Bri­tish Tri­als Cup



The Bri­tish Tri­als Cup opened with round one at the su­perb Bob McGre­gor Trial Academy fa­cil­ity in Ayr­shire, Scot­land. For 2018 the Bike­trial Fed­er­a­tion United King­dom are or­gan­is­ing a three­r­ound Na­tional Cup Se­ries. The 15th of April saw the first round of the Na­tional Tri­als Cup Se­ries take place in Scot­land, si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­cor­po­rat­ing the first round of the Scot­tish Bike­trial Cham­pi­onship. Blessed with dry weather on the day the preparation over the two pre­vi­ous week­ends was not un­der­mined and a great trial en­sued. With the her­itage of bike­trial firmly rest­ing with motorsport’s Bob McGre­gor’s Trial Academy it proved to be a fan­tas­tic venue to kick off this year’s com­pet­i­tive sea­son at a na­tional level in the UK

The or­gan­is­ers had put in a lot of work mov­ing round the large rocks and con­crete blocks in or­der to lay out six test­ing ob­sta­cles, each to be cov­ered three times. Hats off to them, as they suc­ceeded in a great mix of sections for the mas­sive range of abil­i­ties from the young sixyear-old be­gin­ners all the way through to the Elite rid­ers and the fa­thers that com­pete along the way.

PODIUM FOR EACH ROUTE: For 2018 there is a top-three podium for each route, but for the se­ries to­tals the routes are split by age in line with the in­ter­na­tional age groups.

White Route

On the eas­i­est, but by no means easy, White ‘Pri­mary’ route it was the Scot­tish rider Harry Adam­son who took the win and the early lead in the Pri­mary ‘Se­nior’ class, los­ing just 15 marks in­clud­ing a great fi­nal lap of just three marks. It was a close-fought bat­tle with Northaller­ton’s Will Robin­son on 19 marks and another Scot Char­lie Hen­shall another three marks be­hind on 22. The best un­der 10-yearold Pri­mary rider was Jack­son Car­rol, who had a tough day los­ing 82 marks.

Green Route

The next route is the Green ‘Novice’ class which had a great en­try of 13 rid­ers. This time the Der­byshire Tyke Trial mem­bers dominated the podium, with se­nior rider 13-year-old Max Ward tak­ing the win on just nine marks and the best un­der-13-year-old rider, 9-year-old Ed­die Weight­man just three marks be­hind on 12, very closely fol­lowed by his fa­ther Carl on 13 marks. That must have been a good dis­cus­sion on the long jour­ney home!

Blue Route

The Blue ‘In­ter­me­di­ate’ route is the next class and again it was the Der­byshire rid­ers tak­ing the top steps. Not to be out­done by his younger brother the cur­rent BIU Ben­jamin World Cham­pion Oliver Weight­man had a fan­tas­tic ride, los­ing just five marks all day with section one prov­ing his stum­bling block tak­ing him for a dab ev­ery lap. This route is also the cor­rect age class for Oliver, so he takes the lead in the In­ter­me­di­ate cham­pi­onship. Se­nior In­ter­me­di­ate rider Daniel White from Ch­ester­field also had a good ride los­ing 16 to get the sec­ond spot on the podium and the early lead in the se­nior cat­e­gory. Third place was Bai­ley Dacker, keep­ing his medal in the high­lands los­ing 56 marks.

Red Route

The Red Ex­pert class doesn’t have any age re­stric­tions or class splits and also has slightly dif­fer­ent ob­serv­ing rules to the lower classes. For this class and the Elite class the rid­ers get pe­nalised a ‘dab’ ev­ery time any­thing touches the floor in­clud­ing the bike’s ped­als and ‘bash­guard’, so it’s sim­i­lar to the X trial rules thus mak­ing those big rock steps that lit­tle bit harder. All the Ex­pert rid­ers found the route hard, with York­shire’s Reece Sey­mour tak­ing the top step of the podium on 46 marks. Moto tri­als rider Aldis Blacker ditched the petrol power for pedal power and had a day-long bat­tle with Scot­land’s Ross McArthur, with Aldis tak­ing a very close sec­ond place on 78 marks and Ross just one be­hind on 79.

Yel­low Route

The hard­est ‘Yel­low’ Elite route caters for the coun­try’s best rid­ers, who have had to meet the strict qual­i­fy­ing cri­te­ria to ride these sections. The cur­rent Na­tional Elite Cham­pion, Devon’s An­drei Bur­ton, made the long trip north worthwhile as he lost only 15 marks and took the win to carry on where he left off last sea­son. Seven­teen-year-old Will Ack­erly from York im­proved as the day went on to take sec­ond po­si­tion on 31 marks, with the youngest rider in this class, six­teen-year-old Adam More­wood tak­ing the fi­nal spot on the podium on 38 marks.

Bike­trial Fed­er­a­tion UK

They were de­lighted to note a grow­ing num­ber of kids at­tend­ing at round one as a re­sult of in­volve­ment via cy­cling clubs. On Satur­day, the day be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, we saw many of them at the venue prac­tis­ing at the same time as other kids on their Osets – and no doubt a few dads and mums were be­ing ‘mithered’ about giv­ing that a go whilst on that “how long un­til we get home” drive back from the venue. The core bike-han­dling skills the kids ac­quire through ei­ther dis­ci­pline are im­pres­sive and hope­fully the fed­er­a­tion can be part of the move­ment that lets the se­cret out of the bag. It would be great to see par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els in­crease in both facets of tri­alling, and at­tract­ing new blood from within ex­ist­ing cy­cling com­mu­ni­ties will no doubt be part of the way for­ward for the sport in the UK. Bike­trial Fed­er­a­tion UK hope to be present at a num­ber of mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als this year with ‘demo’ bikes to give kids a chance to self-pro­pel them­selves through sections. The bulk of the tal­ent at the top level of bike­trial re­tains a strong con­nec­tion with the mo­tor­cy­cle side of tri­als rid­ing and it would be great to see more rid­ers par­tic­i­pat­ing in both sides of the sport. Here’s hop­ing ev­ery­one has a great sea­son, whether that is mo­torised or not.

There is now a short break un­til round two of the se­ries which will be held at the Bike­Trial Academy in Cam­bridgeshire with the fi­nal round to be held in Septem­ber in Der­byshire. The Fed­er­a­tion will also be or­gan­is­ing the Na­tional Cham­pi­onships in June where rid­ers must ride in their age groups, to be held near York.

Daniel White Finn John­stone Ross McArthur Oliver Cooper

Cerys Arm­strong

Will Ack­erly

Adam More­wood

Green Novice: Win­ner – Max Ward

White Pri­mary: Will Robin­son, Harry Adam­son and Char­lie Hen­shall

Yel­low Elite: Will Ack­erly, An­drei Bur­ton and Adam More­wood

Red Ex­pert: Aldis Blacker, Reece Sey­mour and Ross McArthur

Blue In­ter­me­di­ate: Daniel White, Oliver Weight­man and Bai­ley Dacker

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