Copy Pit Report

Red Rose Trial 3/10/21 – John Max’s out – John Maxfield put in a great ride to record the lowest score on the expert route at the Red Rose club’s October trial – that is assuming the observers’ cards were correct. After using the same numbers all year the organisers issued new ones for this trial – but not everyone picked up their number causing much confusion. New numbers again at the next trial!Article: Brian StowellJohn lost a meagre 17 marks on a testing course to win the unit construction under 250 class on his Bantam from the James of Peter Ashmore. Neil Sharp continued his voyage of discovery into twin-shocks taking the class on 20 from Mick Clarke on 30. The only pre-unit bike entered was ridden around the expert route by George Emmott for a loss of 28, only bettered by 5 riders on considerably more modern bikes.On the clubman course Andrew Walters won the twin-shock class with the lowest score of the day – 2 marks to Stephen Wilde’s 5, though the unit under 250’s winner on this route, Carl Winstanley, was only 1 mark worse off on 3, beating Alan Mills by 2 marks.After changing their event schedule to accommodate their ‘great new venue’, waterlogged ground meant a late venue change to Copy Pit at Cliviger where Yrjo Vesterinen and Trevor Bennet laid out 10 varied sections. Section 1 had a dearth of flags, but by the second lap the easy route riders were guided to the intended way to avoid the experts big climb out of the stream which resulted in many cleans. Section 3, observed by Alan O’Connor, proved the hardest on both routes. The long (especially on the expert’s route) twisting section on the rocks and banks in the wood proved very slippery, hit a rock wrong and down went the feet. Unusually the rocky stream gully was not used but that was no detriment, as sections 7, 8 and 9 took marks off most riders on both routes.Red Rose entries have been steadily increasing since events restarted post covid, but the observer’s entry was oversubscribed so a couple of regulars were missing, but thanks from all the riders go to all those that did observe and put up with the showers and the usual Cliviger biting wind, and to Trev and Vesty for setting out an excellent trial.The next Red Rose trial will be the Northern British Bike Round starting from Gisburn Auction Mart on 24th October 2021, entries now open and will include twin-shocks if the entry is not filled by pre-65’ers by the 14th October. Report by Brian Stowell