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Results: Nomads Trial June 2018 - Welgelegen Farm

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Charles Oertel
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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.

Results

  Section    
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Tot Pos
Masters                      
Michael Krause 2 6 5 13 5 5 3 7 0 46 1
                       
Experts                      
Brian Barson 0 0 5 6 3 2 7 2 0 25 1
Sean Pretorius 4 2 15 1 13 1 7 4 0 47 3
Stephen Shearer 6 2 9 6 9 3 10 6 0 51 4
Kobus Potgieter 5 3 14 6 16 4 10 8 1 67 5
Mark Du Plessis 5 1 9 3 6 1 10 1 0 36 2
                       
Intermediate                      
Mark Shearer 6 3 10 12 3 12 12 12 0 70 2
Will Gould 3 3 12 12 5 12 12 8 3 70 1
Andrew                   DNF  
Ian                   DNF  
                       
Clubmen                      
Charles Oertel 3 2 6 8 1 12 12 10 4 58 2
Mike Sydenham 1 0 1 11 2 3 11 6 0 35 1
Eric Pannaye 1 2 1 11 3 10 14 15 3 60 4
Dylan Klopper 9 2 4 11 0 5 5 14 9 59 3
Gary                   DNF  
Josh                   DNF  

 

 

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