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Old 07-23-2011, 12:28 AM   #1
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A grand day out

Today, I finished a piece of work early on and decided to have a day out on the the XChallenge

The purpose was to go and have a look at the 2011 Reeth 3 day Trial, in Swaledale only about 25 miles up the Dales from me

The Reeth 3 day is a motorcycle trial, run by Richmond Club and has National ACU status now, so is a cracker. There are 200 competitors, from some of the best in the sport to novice levels.

It is a fest of trialsport and everyone camps/caravans or motohomes it (bit like a GS event) and there is entertainment/bar at night
It is a road trial, with about 40 sections, each of the 3 days and a 6 hour time limit to complete the course each day, so you have to keep moving

Conditions were perfect, dry warmish and not too hot

To give you an idea of what's it like to ride free on these Swaledale fells on all private land, here's a vid

I did a few lanes on the way, here's a road (with it's own sign) to.......................nowhere

Lovely views on the lane, towards the NYork Moors

On Grinton Moor

Proper marquee, trade stands, caterers ............................looks a pukka event

Some very nice bikes, Bill Pye (Fantic parts & bike specialist fame) on his Matchless

Fuel dump.............ready for collecting to take up to the RV points on the Moor (trials bike tanks only carry 2 litres nowadays)

Old and young alike - trials is a family sport

One of my favourite bikes seen today - a very tasty Honda TLR

Bike scrutineering, road legality is a mute point though

Not all competitors are men, of the 200 riders at least 25 were ladies

I took the trail up onto Fremington Edge (an excuse to do some great lanes & trails too, all totally legal)

Left my bike near the track, silhouetted against a leaden sky....... it was bloody steep to get down to the section

Good view of Reeth from up here

Section 7, a steep climb on shale (spoil from an old 19c lead working)

That Honda TLR again

Brave man on a totally stock Yam TY250 Twinshock - 30 year old bke and he cleaned the section

Harder route for the Expert classes

Back on the trail, doesn't get much better does it?

I watched 3 more groups of sections, mainly in woods with lots more rocks and streams

Grand day out and beats working on a Friday
So many roads...........So little time..!!!

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Old 07-23-2011, 04:24 AM   #2
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Nice... thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-02-2011, 12:56 AM   #3
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Excellent! Loved the video
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