Nomads Trial Report :: Elgin/Grabouw Country Club :: May 2016
Comments from Brian Barson(Nomads Trials Secretary)
The venue is in a beautiful setting and provided a good selection of obstacles that we are not used to. The first two sections on the edge of the dam on the rip-rap rocks were challenging and got a bit easier as the rocks settled.
The rough nature of the rocks probably gave them a formidable look and made them seem worse than they were.
A ride across the dry sandy dam bottom brought the riders to section three which made use of some large tree trunks and turns in soft sand. The next section was a nice ride up a stream bed with soft sand sides It was probably the easiest section. The next section was another one on rip-rap and this one was more difficult than the first two.
The last three sections all used some soft boggy terrain that deteriorated as more riders went through, so much so that the start of section eight had to be moved.
In all the sections were very good and it was a great event.
Thanks very much to Mark and team.
Comments from a Clubman Rider(Webmaster)
The trial at the new venue was a treat. The different terrain challenged many of us, and we grew as a result (OK, there might have been some tears...).
The facilities of the clubhouse allowed us to have a relaxed meal and beer afterwards, and cemented some new friendships around our common interest.
I had big offs at section 8, twice! I was not impressed. But the other sections made up for it. Section 4 up the river was particularly nice, as was the big log on section 3.
Due to the fairly long liasons between groups of sections, many of us looped all the laps through a group of sections before moving on to the next. As luck would have it, when I finished up at the furthest group (5, 6, 7 and 8), I still had two laps of 3 and 4 to go.
I found myself all alone riding these two inspiring sections twice. And I enjoyed it so much I did another loop through the two after I had finished, just to see if I could do a different line.
Thanks Mark, Lee and Stephen - this was a memorable ride.
thanks for the report Charles and Brian.. much appreciated