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TBEC Washbrook Farm 2010
Written by Tony Woolmore   
18th July 2010

Washbrook FarmIt was warm but very windy. The track was mainly open fields, MX track and a couple of small wooded parts. I had my helmet cam on, hired from Imagemx for £20, which is amazing value for 4 hours coverage.

At the start I took my first lap nice and easy as always but I was having problems mentally, I just couldn't get my head into it and kept telling myself to come on. The first section led to the MX track which was cracking – nice and wide with some good built up corners. This came to the first field section, I was just getting it all wrong, braking too early, straightening it up before opening it up. My head just wasn't in it!

We then came onto the MX track for a second time which included their big jump. Then back out onto the open fields – I found these uninspiring and continued to have trouble on them. The last two sections were a small wood section and then onto the kids MX track.

Foxwell Timecard Enduro 12/09/2010
Written by Richard Troth   

Foxwell120 miles to go to to an Enduro (must be mad) lol.

Swindon MCC were running and staging this at Cirencester Park which is part of the Bathurst Estate and what a cracking venue and course, 16 miles with a 4 mile special stage which had to be done twice.

I was entered in the Sportsman class and started at 10.25 and had 70 minutes to complete 1 lap including the special stage but only timed on lap 2 and 3. I started steady and really tried to memorise the course as best I could especially the special stage. Made the lap with 10 minutes spare so refuelled and watered.

Off I went for lap 2 which I had 60 minutes which included special timed stage of 4 miles, the bike was running great and really getting the hang of her now. I seemed to overtake a few riders and no-one had passed me, so I thought I was doing OK. Got to special stage and had to queue for a few minutes and then came across a fallen rider for whom I stopped but he said he was just winded and told me to carry on. Finished the lap with 5 minutes to spare and had quick refuel and water .

PMCRC Round 4
Written by Richard Troth   

PMCRC Enduro5th September 2010. After my outing at Slab Common I came away with some great experience in not only bike control but how important preparation is before an event esp the nutritional side, so I had no excuses not to be able to finish the event which is my game plan.

Erika and I arrive very early (as always lol), have a quick chat with Sue and Shane and then unload the new bike (HusabergFE390), I had had some porridge and fruit at 0630am then at 0930am I had some muesli and banana and 10 minutes before start I had a CNP Pro Energy Bar.

The venue was filling up quite quickly and my neighbours for the day were Rich (The Bear) Gunner and his posse, Stuart (What Logs) Smith and Chris (Mad as a Box of Frogs) Stainger of all I owe a lot of thanx to in helping me learn the ropes of this enduro game.

Erika was getting her kit out (ooh er madam lol) (Camera Kit).

RAF Ardua 2010
Written by Richard Troth   

Slab CommonWell I arrived at Slab Common with Erika with the sole intention to photograph for teamsnapper photography as I had sold my bike and still awaiting delivery of the Husaberg, and I had been laid up for one week with an E. Coli urine infection that knocked me for six.

However Chris Stainger whom I sold the Husky too decided he was going to ride his KTM as he was not used to the Husky yet, he had bought with him both bikes and bent my arm (Yeah right) and told me to take the Husky out, as I was already pre entered and had the riding kit in the van. Chris had also had the suspension done through Kiwi and fitted mousses front and rear; it would be nice to see if I could notice any difference.

I being so new to this off road world had never done a time card event so I had lots of help from Chris, Rich Gunner and Shane Babey, it all happened so quickly that I hadn't had breakfast or any fluids and considering my urine infection I was hardly prepared and to make matters worse I had never ridden at Slab Common or in sand before lol.

PMCRC Round 3 2010
Written by Richard Troth   

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.

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