Who said you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? Well they weren’t exactly old dogs. They were a group of 20 or so riders of all backgrounds and experience who decided to succumb to their curiosities and dispel the myth that Roadbook Navigation is a dark art reserved for Dakar competitors… and new tricks they did learn! This was a weekend for popping the Roadbook cherry and finding out what all the fuss over Adventure Rallying is all about.
The commitment and positivity of the group was rewarded with an afternoon of sunshine and blue skies which thankfully dried us all out ready for the Salisbury 200 Adventure Cannonball the following day in which the training group were invited to take part. With the announcement of the impending lockdown on the Saturday evening, Sunday’s event was embraced with an extra sense of appreciation, knowing that we were all facing at least 4 weeks of no Rallying. So a combination of Roadbook rookies and experienced RallyMoto regulars all hit course on the fine Sunday morning with great enthusiasm. For the most part they made light work of some slippery trail conditions which had been impacted by heavy rainfall on previous days. Marshals were stationed at these sections to help guide the riders through, although in the end it was courage and competence that saw them all ride through with relative ease.
Well done everyone, and welcome to the club!