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Sep10

2021 Wight Two Day (Sunday):

Bembridge Down

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The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club staged its flagship event: The Wight Two Day Trial on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021. The trial has been run annually since 1967 but this year’s trial had been delayed from April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions – only the second time in the trial’s 55-year history that circumstances prevented it from taking place! The Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2000 being the other.

Spread across 2 venues, Saturday’s proceedings kicked off at Knighton Sandpit with Sunday’s finale being held at Bembridge Down. The Club would like to thank the respective Landowners; Mr Roger Morgan and Mr Rob Taylor for helping us to deliver another very successful Wight Two Day Trial.

Organisers were unsure what the impact on entries would be considering the continuing Covid-19 global pandemic – but they needn’t have worried. The entry opened on June 4th and the 150-rider limit was sold out in just 6 days!

Both venues consisted of 15 sections, riders had to complete 3 laps at each venue. Knighton’s course was restricted to 14 sections following an incident at section 15 early on into the trial. The section remained closed, due to the one-and-a-half-hour delay, which made it impossible for the 150 strong field to ride that section within the 6-hour time limit.

The trial was won by two Isle of Wight MCC Expert riders; Chris Stay and George Gosden. Both completed the weekend without dropping a single mark. Outstanding performance from these talented competitors – the concentration required to post 87 clean rides, over 2 days is nothing but incredible! Tom Culliford (Kingswood MCC) and Tom Moss (Eastbourne and District MCC) took second and third respectively for a loss of 20 and 31. Youth rider Alfie Haydon proved to be the only other Isle of Wight competitor to score a win. Alfie took the ‘Youth B’ class with a convincing performance over fellow IOWMCC rider; Alfie Gaskin who finished in second. Congratulations to Waltham Chase Trials MCC members – between them they took 5 class wins. Superb effort from our neighbouring club, bring on 2022!

Remaining class winners: Clubman/Expert; Wayne Holdsworth (Watham Chase Trials MCC). Clubman; Mick Marshall (Waltham Chase Trials MCC). Veteran; Anthony Chalk (Ringwood). Sportsman; Jon Croft (Waltham Chase Trials MCC). Twin Shock; Geoff Muston (Waltham Chase Trials MCC). Pre 65 C; Joseph Butcher (Kent Youth Trials Club). Adult D; Richard Lewis (Double Five Kent MCC). Youth C; Holly Boys-Guest (Reigate & Redhill). Youth C; David James (Waltham Chase Trials MCC).

Finally, very many thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the event, a massive undertaking for such a small club. Special thanks to John Coombes, the 2-day Committee, Viki Taylor (Photographer) and all 30 Observers – Brilliant effort people!

Sep6

2021 Wight Two Day (Saturday):

Knighton Sandpit

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The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club staged its flagship event: The Wight Two Day Trial on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021. The trial has been run annually since 1967 but this year’s trial had been delayed from April 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions – only the second time in the trial’s 55-year history that circumstances prevented it from taking place! The Foot & Mouth outbreak in 2000 being the other.

Spread across 2 venues, Saturday’s proceedings kicked off at Knighton Sandpit with Sunday’s finale being held at Bembridge Down. The Club would like to thank the respective Landowners; Mr Roger Morgan and Mr Rob Taylor for helping us to deliver another very successful Wight Two Day Trial.

Organisers were unsure what the impact on entries would be considering the continuing Covid-19 global pandemic – but they needn’t have worried. The entry opened on June 4th and the 150-rider limit was sold out in just 6 days!

Both venues consisted of 15 sections, riders had to complete 3 laps at each venue. Knighton’s course was restricted to 14 sections following an incident at section 15 early on into the trial. The section remained closed, due to the one-and-a-half-hour delay, which made it impossible for the 150 strong field to ride that section within the 6-hour time limit.

The trial was won by two Isle of Wight MCC Expert riders; Chris Stay and George Gosden. Both completed the weekend without dropping a single mark. Outstanding performance from these talented competitors – the concentration required to post 87 clean rides, over 2 days is nothing but incredible! Tom Culliford (Kingswood MCC) and Tom Moss (Eastbourne and District MCC) took second and third respectively for a loss of 20 and 31. Youth rider Alfie Haydon proved to be the only other Isle of Wight competitor to score a win. Alfie took the ‘Youth B’ class with a convincing performance over fellow IOWMCC rider; Alfie Gaskin who finished in second. Congratulations to Waltham Chase Trials MCC members – between them they took 5 class wins. Superb effort from our neighbouring club, bring on 2022!

