11th June 2017 British National Cup Round 3 Bob MacGregor Trials Academy

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.

British National Cup Round 3 Results

14th May 2017 British National Cup Round 2 Bike Trial Academy UK

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.

British National Cup Round 2 Results

2nd April 2017 British National Cup Round 1 Addingham Moorside

The ‘new look’ British National Cup campaign hosted by the ‘new look’ Bike Trial Federation got under way at the famous Silsden venue of Addingham Moorside or the “Nab” as it’s known to locals!
A fine day greeted the 29 riders as did the hospitality trailer kindly lent to the BTF by Ripon Farm Services.

The competition consisted of 3 laps of 6 sections. 5 courses were laid out for the 10 categories catered for and these were set out by Tim McParland, Robin Morewood and Barry Gawthorpe.

This event saw the Federation use the new plastic posts and laminated route arrows along with Boundary tape. This lay out has already been adopted by the Tyke Trial club to whom we give thanks to them and ONNIT bikes for the loan of this equipment.

Many compliments were received during and after the competition as to the quality, look and feel of the event.

Plenty of photos are available from this event from Neil Sturgeon and Leah Robinson, Neil was invited by the Federation so that riders could have the opportunity to purchase prints and other photo products from Neil, see the link below.
Thank you to all the observers and volunteers who assisted in packing away! also everyone else who made the event possible and such a success.
Thank you to Trialtech for their continued support.
Results below.

British National Cup Round 1 Results