2020 Boxing Day (Father & Son) Trial:

Shorwell Chalk Pit

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The 2020 Boxing Day (Father & Son) trial was held at Shorwell Chalk Pit, courtesy of Mr Ralph Cook. The Club would like to thank Ralph for welcoming us back for this annual event. Alan and George Gosden very successfully set eight excellent sections - something for everyone, no matter what level you compete at - a skilful job, that was very well executed. Our thanks also to Club Photographer; Viki Taylor and the Observers; Mike Morris, Adrian Daish and Kevin Smith. Kev completed his 4 laps in really good time, only to pick up the board at Sec 7 to observe for the rest of the afternoon - brilliant effort Kev.

The scores were pretty close at the top of the Father & Son pairings, but after some very careful double checking - the title this year, goes to Calvin & Jos Wright – very many congratulations to them. There were 2 other trophies up for grabs: Boxing Day Expert & Boxing Day Novice – congratulations to George Gosden & Paul Baldwin who both put in confident performances to bag the silverware.

Not long now before the start of The 2021 Winter Series Championship (Sun Jan 3rd ). Online entry opens at 8am Sunday Dec 28th and closes at 8pm Saturday Jan 2nd . Please take note of the later than usual start time of 12:30. It gets dark early too this time of year – so don’t hang about or you risk not finishing! Simply copy & paste the following link into your web browser, you will be redirected to the ACU’s online entry page for this trial:


The Matthew Russell Memorial Cup.:

Nodewell Farm, courtesy of the Morgan family.

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The Club would like to thank the Morgan family for welcoming us back to Nodewell Farm, Totland - for the annual Matthew Russell Memorial trial.

The Club want to extend a very warm welcome to 2 new members; Dave Elford & Dan Graves. We hope they enjoyed the trial - in what were less than ideal conditions & we look forward to seeing them again soon. It was great to see Harrison Crickmore back on a trials bike after a break lasting several years.

Congratulations to Ross Haydon for his convincing win in the Intermediate class. Ross will now add the 2020 Matt Russell Cup to his trophy cabinet.


IOWMCC 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship - Final Standings:

Various, Isle of Wight.

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As we begin a second national lockdown due to the Covid-19 virus (Nov 5th to Dec 2nd) we find ourselves forced to re-evaluate the 2020 Winter Series, for the second time, this year. The Committee has taken the difficult decision to end the 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship now – after 8 rounds. The Award winning criteria has been amended as follows:

Adult riders must have completed a minimum of 5 rounds (in the same class) with all 8 rounds to count. Youth riders are not subject to the minimum 5 round rule. Youth riders who have competed in more than 1 class – will qualify for an award in their highest scoring class only.

Many congratulations to all the Award winners.

The club’s next trial was originally planned for Sunday 6th December, however this has now been rescheduled for Sunday 13th December and will be a ‘stand-alone’ trial: The matt Russell Memorial Cup. The Father & Son Boxing Day trial remains unchanged - although both are subject to lockdown restrictions being lifted.

This year has obviously been very difficult for all of us, affecting every aspect of our day to day lives – and I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the extra effort & hard work of those committee members who have helped navigate a path through this pandemic, allowing us to keep people engaged in the sport we all love – top work people, thank you.


The Ted Phillips Cup:

Sweetwater Brook

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The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the eighth round of The 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship on Sunday 25th October at Sweetwater Brook, Calbourne.

The Club would like to thank Mr Trevor Strickland for welcoming us back at this superb and popular trials venue.

The eight sections were skilfully set by John Coombes, Andy Scott-Jackson, together with Tristan & Harvey Osborne. Top work by these four. Special thanks also to those who gave up their time to observe the sections – helping to ensure the smooth running of the event. The Club would like to extend a very warm welcome to new member; Matt Graves. Fair to say this was probably not the best trial to make a debut – but we hope he enjoyed the trial and we look forward to seeing him back very soon.

There was always some rain expected over Saturday night into Sunday but no one expected the deluge of wet stuff that actually fell. Some alterations to the sections were needed, prior to the trial start, as Sweetwater Brook rapidly became Deepwater Brook!

Deepwater or not, Expert winner Jack Ayres made light work of the testing conditions completing his 4 laps for a miserly total of just 12 lost marks. Tom Richards finished close behind on 17, section 4 proving to make all the difference. Ross Haydon took the Intermediate win, posting the lowest score of the day, loosing only a single mark at section 6. Things were much closer between Adam Morgan (2nd) and Ben Brodie (3rd) just 4 marks separating the two. The Over 50’s class was taken by Stuart Gummer. Stuart seemed to really enjoy the mud & water to put in a confident performance creating a 10 mark cushion from in second place Andy Scott-Jackson. John Coombes did well to finish in a creditable 3rd place. Meanwhile, Phil Chase, just had to complete the trial for his maximum championship points, being the only Clubman class rider. That said, he posted a very competitive total of 27.

