Robin Alexander Trial – 16th September
BTRDA and MSA by Richard Robarts
This was my third trip to Cornwall for a weekend of
trailing, the first event being the Robin Alexander
trial at Roland Uglow`s super site at Trecame
Farm, Delabole. As usual we had the sun, sea
views and this year, dust! `Never had it so dry` we
were told, hence the 5lb tyre pressures to start the
10 climbs Thomas Bricknall and his team had set
out amongst the ever challenging undergrowth.
Round one saw Jon Moores on 1, with Roger
Bricknell and Roland Uglow, who by the way was
sporting a new Crosslé, on 6. Hot on their heels
was Peter Fensom with 7. The sticks were tinkered with for round two and still in the lead, Jon Moores 22, and Roger Bricknell 25 were now pressured by Steve Courts 27, with John Fack and Duncan Stephens chasing
with 28 and 30 respectively. After lunch tyre pressures were increased to 7lbs which did nothing to improve things for yours truly and a few others trying to conquer the art of trickling, but seemed to have little effect on the front runners – how do they do it! Round three, and Roger Bricknell went ahead to win overall on 34, with Jon Moores second 35, Steve Courts third 37 and John Fack fourth on 39. A close run finish.
In spite of the higher pressures and dry conditions, the greenery still did the trick, especially on hills 1, 2 and 3 where only seven clears were achieved all day. Hills 9 and 10 on the western end of the slopes and in constant sunshine, dried out more quickly to produce a dryer line and were therefore considerably kinder. All thirty six starters completed the trial, the only traumas being a puncture for myself and unfortunately two for Mike Readings. If I have missed out on anything else of note, I apologise. I can only blame a complete drain on my brain power studying the foibles of a new and untested independent rear suspension!