For Boxing day there really is only one trial for me and that is the Ron Amey Trial organised by the VMCC (
section) which is held at Rockley Copse. Despite the exceptionally wet weather the
venue was just about viable so I made the short journey over to Besselsleigh. Having won the Pre-65 Class riding the hard
route last year I was rather disappointed not to have picked up any silverware
at signing on this year. Oxford
|Steep banks and off camber turns|
were the orderof the day!
Riding AS 500 I elected to ride the hard route again and it was immediately obvious that the slick going and steep banks were going to be a challenge. Nevertheless, the sections were fair but you had to get a move on as the ground quickly cut up and got progressively more slippery. The steep bank of Sub 3 rode pretty well but I did take the run up to the absolute limit of the tapes. Sub 4 was exceptionally tricky; the tight sinuous turns on the clay banks demanded lots of concentration. The theme continued and the tight 90-degree right hand turn up a loose bank in Sub 5 caught all the Pre-65 field out at some stage. A rather innocuous looking clay bank in Sub 6 proved anything but and I slipped back down for a maximum rueing my gear selection.
Determined not to make the same mistake on the steep, loose bank of Sub 7 I selected 2nd gear half way through the section and gunned AS500 up the bank, fighting it all the way; sometimes you have to ride downright aggressive! I left the bike in 2nd gear for the last sections too as both Sub 9 and 10 really needed the extra grunt. Sub 10 was a real killer but I was really pleased to have cleaned it on the first lap.
Unfortunately, and somewhat inevitably, the rain returned and an almighty downpour made the course too dangerous for the big 500. I had a massive accident in Sub 10 on the second lap as AS500 suddenly found grip, the front end climbed and I had to bail off. Regrettably, the bike then crashed back down heavily causing some front end damage and I was forced to retire.
|Getting some air!|
Nevertheless, the trial wasn’t over and it was a real struggle to get the van out of the sodden venue. I would like to thank all those who helped push me out; if it wasn’t for their kindness the van would still be in
Many thanks to Celia Walton, all the observers and the Oxford VMCC for staging the trial and hopefully, we'll have better weather next year. My disappointment at signing on has been resolved; I'm pleased to report that Celia posted the 2011 Pre-65 Hard route trophy to me and I received it on Jan 2. Thank you, once again, Celia!
Local photographer Gary Dowzall was in attendance at the trial and took some great shots of the day. Why not take a look at Gary's efforts by clicking HERE and support you local photographer. There are lots of formats available to suit all tastes.