THE OUTLAW DAY 1
THE OUTLAW DAY 1
Not today, the oil leak wins
Bikes are duly unloaded, tires set, refuelled and ready for action. Sadly the JB weld on the Cub oil
line is weeping and with a 25 mile loop this would not be prudent to have it part company in the back
Steve Fracey was due to ride the Superglitz to retain his unbeaten record in the event but even after a
quick ride on the Enfield says he thinks humping the beast round would be a bit hard. I’m dressed for
Cub riding but now have the untried Superglitz to get used to which I last rode back in 2006.
The Outlaw and Blackcat finally meet
Outlaw Dave briefs us on the day, 31 sections, 40km run, a few hazards and steep downhills. The
entry seems to favor the Yam breed (no wonder there is a Yam class tomorrow) a couple of Reflex
Hondas, a few Bults and a Fantic and an Ossa Gripper thing in Orange …….. off we go !
Seems not only have I forgotten a lot about this trials game riding wise but my section memory for
reporting is also failing. However, I can remember some of them and there are quite a few pieces of evidence, courtesy Dave, to jog the brain cells…… be it The Good, The Bad, and in some cases The Downright Ugly !
I can remember the first two sections and indeed thought No 1 was a fairly simple affair up the hill,
cross sides and set up for a minor log crossing just before the exit. Stayed on the planned line and it
all worked as advertised….. but I noticed in Dave’s Gallery it was not all quite so simple for everybody.
Nice easy clean on Section 1
Problems on 1
Maybe not as easy as I thought ?
Section 2, which I believe was called Rock Garden was taking a fair number of marks and had it been
no stop scoring would have taken a lot more as many transformed classic 5’s into working man’s 3’s.
Entry over a couple of rocks and stay left to the blue ribbon to get behind a stump and then choices of
either straight on over some rolly rocks or out to the red ribbon for a slightly longer run with a recovery
area before a big tree and the exit. Again the plan worked and no unexpected surprises.
Another nice clean on 2
The next two were classic uphills and had they been part of the loop they would have been ridden
without much thought in either second or third but now as they are sections I can’t make up my mind
on gearing. Back in the day in UK there would never have been a question and second was always
the way to go for momentum. In dry conditions especially in the US we hardly ever see a decent hill
and 99% of sections are ridden in first as there is never any mud either! …….. of course I make an
error of judgement and use the wrong gear, not enough speed, etc, etc. and pay the penalties of a 5
and a 3.
Wrong gear, wrong speed
Memory fails me here, I can remember the sections but not the order, very much a mixed bag at this
stage, some nice rides mixed with some shambolic attempts. However some stand out with one,
number unknown, being an uphill round the bush game all the way back down into a fairly level tightish
left turn before lining up on a long grassy climb onto a solid rock and onward to the exit. Not too bad on
this one and should have escaped with a dab but needed another to stay in bounds at the very top.
Good friend Steve Richardson was going well until the big rock when it went nearly vertical on him and
he was forced to bail out.
Round the first uphill now down to the turn and back up
Steve Richardson launches his Apollo TY into orbit
At this stage I’m about to meet my “Waterloo” ! and this comes in the shape of a double section which
I easily clean the first part of weaving between some gnarly rocks. Part II should not really have
presented any problems but the results show otherwise. Mark shows the line over the only hazard in
the section which is a pile of logs with a drop off to the downhill exit.
Mark perfectly on line for the clean
Not 100% sure what I did wrong ? maybe too fast over the log ? maybe landed with front brake
applied? maybe marginally off line and paniced ? Well, what ever the reason the result was the same
a classic A OVER T ! …….and it hurt !! Somehow the SM bear claw footrest bit me in the knee, I landed
chest and head first….. always wear a helmet.
My God ! he’s dropped his charger M’Lord
A Sammy Miller footpeg bite !
The loop riding was fast and furious, some big hills up and down, and a lot of very narrow cliff edge
tracks dotted with rocks, made me think of Scotland without the black mud and very soon I was at
home and thoroughly enjoying myself. Sections came and went, results were either good or awful but
I did feel as though I was improving and think I only dropped a couple in the last 8 sections.
This log crossing was I think the “Outlaw Gimmee” although the next one was definitely harder and
perhaps after my earlier misadventure I was somewhat lucky to stall the motor feet up !
Nice easy clean through the log crossings
Another “4 faults” at Beecher’s Brook for someone
The way home had a nice double with a log between two trees, and then a pile of rocks into the down
hill changeover before a very steep uphill adverse, I litterally flew through the ends in a near vertical
wheelie… a pic of this one would have been great, but a double clean was good.
Next double was an uphill twister in loose shale pebbles and dirt and I nearly made a cardinal error
of going the wrong way at the changeover needing a realignment prod. Almost back to the start area
and a full downhill for a change for another clean. An uphill turning twister was good until the very end
when I double prodded to stay in bounds.
The last two were the Birdbath, aptly named, for an easy clean and then a finishing confidence boost
at the start area which by comparison to the rest was another “gimmee”. Overall a very enjoyable day
and had I been in reasonable bike fitness I think I would have finished on about 20-25 for the day.