Results from the BIU Biketrials Championships held at Dudwood Farm on the 10th of June 2018 are now available.
Results from the British National Trials Cup round 2 20th June 2018 are now up! Hosted at Biketrial Academy UK.
Results are now out following the very first British National Trials Cup for 2018.
The old toboggan run that ran from the top of Shipley Glen
The final round of the British National Trials Cup (rnd5) took place at Shipley Glen on the 8th October and was supported by its biggest entry of the year with a total of 39 riders starting the event!
6 sections were set out on Saturday in mixed conditions but the forecast for Sunday was to be dry and it proved so, fortunately!
Sections 1, 2 and 3 were set at the top of the Glen on the rocks with 4, 5 and 6 in the wood.
In true national style it proved to be a good test to most riders with the exception of 2 riders in complete opposite classes!, Jack Carthy in Elite (guest rider) and Primary Champion Finn Johnstone both going ‘Clean’ all day some achievement.
Runner up to Finn was Oliver Cooper on 3 marks with Harry Adamson a further 4 behind that.
In Primary Senior was Alicia Robinson dropping 6 marks for the day,
In the Novice category it was the usual 3 battling it out again with Bailey Dacker taking the win and the championship with 1 penalty, Samuel Meeten second on 11 and Max Ward 3rd with 18 and rounding off the championship in this order.
Novice Senior was won by 14 marks on the day by Jamie Smith but that was not enough to affect Carl Weightman taking the championship overall, second on the day on 25.
The closest battle all year was in the Intermediate class with positions changing hands round by round. Newly crowned WBC champion Oliver Weightman took his first National Cup win of the year and finished second in the championship with Adam Biggins 2nd on the day which was enough to give him the overall championship but only by a single mark. Josh McParland was leading the championship going in to the last round and looked to be on course to secure it until a crash on section 2 followed by another 5 on section 1 put an end to his challenge and gave him 3rd on the day and 3rd overall.
The Intermediate Senior Class saw another year long battle between Stuart Robertson and Daniel White but it was Gordon Dunsmore who would take the win on the day with a total of 32 compared to Daniel’s 45 and Stuart’s 48 but 3rd was enough for Stuart to be crowned Champion, Daniel 2nd and Gordon 3rd.
Paul Grange was the only competitor in Cadet this year and so took the overall without challenge.
A tough day in the Expert Class saw the win go to Sam Shepherd on 60 with Ross McArthur in second on 67 and Aldis Blacker in third on 86.
The Championship was won by Reece Seymour, Sam 2nd and Aldis 3rd.
Having secured the Expert Class Championship at the penultimate round Reece Seymour chose to ride in the Expert Senior Class for the last round and wasn’t too far away on the tough sections that lay await, Andrew Chai took the win on the day with Antonio Souza 2nd with these two finishing the championship in that order and Andy Ford 3rd having competed in the first round only.
Finally our Elite Class. We were delighted to have Jack Carthy riding the final National of the year, (non competitive) Jack made the sections look easy which they were not and duly cleaned the entire course and was the first to finish the trial!!!.
Back to the competitive end and it was Andrei Burton who won 24 marks ahead of Charlie Rolls in second close behind was Owen Gawthorpe on 62 with Adam Morewood rounding out the class for the day on 64.
For the second year running Andrei Burton was crowned British National Elite Champion with Owen Gawthorpe 2nd and Charlie Rolls 3rd in his first year in the Elite class along with another Elite newcomer Adam Morewood 4th.
Well done to everyone who has competed in this years Nationals, 63 in total! We thank you for your support and hope to see you all at every event next year.
Thank you to Jack an Mick Carthy for helping tape out the sections and Barry Gawthorpe for checking and verifying them.
Thank you to everyone who helped on the day!
Last but by no means least a big thank you to our special friend and guest photographer Jesper Lykke who came to visit friends and to see what we get up to at our British Events. Jesper has first hand experience of trials from all over the world so it will be interesting to here his thoughts on our efforts!.
Jesper has very kindly sent us his photos of the day which are availableon our gallery page. If anyone would like to thank Jesper they can do so via his Facebook page Jesper Lykke (Top Bloke)
The 2017 World BikeTrial Championship was held in the remote Catalonian town of Pujalt 1 hour inland from Barcelona. The organisers had done a fantastic job in a short time after the cancellation of the original event at Bueu.
There was fantastic camping facilities that gave the event the traditional BIU family atmosphere for the week duration of the event.
Day 1 was for the Poussin (7-9 year old), Benjamin (10-12 year old) and Minime (13-15 year old) categories.
The sections were on a wooded hillside comprising very loose banks and rocks with a man made rock section to complete each lap.
