The Saturday morning dawned with a little drizzle but didn't last long, the 36 riders that started had a reasonably dry ride out, the sections were tight taking a fair few marks off most. Section 2 which was the staircase was one of the harder sections of the day only being cleaned by Brett Harbud and Oliver Smith riding the expert route.
it was good to see some new faces at the Arena so thanks to everyone for coming out, we hope you enjoyed it.
Thanks to all the usual team who marked out, Sue for getting everyone signed on and all the observers: Mick Baylis, Todd Jones, Andy Hora, Nate Robinson, Claire Robinson, Leah Robinson, Barry Wheeler, Jim Axford, Kurien Philip, Graham Howes, Derek Dodd, Richard Harbud and Sue O'Sullivan.
Our next event is the 2-day Summer Trial at Besselsleigh on 23rd and 24th June, hope to see you then.
2 DAY CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 3&4
23rd & 24th June 2018
JOHN WHEELER BIKE NIGHT
10th July 2018
EVENING CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 5
18th July 2018
SUPERTRIAL / Ladies & Men
18th & 19th August 2018
CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 6
14th October 2018
18th November 2018
DINNER & ANNUAL AWARDS
Drayton Park Golf Club
30th November 2018
CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 1 (2019)
26th December 2018
There were 12 sections plotted in the rocky banks of the Arena, each section was ridden three times. We had 38 entries spread over the four routes which accommodated the various riding abilities. Stu and the team had once again laid out a good set of sections which tested the riders to the max, there were a few crashes over the duration of the day but everyone went home in one piece and seemed pleased with their efforts in the first round of the National Championship.
Riding the top class was World, European and British Trials champion Emma Bristow – as usual she was in a class of her own dropping a mere two marks and took top spot. Jess Bown had a great ride taking second position on her Scorpa with the loss of 22 marks, Hannah Styles returning after a time off took the third step on the rostrum on 37, Louise Alford was forth on 43, closely followed by Nikita Smith on 44. Our own champion, Alicia Robinson had an awesome ride on home turf dropping just 56 marks which placed her in sixth position in the top class. Alicia is riding the European and World rounds this year and we wish her the best of luck as we do all the British ladies travelling around the World this year. Rounding out the top class were Victoria Payne on 89 and Gabby Whitham on 103.
Chloe Baker topped the Ladies Championship 50/50 class on her TRS 250 dropping just 76 marks, she was some 35 marks ahead of second place rider Beth Dunning who finished on 111, Beth had a heavy fall on one of the rock sections but dusted herself down and finished the trial, she was closely followed by Jennifer Stephen dropping 117 on her gasser.
There were only two entries for the Girls A Championship 50/50 class and it couldn’t have been tighter. Olivia Brooksbank beat Alice Minta to the glory by one dab dropping 43 marks to Alice’s 44, both had inspired rides on the tough, technical Arena sections.
The Ladies Intermediate class was well supported with six riders taking part. Catherine Alford took the win on 28 marks. Donna Fox was riding on a no award basis on her Honda TL125 twinshock, she finished on 36 marks lost which was a brilliant ride. The official second place went to a massively improved Jazz Hammond from Haslemere dropping just 60 marks, closely followed by Charlotte Kimber on 64 on her Beta. Victoria Holmes on 82 and Jo Minns back on 138 who had a painful looking crash but bravely rode on to finish the trial.
Again, there were just two entries for the Girls A Intermediate class. Sarah Bell won convincingly for the loss of 76 marks ahead of Amy Clarke on her Sherco 125 dropping 137.
Girls B class, following route two was supported by seven riders. The winner of this class was Daisy Parsons on 45, Elizabeth Tett was second on 62, closely followed by Kaytlyn Adshead on 64 who had made the long trip from the Isle of Man. Sophie Bailey, Emily Copp, Lucy Ayrton and Kira Sarsero-James all put in great performances on route two.
Young Summer Peters was the only Girls C class competitor this year, she dropped just 2 marks over the three laps, she also made the trip from the Peveril Club on the Isle of Man, great ride Summer!
Girls D Class was competed by four young riders, all on Beta 80’s. Matilda Arbon had a great ride dropping just 7 marks to take the win from Grace Ward back on 38 dabs and Evie Hayward on the third step of the rostrum on 40. Isobel Skehan came forth on 43. Well done to you all, amazing effort.
Chloe Cross took the honours on the Ladies Sportsperson Non-championship class, riding route three dropping 43 marks. The popular Jennifer Crabtree rode the three laps for the loss of 69 dabs.
The Girls Sportsperson, Non-championship class was ridden by Jess Basford alone, dropping 84 marks.
Thanks to all the ladies and girls for entering and we wish all the best for the rest of the championship, keep those feet up!
Thank you to everyone involved, you know who you are, brilliant team effort as usual. Thank you to Mr Seymour for the ongoing use of the Arena and our observers for the day, we’re so grateful for your continued support. We hope all riders and spectators had an enjoyable day, hope to see you again soon.
There are some more pictures on the Gallery page.
The trial had attracted some of the countries top riders including last year’s winner Ross Danby; Sam Haslam; Jack Sheppard; Alexz Wigg; Tom Minta and James Fry riding the Elite class, it was a close run thing but Jack Sheppard came away with the win on his Sherco dropping a mere 7 marks. The top British ladies, Emma Bristow; Jess Bown, Louise Alford and Victoria Payne were with us again, they will be returning in a couple of weeks time for the Ladies National Trial taking place at Seymours Arena on 11th March. Riding the S3 Expert route included Luke Walker, Chris Pearson and Richard Timperley, who were all in the top four last year but going home with the win this year was Richard Sadler dropping just 9 marks over the 36 section route. There was a large field of 61 riders competing in the S3 Clubman class and the rider who came out top this year was Steve Swanson riding for John Lee Motorcycles, dropping just 2 marks.
