The Dave Rowland National Trial celebrates its 40th birthday when it takes place this Sunday, July 7, in the Peak District. And the organising Manchester 17 MCC have rung the changes with a whole new route taking in many new sections.
The Rowland is a great example of a traditional National featuring a single lap, of around 15 miles this year, taking in no fewer than 19 groups and 40 sections in total.
There will be a good variety with rocky streams, rocky outcrops, gullies and bankings with the route taking in roadwork, tracks and open going.
Starting from Berry Bank Farm, Wildboarclough, near Macclesfield, SK11 0BG, the route will take in Clough House and then into Plantation making its way to Bowlers Brook before returning via Three Shires to take in Hawks Nest before finishing at Manor Steps and Manor Rocks.
As TMX was going to press there were already 116 entries spread over the three classes which are National, Clubman and a 50/50 option.
Last year’s Dave Rowland Trophy was won by Richard Sadler, but Saddle-up won’t be defending his victory so from the National class entries Dan Thorpe (Gas Gas) looks favourite to add to his three previous victories.
Last year’s 50/50 winner Dan Clarke is back as is Clubman defending champ Steven Davies.
But back also is 2017 Clubman winner Katy Sunter-Thorpe so you could have a flutter on a family double!
Start time is a bright and breezy 9am and a great day’s trials is guaranteed.