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 Post subject: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2014 11:28 pm 
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Folks,

Sorry for the short notice but five observers are urgently required for this prestigious event in the National Trials Riding Calendar. Watch some of the best trials riders attempt some of the hardest routes outside of the SSDT.

Can you possibly help out please, the following are the sections;

Ben's Ditch at the bottom of Cumberland Cottage - about 10:45
Dane Bower Quarry on the side of the Congleton to Buxton road - about 10:55
Three Shires Head - about 11:30
Manor Farm near Gradbach - 12:15
Four Ways Motel near Wincle - 12:45

If can help then please contact Judith Mellor on 07966524819 - thank you :D

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 Post subject: Re: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 7:23 pm 
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Bump,

Sorry but needs must :roll:

Does not matter if you have not observed before as guidance and encouragement will be given.

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 Post subject: Re: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 8:51 pm 
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Hi hugh what is "observing" i have no idea
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 Post subject: Re: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
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Dan,

Trials are run under the rules of the Auto Cycle Union (ACU). The rules can seem quite complex without experience, here is a link to the current ACU Trials Rules; http://www.acu.org.uk/Uploaded/1/Docume ... Trials.pdf

An Observer is an assistant to the Clerk of the Course, appointed to judge a competitor's performance. Observer are very important to the running of a Trial and are given respect by the riders who appreciate that the Observers are giving of their free time to help run the competition.

Basically, trials riders have to pass between a number of 'gates'; over a variety of obstacles; without crossing their own tyre tracks, travelling forward and most importantly without putting their feet down. Their score is recorded on either a punch card carried by the rider or onto a score card held by the Observer.

If the rider completes the section without footing or rolling backwards then they record 0 marks :D

Negative marks however are recorded by the Observer if a rider; :cry:

puts one steadying foot down, called a 'dab', and records 1 fault;
footing twice records 2 faults;
footing more than twice but continuing to keep moving forward records 3 faults;
failing to keep forward momentum under machine control records 5 faults
when requested by a rider who does not wish to attempt the section records 5 faults
rider exits the section without going through the final gate records 5 faults
rider enters a section before being called to by the Observer records 5 faults
refusing to enter a section when called upon by the Observer records 10 points (rare)
for missing out a section records 10 points

I am pleased to say that unlike so many other 'sports' any form of abuse of an Observer is not tolerated although their decision can be challenged.

The marks are totalled and the rider with the lowest number of faults is adjudged to be the winner.

Observing is purely voluntary although some Trials have started to offer nominal snacks to helpers.

Simply watching the way the riders tackle the obstacles is a great learning process for improving one's own riding skills. It is good fun and you would get a real pleasure from the camaraderie, plus a great day out in the countryside.

Hope this helps.

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 Post subject: Re: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 9:40 am 
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Just one observer required now, can you or a friend help :?:

You can share the duty between you and friends, one observes and the other/s can walk or ride around the other sections to watch the event. All of the sections are around the Buxton area so enjoy the lanes before or after the event.

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 Post subject: Re: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
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i suspect there will be a lot of Dabbing, rolling backwards and refusals in the Lake district this weekend :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Observers Required For Dave Rowland Trial - Buxton 6th July
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Cheers hugh still confused i think i would be an unfair observer as my observation is absolutely crap :D


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