Went out to the Miller Cup today (despite having seen the weather forecast), it was very wet, if you were there you know that already. Thank you to who-ever corrected me from thinking “we’re all daft” to “we’re all dedicated”. Two laps of 15 sections with 4 or 5 (?) of them in the wood. Ours No 11 looked difficult on all 3 routes. So it proved the downhill entry with a tight turn up a gripless bank took plenty of marks, the yellow route was i suspect a little easier after that, the Main route took plenty of marks as well, although Kevin Nicholas was very disappointed he was fived early on in the section after he had fought his way to the ends cards. The Expert & Clubman Expert route took most people for fives, I’d guess there were maybe three to six rides that were recorded as “3’s”. Gareth Talbot & his 4stroke Beta sounded nice & his 2nd lap ride was much improved. Champion Kurt had a couple of dabs on his first ride in the tricky beginning & fived on his 2nd lap. I gather some Sections had to be self observed which is always disappointing for both riders & the organisers, & apologies to you if you were waiting longer than usual to be called in, the rain & the observers cards didn’t get on today so recording your scores was much more difficult than usual. Results will be posted as soon as I have them, but I’m guessing they may not be available until tomorrow
What’s this, a multi Centre & organiser fixture list? Retiring Centre Permit Secretary, Mike Fear has collated & updated his Fixture List – this includes Western & South Western Centre fixtures as well as our own, you can see it here: Mike fears Master Dates List as at 140118 Whoever follows Mike has a hard act to follow, there is a possible aspirant but until the Centre AGM we shan’t know if someone will take the job on, fingers crossed then.
Indulge me please,
They say never look back, & i haven’t often mentioned the “good old days while I’ve been the Steward of your Gazette, but here’s a picture at the 2017 Scott Trial, it’s the section before Surrender. So there’s no riders you say? No, but look at that bike, its the ultimate aspiration for many of us in the 60’s a Greeves Scottish. Once upon a time, I had one of those!
If you’ve never been to the Scott you should go & watch, it was cracking Section you can see a start card & the exit was a 180degree left just after the very top bit of water you can see. If you’ve never entered the Scott & you’re a youngish Centre Expert do it, you might regret it but you’ll never forget it. It’s one of our ultimate challenges & it’d be nice to think that maybe , just maybe Harry Jefferies will …….
Good to hear Mark & Scott Cameron, Tom Culliford, Victoria Payne & Craig Talbot all have confirmed entries for the SSDT – it’s got to be more difficult than last year hasn’t it? I hope the weather god doesn’t make it 6 days of rain like todays to make up for last years 6 days of sunshine.
See you soon: Frank.
Here we are boys & girls, todays Results
Congrats to Kurt Brain, winner on 25m/l R/up was Ben Lovelace on 43 & Tom Culliford 3rd with 46, the Clubman Experts was headed by Ian Wakeford on 24, Ant Millar R/up on 27 & Henry Pym was 3rd on 30. So you can see it was very competitive despite the conditions, oh & I should mention that the AB’s rode the white Expert route in our Section. I won’t make any more comment in the interest of getting these Results posted for you all to see.