DAY 2: SO CLOSE

Trial Magazine - - TRADITIONAL -

The two men on form were James Da­bill and Dougie Lampkin, who both kept their feet on the footrests through the 30 haz­ards laid out over the 76-mile course. The day started in over­cast con­di­tions, but as the rid­ers crossed over the Cor­ran Ferry, the weather turned for the worst, to heavy rain. Rid­ing in pretty close com­pany with Da­bill at num­ber 150 and Lampkin at num­ber 193 the haz­ards re­mained very much the same for both of the rid­ers. Rid­ing at the front on his early day Jack Price spoiled a good score with the ad­di­tion of a five-mark penalty which put him on a to­tal of six marks lost and pushed him away from the top po­si­tions. It was only day two of the six-day event, and with the top ten po­si­tions cov­ered by a mere six marks, it was still all to play for as the rid­ers en­tered day three. In the ladies’ class, Emma Bris­tow con­tin­ued to show why she is the best fe­male tri­als rider in the world, with a clear lead. With a weather fore­cast show­ing more rain com­ing into the area the rid­ers knew that the week’s rid­ing would be much harder than the sun-blessed pre­vi­ous year.

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