Manny 2010
PMCRC 25th July 2010
Written by Manny Bernardez   
Monday, 02 August 2010

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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Tea Till Nearly Dark Round 1 2010
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Friday, 28 May 2010

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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Hampshire Police & XHG Tigers Round 1
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Friday, 23 April 2010

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.

Surrey Pol Enduro 2010
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Saturday, 27 March 2010

SEEC Enduro Championship Round 2

First event of the New Year for me having not ridden since the Tim Ward in December...was I excited about it? Yes until I spent all day Saturday struggling to get my bike started and running properly. The bag of goodies that cost me a small fortune from mainly was left unused. I did not bother fitting the complete new clutch assembly because the plan was to refit my Magura hydraulic clutch, but the slave cylinder was still on back order from Venhill and with no new springs I didn’t really want to kill it just yet. New chain and sprockets at Bagshot? No way! I was sure the existing set had one more event left in them. The pump seal developed a leak out of the blue, had to hope for the best as it was to late to do anything about it.

Si Beken picked us up Sunday morning which turned out to be a really nice day, bright sunshine with a wind that cut straight through you out in the open, just a reminder that we were still not quite out of winter. Looking at the schedule board the Vet’s were down doing the same laps and times as the Experts, strange decision considering we were starting behind the Clubman, all part of the flavour that is SEEC Enduro, every club has their own interpretation of how a event should be run, never a dull moment.
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