Nick Symes took a convincing win in the Twinshock’s with an amazing performance to finish on 2. Calvin Wright battled the testing ground to claim the second spot. Nick will need to complete 2 of the remaining 3 Winter Series rounds to win the 2020 Twinshock Championship. Tristan Osborne proved to be the clear winner in the Novice class, crossing the line 24 ahead of 2nd place rider, Ben Ashcroft. Ben has made a noticeable and rapid improvement since taking up the sport earlier this Summer. The closest battle of the day involved Kev Smith and Mike True, in the Adult Easy class. Kev managed to take the win by just 1 mark. Sam Jurich took the third spot from John Gustar in fourth.

The Youth classes were headed up by young Alfie Haydon (Youth Expert) with a fantastic ride on the ‘B’ route, beating friendly rival Josh Morris into the second spot. Alfie Gaskin (Youth Intermediate), Freddie Death (Youth Novice) and Riley True (Youth Easy all completed the trial with very competitive scores to take maximum points in their respective classes. Excellent effort by all five young riders.

Don’t forget the next Club trial will be on Saturday November 7th, starting at the slightly later time of 12:30. Please keep an eye on the Club website (Events) where all the details will be published, once finalised.


The Frank Pragnell Cup:

Bembridge Down

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Very many thanks to Rob Taylor for allowing us the use of this stunning venue.

Thanks also to Andy Scott-Jackson & Stuart Gummer (Course Setters) Observers; Mike Morris, Viki Taylor, Martin Wallis and Steve Kent. The report will be available here soon.


2020 Winter Series Standings, after 6 rounds.:

Various, Isle of Wight.

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Championship standings after 6 rounds. There are 5 more rounds available - weather & virus restrictions permitting!

The seventh round will take place at Bembridge Down on Sunday 11th October. Your course setters will be Stuart Gummer & Andy Scott-Jackson. Entries open on Monday Oct 5th. The full details will be published over this weekend.


The GES Cup:

Duxmore Quarry

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The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club kicked started the 2nd half of The Club’s 2020 Winter Series Trial Championships on Sunday 20th September at Duxmore Quarry, Downend. The Club would like to thank Reynold & Reads for allowing us the use of this popular trials venue. The 8 section course was skilfully set by Jono & Ben Read, Scott Milton, Steve Chase and Emile (from Australia). Thirty-one riders turned out for a bit of escapism from our not so normal lives right now – but even here riders, observers and spectators alike were all reminded about the ‘rule of six’ and the current rules around social distancing. Spectators contact details were recorded to allow for effective ‘track & trace’ follow ups should they ever be needed.

This trial follows the easier mini Summer Series and seemed to take some riders by surprise, resulting in scores that could rival some of crickets top opening batsmen! The sections were set mainly on soil heaps and involved plenty of steep climbs followed by equally steep downhill descents to test the riders balance and control. The unusually warm September sunshine almost certainly helped test the riders fitness in the later stages of the trial.

It was great to see TRS BVM UK rider; Chris Stay attacking his super hard sections with ease. Chris is the current British Expert Solo Trials Champion and we wish him all the very best as he prepares to continue his 2020 Trial 2 campaign at Petertavy, Devon over the weekend of 3rd & 4th October – Good luck Chris. There was another sponsored rider in action at the trial; George Gosden, sponsored by Nellys Flip Flop! (I’m not kidding, that’s exactly what was on his entry form). George absolutely stole the show, riding a 40 or so year old Fantic twin shock machine as if it were a modern, tricked up and powerful mono shock bike! He, along with Chris, certainly provided some exceptional spectating throughout the afternoon.

In the Club Championships there were just two Expert riders battling for the top spot. Despite some dodgy front brake pads, it was Jack Ayres that took the win from Tom Richards. At one stage Jack was almost forced to retire as his front wheel kept locking up – but somehow he managed to finish the trial with a convincing margin of 19 marks. Meanwhile, course setter; Ben Read won the Intermediate class in some style finishing on 24, the second lowest total of the day and 28 ahead of second place finisher; Adam Morgan with Alan Gosden in third with a total of 70. The Over 50’s class was dominated by Simon Newnham, crossing the line on 47. The minor placings proved to be a much closer battle, only 8 marks separated friendly rivals, Stuart Gummer and Andy Scott-Jackson in second and third places respectively. Phil Chase was out on his own in the Clubman’s but persevered to finish the trial ensuring his maximum ten championship points.