Remaining class winners: Clubman/Expert; Wayne Holdsworth (Watham Chase Trials MCC). Clubman; Mick Marshall (Waltham Chase Trials MCC). Veteran; Anthony Chalk (Ringwood). Sportsman; Jon Croft (Waltham Chase Trials MCC). Twin Shock; Geoff Muston (Waltham Chase Trials MCC). Pre 65 C; Joseph Butcher (Kent Youth Trials Club). Adult D; Richard Lewis (Double Five Kent MCC). Youth C; Holly Boys-Guest (Reigate & Redhill). Youth C; David James (Waltham Chase Trials MCC).

Finally, very many thanks to all those involved in the organisation of the event, a massive undertaking for such a small club. Special thanks to John Coombes, the 2-day Committee, Viki Taylor (Photographer) and all 30 Observers – Brilliant effort people!

Aug9

2021 BigHobbler, Nigel Crouch Memorial Trial:

Sheep Lane Farm, Blackgang.

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The 2021 BigHobbler Trial was held at Sheep Lane Farm, Blackgang on Sunday 8th of August. This trial is held annually in memory of Nigel Crouch. Nigel very sadly passed away early in 2018 – sorely missed but he is very fondly remembered.

On offer today was the usual 4 laps of 8 sections followed by an array of food including treats from the bbq, cream teas along with coffee and cake, all courtesy of ‘Dr Cook & his able assistant Mr Rob’. Helping us to celebrate Nigel’s memory in style. The big man would have loved it. The Club would like to thank everyone involved in staging the event – a superb effort by many different people and a very good example of what can be achieved when Club members pull together.

The ‘drama’ began well before the trial had even started! Following the deluge of early morning rain that made access to the parking area very difficult indeed. So much so, many of the vehicles had to be towed onto site. Thankfully, everybody did get in, with enough time to make those final adjustments before setting off for the first section. This trial was never intended to be a full-on competitive event, but one of remembrance and a celebration of the gentle giant. However, a trial just wouldn’t be a trial without a set of results.

There were two Awards (not necessarily results based) up for grabs. This year, The Nigel Crouch Memorial Cup is awarded to Ajay Shaw. This was Ajay’s first ever trial! Ajay finished first in the Youth Easy class. Nigel was very well known for his efforts to support and inspire the younger riders and this year’s award is exactly in keeping with Nigel’s legacy. We would like to extend a very warm welcome to Ajay and we look forward to seeing him riding again very soon.

The second Award (The Nigel Mason Crouch True Spirit award) goes to John Townsend. John is the club’s oldest rider & he gets the award for 2 reasons: Whilst others struggled to get onto site, John simply mastered the slippery slope as if it wasn’t even there! Then with just 2 sections to go, his bike suffered a mechanical breakdown, leaving him stranded at the furthest point of the trial – John managed to push his very heavy BSA almost all the way back to the pits, unaided, turning down offers of help (as he didn’t want to inconvenience anyone). Now that’s proper true spirit! I’m pleased to say that help was eventually forthcoming, and John was very appreciative. Congratulations to both these worthy award winners.

Chris Stay (2019 British Expert Trials Champion) completed the trial clean. It was great to see Chris entertaining everybody with his brilliant riding skills in the Elite class. Only one rider competed on the Expert route – Ross Haydon stepped up from the Inters especially for today. Ross mastered the more difficult route to finish on a total of only 5 marks – going clean on 5 of the eight sections. Perhaps he will consider moving to the Experts for the 2022 Championship. The competition was very tight in the Intermediates, but Rory Stephens made it all look too easy, by winning the class without dropping a single mark. Adam Morgan finished second on 1, with a superb performance by the fast-improving Dan Locke in third for a loss of just 5 – excellent riding by these three. Veteran rider, Alan Stay was the third competitor to go clean on the Blackgang course to take the win in the Clubman’s. Geoff Taylor wasn’t too far behind finishing on 5. Meanwhile in the Over 50’s, Stuart Gummer finished 7 marks ahead of friendly rival Phil Chase in this two-horse race.

