The trial was a huge success. The weather was cool but the predicted rain held off until after the sections were cleared and the results announced.
This trial had 9 sections, the extra section being a hill-climb. Since access to the hill-climb was via a narrow single-track, and Sean the organiser wanted us all to do it together for safety's sake, we all went there on the first lap and each did it the required 4 times.
The hill-climb section had score markers progressively up the hill. If you made the first marker, you scored 5 penalty points - the next 4, then 3, 2, 1 and a clean if you made it all the way to the top. Personally the whole thing scared the living daylights out of me (and I believe the adrenalin was running high in a number of others).
I was looking for a way out, and resolved that if I really had to ride this thing, I would just make the 5 and turn around. However, after everyone had ridden, I had to at least try, and made the 2 level. Turning around on the slope was difficult and exhausting, and riding down was taxing. On my next try I found and exit near the top and ended up on the official down-path. Turns out I had made it!
On my third loop I lost it at level 2 again, and struggled to turn the bike without help. When I got going on my way down my front wheel tucked in and I fell with my bike on top of my legs. Sean and Stephen helped me up and rode my bike down for me. I was exhausted, but just needed to do one more attempt to finish.
After a little rest I tackled the hill for the last time, and blow me down I made it again. I was so tired I had to rest at the top before I could make it down again.
Comments from the others lead me to believe that the hill-climb section was excellent and got the adrenaline flowing. By the end of the trial everyone was seriously poked.
The trial itself consisted of 6 sections in quick succession in the forest, with two more at the 4x4 parking area. This made for quick laps, but also high intensity.
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