Two competitors in the Twin Shock’s and Nick Symes proved that ‘youth & enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery’ finishing 58 ahead of Jason Elford. To be fair Nick is an experienced Twin Shock rider and Jason has only recently returned to the sport. The closest contest of the day was provided by Novice riders; Tristan Osborne (winner) and Ben Ashcroft (2nd) just a single mark between the two. Their score sheets were checked 3 times, just to be certain no mistakes were made whilst compiling the results, following such a close finish. Superb effort by both. Mike True took the honours in the Adult Easy class with a very convincing margin of 31 from Sam Jurich. Sam in turn had a good margin of his own, 15 ahead of in third place Kevin Smith.

The Youth classes were headed up by Josh Morris (Youth Expert) ending the day with a total of 73. Looks a big score but when compared with the adults on the B route he’s right there in the mix. Alfie Gaskin (Youth Intermediate) did very well to dig in deep on the challenging Duxmore course for his maximum 10 pionts. Freddie Death secured his first winter series win in the Youth Novice class along with Ollie Elford (Youth Easy) who also earned 10 Championship marks in only his 2nd ever trial - Excellent effort by both young riders.

We would like to say a special thank you to club Photographer; Viki Taylor and the Observers; Mark Coombes, Alan Stay, Darren Taylor, Mike Morris, Jenna and Dan Locke - brilliant job.

The Club is due to meet on Sunday 11th October for The Frank Pragnell Cup. The venue and Course Setters are to be announced. Please keep an eye on the Club website or Face book group where all the details will be made available once finalised.


2020 Nigel Crouch (BigHobbler) Memorial Trial:

Blackgang, courtesy of Mr Fred Colson & Simon Newnham

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The 2020 Nigel Crouch Memorial Trial was held at Sheep Lane Farm, Blackgang, on Sunday 6th September. The event included 4 laps of 8 sections, set on the steep, rutted banks above Blackgang Chine. Also on offer was a free Club BBQ and entertainment by Reggie Balmoral, renowned solo artist, who put on a superb show to round the afternoon off nicely. Now many people were involved in making Nigel’s Memorial trial an incredible success (I won’t name them all – you all know who they are) ranging from clearing the ground, setting the sections, the organising and running of Scotty & Johnny’s Rocking Barbeque, the Observers, organising the entertainment and of course all 48 riders – fantastic club effort and it certainly proves what can be achieved when people work together. Nigel would have loved it. It was also great to see many of Nigel’s friends joining us throughout the afternoon.

Three of Nigel’s bikes were in action netting two first places and a second place. His 1967 Greeves Anglian, his 250 Ossa and what proved to be a rather stubborn Montesa 247T.

The trial, unexpectedly, needed to be postponed 2 weeks earlier - but I think this may have been a blessing in disguise - as this venue combined with the excellent weather proved to be just perfect. We would like to say a special thank you to Mr Fred Colson and Simon Newnham for allowing us to use this stunning venue, at very short notice! Brilliant hosts.

Nigel was well known for his generous and encouraging attitude to all but particularly to the younger generations – so what better a trial to make your riding debut? We extend a very warm welcome to 12 year old, Ollie Elford taking part in his first ever trial. Ollie managed to complete the 4 laps on just seventeen and to continue Nigel’s legacy he has been awarded The Nigel Crouch Memorial Cup. There is one more award to be made; Joe Henderson’s True Spirit award – if you haven’t yet seen this unusual trophy you are in for a treat! This year it goes to Paul Baldwin. Paul made the trip down from Northampton 2 weeks ago but the trial didn’t happen – it was looking doubtful if he could get back down at such short notice but in True Spirit he managed just that. Piloting Nigel’s Greeves Anglian he successfully negotiated the C course to win the British Bike Class. Many congratulations to both these award winners.

The trial was set as a bit of fun – more of a celebration event than a competitive one. However those steep banks did have a tendency to bite back! We all wish Simon Watmough a speedy recovery following his spectacular crash at the tricky section 7. Following his trip to A&E, they confirmed a broken Scapula! Jos Wright also fell victim there and was forced to retire from the trial after an unintended modification to his steering prevented him from continuing! It was great to see The 2019 British Expert Solo Trials Champion in action, making very light work of the Blackgang sections. Another rider who deserves a special mention is young Alfie Haydon – Alfie went around the ‘B’ route to finish clean, beating his dad, Ross who dropped 4 - I’m certain Alfie will be buzzing for a while yet.

Our next trial will be held at Duxmore Pit on Sunday 20th September. This will be the start of the second half of The 2020 Winter series. Hope to see you all there.