Paul Baldwin was out on his own in the British Bike class, but despite this, he posted an impressive score. Piloting Nigel’s beloved Greeves trials bike around the eight sections for a loss of just 11 marks. Andy Scott-Jackson caused an upset by winning the Twin Shock (C) class from pre-trial favourite Alan Gosden with a 5-mark cushion - section 7 proved to be the difference here. Jos Wright claimed the third spot crossing the finish line with a respectable total of 11. Sam Jurich won the Novice class with a clear 9-mark advantage from Tristan Osborne in second on 28, with Ben Ashcroft just 1 more mark behind in third. The Twin Shock (D) class ended in a tie between Wayne Brodie and John Gustar, both dropping 2 marks each – Brodie was awarded first place by travelling furthest with the least marks lost. Nigel’s good friend, Dave Rose had to settle for the third place (for a loss of just 3) on this occasion.

The pick of the popular Sportsman classes came from Tom Richards (B route) and Paul Kent on the C route. Tom finished with a total of 7 on his twin shock Honda. Paul had a superb ride, on his all-electric powered trials bike, for a loss of only 3 marks – equalling the lowest score on the C route! Perhaps battery powered bikes are the future after all?

The Youth classes were headed up by Alfie Haydon (Youth Expert). Alfie crossed the line dropping just a single mark! Fantastic result for this young and exceptionally talented rider. Alfie Gaskin found sections 1 and 6 quite challenging but mastered the remaining 6 sections to claim a creditable second place.

The Youth Novice class proved to be a convincing win for Freddie Death, another fast-improving young rider. Freddie finished on 18. Harrison Crickmore did very well to hold onto the second spot by 2 marks from Kaidan Cutts in third. Debutant rider Ajay Shaw (Youth Easy) finished on 13 – unlucky for some, but not today! Ajay, winner of ‘The Nigel Crouch Memorial Cup’ should be very pleased with his performance. Tobin Howard earned a good second place riding his electric ‘Osset’ machine.

Despite the tricky weather conditions early on, the event is being hailed as a great success and regardless of those individual rider scores – Nigel will never be forgotten.

Jul18

2021 Pat Death Summer Series, Final Round:

Knighton Pit

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The third and final round of The 2021 Pat Death Summer Series Trials Championships was held at a blisteringly hot Knighton Sand Pit. The Club would like to thank Mr Roger Morgan for welcoming the Club back to this superb venue.

We also say a special thank you to the Observers; Adrian Daish, Mike Morris, Richard Crickmore and Geoff Taylor together with Viki Taylor who captured all the action through the lens. The course Setters; Steve & Phil Chase, Adam Morgan, Daryl Biles and Andy Scott-Jackson thoughtfully set, all but one of the eight, sections in the woods - providing the Observers & Riders an escape from the blisteringly hot sunshine.

The full report will follow soon.

Jul13

2021 Summer Series Standing (after 2 rounds):

Duxmore & Limerstone

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Championship standings (after 2 rounds) for The 2021 Pat Death Summer Series. If you spot any errors or omissions then please contact Wayne, who is more than happy to re-check the score cards & amend if nessacary.

Entries are open for the final round - this Sunday (July 18th). The entry window closes at 6pm on Saturday or if the 40 rider limit is met before then.

Jul4

2021 Pat Death Summer Series, R2:

Limerstone Farm

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Very many thanks to the Case family for welcoming us back at Limerstone for the second round of the 2021 Pat Death Summer Series Championships. Superb venue, especially in dry conditions!

The full report will be available here in the next few days or so - but for now: A massive thank you to the 5 observers; Richard Crickmore, Andy Scott-Jackson, Steve Kent, Andy Ryall and Geoff Taylor along with Photographers; Viki Taylor, Chris & Mathew Wells.

Calvin & Jos Wright did an excellent job by setting 8 fun sections, with enough to take plenty of marks from most riders. Jos even managed to dive head first into the dung heap at section 7 for a well deserved maximum 5 point penalty!

Jun20

2012 Pat Death Summer Series (1st Round):

Duxmore Quarry

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Excellent trial to start the 2021 Pat Death Summer Series.

A big thank you to Ben & Colin Brodie, Jona Read & family & to those that helped clear up afterwards. The full report will be available here very soon.

May30

The Jeffries Cup:

Haslett Sand Pit

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The Jeffries Cup (4th Winter Series Championship Trial) was held at Haslett Farm, courtesy of Mr Glenn Draper.

The 8 section lap was brilliantly set out by Rob Howard - an excellent trial that brings the 1st half of the 2021 Winter Series Championship. Some close scores today including another tie break. Closest of all is the father & son rivalry between Alfie & Ross Haydon. Although in different classes both were on the B route - and they both went clean. However because Ross has an age and experience advantage - we think Alfie deserves the top spot!

