Round 2 provided a complete contrast for the riders, being hosted and set on man made sections at the home of Bike Trial Academy UK.
Lots of spectators arrived to watch the talented UK riders from all over the country compete. A free ‘Have a go’ area was set up allowing
non riders to ride a trials bike and ride over low obstacles. This attracted lots of children and adults and helped to gain new riders
to the academy and to the sport. Food and drinks were supplied all day by PJ Catering. Leah Robinson was invited to take photos of
the event and provided us all with lots of great photos.
Several weeks were spent constructing 5 new sections and the permanent concrete pipes were tweaked to create section 6.
The sun was shining on competition day allowing the riders to have a good attempt at the tough sections.
However, incase of rain, two sections were built in the barn. The ‘Pallet/beam Section’ created a street section with regular shaped obstacles and beams
and the ‘Tree section’. Comprising of large tree trunks placed in various positions. The ‘Bank Section’ was set outside
on a man made bank of earth with concrete shapes dug in and ending on the flat but bumpy yard.
In the concrete farm yard, watched by the resident cows, their were 2 sections. The ‘Black Section’ comprised of a mix of shapes and sizes.
The riders had to negotiate the black tyres, drums and steps. The ‘Ramp Section’ was constructed from irregular shaped concrete, a rocky road
and a big ramp to a rock set in a pipe for the elite riders.
Overall the ‘man made’ competition was a steep learning curve for those riders not used to man made sections and was high scoring
in some of the routes. Once the competition finished the riders made the most of the sun and practised.
The spectators left impressed with the talent we have in the UK and with whole atmosphere of the competition.
Thank you to all the helpers from the Academy for all the hard work put in. Also thank you to the observers, sponsors and helpers on the day.