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Boxing Day Trial - Dec 2011

Words by Colin. Pics by various. Vid by Helena and Colin

Latest: Final Results are now up.

OK, so it looks like you didn't all have terrible hangovers then, there were some brilliant rides going on out there.

I was unsure about who gets the 'Hangover award' as surely that can't go to a youth as we all know they can't drink and get one, so it goes to Matt Peake who unfortunately gained a few maximums for missing some sections (and balances out his superb win at Rockfield). Matt was acting as minder to his dad who was originally shown on wrong route of Sportsman but had actually chosen to punish himself with Clubman, despite being elligible for the over 70's class.

Steve GrindleIf we had an award for furthest travelled then there would have been a fight as we had riders from Yorkshire and Surrey but for nearest you can't beat newcomer Matt Whittington from a stone's throw away.

If only we'd known beforehand we could have secretly plotted something for our Centre Steward Trevor Hunt who was there for the last time ever in that role. I can remember Trev when he had a Clerk of Course armband at the Wye Valley Traders probably 42 years ago, sending us out to observe in some beautiful places (I remember the view from Red Darren - through the peasoup fog, grrrrr!). Who would have thought I'd be bumping into him for the next 43 with various armbands on. Jason BendallMost impressive was realising he was riding the Welsh 2 Day Enduro route behind me course closing it, after I'd been searching for a Gold just in front of him. We could do with more heroes like Trevor, who prove you don't need to win everything on a bike to still get huge respect from your fellow riders.

From an Entry Sec's perspective I'd like to say a big thanks to the many that entered on-line and even to those that posted their entry before. Can you guess what I say to those that entered on the day? Well I'm starting a campaign to add a substantial late entry tax and an observer tax, (not a new topic!) all I have to do now is persuade the committee. (Yes, I know there are many reasons why you entered late, one of which is 'your stupid form wouldn't work on my computer Colin'. You could help by telling me about it so I can fix stuff!) Anyway, that is enough whinging from an old greybeard.

Tom CooperFor links to some great photos, start with one of our Ex Centre champ Steve Workman's Gallery. There is more to come but we are running out of space on our website so I'll have to do some early spring cleaning.

It is good to see our younger riders out helping mark out sections without too much pressure from dad, so thanks to Tom Cooper pictured on the right. We should also say a big thanks to Simon Welch who has some great ideas to boost youth riders in the centre and included in his training plans are taking on some of the organisational roles too. If you haven't already read about this then see the article on the Centre Website.

Did you spot that we had a mini Trail Bike event going on within the trial? If Sam Jones hadn't bought his Rev3 a day before then he a Rob Breakwell would have been on Beta Alps and up for it too, making 4. As it was, Ben Falconer stole the show when Bruce Bendall admitted defeat on a sportsman route that was just about 3'able for a traillie for all the sections, but getting between them! well, between you and me and promise not to tell Merv I said so, but he admitted that was a bit tough going and will be looking for easier access next year.


Helena's Gotcha

Helena and Huw said rather than keep you waiting, here is a version without any music.


Colin's video

Finally. Not that it is worth waiting for, but a record none the less.


Section Statistics

For example, on the expert Adult route 11 riders had a dab in section 1 and 35 marks in total were lost in section 1.

Section01235Tot
Expert Adult
171136035
271315157
313446030
415534023
512852024
62430003
72330018
815541226
911531749
102331005
1193110455
122232007
1312744027
1421203116
Rte Tot:21463335216365
Clubmen/Expert Adult
11200000
20006648
31200000
42025334
51020002
6831005
76410111
81110001
91200000
10921004
116112219
12651007
131101002
148001318
Rte Tot:1131881415151
Clubmen/Expert Youth
1510001
20000630
3600000
40000630
50033015
6123008
7310207
8320017
9600000
10312005
110212115
12410016
13041109
141101319
Rte Tot:321510918152
Clubman Adult
1261364667
242931123
339551333
426122214166
51629262108
643802224
71413717498
8231275881
9291082557
10321234345
11161161310112
1232855453
131317515387
1441342647
Rte Tot:36812980119711001
Clubmen Youth
1300000
2210001
3300000
40002111
5000309
6300000
7012005
8110016
9300000
10011106
11000309
12010119
13010207
14300000
Rte Tot:186312363
Sportsman Adult
118377248
23141006
3174110561
4191214180
515745345
612539563
722605126
811468355
99725971
1020226129
1117435130
1226311113
1324033120
143021004
Rte Tot:25360467833551
Sportsman Youth
11101319
2310207
30005120
41012218
52102112
60003324
72102112
80014119
90112219
100111321
112101214
12240004
132021112
14600000
Rte Tot:211162620201