The GES Cup:
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
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:
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
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.
Championship standings - so far:
Isle of Wight
Entry opens tomorrow morning (20/07/20 at 8am) for the 2nd round of The 2020 Pat Death Summer Series Trials Championship (On Sunday 26th July) and closes on Saturday 25/07/20 at 8pm.
The details of the current Standings, so far, for both the 2020 Summer Series and the 2020 Winter Series Championships.
Please be sure to read the award qualifiying critera for both Championships.
If you spot any mistakes or have any questions then please get in touch - we are more than happy to double check the results & amend where nessacary.
Pat Death 2020 Summer Series 1st round.:
Newbarn Farm, Calbourne, courtesy of Mr Chris Spence.
After a 120 day absence, competitive trials returned to the island for Round 1 of the Pat Death Summer Series, at Newbarn Farm in Calbourne. A big thank you goes out to the landowner Mr Chris Spence for allowing us to use the venue for the second time this year. 6 technical sections were set out to test the riders skills post lockdown, thanks to Mark Coombes and Geoff Taylor's course setting efforts. 29 riders turned up to take part in the trial in what were warm, sunny, dry conditions.
Rob Howard was the solo rider on the A route, in the Expert class. Rob completed the 5 laps dropping a total of just 5 marks. Section 5 proved to be the trickiest; where Rob dropped 2 of his 5 marks, but as the afternoon progressed he went on to make light work of this section cleaning it 3 times consecutively.
There were 6 riders battling it out for top spot in the Intermediate class, but it was experienced rider Mark Coombes who took first place on a score of just 2 riding the B route. Mark's impressive performance was the lowest score of the day. Ben Brodie had an excellent ride on board his TRS machine to finish in second place on 6, and Scout Gregory finished in third place on 16, after missing gates on section 3 and 6 which cost him 10 marks.
In the Over 50 class, on the B route, Andy Scott-Jackson had a very good ride, claiming first place with a score of 10. Stuart Gummer finished very close behind on 12. It will surely be a close battle for the championship between these two riders! Simon Watmo finished in third position on 38, with sections 1 and 5 proving difficult for the Beta rider.
In the Clubman class, riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections, Scott Milton rode his 4-stroke machine to first place dropping just 6 marks. John Coombes was hot on Scott's heels in second place dropping just 8, while Phil Chase lost an unusually high 27 marks in third.
There were two riders competing in the Novice Class which follows the C route. Joe Taylor took first place on a score of 45, and Tristan Osbornefinished behind in second place on 57.
Solo Twin-shock rider Nick Symes made light work of the C route dropping just 10 marks on board his trusty Honda, a score low enough that should encourage him to move up to the Clubman class.
Two riders followed the D route in the Adult Easy class; Mike True and Sam Jurich. Mike took the honours losing just 9 marks while Sam finished in second place on 16.
In the Sportsman class, riding a mixture of C and D route sections, Steve Chase placed a low score of 11 in first place, with B. Ashcroft in second on 26.
The club has some very promising youth riders, three of which competed in the Youth Expert class. Josh Morris had a fantastic ride, posting the second lowest score of the day finishing in first place on 3. Alfie Haydon finished in second place on board his brand new Beta machine, dropping just 13, ahead of Dan Locke in third on 19.
Alfie Gaskin was the solo rider in the Youth Intermediate Class, riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Alfie posted a respectable score of 41 and was looking comfortable on his GasGas.
Two riders competed in the Youth Easy class on the D route. Freddie Death is looking more and more confident on his TRS, finishing in first place dropping just 18 marks. R. True finished in second on a score of 63.
A big thanks to all those involved with organising the trial, especially Wayne Brodie – the return to trials has no doubt been a long and laborious process but without this man we may have been waiting a while yet! A big thank you also goes out to the club's photographer Viki Taylor, and our fantastic observers, Steve Kent, Darren Taylor, Calvin Wright, Adrian Daish, Shaun Harris and Mike Morris, all of which have kindly given up their time for our enjoyment.
