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BXDE 2015 Report Print E-mail

Once again Witley MCC held the notorious BXDE Hare & Hounds on the 27th December 2015 at Slab Common. 180 riders lined up ready to work of their Christmas excesses in the wet and sandy conditions set out by Clerk of Course Neil Bowker and his hard working team. At 11am the first Championship riders were set off by a flare in a Le Mans style start. Ben Wiberley on his Freestyle Husqvarna and Aaron Smith on his little Yamaha 125 were the first into the first corner. All other classes were set off by a flag at 30 second intervals in the same format providing great entertainment for the many spectators.

BXDE 2015 Line Up

Witley 100 LDT 2015 Print E-mail

I would like to thank everyone who helped make the Witley 100 LDT a successful event. Alan Clarke and I took on the post of Clerk of the Course, but we could not have done it without the help and teamwork of the Witley committee and your club members. Manny was first class with the secretarial work, setting up the paddock and timing the tests. Neil and his team for laying out the test, and Barry for cajoling enough observers to cover 9 sections, and thanks to all the observers.

All the comments that I heard at the tea wagon after the event were positive and I think everyone enjoyed the day. We have learnt a few things that we may change for next year, I didn’t like having observers out on their own, it’s not safe practice, and it’s boring standing around waiting for riders to come a long. We’ll try to set more of the sections together in pairs, so that even if we only have one person to man that section they are not on their own. There were comments that the long special test favoured the Enduro bikes against the Pre ‘65 trials bikes, however the way we laid out the sections the Pre ’65 bikes had the advantage on the Enduro bikes. We are looking for an answer; it could be that we run separate classes. We also think that it would be a good idea to put all the classic bike at the front of the entry so at least they have a chance of getting back before dark.

I only had one response to the PR notices that were posted at the end of each byway. A councillor from Lower Froyle, who lives in Hussey’s Lane, had been approached by some neighbours regarding the speed of some of the bikes, which they thought were exceeding the 30 mph limit. He conceded that it was a minority and that most were riding considerately. He also said that it is a popular byway often used by Moto Crossers. I told him that if we use Hussey’s Lane on a future event then we would make a note on the road book to observe the speed limit. Can I also ask that if you or your mates are users of Hussey’s Lane when out green laneing please show consideration when riding through the built up area.

We are already working on next year’s event the date should be 16th October 2016.

Other SEC dates for your Diary, RRND 1st May, Eastbourne 7th August, and Sidcup Timber Woods 25th September.

Braintree has an LDT in March and the Swindonian is May/June.

Thanks for your support.

Roger Brown.

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