British Bike Trial Championship 2017 Dudwood Farm

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.

Robin Morewood.

(You can find more pictures for this event in the gallery)

BIU Dudwood 2017 Results

UCI World Youth Games. Viborg, Denmark.

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

Full results:-



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