The club's next trial will be held on Sunday 26th July at Godshill Park Farm. The usual start time of 12 noon applies. Please do not arrive before 11:15am.
The Jeffries Cup:
Shorwell Chalk Pit
The fifth round of the IOWMCC's 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship took place on Sunday 15th March at Shorwell Chalk Pit in Shorwell. 8 flowing sections were set out by brothers Steve Chase and Phil Chase, with the help of Stuart Gummer. The chalk pit is a brilliant trials venue, and has everything from steep woodland to chalk bowls littered with rocks. We are very grateful to the landowner Mr Ralph Cook for allowing us to use this great venue. It's easy to understand why this was such a good training ground for Ralph's daughter; former club member and five times trials vice World Champion, Becky Cook (Talbot)!
Despite the incredibly wet winter so far, the ground was surprisingly dry and grippy which was a pleasant surprise for the 27 riders that completed the trial.
It was excellent to see the island's very own, 2019 ACU Expert British Trials Champion Chris Stay out riding in the Elite class. It's always great to see Chris riding at a club trial, even if it is nothing more than a bit of extra bike time for a rider of his calibre! Chris made extremely light work of the sections, dropping just 1 mark throughout the whole trial and it's easy to see why the younger riders look up to him so much.
Chris' older brother James, a superb rider himself, made a return to the series having missed the previous round, and with bike issues seemingly now a thing of the past, finished front of the pack on the A route in the Expert class, on 28. Jack Ayres was 7 marks behind in second place on 35. Jack put in a good performance, despite a nasty looking over the bars crash on section 7. Tom Richards continues to impress on board his Beta machine, finishing in third place on 45.
Chris and James' Dad, Alan, stayed on top again, winning the Intermediate class with a fantastic ride, dropping just 4 marks on the B route, some 21 clear of second place Sonny Gaskin, who had an excellent ride himself! Scout Gregory finished in third place on 41.
Just two riders competed in the O/50 class on the B route; Simon Newnham and Simon Watmough. Simon Newnham put in an impressive performance on his GasGas to finish in first place on just 15, 20 clear of Simon Watmough on 35 in second place.
There was a good battle in the Clubman class, with 4 riders taking on a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Geoff Taylor made the least dabs out of all 4 riders, steering his Montesa to victory for a total of 29. John Coombes was not far behind in second place on 36, with Colin Brodie in third on 40.
In the Novice class, following the C route, Brian Brockwell was the clear winner, losing only 14 marks. Course setter Steve Chase finished in second place on 34, ahead of S. Parfitt in third on 92.
Three T/Shock class riders took on the C route. Nick Symes made light work of the trial on his trusty Honda TLR machine, losing just 4 marks to finish in first place. Jason Elford finished in second on 32, and Calvin Wright in third on 44.
Tristan Osborne was the solo rider in the Ad/Beg class riding the D route. Tristan cleaned 4 of the sections 4 times losing only 8 marks all trial.
In the Sportsman class, on the D route, Mike Taylor managed to go clean for the entire trial, not making one single dab – a seriously impressive feat and one that is rarely achieved! Gary Jones is still getting used to his shiny new Honda, and finished in second place on 22.
Two riders competed in the Yth/Expert class which follows the B route. Dan Locke continues to impress, taking the win and losing just 15 marks in the process, ahead of Alfie Haydon in second place on 28.
Alfie Gaskin was the lone Yth/Inter rider, taking on a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Alfie had some excellent rides, particularly on section 4 where he lost only 1 mark. Alfie finished the trial on a total of 63.
Freddie Death was the only rider in the Yth/Beg class; his first outing on his new TRS 125cc machine. Freddie looked more and more confident throughout the afternoon and his score of 32 reflects this.
A big thanks to all those involved with organising the trial, in particular Wayne Brodie, observers; Darren Taylor, Steve Kent, Adrian Daish & Andy Ryall not forgetting club photographer Viki Taylor's stand in, Jessie Locke who did a fantastic job of capturing the action!
