|I don't remember it being this deep!|
March not only heralds the start of spring but also the first of many long distance road trials and chief amongst them is Golden Valley Classic’s, The March Hare Trial. Despite never having gained a respectable finish in this event it is a “must do” trial and takes in some spectacular sections over its sixty mile loop of
Gloucestershire. Mindful that I was in need of
some solid practice I decided to take some leave and head on up to Zona1 MCC’s practice ground at
Birdlip Quarry with NT410. I was joined
by my old pal Heath Brindley and Andy Barefield who had brought his stunning
new Triumph Tiger Cub out for some testing.
I haven’t ridden with Heath for a while but he always brings out the
best in my riding and it wasn’t long before I was following him into some
challenging “sections” comprised of big logs, steep climbs and big, slippery
rocks. I must say, it was great to feel
challenged and test myself against such a good rider however, I did have a
couple of “offs” both of which caused me to land on my left leg and I was in a
great deal of pain. However, they’re
only cuts and bruises and I didn’t break the leg again, thank goodness!
|The Cub takes big slabs in its stride|
Andy is a very generous gentleman and I was afforded the great privilege of being able to test ride his new creation whilst also watching Heath tackling the sections on NT410 (which, for a non-Pre-65 rider, he handled with aplomb!). Andy’s Cub was a real buzz. Light, snappy and with perfect steering & suspension it simply ate up all I could throw at it. Big logs, climbs, jumps and rocks were suddenly much more rideable and after a suggestion from Heath, I selected first gear and slowed the pace down over the rocks. It was amazing; the little Cub soaked up the undulations and floated through the sections. I even faced my “demon section” (where I broke my leg) and rode it for a clean on each occasion. I was very impressed with Andy’s Tiger Cub and I must say it took me a long while to get used to NT410 again at the end of the day. I think I may have to look into the Triumph Tiger Cub again; it could be just what’s needed for the 2014
ACU Sammy Miller national championship. One thing’s for certain; it’d be a better
move than going with a rigid. Watch this
|No problem for this very well set up|
Triumph Tiger Cub
If you want to keep up with Andy’s wonderul Tiger Cub and how it's progressing then you can do so HERE.
Right, time for an early night before tomorrow’s March Hare Trial.