The last day of preparation, Friday was pretty grim, the weather at the Arena was broken sunshine then strong downpours with a bit of thunder and lightening thrown in so we were a little apprehensive to what we would be dealt for the weekend, but thankfully the sun shone for the whole weekend, a bit of a breeze but that's par for the course at Seymours. So we had a brilliant couple of days of top class trials action to look forward too.
It all kicked off at 10am sharp on Saturday morning with the Ladies/Girls and Youth A Boys. Beth Dunning was the first away on route B, followed in one minute intervals by the rest of the field, the Youth A boys followed on directly behind the Ladies. The first section was relatively straightforward to help ease the riders in and settle the nerves of the big occasion although most of them ride the Nationals and a good number compete on the World scene, so they’re used to a bit of pressure. The second section, however was the famous Seymours waterfall, there were a couple of routes plotted up the side and across the big waterfall steps, the first lap it remained dry but the second saw the water running from the summit. There were two laps of ten sections to conquer before the top eight Ladies went through to the final which consisted of one lap of ten sections, the four with the most dabs after riding section 5 then dropped out to leave the final four to finish the lap.
The winner with the loss of just three marks in the final was the amazing Emma Bristow who has held the title since 2014 and was, as always riding with immaculate precision, her partner James Fry was minding, they really make an formidable team. Nikita Smith took a well deserved second place, Donna Fox third and Jess Bown in fourth. Louise Alford had a good steady ride and just missed out on the final cut, our own Alicia Robinson finished in sixth, Victoria Payne seventh and Gabby Whitham in eighth.
Chantal De Raaff won the B route competition convincingly for the loss of just 22, followed by Jazz Hammond on 44, Beth Dunning on 52 and Jennifer Stephen just behind on 57. Sadly Olivia Brooksbank had what looked like a nasty fall and was attended to by the paramedic, she was taken to hospital as a precautionary measure but thankfully was alright and she returned to the Arena just in time for the final presentations.
The Youth A guys put on an amazing show, they weren’t afraid to hit the big Arena rocks, they definitely gave 100% and demonstrated what a 125cc machine is capable of. Billy Green was on top form, he took the win for the loss of just 10 marks with Oliver Smith second on 21, and Duncan Maccoll third on 30. Gus Oblein and Ronnie Day took fourth and fifth respectively closely followed by Jake Eley and Adam Juffs.
Once all the action was over and the dust had settled the presentations took place, thank you to Mr Seymour, the Arena landowner for presenting the awards to the worthy winners. Day one complete.
Saturday saw the main Men’s event, a bright start in the Arena welcomed the riders and spectators. Stu lead the guys round at 9.30 for a section inspection, they were eager to get started and the first man away was Tom Culliford who had stepped in, in place of Keiran Child who couldn’t make it. The riders left the start in reverse order which meant that last years winner Iwan Roberts would be starting last.
Again, the riders were eased in with the first section, although to the mere club rider it looks horrific, there was a big rock step followed by a tight turn and drop back into the section and over a huge undercut log laid overhanging the bank, then a drop into another hole to the bank the other side with a big square rock sitting on the summit, just a warm up eh! It was then on to the Waterfall, the water wasn’t running but the sump at the bottom was just below top of boot level which carried up the face of the section as riders burst out and upward, there were a fair few cleans on the initial visit, Sam Haslam being the first which resulted in a huge roar of approval from the massive crowd that had been waiting for the action to begin.
By the end of the two qualifying laps there were 8 clear riders. Last years winner, Iwan Roberts was in top position dropping just two marks. Toby Martin held second on five, Jack Price came in third place on six, four of those being time penalties so would have been joint first with Iwan. James Dabill sat in fourth on six followed closely by Michael Brown on nine then Jack Sheppard, Dan Peace and Sam Haslam. These were the eight that would go through to the final after lunch.
After an hours rest for lunch and the Raffle draw the action got started again.