The first rider, Sam Atherton from Northwich started from the Horse & Harrow Pub in West Hagbourne at 9.31 on a very chilly Sunday morning, followed by the rest of the field at 1 minute intervals. The first group of sections as usual were on the old disused railway bank less than a mile from the start. Once completed it was a cautious nip down Nappers Lane which was lethal with the frozen rutted ground to contend with, to the old cress beds in the stream at The Moors, there were 7 sections to deal with here. Once done, the riders moved on to the infamous Seymours Arena where 7 technical sections amongst the rocky banks had been plotted, this was the main group of sections and always a favourite with spectators where they can get in and amongst the riders, a good crowd of spectators had turned out in the chilly February weather to watch the action unfold.
The riders changed punchcards after section 17 before they left the arena. They then rode on to three new sections at The Lynch, this piece of land has been used for the Classic Downland Trial but new for The Wallace this year, its a great bit of land with plenty of potential for the future. The riders then came back on themselves to the 7 sections at Lollingdon Hill which are stretched out along this popular steep bank, once finished they dropped down through the farm and turned right on the A417 for a mile to Aston Pit where they will found a couple of sections before riding up the hill to the group of sections at The Air Raid Shelter, another 5 sections here in the woods on the steep bank which is renowned for its hidden roots and cambered turns. It was then a ride along the downs to Bucknells Copse, which, if things are close at the top usually sorts out a clear winner. It’s was then just a matter of crossing the road to the final section in the stream at Strange’s Gate. This is the final hazard, just down the road from the Horse & Harrow where the riders started earlier in the day.
A massive THANK YOU! to everyone that helped out as usual, you know who you are. Thank you to the landowners and all of our observers who stood out in the cold weather.
We hope all riders and spectators had a great day, hope to see you again next year. Pics up on Gallery page.
Moreton Road, Aston Tirrold, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9AW
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Nappers Lane, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9LE
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Faringdon Road, Besselsleigh,
Nr. Abingdon, Oxon OX2 9QY
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Dene Hollow, Chilton, Nr. Didcot, Oxon
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THE HORSE & HARROW PUB
Main Street, West Hagbourne,
Didcot, Oxon OX11 0NB
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FLEUR DE LYS PUB
30 Main Road, East Hagbourne, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9LN
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NORTH BERKS MCC
ACU Trials Registration Form
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The aim is to introduce 'have a go days' and offer Trials coaching days to all abilities and ages, Youth and Adult. Four clubs in the centre have already signed up, North Berks being one of them. All of the sessions will be run under the ACU banner with accredited coaches. So an excellent days training will be guaranteed.
Ringwood MCC will be holding the first session on Saturday 10th March, 10am at Hamer Warren, Ringwood. The cost for the full day is £27.50 including BBQ Lunch. The entry form is on their website, and for further info on this event contact Andy Kilbey 07836 584687
If you would like more info on the series and would like to be involved
contact Roger on 07970 293452
North Berks date has been set for Saturday 14th July,
at Seymours Arena, and will be running a full training
day for all abilities and ages, Youth and Adult.
Put the date in your diary. More info and Regs to follow.
Feel free to share so we can make sure all days are a huge success.
Cheers, Stu Belcher.
After the torrential rain the previous night the conditions at the popular Boxing Day Trial venue were a little wet but it certainly didn't spoil the fun – There were three sections plotted in the lane, the toughest of these being the one in the stream which took a fair few marks from most riders across the classes. There were a couple of sections in the field using the banks and large logs. Then it was a blast across the fields to the sections in the far stream, the hazards here consisted of turns up and down the banks which got slicker as time went on with the water being dragged up.
We hope you all enjoyed your day and the Committee wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to the 2018 Championship and we hope you'll join us for the various National events that we hold, check out the calendar and events page for more details.
Thank you to everyone that helped out as usual, you know who you are. Thank you to the landowner and all of our observers who stood out in the cold weather. Until next time... More pics in the 2018 Gallery.
With an initial entry of over sixty riders, although down on previous years the Club were looking forward to putting on another top class event, it certainly didn't disappoint, we had great feedback from the riders as usual who enjoyed a great days sport riding in and around the Berkshire Downs. The going was pretty dry on the whole although some of the renowned sections with their unforgiving greasy banks tested the riders.
Thanks go out to all the usual people that helped put on this great event, John Lightfoot, Mark Stokes and Tim Lightfoot and their team of helpers cutting out, route marking etc. Thanks to all of our observers who stood out in the cold November weather, we really appreciate your ongoing support. Well done to Geoff and Sue for sorting the results and getting them out sharpish as usual. It goes without saying, thanks to our farmers and landowners that allow this great event to run across their land, we are so grateful for your support.
Well done to all the riders that took part we hope you enjoyed your day. Click on the button below to see the results in PDF format. You will find more pictures of the action on the Gallery page.
He is the first rider to go back to back at their first attempt which is a massive achievement.
Mikey is set to compete in the 2018 Thundersport GP1 Elite class and possibly get the chance to be BSB Superstock wild card. He will also be entering the North West 200 and Ulster GP road races later in the year.
The club wish him all the best for the 2018 season.
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