The UK team were out in force and had a really successful day.
Poussin – Eddie Weightman 6th
Benjamin – Oliver Weightman 1st, Bailey Dacker 12th, Harry Turner 14th
Minime – Adam Morewood 1st, Reece Seymour 5th, Sam Shepherd 9th
Day 2 was for the older riders with Junior (16-18 year old), Senior 20″ & 26″ (19+ year old) and Elite 20″ & 26″.
The trial started with 3 man made sections in the town centre followed by 6 sections in the wood and finally another man made rock section.
It was another successful day for the UK riders.
Senior 20″ – Owen Gawthorpe 2nd, Aaron Duke 8th
Senior 26″ – Scott Wilson 5th
Elite 26″ – Ben Savage 1st
It’s the first time for many years the UK have had 3 wins and a second place at a World round so understandably the team spirit was high.
Wednesday was a rest day giving everyone time to regroup and check out the rocky sections located in a nearby Quarry ahead of round 2 for all classes. This was going to be tough for all riders as it was 30+ degrees and there was no shade available.
Day 3 of competition was again for the youngsters with the pressure on for both riders and parents alike with the possibility of two UK World Champions.
Eddie Weightman rode a lot better in the youngest category finishing again in 6th place to claim 6th overall.
His brother Oliver held his nerve in the Benjamin class finishing in 2nd place to tie for the overall championship and take the win on the tie decider. What a great performance for someone attending his first World Championship. Bailey Dacker improved to 11th place with Harry Turner also improving in 13th place with them taking 11th and 14th in the championship overall.
In the Minime class Adam Morewood took a comfortable win in the trial to take his third World BikeTrial Championship. Reece Seymour took another 5th place in the trial and the championship with Sam Shepherd improving to 7th on the day and 8th in the championship.
Day 4 was another hot one. In the senior 20″ class Owen Gawthorpe took 3rd place giving him the overall silver medal with Aaron Duke improving to 7th on the day and in the championship.
Scott Wilson also improved in the senior 26″ class taking 4th in the trial and in the championship.
Ben Savage again took the win in Elite 26″ to win the title for the 2nd year running.
So a great trial, great organisation and to top it off three UK World Champions and with the back up of all the other UK riders the team took 3rd overall in the nations cup.
This Sunday saw Bracken Rocks, Derbyshire host the penultimate round of the British National Cup with sections set by the Tyke Trial Club and helpers on Saturday in lovely sunny conditions, albeit a bit cooler under the tree canopy.
6 sections were set out for 3 laps of this very rocky, wooded hill side venue, one that tests not only the riders stamina and fitness but that of the parents and spectators who follow the riders around!
Competition day saw the weather change from Saturdays sunshine to that of overcast cloud which for the riders who have experienced Bracken Rocks in the wet was a little concerning to say the least!. It was nice to see George Eyre briefly before the start when he bobbed in to say Hello.
Section 1 was a very compact section with great use of the jumble of rocks that lay just at the entrance to the wood and caused a fair lot of trouble for the majority of riders except for the primary classes where their route was a little more gentle than the others.
Section 2 just a short way up into the wood for what was another tough test of balance and agility to pick the way through the tricky rocks and tree roots that lay in the riders path! this section proved to be the most difficult for all routes bar the Expert Route and was a great example of how the use of the boundary tape makes the sections so much easier to observe and find your way through and as commented on, great to spectate too.
Section 3 was a good stride out into the middle of the wood and gave a welcome stop off for those not wanting to ascend to the the top of the wood straight away. This section traversed the hillside so it was a little easier on the arms compared to its neighbours 4,5 and 6 but was still a tricky test for all routes as it meandered around the rocks and roots taking its fair share of maximums on Elite and Expert on the first lap and causing more problems to the Novice senior route to that of the “Younger” Novice counterparts.
Section 4 was found further up the fallen tree and ant infested hillside and was predominately downhill but had some gnarley gaps to negotiate as well as the very soft twig laden carpet that the riders had to contend with whilst picking their way to the welcome site of the ends cards which were just beyond the tricky stand alone rock that most routes had to contend with.
Section 5 was at the upper most part of the wood, where at times during the afternoon became very dark when the clouds were threatening to let go completely instead of just damping. This one started off with a technical little climb before picking its way through a series of appropriately sized rocks according to route severity, apart from the primary route which had a definite downhill test to it, whilst to end their section the Intermediates had a potentially hazardous roll off a steep 6 foot rock which was ridden well by all. The Elites had the opposite, a 7 foot incline up a rock which saw many run out of time here!
