|Eyeing up the step in Sub 9|
|The summit of Sub 2|
The sportsman route riders begin at Sub 6 and initially the Pre-65 riders stick together. The deep, winding and rocky gulley ends with a short uphill run to the ends cards and we all begin with a clean. Sub 7 features a man-made gully that is a bit tight for the wide crankcases of the pre-65 entry however, the sides are pretty soft so I gas NT410 up and power through for a clean. The loose earth and banks of Sub 8 ride surprisingly well and the sinuous Sub 9, despite looking tricky rides fine.
Sub 1 turns out to be the trickiest. The tight twists and turns through a rocky gap which scratches and gouges crankcases and eats gear levers demands respect. We all take a penalty here and I record a dab on lap 3 in order to avoid ripping my gear lever off. Sub 3 was a little too easy but on reflection, I think we all may have misinterpreted the section incorrectly. However, since we all rode the same route it doesn’t affect the outcome.
|In the turn at Sub 3|
Pre-65 Results: John Jacka 1, Nige Townsend 10, Dave Arkell 13, Pete Collins 22, Ken Wallington 48
It’s clear that a lot of development work has gone into this venue and there are lots of big logs and newly arrived Cotswold stone available at the venue. After the trial I tackle the logs and have a go at the “log box”; it’s internal dimensions are only a few inches bigger than the Matchless so it’s pretty difficult to get out but good fun nonetheless.
|Making use of the new|
logs on site!
Heath Brindley has his camera on hand and we head over to sub 6 for a bit of airborne Tomfoolery. After eyeing up the terrain and landing site I jump NT410 over the gulley a couple of times. It’s great fun and a fitting end to a great run out.
Thank you to Andy Coulbourne for kind use of his picture of NT410 in Sub 9.
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