British National Cycle Trials Cup.2015
Round 2 – Seymours Arena, Oxfordshire 10th May
New to the British Cycle Trials calendar was Seymours Arena, Aston Tirrold Oxon. The venue of Berks Bonanza Supertrial. Last time a cycle trial took place here was back in 2003 staged by North Berks. New rules to keep in line with European / World events were in place with 2 minutes per section and with riders only riding through their own colours if this happened a 5 would be stamped on their card all 8 sections that were to be used incorporated big climbs up rocks cut down trees and drop-offs, even a waterfall minus water with the time being a major factor.
Sunshine was forecast for the weekend so riders could look forward to dry sections. 8 classes ranging from the Elite class right through to the Beginner (Primary) classes were available to experience and ride.
Section 1 had all classes riding the drop down camber after the rocks so plenty of speed being built up Inter class then were up the laid down tree trunk and make their way up the tapped gangway of rocks Rob Rook (Rockman) who came second in his class at round 1 rode this section well for just 1 fault. He would settle down and take the win from Edd McIntosh (Onza) Darren Ring (Gu) had to settle for another 3rd place with Stephen Davies (Limey) and Adam Holt (Ozonys) tieing on points lost By the end of the first lap the World Elite riders Jack Carthy (Crewkerz) from W.Yorkshire handed his first card in and was on just 5. Sam Oliver (Rockman) on 17, Dave Kerr from Glamorgan on 31. Scott Wilson (54 Sport) from Kent on 24. Steve Rogers (M.A.D.) on 27 from Essex.
Section 2 with the big leaps, caused the only problem for Expert UCI rider Charlie Rolls (Hope) just 6 points lost on the day and all here not much of a run up and then just go for it. 2 wins in the bag for him now. Andrew Chai (Echo) would be the runner up again with Dan Wheeler on the Wheeler Special taking the Bronze after his return from Mexico. Iwan Osbourne (Because) still recovering from his leg injury that he incurred on round 1 finished in 5th place and was happy with his ride Antonio Souza from Brazil who had rotten luck on section 7 when just before the last obstacle suffered a puncture and after replacing it just managed to finish in the time allowance of 5.30 hrs.
Adam Morewood (Onnit) in the BIU cadet class hit gold with Will Ackerley (Crewkerz) silver. Sam Rolls 6 points behind for the Bronze award. Novice Senior class Jack Biggins stood on the top spot on the podium with Adam Birchmore (Monty) 2nd spot and Perry Meeten 3rd with just 1 point adrift Joe Lethbridge (Onza Blade) Gold for 12 year old Adam Biggins that went round for 8 in the novice junior class so a celebration in that household. Samuel Meeten (Monty) riding extremely well topped the Primary class with just 9 points lost Bailey Dacker (Onza) from Ross shire took the silver and with local lad Nate Robinson on his very first cycle trial bronze and fifteen championship points.
Alicia Robinson was the only girl competitor to take part and rode with confidence with a low score on her card and received a special award alongside Finlay Belcher again both riders were on their first cycle trial and with it being a British round did marvellously.
Thank you to North Berks MCC and all concerned in staging this event, Especially Stuart Robinson.
The awards from series sponsor TRIALTECH were presented by Biketrial Federation Chairman, George Eyre and Administrator Barbara Wright.
A Brilliant day with plenty of good feedback. Round 3 will be staged at Fort William Nevis Range Scotland 6th/7th June.
Full Results can be viewed on Bike Trial Federation Web site