Section 6, last but not least, set well out to the left hand side this section provided the riders to capture a bit of daylight at times when the light was at a minimum under the trees, but other than that it provided another tricky test for all with only 2 riders out of of the 35 who started managing cleans on all three laps!.
It was a great entertaining day and enjoyed by all. The sections were tough but catered for all as the results show and it was by far the toughest physically judging by the comments and grimacing that was going on whilst the riders were fending off arm pump.
Thank you to everyone who took part and to all who observed and assisted in section setting as well as section clearing up. Thank you.
See you all on the 8th October at Shipley Glen.
The 16th July saw the running of the 2017 British BikeTrial championship at the popular venue of Dudwood Farm, near Bakewell in Derbyshire.
It was a beautiful sunny day for the riders to tackle the 3 laps of 5 sections at the venue used the 2016 for the BIU European Cup.
This single event organised annually is run fully to the BIU technical rules and is the only UK event where the riders compete in their age categories.
In the youngest, Poussion (7-9 year old) category it was 8 year old local rider Eddie Weightman who took his second British Biketrial championship by a healthy margin loosing just 1 mark with Oliver Cooper on 15 and Charlie Crabtree rounding off the podium.
Next up was the Benjamin (10-12 year old) category. This was a real tight affair with Josh McParland taking the win on the tie decider from Eddies older brother Oliver Weightman with Bailey Dacker making the long trip from the Isle of Skye in 3rd place.
The final youth category is the Minime (13-15 year old) class. Adam Morewood was faultless keeping his feet firmly on the pedals all day to finish on clean with Sam Shepherd on 9 and Reece Seymour in 3rd place on 14.
Charlie Rolls was the only Junior (16-18 year old) competitor thus taking the title on 10 marks. He was riding the same sections as the Senior riders (19 years +) and he showed them how to go on with Andy Ford taking the senior title on 53 marks with Tom Astbury on 65.
The top, Elite, class saw the current Elite 26” World Champion stamp his authority on the course loosing just 1 mark compared to Owen Gawthorpe on 20 and Scotlands Aaron Duke on 63 marks lost.
Thanks to all the helpers, observers and riders for making it a great day.
(You can find more pictures for this event in the gallery)
Wow! What a fantastic UCI World Youth Games this was, held in the Danish city of Viborg in the mid west of Denmark.
“Event Mastermind” Ole Kristensen and his teamspent 3 weeks on Nytorv square building the 6 man-made sections for this event not to mention the hundreds of hours spent planning and building off site too!.
Saturday saw the start of the 1/2 finals with Finn Johnstone representing GB in the Poussin class. This was Finn’s first time competing in a UCI event and he gave a valiant performance on the tricky man made obstacles and a notable ride on section 2 the “Viborg letters” dropping just 2 marks. Finn finished in 29th place out of 35 riders.
Next up was the Minime category, representing GB in this one was Sam Shepherd, Sam took a while to get into his stride posting a first lap score of 18 leaving him a bit of work to do to be sure of qualifying, Sam put in a great second lap dropping 11 marks to see him qualify in 12 position from 38 riders, the cut off for Sunday’s Final!.
Next to ride the impressive sections were the Benjamin class riders, Josh McParland and Bailey Dacker, both in their first year in this category. Bailey found the sections difficult on his laps and unfortunately didn’t qualify for Sundays Final. He finished a credible 19th from 32 starters with laps of 17 and 16. Josh faired a little better but gave himself a job to do on his second lap having made a slow start on his first lap dropping 13 penalties leaving him right on the cut off! Josh then woke up and posted a lap of 5 seeing him qualify for the Final in 9th place.
Last off on Saturday’s qualifying Heats was the Cadet Semi Final which featured our top two youth riders in the UK. Favourite for the overall win Charlie Rolls and last years Minime Champion Adam Morewood competing in this category for the first time. Charlie made light work of the sections sailing round the course with his usual speed and flair with zero penalties to qualify in First place. Adam also qualified in 4th place with ease, dropping just 2 marks.
Saturday night saw the team GB riders and families enjoy a meal together overlooking square on which the sections were undergoing a re model ready for Sundays Final.
Sunday… The Finals
Despite a couple of early downpours which was the general theme for the trip! Sunday proved to be the best day weather wise.
Josh was up first to tackle the much tougher sections from the 1/2 Final and proceeded with a near maximum lap salvaging 1 point on section 5!. Lap 2 saw 3 sections amended because of their severity which sadly didn’t help Josh posting a lap of 25 finishing in 10th place from 12 on a 3 way tie based on Saturdays qualifying results. Josh’s attitude during and after the final were very mature realising where he was struggling technically compared to his rivals from last year who were 1st and 2nd, vowing to work hard for next year!
