Sunday Muddy Sunday - Motorbike enduro practice day at Driffield
The Honda CRF 250L is not an enduro bikeI am inexplicably drawn to the world of enduro. Is it the bikes, the blokes or the fact that it just looks so cool? So not for the first time, I found myself in the wrong place on the wrong bike. My 250L is now pimped with a Yoshimura exhaust and a 13T front sprocket but it just is not an enduro bike. It is a trail bike. However, there was no reason not to give this enduro course a go. It is more about the rider than the bike, surely? Wayne said, “No problem, just give it a go. Stay relaxed, stand on the pegs, don’t grip with your knees and let the bike move under you”. Cool. “How hard can it be?” I thought but without conviction.
The course started on twistyA woodland singletrack which was greasy with the early morning wet. Predictably, I set off with tense shoulders, knees gripping the bike for grim death and managing to choose all the wrong lines. As a smallish female, I felt I was fighting with the bike. The course opened out onto the tank training area with a short, steep climb ahead. Great relief when I crested the top and descended sharply. I then headed over a pleasing rhythm section towards the quarry. The entry looked a challenge with a narrow, off-camber climb but it turned out to be easy enough. More woodland singletrack and then back to the wide, twisting track which completed the loop.
Keep at it, girlDuring the day I completed five laps, slowly improving my speed and confidence. My friend did a lap on my bike. He said that he felt the weight of it compared with his Honda CRF X but as an experienced enduro rider with some 25 years riding under his belt, he pushed it much faster and was impressed with the smooth power delivery. His regular riding mates were also there and I enjoyed watching their speed and skill as they negotiated the course along with the other 130 riders. On the way home ,we went for a beer and then to the jet wash. A small mountain of ‘Driffield concrete’ washed out of the bikes leaving the garage forecourt a messier place. Sorry. I have set myself a couple of targets following the day. Firstly, I need to get faster. Secondly, I need to get faster. Maybe I’ll book myself onto one of Wayne’s training courses as well.
6 Mar 2014