Cy­cle Tri­als may be very much a low par­tic­i­pa­tion sport here in the UK but what it lacks in num­bers it cer­tainly makes up for in qual­ity, with home rid­ers tak­ing five World Ti­tles and one Euro­pean Ti­tle in 2017.


What’s Hap­pen­ing


There are two slightly dif­fer­ent gen­res of the sport in­ter­na­tion­ally. The Union Cy­cliste In­ter­na­tionale (UCI) is the world’s gov­ern­ing body for cy­cle sport, or­gan­is­ing road cy­cling, track cy­cling, moun­tain bik­ing and BMX events amongst other things. They or­gan­ise tri­als which are very much a city cen­tre sport held over man-made ob­sta­cles with sim­i­lar rules to the FIM X-Trial in­door series in that if any part of the bike touches the floor, ex­cept for the wheels, re­sults in a dab. Then there is the Bike­trial In­ter­na­tional Union (BIU) who or­gan­ises Bike­Trial, which is more like tra­di­tional mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als run over nat­u­ral sec­tions. This or­gan­i­sa­tion started with young rid­ers em­u­lat­ing their fa­thers rid­ing mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als and al­lows rid­ers to bal­ance on their pedal or bash­plate with­out in­cur­ring penal­ties.


The World Cham­pi­onship sea­son is very much or­gan­ised dur­ing the sum­mer months and this year the first ti­tle to be awarded was the UCI Tri­als World Youth Games which was held over two days in Vi­borg, Den­mark, in the heart of the city cen­tre. The UK sent a team of six rid­ers over the var­i­ous age cat­e­gories. Qual­i­fy­ing was held on the Satur­day with the top twelve rid­ers in each class qual­i­fy­ing for the fi­nals on Sun­day. Char­lie Rolls and Adam More­wood com­fort­ably qual­i­fied for the fi­nals in the Cadet class, with Char­lie go­ing on to dom­i­nate the fi­nals and take the ti­tle and Adam fin­ish­ing in fourth po­si­tion. Sam Shep­herd scraped into the Min­ime fi­nal but im­proved on the sec­ond day, fin­ish­ing in tenth po­si­tion. In the Ben­jamin class Josh McPar­land qual­i­fied in ninth place but in a very dif­fi­cult fi­nal dropped one po­si­tion to tenth. Bai­ley Dacker failed to qual­ify in nine­teenth place with Finn Joh­stone fin­ish­ing 29th in the well sup­ported Poussin class.


The next ti­tles to be awarded were just one week later in Au­gust at the BIU World Bike­Trial Cham­pi­onships held in Spain. This cham­pi­onship con­sisted of two sep­a­rate rounds, with points be­ing ac­crued for the over­all ti­tle. For this cham­pi­onship the UK had eleven rid­ers rang­ing from 8 years old to 30 years old. It was an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful cham­pi­onship for the UK team, who fin­ished third over­all in the na­tions cup and picked up three in­di­vid­ual world ti­tles and a sec­ond place. In the youngest cat­e­gory Ed­die Weight­man was at­tend­ing his first World Cham­pi­onships, pick­ing up sixth po­si­tion. In the Ben­jamin class for 10-12 year olds his brother Oliver, also com­pet­ing at the Worlds for the first time, had an awe­some time pick­ing up a win and a sec­ond po­si­tion to take the World ti­tle at his first at­tempt. He was backed up by Bai­ley Dacker in eleventh and Harry Turner in four­teenth. The Min­ime class saw an­other World ti­tle for the UK team with Adam More­wood tak­ing the win on both days to lift his third BIU World Ti­tle. Reece Seymour had a good week in fifth place with Sam Shep­herd in eighth po­si­tion. The se­nior 20” class saw the UK come very close to an­other ti­tle as Owen Gawthorpe fin­ished sec­ond in the first round, los­ing out on most cleans, and with a third place on the sec­ond day he se­cured the silver medal po­si­tion, with Aaron Duke fin­ish­ing in sev­enth po­si­tion over­all. Scott Wil­son was com­pet­ing in the se­nior 26” class and some great rid­ing saw him take fourth over­all. To round things off Ben Sav­age took com­fort­able wins on both days in the Elite 26” class to take home an­other World ti­tle for the UK.


In a break from tra­di­tion the BIU Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship was held in­doors at a sport and life­style ex­hi­bi­tion in Brno, Czech Repub­lic. Eight UK rid­ers com­peted over the two-day com­pe­ti­tion on some great man-made ob­sta­cles. In the se­nior class Scott Wil­son had a great day, pick­ing up the silver medal in sec­ond po­si­tion. In the 13-15 year old Min­ime class Adam More­wood fol­lowed up his World Cham­pi­onship win with his third Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, Reece Seymour get­ting fifth place. In the Ben­jamin class Oliver Weight­man couldn’t quite re­peat his Worlds suc­cess, fin­ish­ing a very close sec­ond place be­hind the Slo­vakian win­ner with Bai­ley Dacker sev­enth and El­liott Cooper in tenth. Ed­die Weight­man gave his all in the Poussin class fin­ish­ing in fourth place, only los­ing out on third po­si­tion on the tie breaker of time taken to com­plete the event, with Oliver Cooper in eight place.


The fi­nal ti­tle to be set­tled was the big­gest of the sea­son, be­ing the UCI Elite World Cham­pi­onships for the cov­eted rain­bow jer­sey. For 2017 this was held in Cheng­dou in China over one week to a new set of rules where points were ac­crued for each gate of the sec­tion cleaned. York­shire’s Jack Carthy pro­duced a stun­ning per­for­mance to take his sec­ond UCI World elite 26” ti­tle on the trot af­ter lan­guish­ing in sixth place af­ter the sec­ond of the five-sec­tion fi­nal. An­drei Bur­ton man­aged a fine ninth po­si­tion with Steve Rogers in 22nd place. In the Elite 20” class Andrew Chai fin­ished in 20th place and in the Ju­nior 20” class for rid­ers 18 years old and younger Will Ack­er­ley claimed a fine ninth po­si­tion af­ter a late re­cov­ery from an an­kle in­jury.


Over­all the 2017 sea­son has been a great suc­cess for the se­lected UK rid­ers in­ter­na­tion­ally, and with all the rid­ers busy train­ing hard in the off sea­son it looks like 2018 could bring even more ti­tles home to the UK.

The UK BIU Team

BIU Worlds round 1 podium rid­ers: Owen Gawthorpe, Ben Sav­age, Adam More­wood and Oliver Weight­man. Adam along with Oliver Weight­man and the BIU Elite 20” World Cham­pion Vasek Ko­lar from Czech. Pic­tured at the BIU worlds in Spain.

Adam More­wood. Char­lie Rolls.

Ed­die Weight­man.

Oliver Weight­man and Adam More­wood: World Cham­pi­ons

Jack Carthy. Oliver Weight­man.

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