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PMCRC 25th July 2010
Written by Manny Bernardez   

There was a knock at my door at 6 am on the Sunday; it was Elliot with a car load of his mates outside a little earlier than I anticipated. With Simon taking four bikes in his van we were going to be travelling heavy, already inside was Elliot Beken (the comeback kid) riding dads KTM 450 EXC and Si Beken KTM 250 EXC, perched on the bike rack was my Honda MTX 125 which was on loan to first timer Jesh Palmer (maybe Jesh should have worn my lucky Wally Palmer race shirt?...nah) and on the trailer we spent a few hours servicing on Saturday…you know like making a mudguard from a Peugeot door skin, was my Yamaha WRF 250.

45 minutes later we were ready to leave minus a passenger, Gary McCarthy with his legendary sense of direction or lack of it, was going to meet with us on the A3 services, driving his immaculate MK1 Golf, including Crew Chief Malcom Beken who always meets us there made it nine altogether.

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TBEC Owthorpe Notts 2010
Written by Tony Woolmore   

TBEC Owthorpe Notts 20th June

In my first ever season of racing and being a sprightly 45 years old, I will say to all those thinking about racing, go for it. I have found everyone to be helpful and very friendly this year with help and advice freely available. I would suggest going and helping set the course up the day before the race as this gives you an insight as to what you face and the riding advice from the 'old timers' is invaluable.

We arrived early on Sunday morning, It was overcast and feeling quite cold which would have been ideal for racing. I unloaded my bike and went to check which row I was starting on, row 0 was my starting row. Personally I like to get through scutineering and get my bike on the start line early so I don't have to worry about anything. With this done it's back to the van to eat and drink plenty and get kitted up. The horn sounds and it's time for the pre race briefing. The course is 5.5 miles with 3.5 miles of woodland and 2 miles of fast open fields.

At the start my bike started easily and I was off. Obviously not being able to help set up this time I didn't get a look at the course so was riding blind, so a steady first lap was in order. As I entered the woods it looked fairly open but this soon changed. The woods had a bit of everything and this was becoming apparent. It soon tightened up to single track interspersed with some deep mud. It also had some tricky ditches thrown in for good measure. Then out into the open fields, now these were fast. My bike was revving out in top and I had dropped 4 teeth off of the rear sprocket for this race!

 
Tea Till Nearly Dark Round 1 2010
Written by Manny Bernardez   

Wednesday 26th May

Better start off by saying a big thank you to Team REME for letting us enter at such short notice. My ride hinged on Simon shoulder feeling better, which he injured breaking up a fight between competitors of all things, but I’ll leave that one for another day…just like the other four race reports that are already outstanding. Well I better cut to the chase before you‘ll doze off.

Terrible start as per usual, a huge dust cloud gets kicked up and there are riders fallen at the first corner, pity the helmet cam decided not to work at this point, though I doubt you would have seen much. What transpired next are possibly the worst two laps I have ever ridden, I had only forgotten how to ride sand that’s what it felt like, a bucket and spade would have proven more useful. Riding in the issuing dust the front tucked under at least twice, then I get rebounded into a tree pretty hard, blimey 1km down 5 to go.

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TBEC Riverhill Kent 2010
Written by Tony Woolmore   

Well what can I say about this one?

We arrived early on Saturday morning as we didn't want to hit the M25 Friday night traffic. I helped set up the course as usual and it looked fairly interesting in the woods. Perhaps a little too much open field for my 13/52 sprocket combination.

Race day arrived and the bike went straight through scrutineering and on to the line. I had a hearty breakfast of Alpen and honey and Michelle went to help sign in the all of the day riders. I was on row 2 this time which makes a nice change to row 9+. After a little delay waiting for the ambulances to arrive we were off. The first part was around a field with a left into what can only be called two whoops, so I thought lift the front wheel over and jobs a goodun. Now I mentioned earlier about my 13/52 sprocket combo, well the front wheel lifted and flipped me straight off the back! I quickly picked myself up and carried on. The first section was all open fields with a few jumps and drop off's in the last field before entering the woods. The woods were fairly tight in places with lots of short sharp climbs and drop downs, this was where my gearing choice came into it's own. It was like riding a four banger trials bike, it was great! Then out of the woods into open fields again down hill to the start/finish.

 
Hampshire Police & XHG Tigers Round 1
Written by Manny Bernardez   

When Si phoned me on Saturday around midday asking if I were going to ride at the Hampshire Police & XHG Tigers event at Slab Common my answer was a resounding no..maybe because I just woke up had something to do with it. By 6 pm I was feeling motivated enough to start looking at the WRF, clean it anyway. A few hours later with the bike still in bits on the patio I had to call it a day, was getting too dark to carry on. Gave Simon a call around 10 pm asking him to pick us up in the morning and also give me an alarm call early, so I had a chance to put the bike back together again.

Play XHG Tigers & Hampshire Police VideoWith the bike finished on time, Si, Adelaide, 2 dogs and I made the 40 minute journey to Slab Common. On arrival headed straight for the singing on tent to see if I could get a late entry. Entry was accepted and I could use the numbers still on the bike, now that’s what I call service. There was enough time left to walk parts of the course to see what the conditions were like. Dougle (dog) managed to get himself stuck in one of the quick sand areas, any bits of flat washed sand were to be avoided so well worth the reccy.

 
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