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PMCRC Round 3 2010
Written by Richard Troth   
Monday, 02 August 2010

25th July 2010

My first event for 5 months after serious knee injury and only my 3rd ever enduro so to say I was a bit anxious was an understatement, I am also nursing a broken index finger on clutch hand lol, Erika and I got there nice and early, about 30 mins before Manny, I was signed on and bike scrutineered and on line before more people arrived, my sole adjective was to finish the enduro.

Erika was busy getting herself ready in her role as photographer for Team Snapper as no help from me this weekend unless I had a mishap.

My nerves sort of disappeared at the start and found myself on the front row of the sportsman class, off we went and I was in about 3rd place when we came to a left hander that was boggy especially on the right hand side and yes you guessed it I went wide and was catapulted over the bars, by the time I had got my breath back and dragged the bike to hard ground there was an eerie silencs, I was dead last! So I plodded on and eventually passed someone and just kept steady slow laps.

I am very physically fit for a 50yr old and did not break sweat once and did not even take drink from back pack, but I do lack any ability or talent to ride off road and fell off about 9 times over the 3 hours but just recovered and plodded on, I also did the log sections on every lap :-), I was riding my new Husqvarna 2010 TE250 X-Lite and to be honest am not that impressed and will sell over next 4 weeks, I feel you need to be more talented and have off road ability to make it purr and I have not got these.

My whole day was going well and was on last lap and simply having fun, nothing more nothing less until a rider was shouting at me to get out of the way using the F word.... yes I am slow and let everyone pass throughout the day but at this moment it was through a very tight section with nowhere to pull over safely and when I got to the end I was going to pull over, but he physically rammed me and then pushed me off with left arm which sadly threw me off the bike, he then rode over my bike snapping my rear subframe and mudguard/light assembly etc, I only do this for the fun/social side of enduro, it took me a few days to calm down, would like to say thank you to the two riders who saw what happened and helped me get back on and took sub frame back to pits. I would love to name shame him but only know bike model not number (Thankfully lol).

Due to having two knee operations on each leg i am a bit paranoid of damaging them so i have gone all out on protection, i use Vulkan Neoprene fitted supports over knee then i put Asterisk knee guards on and to protect ankles i use Vulkan Neoprene Ankle wrap around supports, after and during the event i never had a twinge/ache or pain so definately worth the cost, and would highly recommend.

Anyway when I saw the results I was very surprised as came 7th in Sportsman class with 10 laps completed.

Comments (13)add comment

Manny said:

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OMG!! smilies/shocked.gif I know who that was, I can assure he's a nice kid off the track which does not excuse his behaviour. smilies/angry.gif
August 02, 2010

Pepperami said:

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Nice one! Stick with it, it is fun and you will get better. Trust me. As for the gimp that had you off, there will always be one or two tw@s.
August 02, 2010

Rich T said:

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I think you will always get incidents as us slow riders do hold others up through the tight bits but i find the more aggresive they get behind me the more i get flustered and slower i get lol... all forgotten now.
So does anyone want a 2010 Husqvarna TE250i XLite, with full Power, Leo Vince pipe, Factory Sump Guard, Full Husky Sport Service History, Acerbis hand guards, fully decalled by Husky Sport, Factory Footpegs/Fuel cap, has done 1 enduro but has 8 hours and obviously super condition, Fully taxed and road registered, cost just over £8000 with added bits, looking for best offer around £4000.
August 03, 2010

chrisblade said:

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rich man excellent write up, 4k to lose is a lot of money man on the bike why dont you give it a few more rides see if it comes to you a little more, if not what you getting.

August 03, 2010

Rich T said:

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I know Chris and keep getting reminded by Erika (lol)(I wear the trousers hee hee). I just haven't gelled with it from day 1 to be honest, my mate has 2007 Husky 250 and so much easier to ride than mine, i just think its more of a pro/expert bike and not a novice, i have tested a few and the bike that really seems suited to my slow steady pace and is user friendly is the Husaberg 390, i have to have electric start as well due to my new knee, but i will do more research and some more testing before i reach a decision.
August 03, 2010

Manny said:

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hmmm 4k is just too cheap IMHO..mind you it should fly out the window at that price. I tend to agree with Chris and give it a little time for the bike to come to you or the other way round.nnMaybe a flywheel weight might make a difference? Part ex it for the 310 and put all your goodies on it smilies/tongue.gif
August 03, 2010

Pepperami said:

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The flea bay god says about £5.5k dont rob yourself. My advice is stick with it though! Just my opinion though. We all know opinions are like arseholes everyone has one!
August 08, 2010

Manny said:

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If only I had 4k sitting around smilies/cry.gif oh that's right need a new kitchen first smilies/grin.gif
August 08, 2010

Rich T said:

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Gotta get your priorities right eh Manny lol.... i forgot to mention i have the standard exhaust and road stuff(Indicators etc)plus some Brand New spares (Levers/filters/sprocket).
It is available now and looking for best offer over 4K.
August 08, 2010

Rich T said:

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Bike sold
August 13, 2010

Manny said:

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Great!!...and I hope not for the 4K asking price smilies/grin.gif
Ordered the Berg yet? smilies/tongue.gif
August 13, 2010

Rich T said:

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Was made offer and weighed up "this and that" and am happy with deal, plus buyer was very genuine which helps.
Yes i ordered the Berg through midwest but with hindsight i wished i had gone elsewhere as all other Berg dealers seem to have had their 2011 390's for over 2 weeks and Midwest still awaiting their delivery, which means no outing this weekend unless a miracle happens lol.
August 18, 2010

Manny said:

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shweet!!! We will be needing pictures smilies/wink.gifsmilies/cool.gif
August 18, 2010

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