After a week of pretty good weather, the forecast for the day of the trial was for light rain in the morning. It was in fact quite accurate and as a precaution, plastic score sheets were placed over the paper ones.
The trial started with the traditional welcome and moment’s silence, and Brian then explained the route and the section marking. The trial is now 22 years old, and inevitably most people there do not know who John Fulcher was, so a little history lesson was given.
A special welcome was extended to Duncan Barson who has not ridden a trial for about thirty years, as well as Gerhard Schein who was riding for the first time.
The sections were essentially in the same areas as before, but now far more accessible, as a result of the fire that swept through the area in March this year.
The sections were also typical of past year’s being set for the classic bikes with a view to an easy ride and one that is not likely to incur any damage to the bikes or riders. So it was mostly tight turns, off cambers, some logs, a few rocks and some gradient. Despite the liberal sprinkling of leaves on the ground, there was plenty of traction.
Duncan gave himself, the spectators, and me (it was my bike) a bit of a heart stopping moment on section four as he lost his way then nearly flipped the bike as a result. All inevitably put on Facebook very quickly. He then subsequently walked every section on every lap to be sure he knew where to go.
Gerhard was off to a nervous start on his neat Honda TLR 200 but managed to complete the trial without mishap.
By the end of the first lap any sign of rain had disappeared and the sun started to come out.
Brian was unfortunately on his own in the classic experts section, but there was some serious competition amongst the modern experts that they probably didn’t realize until the scores were read out.
Trevor had a good ride in the clubmen classic group on his Ossa with Duncan and Mark both on Suzuki’s close behind.
On completion of the event the scores were added up and announced and the trophies awarded to Brian (classic expert) and Trevor (classic clubman), and those remaining enjoyed a braai and some chatting afterwards.
Thanks to everyone for their help in cleaning up afterwards, and to the Ramsden family for once again making the venue available to us.
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|Brian Barson||Honda TLR 200||0||1||3||2||0||2||0||0||8||1|
|Trevor Kinnear||Ossa 250||3||0||0||0||0||0||3||0||6||1|
|Duncan Barson||Suzuki Rl 250||1||0||0||5||1||0||1||1||9||2|
|Mark Shearer||Suzuki Rl 250||4||0||0||1||6||0||0||0||11||3|
|Gerhard Schein||Honda TLR 200||9||1||0||2||8||1||2||7||30||4|
|Sean Pretorius||Gas Gas||2||5||6||8||3||8||3||7||42||3|
|Murray Thomas||Gas Gas||4||14||8||11||10||12||14||12||85||4|