Loughborough and District
On Sunday 14th October the Loughborough club ran its Nemo trial at Rileys Railway in deepest Leicestershire which after a week of rain, a heavy morning frost and then uninterrupted sunshine for the trial was in superb condition.
At the recent Susan Harris trial run on this and the adjacent Vickers farm venue National star Luke Walker was surprised by how difficult and different the loose “clinker” banks could be so decided to come back for another experience. It was one of these loose coal/shale banks that took the solitary mark to ruin his clean sheet but Luke who was out on the new Yellow Sherco 300 made everything else look easy. Luke was pushed by fellow expert Sam Gent but the tight turns and climbs of section 6 under close scrutiny of Richard Hodges and then Mick Bone was Sam’s nemesis. Paul Wareing took 3rd on his new Gasser while best youth was Danny Catlin in 4th.
On the 50/50 route Pete Jones took a clear win from young Daniel Slack in second and Tim Sandars in 3rd. Daniel never got to master the rock strewn climb of section 7 which became his undoing on the day.
The middle route had National rider Aaron Marklew out on a vintage TXT Gasser while he waits for his new mount and despite trying to get used to the bike he took a 5 mark win over Mick Thurman who was out on his TY TwinShock getting some practice in ready for next week’s Sammy Miller round. Matt Dixon brought his shiny new Beta home in 3rd just 2 marks behind Mick but his travelling partner Gary Shield was running in his 2013MY 340 Bultaco “TrickShock” ready for the SM round and made Matts new bike look dull!
In the over 40’s TY Mono mounted Jim York and bus pass touting Tony Field showed how mastery of throttle control makes light work of slippery conditions giving “young” Tim Gent a lesson of experience.
Josh Whitehead was the young man who bossed the White route but in total contrast he was chased home by the snorting Royal Enfield of Martin Snutch in second. An improving Graham Caulkett grabbed 3rd by one dab from Robert Wright.
While there were some big scores at the lower end of the skill balance everyone was complimentary of the great sections which rewarded perfection but were ruthless on errors, without ever feeling dangerous or daunting, a testament to a great team of section plotters. The variety from loose climbs that dug out with just a little too much throttle, slippery banks that you could come to an immediate standstill on or rocky climbs that if you lost momentum you were history once again gave those who attended a fantastic days trials.