got that a bit wrong, those riding the expert route had a good
test also with some pretty big steps to go at from a short run up. The
lap we put in was intended to keep the riders away from the 4x4s
which were out in force and because of the numbers they came a little
closer to the sections than we would have liked, but having said that
there wasn,t any issues with everyone showing consideration and
watching out for each other…
                    The last three trials have seen us get bigger
entries so thanks to everyone for your continued support, also thanks
to those who set out on Sat, Alan Lord, Ian Blackburn, Barney, Sam
Blackburn and Paul Heyes, thanks to John at Cowm Leisure for the use
of the land, and most of all the ten Observers for standing out in
that Freezing cold wind..
                   Our next trial is 17th Feb at Cliviger, the first
of our Nov Beg Series….

2018 Boxing Day Trial Charity Trial

There was was a bumper turnout for this years Boxing Day Trial at Back
Cowm Quarry, which as always is in the aid of charity that we run in
conjunction with John at Cowm Leisure. Last year the Air Ambulance
Service and Whitworth Valley Sports both recieved £500, the Air
Ambulance is a great cause because time saves lives, Whitworth Sports
is a grass routes organisation so any donation is always gratefully
recieved, so thanks to everyone for supporting this years trial as it
means we are able to donate to some more worthy causes in the new
                As for the trial, well it was the usuall format for
boxing day, 8 sections, 3 laps, Jack Spencer and George Morton added a
bit of spice in the experts by having a £100 bet on who finished
first, this could have been done after a few drinks in the pub a
couple of days earlier because in the cold light of the day it was
down to 20 quid, far more sensible…..
              Section 1 was near to the moon rocks, one that had to
reset before the trial got underway, we set out on the Sunday so i
suppose it was inevitable people would practice, 2 was in the bottom,
this was slippy on all routes, 3, well you just couldn,t see in the
mist as riders had to be directed up to Paul heyes. 4 was the National
Gulley, an old favourite on boxing day, a bit harder this year as its
become more dug out inbetween those rocks, then the riders had a long
ride over to 5, observed by Blacky, this caught out a few on the green
route near the end cards, 6 was observed by young Alex, this had a
couple of off cambered turns that caused problems on the clubman
route, then it was a long run for 7, near the graffitti wall, this had
a small step in it for the beginners, a bit of a naggery turn over a
rock slab for the clubman and as always some big stuff for the
experts. Then a hop over to 8, a shale hill and some slippy slabs that
were always gonna catch out those who got the pace of the section not
quite right…
                Thanks to everyone for your support, John at Cowm
Leisure For the use of the land, everyone who helped with the running
of the trial, and the eight observers…Have a good New Year and
hopefully see you Back at Cowm for the Harry Robinson Trial On the
27th Jan…..

2018 18th November Pennine Trial round 5 of 5 Club Championship

Results rochdalemc2018.11.18


After a year of up and down entries and a bit of bad luck with the
weather, good fortune was on our side at last, the sun was out, albeit
a bit low in the sky and 60 plus riders turned out for what is
probably our biggest event of the year.
We were out early the day before plotting the ten sections
that made up this years trial, Paul Heyes put in the first 3, Alan and
Fitzy the next 4, that left 8, 9 and 10 for me and Blacky to get in.
After the trial briefing the riders made their way up into the quarry
for section 1, near to the pump tracks which the riders had been
instructed to stay off as they are for pedal bikes only, this had a
slippy shale hill for the exit, as our Chairman found to his cost on
the first lap, resulting in a 5, young Lauren observed 2, this was
tricky for the clubman because of those rocks that were really greasy,
from there you headed into the centre of the quarry to find Paul
Heyes, a lonely figure observing number 3, section 4 was the first in
the river, some flat slabs, really green, just laid there waiting to
catch you out, which they did. Five was up the path were you found
Glen Gosling, a natural beck with a sizeable step which young Harry
Cripps did really well on, showing his Grandad Stuart how its done.
Six and seven were pretty close together, the first a rocky stream,
this had a tight line and a tricky exit to the right that caught out
Stuart Cripps on his last lap, as he laid on his back thinking he had
broken his shoulder again, thankfully this was not the case, just his
rear mudguard this time. Seven had some long grass which seemed to
catch out one or two on the expert route and on the clubman route
there was a fair sized step before giving it plenty for the hill..
Eight got slippy on the hill for the exit catching out yours truely on
my 3rd lap, nine and ten were close together, not too many dramas on 9
but 10 took its fair share of dabs on that slippy banking as you tried
to get a good line around the corner…
That sums up what was a really good trial for us to end
our club championship on, it was very slippy which added to the trial,
but this time of year , it is what it is…..We know one or two of you
had bad luck with mechanical issues, hope it turns out not to be too
expensive and your back on your bikes soon.
Thanks to Lancashire County Council for the use of this
good bit of land, everyone for their time and effort in running the
trial, Margaret and Kingsley for the results, The riders for turning
out and making it worthwhile, Finally the Observers, Steve Ellis,
Lauren Heyes , Paul Heyes, the guy with the beard on 4, sorry i don,t
know your name but i,m sure most other riders do, Glen on 5, Keith and
his buddy on 6 and 7, Mick Whitlow 8, Carrina Carter 9, And Ian
Blackburn on 10, …
Thats it now until Boxing Day For our
charity trial, ALL Classes including beginners, at Back
Cowm…..Thanks once again for your support, not just for this trial,
but for throughout 2018,,, see you all soon….

2018 21th October Novice & Beginner Trial, Championship Rd 3 of 3

Results rochdalemc2018.10.21