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News : Next Time It's Bowston Then Middleton

01 August 2018

The fourth round of the Inch Perfect evening series of trials on Wednesday, August 15, moves away from traditional Lancs County venues to a new venue for the club at Ghyll Farm, Bowston, the home of the club's regular rider Mike Batty.


This marvellous land has in the past hosted a youth Oset trial and was briefly a group of sections in a trial a good few years ago, but to all the regular Lancs County riders it's a brand new location.

It's principally rocky streams with a few sections on a hillside, but is a location that has recently undergone a lot of clearance work so all the becks are well prepared and it should prove to be a great evening trial venue where the usual format will be either 4 laps of ten sections or just possibly three laps of 12 over a normal clubman route and a dead easy route for beginners and returnees.

Whilst Bowston, just north of Kendal might seem a bit out of the way for some of our regular North West Centre riders, it's actually easier to reach than some of the venues we use. Just leave the motorway at junction 36, head towards Windermere and the turning to Bowston is about a mile from the northern end of the Kendal by-pass. There will be signs to the venue. It really is a good place with plenty of parking and easily accessible sections to both ride and watch. Start time is 6pm - but no later than 6.30 if time is tight for you on an evening - and hopefully we will have catering.

Do make an effort to ride this trial, not just North Western Centre riders but also Northern Centre riders who have just lost the last Bassenthwaite evening trial due to the very dry weather conditions.

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And from one new venue to another new venue, where on SATURDAY September 8 we will be running a trial in conjunction with Hellsfells, a charity rock concert/social gathering/mountain bike festival at Marthwaite Foot, Middleton near Sedbergh, LA10 5ES, in aid of The Community Self Build Agency and the linked Veterans Self Build Agency. The club has been invited by farmer and charity campaigner Brian Capstick to put on a afternoon event on his land and following a recce by two of Lancs County's committee, they have found a short but really sensible set of sections alongside the River Rawthey.

The land is on the other side of the river from the land used by Westmorland for their Nostalgia Trial, and permission for both these trials has been generously given by both the Northern Centre board and also the Westmorland Club. Parking is good, and should riders want to camp there overnight for the festival and for the following day's family activities, then they will be made welcome.

The Hellsfells festival, https://www.hellsfells.co.uk/trial bike competition  which is over the full weekend of September 7/8/9 has full details of the event where up to 1000 families will gather for music, food, biking and entertainment. Lancs County will be part of the weekend with the trial starting at 2pm on the Saturday afternoon for four laps of ten sections over a normal Clubman Hard and Clubman Easy course. The trial will form part of the Sunday series, even though it will be on a Saturday afternoon. Take a look at the website where a video of the 1988 Kickstart is featured, used, so that the uninitiated get some idea of the sport as so many of them still see it.

More information nearer the time.

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