The final consisted of one lap of ten sections and the scores went back to zero so it was all to play for. Sam Haslam was first man away this time, for the final lap each rider attempts the section, once they have all completed it they all move on to the next, which is superb and makes for an amazing atmosphere and the spectators don’t miss a thing.
After five sections the bottom four were eliminated, leaving the final four to go on and finish the last five sections. Toby and Jack Price were tied on 9 at this point so had to have a ride off, attempting section 5 again. Jack sadly misjudged the final set of rock steps out of the section which left him with a five, he was absolutely gutted but had ridden really well all day with full on commitment, this gave Toby the well deserved opportunity to go through.
The last five sections were really technical with massive rock steps. Dibs, the country’s top rider finished the 10 sections dropping a mere six marks, which was a way ahead of Dan Peace in second on 20, Toby Martyn in third on 27 and Sam Haslam fourth on 32. Well done Dibs it really was a masterclass and a pleasure to watch.
The day ended with the presentations again, this time presented by our young Star, Alicia Robinson who has been competing in European and World trials this year, she is progressing well and we're all really proud of her achievements to date. That brought the weekend to a close, another successful Supertrial put to bed, we had an amazing weekend and we hope everyone that joined us, riders and spectators enjoyed themselves.
There are so many people to thank, its takes a huge effort to get this event off the ground and the Club thank each and every one of you that make the Supertrial the success it is, you know who you are.
Thanks to the riders. We are so lucky to have the countries elite riders join us every year, you keep coming back so I guess we're doing something right, it was great to see Chantal and Samuel over from Europe too, so thank you to you both for making the trip. We hope you all enjoyed the challenge.
Thanks to all of our sponsors, observers and landowners, who we are indebted to for supporting us year after year. A massive thank you to Dave Willoughby who stepped in and onto the mike for the weekend, Dave really knows his stuff when it comes to trials.
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Until next time...
Report: Stu Belcher
It was a double win for Tom Nicholas taking a faultless ride on Saturday to hold off Tom Plant, which turned out to be the same on Sunday. Both riders were separated by only two marks on both days. With the course plotters tweaking the sections for Sunday hoping for a slight increase in marks for the experts, were spot on as the modified section 7 took most of marks for all of the experts as was planned, but both Tom’s rode this challenging looking section superbly. The initial drop over the fallen tree into the bottom of the hollow rode easier than it appeared, but the tightened adverse camber added at the section ends is where it was won and lost, Tom N lost 2 here and Tom P on 4. This is where they both stayed making a Tom Tom double Weekend.
The Clubman expert route was headed by Maria Longden on Saturday, a clear winner from Luke Hora in 2nd with Lee Sullivan 3rd, John Wheeler 4th and Liam Anderson some way back in 5th, Sunday was a complete switch around with no Maria for Sunday Liam Anderson turned things around and was ahead on Sunday pipping Luke by two marks. The Clubman B was taken by Reynard Norris on Saturday for a single mark loss. He was in front of Ryan Tomkins and Ryan Harris. Without Reynard on Sunday Ryan Tomkins took the win from Neil Dodd who pipped Ryan Harris for the second spot
With the biggest entry in the Clubman C route, Justin Heavens was clean on Saturday with Brian Tomkins 2nd and Dereck Fowler 3rd. Sunday saw Brian move up to take the win and a fantastic result for Dereck taking a double third place, with Dereck looking to be on top form now, others in this tightly contested class may need to up their game to hold off a late surge from the popular SVS Man.
With the Youth Classes, William Clark was on his own on both days on the Youth Expert route and Oscar Jones competing on his own in the Youth 50/50. With William Looking comfortable in this class as well as Oscar returning from a break from trials was still riding well. Finley Belcher took the double win from Thomas Hawthorn and Max Agar and the positions were maintained for Sunday. Youth C had George Clark on his own Saturday and was Joined by Ben Nichols on Sunday making his first move up to the Clubman route, riding confidently at the extra challenges and maybe some stiff competition for older brother Tom as they are now on the same grade. Young Harry Wheeler was out on his Oset on Sunday and had Ben Jelfs and Jonathan Brett for a great days competition for these young riders, Harry was clear ahead of Ben in second and Jonathan only 6 marks further back in third.
