Essex BikeTrial Championships - Round 6 of 7|
Shamley Green Farm, Surrey, UK
Report by Dave Dennis from Norfolk, UK:
(Edited by Paul Thomson)
The penultimate round of the E.B.T.C championship was held near Guildford, Surrey, an area which had recently made the news for heavy flooding. However to the pleasant surprise of the riders, the sections were dry, the sun was out and it all made for an exciting trial. The sections were all in the woods with the occasional rocky patch in some sections adding variety. Scattered through one or two of the sections were man made obstacles; mainly old car tyres lodged into the ground but with a 4ft high concrete pipe for one elite section, which caused a big crash for at least one of the riders. It was typical terrain of Britain's original Biketrial club.
The Elite category saw the unexpected entry of national number 4, Matt Tongue riding for Pashley, fighting for top spot with Stevie Thompson (5th in Britain) who was riding a 20" Megamo after leaving Team M.A.D. Saracen. Both flew through the sections with Stevie beating Matt by one dab despite his two fives; a very close result. Junior rider Kris Leeson came in third, behind Matt Tongue by just two dabs. The other four elite riders were over ten dabs behind Kris.
In the expert category world number 3 in the cadet class, Ben Savage (20" Megamo) had a good ride, beating Tom Griffiths (Monty) by four dabs, and Simon Harvey (Pashley) by six dabs.
11 year old Richard Coe, who came 2nd overall in the national minime class, dropped 8 dabs to beat Robin Howard by most cleans in the intermediate class and 26" Pashley rider James Bouchard on 11.
Elite (7 riders entered) Pos Rider Bike Overall Dabs 1st Stevie Thompson NSE Megamo (20") 18 2nd Matt Tongue Pashley 19 3rd Kris Leeson Leeson 660 21 4th Barry Huskinson NSE Megamo (26") 36 5th Dave Holmes NSE Megamo (26") 39 6th Jon Taylor Pashley 44 7th George Gori Orange Zero 65 Expert (16 riders entred) 1st Ben Savage NSE Megamo (20") 15 2nd Tom Griffiths Monty (20") 19 3rd Simon Harvey Pashley 21 4th Michael Graves Giant 23 5th Ben Coath Orange Zero 31 6th Lee Sadler Monty (20") 46 7th Elliot Firth Sunn 48 8th David Lowe Mission 63 9th Jon Rowles Black Mountain 67 10th Darren Hill MTB 67 11th Lee Majewski Monty (?") 69 12th James Steele Saracen 71 13th Adam Hall Mission 71 14th Chris Towes M.A.D Saracen 73 15th John Pitman Pashley 87 ret Adam Barrett Saracen Retired Intermediate (40 riders entred) 1st Richard Coe SMC Monty (20") 8 2nd Robin Howard Monty (20") 8 3rd James Bouchard Pashley 11 4th James Davis Megamo 15 5th Alex Kerr Club Roost 17 Novice (8 riders entred) 1st Daniel Wills Megamo (20") 2nd Tom Savage NSE Megamo (20") 3rd Lewis Coulson Megamo (20") Out of Class 26" (14 riders entred) 1st Scott Robbens Scott USA 3 2nd Stuart Buckmaster Ultimate Hardware 11 3rd Ryan Foster DDG Shooter 11
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