Pat Death 2020 Summer Series Final round - inc Final Standings:

Limerstone Farm

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The Club would like to thank Geoff Case for welcoming us back to this fantastic venue for the final round of this year's Pat Death Summer Series Trials Championship.

The first page details this afternoon's results and the second page covers the overall Championship Standings for the Series. These will remain as provisional for the next 5 days.

Congratualations to today's winners and the Award winners for the Series. Please be sure to read all the notes - so you fully understand what your looking at. If you think any mistakes have been made then please get in touch within the 5 days. All results will stand after then.

Calvin Wright did a brilliant job to set 6 sections - intelligently decided not to make them too challenging due to the super warm weather conditions. Just goes to show that riders can be separated without scaring them. We also want to thannk Viki Taylor (Photographer) and Observers; Jenna Locke, Kevin Smith, Darren Taylor, Mike Morris and Tara Wheeler who all stood out in the baking hot sun throughout.

The full report will be available here very soon, courtesy of Scout Gregory.


Pat Death Summer Series, 2nd Round & Summer Series Standings, after 2 Rounds:

Godshill Park Farm

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By Scout Gregory.

Round 2 of the IOWMCC's 2020 Pat Death Summer Series was held at Godshill Park Farm in Godshill, courtesy of Mr Angus Baird of whom we are very grateful to. 6 flowing sections were set out over the vast area of land, by riders Rob Howard and Scout Gregory. The sections included large hill climbs and banks which proved tricky despite the dry conditions.

Two Expert riders battled it out on the A route, Rob Howard and James Stay. Course setter Rob made light work of sections 1, 3 and 4, cleaning them every lap, but struggled to find grip on section 6 which ultimately cost him 23 marks over the 5 laps. James also put in a good performance, and with determination dropped just 15 marks on section 6, 8 fewer than Rob which ultimately gave him the win.

Five riders competed in the Intermediate class, in what was a really mixed bag of results. Ben Brodie kept his cool however to come out on top, losing just 10 marks all trial on board his TRS machine. Scout Gregory was disappointed to finish in second place on 23, after dropping just 1 mark on his first lap, Scout will be hoping he finds some more consistency next time out. Geoff Taylor had a solid ride to finish in third place on 24. In the Over 50 class, on the B route, Simon Watmo had a brilliant ride losing just 13. Simon found little difficulty finding grip on the steep grassy climbs making the sections look relatively easy. Andy Scott-Jackson also had a very good ride, claiming second place, just 1 mark behind Simon on 14. Stuart Gummer finished in third on another impressive score of just 23.

Three riders competed in the Clubman class, riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections, but unfortunately just two finished. Scott Miltonhad a nasty crash on section 3 which forced him to retire with a broken collar bone. We wish Scott a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the bike soon. John Coombes took top spot with an impressive score of 17, 3 marks clear of Phil Chase in second place on 20. There were two riders competing in the Novice Class which follows the C route. Joe Taylor will be pleased with his performance, dropping just 2 marks all trial, ahead of the ever improving Tristan Osborne in second place on 20.

It was a close battle all afternoon for Twin-shock riders Calvin Wright and Nick Symes, who both tied on scores of 3. Calvin was awarded first place however as he travelled furthest with the least marks lost on board his vintage Ossa. Two riders followed the D route in the Adult Easy class; Mike True and Sam Jurich. Mike managed the impressive feat of completing the trial without dropping a single mark. Sam lost 10 marks all trial, with section 1 proving tricky. In the Sportsman class, riding a mixture of C and D route sections, Steve Chase was the solo rider dropping just 3 marks on board his Beta machine.

Three riders competed in the Youth Expert class, all on board 125cc machines. Alfie Haydon was awarded first place having tied with Dan Locke on 23 as he posted more cleans than Dan throughout the trial. Josh Morris had an unusually high score of 38, as he struggled to get to grips with the steep, slippy, grass covered hillside. Alfie Gaskin was the solo rider in the Youth Intermediate class, riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Alfie lost a total of 62 marks, with sections 2, 3 and 6 proving difficult for the young rider on board his GasGas. Youth Easy class rider Freddie Death may soon consider moving up a class as he made light work of the D route. Freddie dropped just 6 marks all trial, impressive stuff!

A big thank you to all those involved with organising the trial, in particular Wayne Brodie, and course setters Rob Howard and Scout Gregory who put in a lot of effort setting out the sections at such a big venue. A massive thank you also goes out to our fantastic observers, Darren Taylor, Adrian Daish and Michael Morris, all of which kindly gave up their time for our enjoyment. The club's next trial will be on Sunday 9th August at Limerstone Farm, Calbourne. With the usual start time of 12 noon.

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