|Brian Barson||Kawasaki KT 250||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||3||7||1|
|Duncan Barson||Yamaha TY 175||6||3||3||2||2||1||3||1||21||2|
|MarK Shearer||Suzuki RL 50||0||2||0||0||0||2||0||6||10||1|
|Johann Van Blerck||Swm 280||3||1||2||2||1||4||2||2||17||2|
|Martin Kelsey||Montesa 250||5||4||7||10||7||11||11||3||58||3|
|Kobus Potgieter||EM Electric||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1|
|Eric Pannaye||Gas Gas||4||0||0||1||0||1||2||2||10||3|
|Will Gould||Gas Gas||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||4||11||4|
|Charles Oertel||Beta||3||1||1||0||0||6||6||8||25||5||20 cleans|
|Arno Schaake||EM Electric||11||12||10||17||19||16||13||20||118||10|
The day was cool and overcast - perfect for riding trial. We had a large number of riders, of which 8 were on classic twin-shocks. Brian kicked off the briefing by bringing out John Fulcher's original Cotton twinshock. The bike has the gear shift where the back brake is, and the brake lever where normal bikes have a gear shift.
We held a moment's silence in memory of John before taking the group photo above and heading off to the sections.
At the entrance to the forest, this was a winding trail with a tight left turn up hill. The small branch at the turn unsettled a number of clubmen and had them paddling up the hill. I cleaned this section most times except for a time when I turned too sharply and rode into a stump.
Below the path adjacent to section 3, this section start with a stepped descent and tight right turn for experts. Clubmen followed the expert line here as going straight would mean trying to cross the log at the bottom at an acute angle. Then the line turned left back up the hill to exit next to the start.
Most of the clubmen cleaned this section or lost one or two points. Inexperienced clubmen struggled with the uphill turn and one or two fell on the downhill steps. I cleaned it every time except for a dab when a crowd at the start caused me to enter the section at a disadvantageous angle.
A new line on an old section - over and between some small rocks, a tight left straight after crossing a smallish log. Scores were low on this section. On the first lap I underestimated the tightness of the left turn after the log and had to dab.
This is where the clubmen started their laps while the experts started on Section 1. We were soon passed, and then lapped, by the experts. This section started with a short steep uphill, then right and up to a tight right downhill turn (that had some clubmen footing and paddling). The downhill was quite slippery and needed to be managed in order to make the sharp left turn and off-camber traverse to the exit gate. Scores were generally low, with no fives.
This was a very easy section above the path that went up around a flag, back onto the path, then up in a wide arc to finish on the path again. Most of the clubmen cleaned it.
Below the path, this section meandered to a tight off-camber u-turn before returning to a left turn up a slope to finish on the path. On the first lap, I didn't see the flags at the bottom of the turn and decided to ride a higher line with a tighter turn. I saw the other clubmen walking the lower line, but assumed it was to keep the turn less tight.
Anyway, before I even got to the turn, a branch snagged my front brake lever and caused a dab. Then, after what I thought was just a 1, Brian informed me that I had fived due to missing the gate.
A familiar section below the path, with a downhill and tight left turn, followed by a left uphill that could easily get out of control. Then weaving through the trees to end with a tight left floater turn onto the path.
Kobus' new electric bike was giving problems, so he and Blasie shared Blasie's bike. So Kobus ended up riding Clubmen with us. Here he is at the start of the section.
This section started with a scary-looking right off-camber curve (which turned out to be trivial).
Then down left, along some logs with a sharp sandy turn right uphill. Clubmen got to keep more left and avoid the root step that had a number of experts struggling. Some low traction uphill, a log then the finish. On the first lap I ended up on the expert line after the turn, and had to fight up the root step for 3. On the second lap I made it up the turn and had a good line above the root step, but my front wheel went exploring and slipped out on the root to give me a five. After that I cleaned the section.
Photos here courtesy of Bronwyn Barson and Rory Bruins.