Thanks to the marking-out/clearing-up crew, Sue and the team for getting everyone signed on on both days especially Sunday after a few glasses of Vino on Saturday evening, great effort. A huge thank you to all of the observers over both days, Derek Dodd, Andy Hora, Sarah Anderson, Mark Anderson, Stu Belcher, Pauline Belcher, Mick Ainsworth, Todd Jones, Peter White, Jim Axford, Neil Harris, Barry Wheeler, Simon Clark, Duncan Agar and Mick Bayliss, we are so grateful to you for your continued support, as you know we couldn’t run our events without you. Sue also for number crunching and getting the results out sharpish.
We hope you enjoyed the weekend.
Pictures courtesy of Pauline Belcher
TOP PLACES SATURDAY
Expert; T Nicholas 0, T Plant 2, Joe Nicholas 6
Club 50/50; M Longden 6, Luke Hora 18, L Sullivan 18
Club B; R Norris 1, R Tomkins 11, R Harris 18
Club C; J Heavens 0, B Tomkins 5, D Fowler 8
Club D; J Evans 1, L Hansen 28, R Allinson 36
Youth A; W Clark 54
Youth 50/50; O Jones 44
Youth B; F Belcher 14, T Hawthorn 42, M Agar 67
Youth C; G Clark 36
Youth D; B Nicholls 9, Ben Jelfs 132
TOP PLACES SUNDAY
Expert; T Nicholas 2, T Plant 4, Joe Nicholas 13
Club 50/50; L Anderson 22, Luke Hora 25, L Sullivan 40
Club B; R Tomkins 6, N Dodd 16, R Harris 26
Club C; B Tomkins 4, J Hartshorn 5, D Fowler 17
Club D; J Evans 2, R Meads 5, L Hansen 8,
Youth A; W Clark 56
Youth 50/50; O Jones 26
Youth B; F Belcher 11, T Hawthorn 65, M Agar 80
Youth C; G Clark 7, B Nicholls 122
Youth D; H wheeler 32, Ben Jelfs 130, J Brett 136
The Arena is open for practice from 5pm this coming Wednesday evening, 28th June.
The next North Berks event is The John Wheeler Bike Night which takes place on 11 July, starting at 6pm. This year it is being held at a new venue, just down the A417 at Upton Recreation Ground, Oxon OX11 9HX.
CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 6
Besselsleigh (Venue may change)
24th September 2017
DOWNLAND TROPHY CLASSIC TRIAL
Horse & Harrow, West Hagbourne
19th November 2017
CLUB TRIAL – Rnd 1 (2018)
26th December 2017
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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Main Street, West Hagbourne,
Didcot, Oxon OX11 0NB
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Report: Stu Belcher
With the vast land available the course plotters set out a great ride around covering an assortment of terrain. With the land previously used as a paint ball site the sections were plotted around many base camps and section two made the most of a couple of old bridges. Like something from kickstart days the first part of the section made its way across a ditch looping over the main bridge then back under it to use the steep parts of the ditch below. The tight steep entry of the expert route by the side of the bridge caught a few riders but the cambered turn on the loose bank that brought you back to the ends card managed to grab marks from most of the field, a section that was enjoyed by all of the 50-strong entry and spectators alike.
Tom Nicholas was in fine form in the expert class as he lost only one mark on section five, the last turn across roots through the angled exit on top of the bank was masterful as the loose going made the final turn very tough. He easily took the Expert win on a low score of 4, some 8 marks clear of Scott Faulkner with James Grist coming in a close third.
With a large entry of Clubman C riders, Brian Tomkins was on top as he finished 8 marks ahead of Alex Taylor aboard his immaculate Fantic, again section two catching everyone out as the turn out of the ditch loosened as the day progressed making this turn difficult to master. Neil Harris came third but lost his going through the slippery sections of seven and eight.
