On Sunday past the team here at Moto Trial NI headed off bright and early into the glorious morning sunshine to Mourne Park in Kilkeel to prepare and set out the course for our event there on Saturday 14th November
The run down through County Down along the coast was beautiful, and this certainly helped with the task of setting out the trial!!! It’s so much better than doing it in the driving rain!!!
As you know we try to keep things as fresh as possible and we decided to spend a bit of time looking about what is a fantastic venue to see if we could get some totally new sections. For those of you who came down last year, we have kept five sections from that trial including one and ten, and put in five totally new ones which should be great for each grade!
For this event we are experimenting slightly. We know our novice grade is made up of quite a few total beginners and that sometimes the “cross country” going turns out difficult for those riders. So to eliminate this and hopefully to ensure they do not get disheartened we have decided that this grade will miss out sections four and five which have tough climbs and descents between them. This means the Novice grade will run on a slightly shorter course, however it will be all along lanes between the sections so you should have no issues on the day!
We are also trying another experimental section at this event. Section six will be a graded “hill climb”, YES a HILL CLIMB!!! You start off through the section starts markers and the further up the hill you get, the less penalties you incur!! Ultimately riding out the top of the section will get you a “clean”! You can also dab away to your hearts content as the marks are purely based on how high you get up the climb; it looks great , we all feel it should ride great, so hopefully you all will enjoy it too!!
There will also be an area for the small wheel bikes set out and we intend to have an area set out at the start for the “try trials” electric bike too.
We hope to see you all on 14th November then for what should be a great trial and a great days craic, get all those bikes out of the garage or shed and come down for some fun!!
Here is the Google Map Location of the Event, we will have arrows on the A2 Newry – Kilkeel Rd intot he Golf Club entrance then you branch left tot he driving range carpark for the trial.