Just had a few days away down in Hartland, taking time out & watching the Ladies Championship Round at John Lucketts ground in Wembsworthy. We were surprised to see Craig (Talbot) when we arrived, but he was there as minder for Jess Bown. The event was well organised by the experienced Torridge Club, & as expected, Emma Bristow was a clear winner. R/up spot was close with Donna Fox & Jess Bown equal after the first lap on 26 m/l, at the finish though Jess was 5 marks better on observation to finish Runner Up. There were just 8 Ladies contesting the Championship course & with a generous 5 & a half hour time limit, it was disappointing (although not surprising) that 6 ladies lost time penalties. It wasn’t surprising as none of them rode the first Section for half an hour after they started. Emma lost 8 on time of her 34 total! The fifth to seventh placed Ladies all lost 151marks, including 6, 9 & 0 time faults respectively, the lesson to be learned is not to worry what your rivals are doing but to get on & do your own thing. Being critical, it was a difficult Trial to ride non-stop, with a lot of tight turns.
One other thing from Sunday, keep an eye on Results of trials in the IoM for Summer Peters, in girls “C” class, her determination to get out of Sections is remarkable she had the single mindedness that makes future Champions
The Regs & Entry Form for the Wednesday evening NSMSC GMB Trophy Time Trial on 12th July are here NSMSC GMB T:trial Regs & Entry Form 12:07:17
On the other days we drove along a lot of single track potholed roads that no-one else seems to use, with numbers of the roads/tracks signed as ‘unsuitable for motor vehicles’ which were fine to drive, I walked one to decide whether it was OK or not & found I could have done if I’d had a saw in the boot to take off some encroaching branches. As I didn’t need to get through I turned round, but the off road Land Rover guys would have enjoyed it! Found a beautiful little cove at Welcombe not to far from Hartland Quay & the Patronal Festival at Morwenstow.
See you soon: Frank