With a great entry of Youth riders spread across the grades it was Brett Harbud who managed to take the Expert Youth win from Alicia Robinson, they were both neck and neck throughout the trial but Brett managed to get the edge of Alicia in section 8 as the soft going at the stream edge before the drive up to the fallen tree took marks from all that rode the expert route here. Finley Belcher was on his own in the Youth 50/50 and rode well taking the harder challenges in his stride. Bailey Tidbury was only 6 marks ahead of Thomas Hawthorn in the Youth B with Max Agar a little further back to take third. Again, the enjoyable bridge section taking majority of the marks here as well as the soft banks of section eight. Sam Avenell was comfortable winner in the Youth C class ahead of the Cole brothers Tom and Josh. To finish off the Youth classes Ben Nicholls was an easy winner in the D green route with Ben Jelfs second and new to trials young Jonathan Brett managing to finish his first trial aboard his Oset taking the third spot.
Thanks to all of the marking out/clearing up crew; Sue and Pauline for getting everyone signed on; Sue for getting the results out and all of the observers – Andy Hora, Jim Axford, Mick Bayliss, Doug Wootton, Derek Dodd, Peter White, Richard Harbud, Steve Nicholls and Duncan Agar. Also a special thanks to Mark Stokes for getting us the opportunity to run the trial at this lovely piece of land, as you all know land is so hard to come by nowadays so we were really grateful to the landowner for agreeing to let us use the venue, we hope it won't be the last...
Find the full results below. The next North Berks event is just three weeks away which is our 2 Day Trial at Besselsleigh which is always a good one. Hope to see you then.
Expert: T Nicholas 4, S Faulkner 12, J Grist 18
50/50: L Hora 20, Lee Sullivan 44, Liam Anderson 47
Clubman B: M Elms 9, S Belcher 16, D Barrett 19
Clubman C: B Tomkins 26, A Taylor 34, N Harris 41
Clubman D: S Allsworth 2, J Evans 6
Youth Expert: B Harbud 35, A Robinson 49
Youth 50/50: F Belcher 60
Youth B: B Tidbury 47, T Hawthorn 54, M Agar 65
Youth C: S Avenell 55, T Cole 114, J Cole 156
Youth D: B Nicholls 8, B Jelfs 108, J Brett 154
Pictures courtesy of Leah Robinson
North Berks MCC had been invited to put on a Trials demonstration throughout the day. The weather was amazing, the sun shone for the most of the day which made the riding pretty tough but the team put on a great show for the thousands of visitors. The team also put on a display in the main ring at midday riding over a car and up a skip onto a flat bed farm trailer, the commentator explained our sport with great enthusiasm from notes which Mark had prepared and supplied to him. The demonstrations went down really well, there was a lot of interest for the youngsters especially as always, and people were asking a lot of questions about the club so that could lead to more members in the future which is great.
The club would like to thank all the members who put on a brilliant display throughout the day, its much appreciated and we hope you enjoyed it. The next show that the club has been invited to is the East Hagbourne Summer Fete at the Recreation Ground on the 10 June. Drop by and say hello.
There are a few more pictures up on the Gallery page.
Sadly Will had an off riding to the group of sections at Strontian on the way round the Peninsula Road on Friday which ended his assault on the famous Highland trial, he was having a great week in the sunshine going into Friday in 79th position and was well in line for a First Class Award. Will was taken to hospital in an ambulance where he received treatment to his left leg, as far as I'm aware he is OK and on the mend, we hope he has a quick recovery.
Bradley, having returned from a year or two off had been out practicing for a short time before the trip north, he certainly hasn't lost the skill he was showing previously. He ended up with a Special First Class Award coming 46th out of the 280 strong field that left the Parc Ferme in Fort William on Monday 1st May.
Well done both and we hope to see you up there again next year.
The gates open at 5pm and close when the last person leaves. Its open to non-members, club joining fee applies, £7 Adults, £4 Youth for the year, plus the normal practice entry fee which is £8 Adult, £6 Youth.
These are great evenings, not to be missed!
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