Bailey’s the cream of youth club crop
BOLD Bailey Tidbury was the star as 13 girls and boys aged from four to 16 roared into action at Swinley Forest.
Tidbury, 11, mastered the conditions to win the Novice Shield on his Beta machine, losing a meagre five marks with dabs at sections two, six, seven and eight. He was followed home at some distance by 12-year-old Euan Coulter on his Clipic, with sevenyear-old Rowan Stewart in third place on his Oset.
The youngsters had gathered for Surrey Youth Motorcycle Trials Club’s Tony Babbage Shield, where they had to complete six laps of eight observed sections set out by Jim Brookman.
The course was set out in an old brick pit which has been disused for a number of years. It is covered in pine needles and foliage and mainly consisted of climbs and descents on the banks of the old brick workings, including turns around tree stumps, with the odd fallen tree to jump over.
Teddy Thompson, aged eight, was victorious in the Beginners class with nineyear-old Cameron Coulter second and six-year-old Theo Percy in third, all mounted on electric Osets.
Incidentally, they all had trouble with section six.
Winner of the Expert class was Jonathan Bannister, 16, who handicapped himself by riding a Yamaha twinshock machine but was still well clear of Liam Brookman, 14, and 10-year-old Joe Snelling, both on Betas.
There were nice feet-up rides for Bannister at section three, up and down the sandy banks.
The next round of the club’s Geoff Woodger Novice & Beginner Shield will be held on Saturday at Brackendene, Chertsey with the Christmas fun and games starting at noon, followed by the last round of the championship.
New members and spectators are always welcome at a club that caters for children as young as three, with all-year round entertainment in a controlled, friendly and competitive environment.
Contact Eddie Renham on 01784 452225 for details.
Master class: Bailey Tidbury won the Novice Shield on his Beta machine at Swinley Forest, dropping just
five marks along the way.
Smith: Positive thinking.