Rd 3. Nevis Range, Fort William – Scotland.
Halfway stage of the British National Cycle Trials was staged alongside the UCI Mountain bike World cup so a mass of riders, spectators and exhibitors. A two day event with 3 laps to be completed on day 1 (Saturday) for the Trials riders.
Six sections were laid out 3 of them amongst the main complex and with 2 using the river bed of rocks going up the hillside. Section one was man made with plenty of involvement from local tradesman, building the section which incorporated railway sleepers, rocks, and tree trunks. A brand new Renegade Jeep was donated to use so the plan was put into action to jump over it trying not to dent it though.
Heavy overnight rain Friday night continued and the top section was abandoned due to it being flooded with the water gushing down.The lower section was just usable but still adjusted. At the 10am start time the rain came down which made all the Experts and elite riders fail to get through section 1 and collect their first five, only 2 inter riders managed it namely Rob Rook (Rockman) and Toby Smith (Koxx) Brothers Jack Biggins (Zoo) and Adam Biggins (Monty) being the best of the Novice class riders had the solitary dab and both kept riding well and would both top there class on both days.
By the third lap riders were getting to grips with the hazardous conditions although wet and cold. Ed McIntosh (Onza) did well on the rocks of section 2 and 3 which put him in top place after day 1 Darren Ring (Gu) went round for just the 7 points on lap 3 alongside Dan Wheeler (Wheeler Special) who was having a little trouble with brakes.
Day 2 an early start 6 sections were used with the top section back in use as the water had calmed down Expert rider Charlie Rolls (Hope) started off on this one and showed all how to ride it clean hopping onto the tips of the rocks a joy to watch. Alex Dobson (Breath) took just the 2 to get up the bank when he took a different line. Will Ackerley (Crewkerz) watched and would also clean it in plenty of time left out of the 2 minutes allowed to clear a section.
The Hemingway Brothers George and Harry (Monty) rode round together and had many good rides. By the end of Sundays comp the sun decided to show in time for a brilliant downhill event and the awards ceremony in front of a huge crowd.
The awards for the Cycle trials were presented by Danny Macaskill, Duncan Shaw and Ali C during their Drop and role tour and all was shown on the big screen.
Rd 4 will be staged at Bob Macgregor Trials Park, Ayrshire. 16th August.
Full Results can be viewed on Bike Trial Federation.Web site
Bailey Dacker, Ross shire 1st
Finn Johnstone, Scotland 2nd
George Hemingway, Yorkshire 3rd
Adam Biggins, Tyne & Wear 1st
Ben Balfour, Scotland 2nd
Jamie Smith, Surrey 3rd
Jack Biggins, Tyne & Wear 1st
Ian Atkinson, Lancashire 2nd
Harry Donaldson, Scotland 3rd
Toby Smith, Surrey 1st
Calum Grant, Scotland 2nd
Elliott Tickner, Surrey 3rd
Edd Mcintosh, W.Yorkshire 1st
Rob Rook, Essex 2nd
Darren Ring, Essex 3rd
Charlie Rolls, Cambs 1st
AlexDobson, Devon 2nd
Callon Herd, Scotland 3rd