The Spring Cup:
Newbarn Farm, Calbourne.
The fourth round of the IOWMCC's 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship took place on Sunday 23rd February at Newbarn Farm in Calbourne. Eight sections were very well set out by experienced riders Rob Howard, James Stay and Alan Stay, making use of a small quarry and other features including steep banks and tree roots. We are very grateful to Mr Chris Spence for allowing us to use this great venue.
The saturated ground made for some tricky sections, most of which were set on grass. Riders had to be careful not to apply too much throttle or they would risk spinning the rear wheel, losing traction and ceasing to move forwards. Riding in such conditions is quite a skill, and it was not uncommon to see a rider on the floor part way through a section. Indeed, for any spectators watching, observers or the club's photographer Viki Taylor, this was probably quite amusing!
Solo Expert rider, Jack Ayres completed the 4 laps of 8 sections on 67. The A route that Jack was presented with was tough, and with the additional downpour of rain that riders were greeted with only made things harder. Jack made light work of section 2 however, only losing 3 marks over the 4 laps.
Four riders battled it out in the Intermediate class on the B route, but it was the experienced Alan Stay who came out on top with a very impressive score of just 20. Alan posted clean rides on sections 2 through to 6 and lost most of his marks on section 7 which proved a real challenge for most riders. Despite a spectacular crash on his first lap at section 1, Scout Gregory managed to compose himself to post a respectable total of 49 on board his GasGas machine to finish in second place. Scout made light work of section 4, cleaning the section every lap. Scout's closest rival, Sonny Gaskin's determination was put the test, after a mistake on section 7 left him with a sore leg! Nevertheless he battled on to finish the trial on 63 in third place.
The competitive Clubman class saw 5 riders taking on a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Phil Chase put in another good performance on board his TRS to finish on top with a score of 48. Colin Brodie wasn't far behind on 54, and was the only Clubman rider to clean section 1 each and every lap. John Coombes rounded out the top 3 on 64.
In the Novice class and following the C route, Paul Kent put in a brilliant ride to finish in first place, some 21 marks clear of Joe Taylor in second. It was brilliant to see Jos Wright back out and riding, competing in the Twin Shock class on the C route alongside his Dad, Calvin Wright. Calvin narrowly took the victory this time around, finishing on 91- just 2 ahead of Jos on 93.
The Adult Beginner class saw three riders navigate the D route sections. Tristan Osborne continues to impress and finished on 23, ahead of Mike True and Sam Jurich who both tied on 77. Mike was awarded second place as he had fewer fives than Sam.
The future certainly looks bright for Island trials, with three young riders now competing in the Youth Expert class. Following the challenging B route, Alfie Haydon took the win on 55, some 14 marks ahead of Dan Locke in second on 69. Josh Morris was forced into third place on this occasion with a total of 97. Alfie Gaskin was competing in the Youth Intermediate class riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Alfie found section 6 particularly tricky in the muddy conditions, but he kept at it and finished the trial with a total of 89. Freddie Death's confidence will certainly be boosted as he put in his best performance since taking up the sport - to take the win in the Youth Beginner's, posting a score of just 22 marks.
In the Sportsman class, following a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections, Jon Read made light work of the slippy conditions dropping just 16. Simon Watmough also posted a low score riding the C route on just 20.
A big thanks to all those involved with organising the trial and in particular those who braved the wet, windy and cold conditions; the man who makes it all happen - Wayne Brodie, the clubs photographer - Viki Taylor, and to the Observers, Mike Morris, Colin Hare, Steve Kent and Darren Taylor. The Club next meet on Saturday 29th February at The Pavilion, Newclose County Cricket Ground to celebrate all the 2019 award winners. This year the presentations will be made by The 2019 ACU British Expert Solo Trials Champion and Club member; Chris Stay. The club's next trial will be on 15th March at 12pm – Venue to be confirmed.
