Mossy’s British bike bonanza at
at Horsley normally attracts a good Trials entry but this year it appears numbers are down. A few “key” riders are missing namely Nicky Woolley (and his beautiful Ariel), Rob Halliday and Mike to name but three pre-unit riders. I’m up at 0600 and on the road for 0700. Glos Highways have finally got around to patching the winter damaged road surface however, the buffoons decide to do all the roads at once. What should have taken me 30 mins takes an hour but signing on is a breeze and because of the HEAVY overnight rain the start is delayed (in order to allow some easing of the sections). I haven’t fixed the clutch problem on NT410 since Nige rode it at Tardebigge so it’s the long stroke 350 today – A mistake! Sallywood Park
It’s one lap of Sallywood’s 13 sections followed by 15 sections on the road. We start on sub 9 and I immediately grab a couple of dabs however, sub 10 and 11 are fine. A tricky exit to sub 12 incurs a dab but I clean tight and twisty sub 13. The going is definitely soft and as we head to cow corner for the notorious hill sections along the fence I get a sense of foreboding. Nevertheless, the rain hasn’t made much of an impact here. Sub 1 features a couple of tight twists in a long climb and an exit over some rocks. Sub 2 has a tricky twist but it’s pretty rudimentary. Sub 3 is in and out of the gully with a nasty looking pit half way up; however, it rides better than it looks. Sub 4 is a mud run and I’m glad to clean it. Sub 5 has the crowd enthralled and I go well over the hard bit but lose two on the exit. Subs 6-8 are twisty, rooty climbs and the bike is playing up. Still, after a plug change it seems to hang in there. We leg it back to the start to change punch cards and as I reach the van the bike stops. The reason for the bike playing up is clear; NO PETROL. I refill bike (and body) then head out on the road with Dave, Teflon and Pete.
The road sections are great but a little more challenging than Sallywood and I make lots of errors particularly with the front end. Once again, it’s my mistake as the front tyre has 13lb in it causing me to lose the front end at vital moments. I drop 13 in Sallywood and 28 on the road for a despicable total of 41 lost. Looks like I’ll be bringing up the rear again!! This doesn’t bode well for round 2 of the Sammy Miller on the 3 July. Hope I ride better up there.
Verdict: A very good trial; shame I’m not riding well once again. Next up; Sammy Miller Rd 2