Tuesday, 28 April 2015

CCMCC - Mellguards Farm Trial

A beautiful Sunday morning heralded my second trial attempt...
Gaz & I decided to go have a play with the guys at the Cumberland County Motorcycle Club, where we are members. The trial was the last one of a 3 trial series sponsored by MHB Motorcycles of Brough. Martin the owner used to work with the British Antarctic Survey in Antarctica, where I used to work, so we have a shared bit of history too... Nice guy, go visit his shop sometime...

We pulled up at Mellguards & got to registering/talking shite about bikes. Once we'd paid our entry fee of £15, we got kitted up & warmed the bikes up... If anybody fancy a bit of a laugh, go be an observer at a trial, great fun & you see some sights to make you giggle!


There is no briefing or anything at the CCMCC trials, everybody just goes & gets on with it, so Gaz & I followed the first lot round to section 1 & 2. The whole trial was based near some beautiful stream sections, so the trial itself used loads of these for both the competition sections & the transfers between each section...

Sections 1 & 2, on a very muddy bank...




Section 3 was the first of the river bits, it was a lovely little section to warm you up for the harder ones later on.






Section 4 was a steep bank over a tyre, I got over the tyre & messed up the bank first time, then messed the tyre up & got up the bank the next two times!! That's life...



Section 4 was a tough bit of river bed, with some big rocks... the harder line was actually easier!!







A great traverse was next with some good short climbs, glad I've been practicing getting over the big tyres in my garden for this bit!!

Section 5 was a really steep descent into the river, then in/out a couple of times with a really muddy step...





Section 6 was some really tight turns through some trees before a long traverse bit up the stream bed, I saw deer running through here too on one trip... I've got it on GoPro o I'll upload it later...

Sections 7 & 8 I've forgotten completely for some reason & I have no pics either so moving on to Section 9 & 10, these were a joined pair, with loads of rocks & steep turns up the bank...

I loved the day, I could see some improvement in my riding since the last time I tried one of these & as always Gaz was one step ahead of me, riding a lot of the sections really well...

I spoke to plenty of people whilst playing & on the whole they were really friendly & very helpful as I made the rookie mistake of having too much air in my tyres to start with. I also need to put bar risers on as I'm too bent over & it lifts the front wheel too much on the steep ground...



Great fun, ready for the next one now!!!


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