|My 1956 G3LC Long stroke|
Penny and I are on the road for 0700 and it’s a relief to see a large catering van on site. Having entered way in advance signing on is simple so I take some time to chat in the pits. There’s a large contingent from
there with Dave Fisher and a few Gloucestershire riders also. This is how a Classic trial should be; the pits is full of big Pre-Unit singles as well as the lighter Cubs, BSAs and two-stroke Bantams & Dots. Somerset
|Me, Dave & Ken at the start|
We get away bang on time and head for Sub 5. Having turned out on the 350 I ride the Pre-65 B route and whilst it is rudimentary in some areas the unique sandy soil and pine mulch ensures you can never let your guard down.
The entry to Sub 9 is over a felled pine tree and into a downhill gulley. It looks a bit fierce and Ken Wallington immediately takes a 3, paddling his way over the log and down the bank. I go for a different line but as I open the throttle the bike coughs, the front wheel goes over but I lose it in the gulley. The bike lands heavily on my left thigh and I’m trapped underneath it with petrol pouring out of the tank. Fortunately, some very kind Gentlemen lift the bike off me and the observer elects to alter the beginning of the section. Dave and I straighten the front end out and I ride back to the van to replenish petrol and change my fuel soaked trousers. I’m pretty sore but manage to make it back to Sub 9 and clean it this time.
|In Sub 1|
The route through the vast woodland is great and the club have put on some very interesting sections to suit all standards of riders although I’d say the Pre-65A route would have been too tough for me on the 350 this time out.
|In the turn on Sub 2|
|Penny the photographer who patiently |
waited on Sub 1!!
A short video before the start