Round 1 – Seymours Arena, Oxfordshire 10th April
British National Cycle Trials – Round 1 commenced at Seymours Arena, Oxfordshire which hosts the famous North Berks Bonanza.
The 8 sections were marked out and taped the day before but persistent rain / wind overnight caused markers to be dislodged and numbers on gates disappeared, but by the start time all was in order as the sun came out and stayed out for the whole of the event. The wind however was still around and made some riders drop a 5 when they were on the high rocks. Two minutes were allowed to clear a section which did cause a little heartache, but as riders settled in their time came down.
Section 1 – With a start gate on the hillside then to drop down into the gulley of rocks and make their way upwards, speed was essential for the Expert and upwards. This then led on to a water jump and the only way to do this was from a small ledge, and turning on the back wheel and just to go for it, too long thinking about it and you would be out of time. In the Expert senior group Ryan Crisp (B1K3) and Will Ackerley (Crewkerz) who has recently moved up to this class were neck and neck on 7 points after the first lap. A single dab on lap 2 when Will had previously cleaned this section, followed by a 5 on the windy section 2 meant he finished 1 point adrift from Ryan Crisp coached by Darryl Smith. Andrew Chai (GU) rode well taking the bronze medal, and Tom Astbury (Bionic) missing the podium but a good 2nd lap by him. Adam Birchmoore (Monty 221pr) in the novice senior group was happy taking his forst win in the British Nationals after a second lap of just 9. There were four riders very close in his group after their first lap, Carl Weightman (Neon) held the second place holding off Joe Gatrill (Zoo) who continues to get better the more he rides.
The primary senior group which is a new class that was introduced this year to encourage new riders to the sport saw 10 year old Samuel Meeton (Monty) having a second lap of just 1 mark lost on section 6, a Gold for him. Oscar Jones (Onza) took the silver and Jake Green 3rd place, both 17 marks lost on their last lap. Local rider Nate Robinson just 2 marks off the podium, and Elliott Cooper (Hashtag) another 3 adrift. Nine year old Bailey Dacker (Onnit) took the primary class win with 10 marks lost on the day.
Elite class which had a good entry had Andrei Burton (Echo) top of the podium on just 9 marks lost, 5 marks were lost on section 7. Dave Kerr (Crewkerz) was runner up, with Sam Oliver taking the bronze medal.
Section 9 which took place just before the medal presentation was a speed obstacle race against the clock, with 2 routes just for fun though with a few fallers but all with smiles and egging each other on. Eventual winner on section 9 the hard route was Charlie Rolls with a time of 25.76 seconds. The easier route was won by Joe Gatrill timed at 13.20. Many thanks to North Berks MCC and all concerned in staging this eventEspecially Stuart Robinson.
Thank you to main sponsors Tarty Bikes and Trial Tech. The awards werepresented by Biketrial Federation Chairman, George Eyre and Administrator Barbara Wright.
A Brilliant day with plenty of good feedback. Round 2 of the 5 rounds will be staged at Bob McGregor Trials park, Glasgow on 1st May 2016.
Full Results can be viewed on Bike Trial Federation Web site