The Minime Final got under way featuring Sam Shepherd. Sam got off to the worst possible start having a very early crash in section 2 which caught him by surprise and saw him slide down the narrow balance beam on his chest!! After the initial shock Sam got to his feet and after a quick look at his grazed chest he proceeded with the rest of the sections. This early setback took its toll on Sam for the remainder of the first lap with a total of 23. Sam showed great character to re- group for the second lap improving upon his first lap to post a lap of 19 which gave him 10th place overall. Well done Sam.
The Headline Final got under way next with UK favourite Charlie Rolls in action along with Adam Morewood, hoping also to make a mark in his first Cadet Final. The sections for the Final were much stiffer than those in the 1/2 final taking marks from everyone!. Adam rode extremely well with only a couple of errors on his first lap to go with his planned tactical dabs dropping 15 an improved and hard fought second lap gave Adam an improved second lap of 11, even with a heavy crash on the penultimate section that saw Adam ride on adrenalin for the final zone having an improved ride from his first visit! This gave Adam a fantastic 4th place overall, great result Adam.
Despite the severity of the sections Charlie rode with even greater speed and flair from that of the 1/2 Final. Charlie had two identical laps of 3 planned dabs to take the overall victory by an impressive margin of 7 marks from Oliver Wideman. It was fantastic to watch the skills on display in this Final and listen to people commenting on our newly crowned UCI Youth Games Champion Charlie Rolls. Brilliant ride Charlie well deserved.Despite the inclement weather the atmosphere and hospitality that was provided at this event was fantastic.
Commentating the whole weekend was our very own National Cup Champion and world Cup rider Andrei Burton. Andrei kept us all entertained and certainly added some insight into what was going on to the uninitiated!. Thank you.
Thanks also go to Jesper Lykke who is a true gentleman in sharing all his quality photographs capturing the spirit of the event so well.
On behalf of the Bike Trial Federation UK, our riders and families we owe a huge thank you to the whole organising team from the Viborg Trials Club and beyond for your hospitality and hard work that you all put in to make the weekend happen
After two successful rounds of using our new format which go towards making the trials look and feel a lot more professional, it was the turn of the Scottish Bike Trial Club (SBTC) to host their Round.
After two weekends of hard work from the devoted few and a big digger which was provided by sponsors Aquawash and kindly operated by Lewis Munro, we had three new sections and three old ones heavily altered, so they were nearly new.
Unfortunately the forecast didn’t look good for Sundays event, and the sections were slightly eased. We had use of the Aquawash hospitality trailer and other than it filling up with rain and the awning nearly coming off it was a good addition!!
Section one was next to the start area and consisted of placed concrete blocks and tyres in various positions. The rain made the tyres slippy but the results show that most of the riders coped and most scored on the low side. The Elite section had two concrete posts standing upright with seven feet between them and the second one being nearly ten feet high. The Elites found the gap tricky mostly due to the wind, but they all gave it a go.
Section two was an old section with the end modified for the Inter to Elite riders. Starting with various boulders and logs to work around or over depending on class climbing up hill finished with newly place boulders and concrete blocks. This section was eased up as the ground became very muddy between the rocks and logs.
Section three started with more new rocks and finished on the old pipe section with most of them being moved to provide some awkward riding. The green and white route ended up on not so high but long seesaw, which some coped with and others maybe need to build one in the garden!
Section Four was again an old section with many editions to make it feel completely different. Unfortunately Aaron Duke came off the last boulder and landed on his back requiring a hospital visit and retirement from the trial. Reece Seymour also in the spirit of the event questioned the marking on Expert route as the Clerk Of Course (COC) had missed a very easy sneak line up onto the first huge boulder. It was duly rectified and the COC wishes to thank him for his honesty.
Section Five was again partly an old section with some new elements built into it. The green and white routes seemed to struggle a bit with the climb up and around a large flat boulder and took most of their marks. If they succeeded in conquering the first part then the rest of the section was relatively easy to the end gate. The last step for Elites had to be altered on the first lap that made it too easy, so on the second lap with the weather improving the easy route was removed and the section barrier tape opened up to allow a longer run up through the mud. Some got it and some didn’t mostly depending on wheel size.
Section six was again an old section with so much changed for all routes, it was mostly all new. This was a very long section with some very hard parts for all routes and took quite a few marks of everyone. This was also on the top next to the car park and suffered a lot from the windy conditions all day.
Scottish Bike Trial would like to thank all the sponsors, officials and observers on the day, without them the trials would not run.
Lastly thanks to the girls in the café for keeping everyone well fed and watered through the day, and there service is now becoming legendary with this trial with the homemade cake.