The great thing about Breakheart Quarry in deepest Gloucestershire is its total suitability to run a trials test day any, time of the year.
And with plenty of good parking and an area that is not affected by wet weather it is an ideal spot for the annual BVM ‘feet up’ feast, and last Wednesday saw riders pour in (no pun intended) to test out the latest on offer from, Beta, GasGas, Scorpa, Sherco (from BVM), TRRS and Vertigo.
In addition, where else could you tie down John Lampkin, John Shirt, Nigel Birkett, Steve Saunders and Dougie Lampkin for a chat – all within 10 yards of each other?
The format was the same as in previous years and it works well: you sign to book your test slot with the machines of choice and then wait for your session to come up.
The choice of difficulty is up to you: banks to rock steps, please yourself, and if you want to see what the top guys can do, just wait until the 1pm demo time or lunch.
Assuming the choice is demos then Jack Price, Trial GB number one, was on hand, as was Jack Dance, Youth A 2019 Champion. Representing Scorpa, Andy Chilton was there and on the TRRS Chris Stay.
At the far side of the Quarry is a big double step that Chris Stay decided after much deliberation to ride it full bore in one go. It was worth waiting for as the Isle of Wight rider sailed over the top.
Dad Alan Stay was the only one who did not look in the slightest concerned.
At least by this time, there was a break in the weather which was not unwelcome for the 137 riders still trying to test the machines.
With the last test rides going on until the 3.45pm time slot there had been plenty of time to compare one machine against another. Where else can you do that?