The Novice and Expert Cup:
Fantastic effort by the Course Setters; Michael Brown, Dan Locke, Geoff and Mike Taylor for building 12 excellent sections.
The trial was limited to just two laps following a prolonged torrential down poor, courtesy of storm Ciara, making many of the sections too dangerous to attempt a third time.
Trial Report, by Scout Gregory:
The third round of the IOWMCC's 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship took place on Sunday 9th February at Arreton Down in Newport. Arreton Down is one of the larger trials venues on the island - a vast area of land which we are fortunate to be able to use, courtesy of A. Brown Farms Ltd. We are very grateful to be able to ride here. The relentless wind and sideways rain certainly made for some tricky conditions; and many club trials across the country would have no doubt been cancelled, but Storm Ciara was no match for Wayne Brodie or the 17 riders who turned up to face the 12 excellent sections set by Michael Brown, Dan Locke, Geoff Taylor and Mike Taylor. The sections differed, from short, twisty and tight to long and flowing, incorporating a variety of natural features such as banks, tree roots and logs.
Expert rider Jack Ayres completed the 2 laps of 12 sections with an impressive score of just 29 on the A route. The awful conditions clearly didn't phase Jack as his score proved to be the lowest of the day. James Stay finished 13 marks behind on 42, dropping most of his marks on his second lap. James was one of the last riders to set off, perhaps to his detriment as conditions really deteriorated throughout the afternoon. Tom Richards had another solid ride finishing in third place on 61.
Just two riders battled it out in the Intermediate class, Sonny Gaskin and Scout Gregory. Sonny managed to put together a more consistent ride, dropping a very respectable 60 marks versus Scout's 72 on a challenging B route. In the O/50 class, Andy Scott-Jackson had a good ride to finish in first place on 91. Stuart Gummer was the only rider of the day to score over 100 marks, but make no mistake, the slippy conditions made for some very challenging sections, particularly on the B route which Andy and Stuart were both tackling. This year's Clubman class continues to be very competitive as Phil Chase and Colin Brodie compete for the championship! Colin continues to chase Phil, who had an excellent ride, losing just 37 marks versus Colin's 56 on a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Geoff Taylor rounded out the top three with a score of 65 on board his 4-stroke Montesa.
Tristan Osborne was the solo rider in the Ad/Beg class, which follows the D route. Tristan went round for an impressive score of just 49; in conditions that made even the more straightforward sections difficult to ride. Dan Locke continues to impress in the Youth/Expert class, putting in another very good ride. Dan finished on 83. The Youth/Expert class follows the B route which is challenging for an adult Intermediate rider, let alone a Youth. Alfie Gaskin will be competing with his Dad Sonny before long, as his progression on the bike continues. Alfie finished the trial on 73, riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections.
In the Sportsman class, following the C route, Jon Read made a welcome appearance and put in a very good ride to finish with the second lowest score of the day on 31. Simon Watmough finished behind on 53.
A big thanks to all those involved with organising the trial and in particular; Wayne Brodie – braving the elements to sign everyone on as usual and also the man who does so much behind the scenes! The club's next trial will be on Sunday 23rd February at 12pm – Venue to be confirmed.
The Mercury Cup:
Haslett Sand Pit, courtesy of Mr Glen Draper
The Mercury Cup – Haslett Sand Pit – 26/01/20 by Scout Gregory.
The second round of the IOWMCC's 2020 Winter Series Trials Championship took place on Sunday 26th January at Haslett Sand Pit in Shorwell. The sand pit is a fantastic trials venue that is rideable even in the wettest of conditions, and we are very grateful to the landowner Mr Glen Draper for welcoming us here.
Despite the bad weather, it was another impressive turnout for the club, with 33 riders signing on to enjoy the 8 sections set by Scout Gregory and Tom Richards. The sections made use of the best features that the quarry has to offer, and included; hill climbs, drops, rocks, and even a wall ride! Scout and Tom wanted to set out a fun but challenging trial, and they certainly did that, despite some riders complaining that sections were too difficult on the first lap.
