Test of the Exotogg on the MCC Exeter Trial 3rd & 4th January 2020
The 236 mile Exeter Trial route is used primarily to get from one slope to the next and the timing is used mainly to keep the whole event on some sort of schedule rather than as a way of penalising competitors. Many of the Observed Sections, which is the name given to the muddy slopes on which one’s performance is ‘observed’ are the same ones which were used in the early 1900’s and are still as capable of challenging modern vehicles.
As the start time of the Trial is 19:30 on the 3rd January and the finish time was 13:00 on the 4th the temperature range I needed my clothing to cope with was freezing to, if I was lucky, 6degs. The whole electrical heated jacket thing was explored, but attaching myself to the bike when riding offroad was fraught with breakages as I do part company with the bike on a regular basis and a battery pack just would not last for the 17 hours. Plus both options would be undoubtedly heavy.