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Normandy MCC Bagshot 17-04-11
Written by Richard Troth   

Normandy MCCKaka and i arrived early (as usual) 0700hrs the same time as Nik Everitt from Normandy MCC, and had quite a chat before the masses arrived, although not a full entry the riders list had some quality riders entered, still a bit puzzled at why not a full event as Normandy do put on a good event and promised some totally different this time at Bagshot and there was nothing else on in the south..... nothing as queer as folk my Dad would say lol.

Had good chat with Dan Groom/Manny and Simon Beken, Dan and Pete Lawry, Mark and George Hayes, Judsy, Zade, and Ben from LFB, Dan Brundell, Timothy Tubb, Helen Spiers, Martin Biles, Paul West, Rob Mussell, Aaron and Tristian, Ben blah blah and of course my good friend and sparring partner Chris Stainger.

PMCRC Round 1
Written by Manny Bernardez   

On the trackThe mini heat wave was not enough to dry out Woodberry Lane for PMCRC first meeting of the year. Talking to both Shane Babey and Paul Easterbrook, they said the same things about the track, tight, technical and plenty of logs strewn around the place. Simon and I walked the first part of the course near the pits; the ground was tacky mud in places with about five log crossing in 200 meters, having ridden at Woodbury for many years this was a break from the normal flowing track layout, time to find out what it was like to ride.

My usual bad start left me near the back of the smaller than usual Clubman A group, picked one of round the first corners and a few more who attempted the uphill log and got stuck, the only obstacle that I utilised the “chicken route “every lap to save energy. The rest of the track was tight, lock to lock in places and like already mentioned logs of various sizes, copious amount of clutch and throttle work just to get round which made it very tiring, repeated stalling of the engine did not help matters. Route marking on the first lap was a bit iffy in places, which we were warned about at the riders meeting, but I am certain I rode 100% of the marked course and probably a bit more.

SDMCC Corinium 10-04-2011
Written by Richard Troth   

Jump at the Corinium EnduroAfter doing the Foxwell Enduro last year with Swindon and District Motorcycle Club which was very enjoyable both for myself riding and Erika photographing we were very keen to make sure I got a place for the famous Corinium Enduro that sells out within days of entry opening. After early mornings, checking their website daily, i managed to get that all-important entry in and so we were sorted...i was going to ride and Erika as usual was photographing.

The Enduro itself is based at Cirencester Park, which is part of the Bathhurst Estate and part of the 10000 acres of parkland. Even if you are not the best of riders, the scenery and wildlife will captivate your attention. Come the day we left at 5am, arrived just after 7am, and met with one of the organisers Sandra Wooster who had kindly done a map, riders list, and helper’s food voucher, and her husband Keith (Clerk of the Course) had found the perfect spot at the end of a nice jump for Erika to photograph.

REME Bagshot 27-03-2011
Written by Richard Troth   

REMEWhat a fantastic 4hour Hare and Hounds event put on by the REME guys from Bordon, the organisation skills are second to none and it really showed today with such detail in the course, i myself am an ex Royal marine and i will never call the REME boys soft anymore as the course was very hard and had every conceivable hazard.

The Start was wide and long which went into a tight left into a tight wooded section which opened out into an open space which zig zagged up to the pit area where you had choice of extreme section or the chicken route which was 25 seconds longer. The extreme section was well thought out and had various hazards to test all skill levels. The course then went through tight woods which eventually turned into some superb forest trails with hazards everywhere and it really was a high level concentration course at all times. The climbs, which were steep, were covered in very deep ruts, which made them tough and many a rider went down, there was several of these climbs on the course.

SEEC Kingston Rd3 2011
Written by Manny Bernardez   
Special TestAlways look forward to ride at Blackwood, all the different bits of the puzzle to make a good event had been clicking in all week, the weather was looking good for the day, there had been bit of rain just before the event so the going should be perfect. I did a little fettling to the WRF’s carburation moving the needle a clip down and she was sounding sweet, Si had a noise meter on his mobile phone and recording 94db on tickover and 86db at about 6’000 rpm with my home made quiet insert, might even grind a bit more of it. The icing on the cake was Malcom Beken was going to look after us in the pits, both Simon and I clocked in early at the Surrey Pol costing us places, with Malcom there we could just concentrate on riding…perfect.
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