Expert rider Jack Ayres completed the 4 laps of 8 sections with a score of 30, just beating Rob Howard on 34. Rob must pleased with his performance after a lengthy lay out with injury. Rob's accomplished background in bicycle trials has certainly transferred over to motorcycle trials, as he made some of the technical A route sections look seemingly effortless. He made his Beta dance! Tom Richards was just 2 marks shy of Rob on 36. Tom hasn't been riding in the Expert class for long, but you wouldn't know that as he made light work of the sections; in particular section 4, a near vertical rock face climb before turning immediately right along a narrow ledge – impressive stuff! Experienced rider James Stay was unfortunate to have to retire this time around due to mechanical issues.
Just two riders managed to finish the trial in the Intermediate class, Sonny Gaskin and Scout Gregory. Sonny and Scout regularly enjoy close battles; but it was Sonny who came out on top this time, posting a score of 73 versus Scout's 84. Both riders particularly enjoyed the more aggressive B route sections, with Sonny choosing to take flight where ever possible – rolling back the years to his motocross days!
Simon Newnham had one of the most impressive rides of the day, proving that age is just a number. Simon scored 48, the lowest score of the day on the B route, and took his GasGas to first place in the Over 50's class by some margin. Simon finished 34 marks clear of second placed Stuart Gummer on 82, who had a good ride himself!
A welcome return to trials was made from the Clubman king, Scott Milton. Scott kept fellow Clubman riders Colin Brodie, Phil Chase and Geoff Taylor at bay with a score of 57 on the 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Colin found some of the sections quite difficult on board his borrowed Beta, but completed the trial never the less, finishing in second place on a respectable score of 75. Phil Chase finished third, just 3 marks behind on 78, and Geoff Taylor placed fourth on 81.
Ryan Munt was the clear winner of the Novice class. Navigating yellow flags on the C route sections, Ryan posted a score of just 24, beating Marcus Rickard and Paul Kent by some distance. Ryan's consistent riding in the ever changing sand was very impressive!
Mike True was the only rider of the day to go clean. Mike successfully completed the whole trial without making a single dab in the Adult Beginner class, which follows the D route to claim the win. Tristan Osborne, the other rider in the class finished second, also having a strong ride, only dropping 10 marks on section 4.
Dan Locke had one of the rides of his life on the B route, not only winning the the Youth Expert class by a huge 61 mark margin, but also beating experienced adult intermediate riders in the process. Dan's score of 72 on this route was only bettered by Over 50's rider Simon Newnham. Incredible performance from the young rider! Josh Morris put in a good ride and finished in second place on 133.
Another impressive performance was from the young and ever improving Alfie Gaskin. Alfie finished on 70 in the Youth Intermediate class, riding a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. As Alfie's confidence on the bike grows, no doubt so will his ability – he is definitely one to watch out for in the future!
Freddie Death completed the D route in the Yth/Beg class on 26, cleaning section 2 all four times!
In the Sportsman class, Simon Watmough finished on an impressive score of 46, opting to ride a 50/50 split of both B and C route sections. Steve Chase went around for the second lowest score of the day on just 4, riding a 50/50 split of both C and D route sections. John Townsend rode the D route and completed the trial on just 9, a very impressive score for the clubs oldest rider.
A big thanks to all those involved with organising the trial and in particular; Wayne Brodie – This man not only signs everyone on at almost every trial but does so much behind the scenes! The club's photographer, Viki Taylor and to our loyal observers who brave almost all weather conditions; Steve Kent, Rob Richards and Andy Scott-Jackson!
The club's next trial will be on Sunday 9th February at 12pm – all the details are to be confirmed and will be available from the Club website nearer the time. Meanwhile entries are steadily coming in for the Club's flagship event, The 2020 Wight Two Day Trial. There is a limit of 150 entries for this popular South Coast trial. All the details can be found on the Club website (Forms section). Entries can also be made via the ACU website.
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