The Summer Series begins on Sunday June 20th - please keep an eye on the events section of this website for all the details which will be published once finalised. Also an announcement regarding entry for The 2021 Wight Two Day Trial (Sept 4th & 5th) is expected very soon.

May16

The Novice and Expert Cup:

Newbarn Farm, Calbourne.

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The Club would like to thank Mr Chris Spence for welcoming us back at Newbarn Farm for The Novice & Expert Cup.

The sections were set by Geoff Taylor & Mark Coombes, who did a fantastic job, keeping one eye on the weather forcast. No Observers today due to the use of punch cards - but a special thankyou to Steve Kent, Mike Morris & Richard Crickmore for volunteering their services.

The full report will be available here in the next couple of days.

Apr25

The Mercury Cup:

Apes Down

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The Isle of Wight Motorcycle Club held the 2nd round, of the delayed, 2021 Winter Series Trials Championship on Sunday April 25th at Apes Down, Calbourne. The Club would like to thank Mrs Jane Ball for welcoming us back for our first visit here since April 2019.

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 restrictions the entry was limited to 40 riders & 11 officials. Spectators sadly cannot be accommodated until after May 17th. Competitors were spread across all 8 sections from the outset helping to prevent large groups gathering at the start. The sections were skilfully set by Andy Ryall and Sonny Gaskin. We would like to thank them, the Observers and other Club Officials for their part in ensuring a smooth running event. Photographers; Viki Taylor and Gill Locke did an excellent job capturing all the action through the lens.

Three Expert riders began the day but due to an early retirement, from Rob Howard, only two completed the 4 lap course. Jack Ayres convincingly took the honours with an almost perfect score. Jack incurred an uncharacteristic maximum 5 mark penalty at section 3 but went clean for the remainder of the trial. Tom Richards also managed to clean 5 of the 8 sections to finish the day with a total of 14 – superb effort by both riders. The Intermediate class was won (by some distance) by Ross Haydon. Ross chalked up his second consecutive class win with a cushion of 37 marks. Jos Wright did just about enough to hold onto second place from Ben Brodie in third. Dan Locke continues to impress since moving up into the adult class & he is looking increasingly likely to secure his first top 3 finish very soon. Andy Scott-Jackson turned the tables from the 1st round, in the Over 50’s, beating friendly rival Stuart Gummer with a massive 20 mark margin. John Coombes had to battle it out for his third place finish from Phil Chase, close behind in fourth. Geoff Taylor found himself on his own in the Clubman class but never the less he put in a confident performance to bag his ten championship points.

The Twin Shock class was once again dominated by championship favourite Nick Symes. Nick piloted his Honda through the tricky, marbly sections for a loss of 28. Mark Gray did very well in second, 26 ahead of Calvin Wright in third. Paul Baldwin made the trip down from Northampton and was rewarded with the top spot in the Novices. Paul took the win with an impressive 33 margin from Tristan Osborne in second and Ben Ashcroft third.

The new ‘Clubman C’ class was introduced this year and is intended as a stepping stone to help riders progress from the easy route up onto the ‘C’ route. Clubman C riders take on a 50/50 mix of the D & C routes. Just a single competitor on this occasion resulting in 10 championship points for Mike True. The Adult Easy class saw Kev Smith at his best, winning the class by 19 marks from Sam Jurich who was forced into second spot this time out. The Club would like to extend a very warm welcome to new member; Russell Hector. Russell decided to treat today as a practice session, this being his first ever trial. Probably a very wise decision. We look forward to seeing him become a regular rider.

There were six Youth riders in action at Apes Down. Alfie Haydon led the way in the Youth Experts. Like his Dad, Ross, he won with an absolutely amazing 33 mark advantage from Josh Morris. Josh is no walkover – his riding ability and attitude has moved on leaps & bounds from this time last year. Definitely one to watch as the championship progresses. Alfie Gaskin continues to improve since moving up in class from 2020. The remaining 3 Youths were all pitting themselves against each other in the Youth Easy class. Ollie Elford stole the show, recording his first class win, since starting trials in September last year. Riley True finished a close second – just 6 marks adrift. Section 6 proved to be the difference here. Kaidan Cutts should be feeling very happy with his third place finish today. A massive improvement in only his second ever trial. An excellent performance by all 6 young riders.

The Club next meet for The Novice & Expert Cup trial on Sunday May 16th. We will be reverting (by popular demand) to our usual start time of 12 noon. The venue & Course Setters are still to be announced. Please keep an eye on the Club website where all the details will be available once finalised.

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