With rain forecast I don’t fancy the local trial at Hawks and elect to ride BMCA Rd 3 at Earlswood off J3 of the M42. It’s a tiny piece of land consisting of two wooded bomb holes separated by a field. You do five subs in one then move over to the next. The ground has everything; bogs, water, steep climbs, cambers and a multitude of roots. It’s a great venue and well worth the trip.
|Sub 3 after the big rooty entrance|
AND feet up!!
With rain threatening most of us get off to a cracking start. However, Sub 1 is nigh on impossible to get to. A few of us move a massive, old log and bung it in the gully so that we can start the trial. I ride the Intermediate route once again and thankfully Sub 1 is a clubman section. A steep drop into a muddy hole with lots of tight and twisty turns before the exit. Sub 2 is an expert section and the steep climb and twists really wakes me up. Sub 3 has a tricky turn and massive rooty step located at the start but as the trial drags on I get more tired and the marks keep coming.
In the second bomb hole Sub 6, 7, 8 and 10 designated for the intermediates to ride the expert route. Sub 7 really tests your mettle and I’m pleased to get the bike up a steep bank, over the rooty base and down the other side on each occasion. The entrance to sub 8 is tricky and I have to take a maximum here on the second lap as the 350 won’t go over the big step. Disappointingly, I lose the front end twice on Sub 10 and get two maximums which puts me well out of the points. The rain begins on my last lap so I incur more points on this lap than any other as the ground goes from good to downright slippery in the course of a few minutes.
Still, I finish in 6th instead of 8th this week but if I had been a little bit fitter I could have finished 3rd on the Intermediate route. Thanks to Nathan Jones and Steve Hay for such an entertaining trial. Unfortunately, the camera was playing up so only one picture this time.
ACU Sammy Miller products Rd 5 The Peter Keen Trial in Devon on Saturday.