You can see what the bottom on the quarry looks like at Butser. This photo was taken in December 2013/
So 5 laps of 8 sections it was , set out by long term Alton stalwart Mick Coles.
Reynard Norris was witnessed falling off for the first time this decade ripping his ridding trousers from knee to hip. It didnt bother him though and he climbed back on .
Here is a good photo of the very capable and experienced rider Peter Penton on a very tricky section indeed. Many riders on modern bikes didnt get through this at all. From the bottom you have to really hit this bank hard , and clear the furtherest blue marker in the air. It was so slippery , that if you failed to jump it far enough , you would just spin to a halt and slip back .
Peter is on good form here ...............but
First ou had to ride up Hampshire's version of Laggan lochs, then you have to ride over this greasy grassy camber onto the bank top. You then turned sharp left and went down a very very steep back to a chalky slimy path beneath. This is the 3rd lap and riders and still watching it , it was that nasty. The left lime down to the bottom would have you in the under growth. the right line down the bank would try and have you over the bars.
Anyway .... back to where we started. The Jotagas performed brilliantly. I had stiffened up the front and rear suspension quite significantly and really though this helped in holding a better line. The 2014 Jotagas works brilliantly. Its the lightest bike out there. It is superb quality . it performs brilliantly and it looks darn pretty. This is my second Jotagas and im converted .......
However , they can always be improved. My bike pinks slightly when hot. It always has done and it did do today. Ive fitted a mud flat to the front mudguard to stop mud getting in the radiator. (THIS IS A MUST - DO IT OR REGRET IT). Make one from an old plastic Oil bottle. Despite this and the radiator being clear it still pinked. i will raise the needle on the carb to try and eliminate this.
Secondly , the old problem of the chain tensioner arm rubbing on the tyre (at low pressures) reared its ugly head again. On muddy day like this i was running 2 psi in the rear. Well , the Spaniards dont run the tyres so low so they wont know about this. The tyre side wall rubs on the chain tensioner side arm and wastes horsepower by a fairly significant degree.
Its hard to believe this is the same bike