Whilst many Trials necessitate an early alarm call travelling up and down the country, last weekend I had the luxury of a relative lay in with my local club holding the event just 5 miles from home!
This was the Nene Valley MCC, Albert Glover Trophy Trial. Not being a national competition or championship event it’s nice to ride with less pressure against old friends and rivals. This particular trial has been running since the 1950’s, in fact my Dad won the 1964 event, he used to tell me it was much harder to win back then!
Recent thawing snow and rain had left the ground extremely muddy, this all adds to the fun with hill climbs needing plenty of throttle and a committed approach. Very different to the last event in the rocky Welsh streams. A different bike too, this week riding in the Expert class on my 2017 TRS 250cc.
With the change of bike and some tough opposition I was delighted to take the overall win in the Expert Class. It was by the narrowest of margins with Jonathan Lee and myself both losing just 1 point all day, decided by furthest clean tie break. Although the winning score was unusually low, bear a thought for the poor beginners who don’t have the confidence or technique to deal with the conditions, some riders scoring in the 90’s.
Now comes the worst part, cleaning the bike. I did treat myself to a new pressure washer though so time to give it a good test.
Photo credit - John Woods