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Celebrating 65 Years of Motor Cycling 1953 - 2018

Wyegate Trial 5th April 2009

Matt's Section (Clerk of Course)

Just a quick note to say thanks to every one who helped with or rode the Wyegate. It's not possible to list everyone who made a contribution so in no particular order:

Jackie Jones for being an ultra efficient entries secretary, Colin Jones for all his work behind the scenes producing the road book and keeping the website running and son Viv for the video bits. Drew Moore worked above and beyond the call of duty in the role of Chief Marshal and Rod Jones (not a son) was invaluable in the dual roles of PR manager and Club Steward. Various people took on sections of the route for PR purposes and also worked hard on the day to ensure that all went smoothly. These included course openers and closers, scrutineers and starters, and off course all the observers. Thanks to all the riders whose behaviour meant that we have had no complaints from local residents. Finally thanks to all at the rugby club, without whom the event could not run.

Matt Neale, Clerk of the Course

Snippets

Merv Morgan at The HippoViv and Jackie were filming at Wixon Rocks and Mork and Keith's. The big screen was out of action at the club meeting but a DVD is now made. There's about 30 mins of tape to see. There are other video clips out on the web, just search on Wyegate or WGDFMCC. We've linked one of the best ones below

Another one is over but there is still work to be done. Full results are up, click on one of the links on the right to view them.


Rider's say

Mike Rees says: Thanks to everone involved for working so hard to give us all a great day out. Well organised as usual and plenty of happy marshals to give us encouragement along with our '5'. Even the weather stayed fine. The use of electronic mail is clearly the way to go even for us geriatrics. The results were a bit miniscule but when I find the lever on my computer to enlarge the print it will be fine. Maybe its the one marked 'viag??'. The wygate is still one of my favorite events and I hope to do many more. (In fact Mike included some points worth reading and considering, Click here to read it.)Wixon of Rock Green

Mike Hammond says: Thanks very much and thanks to you and the team for the excellent organisation at the Wyegate. A most enjoyable experience (the retirement was about me, not the trial). I was impressed by the promp and supportive manner by all involved and the degree of cameraderie and friendliness was exceptional.

Pete Barnett says: I would like to thank everyone involved with putting on the Wyegate LDT, as part of the team that runs the OK Supreme LDT, I can appreciate the effort that goes into staging an event of this nature and the number of people that it takes to make it happen. Very well done indeed. Thank you. Read his full report on Trials Central website

Dave Eeles says: Just a quicky to say thanks for a brilliant day. (Good training for Scotland). I thought Wixon's was good so keep that in. How do you improve on that perhaps a few more rocks some bigger steps as Pant Glas seems a little easier. Must get my tongue out of me cheek. I was pleased with my ride with one slack dab and I needed the rest. Perhaps you could do it twice a year. If I had been told it would take one hour to fix a puncture I would have fixed it for some practice. MORE practice needed for some one. (So you looked at my score then, damn! ed.) Your trial will be talked about until the next one. Long may they continue with me riding in them. Many thanks to all involved once again.

Kierran Blayney says: This was my first Wyegate ride on my Beta Alp much easer than the DR350! Another well organised event thanks to all the unsung heroes who's hard work goes into making it a great day. Cheers.

Goff Hannam says: Can I express my appreciation and grateful thanks for all the time, commitment, effort and enthusiasm put in by the whole of the Wyegate 'Team'. It was another excellent event and it is surely the premier LDT of them all - but then I would say that wouldn't I! - after the wet start last year you certainly made up for it weather wise this year. All in all a great event, organised and efficiently run by great bunch of people, passing through great countryside, with some great, if not fearsome with the 'no inspection' rule, sections! (For those not in the know - Goff was entries sec for this club's trials when he was 16, and that was a very long time ago! Sorry about the harsh marking Goff, we have to assume others were treated the same! ed.)

David Bells says: This was the 1st Wyegate we had ridden and my mate Nick & I thought everything about it was 1st class, from the electronic entering & notifications, etc. to the route notes, section marking and general demeanour of the club officials and helpers. Even the locals seemed friendly with a cheery smile and wave in all cases! The sections were harder than we expected (must practice more) and we were glad it wasnt raining! What fantastic scenery to ride through, the day was a delight even though Im still aching on Tuesday. It was the 1st LDT I have ridden in without the enduro bike competitors and I thought it made the atmosphere laid back without the usual testosterone flying about and probably is the way forward if the anti bike lobby is to be thwarted. Well worth the long trek up from South Devon, hopefully well be back and improve our performance.

Brian Lightfoot says: Many thanks yet again for organising such a wonderful event.

James Osbourne Says: Well I made it and my goal for my first ever event and LDT was achieved... to make it in one piece. (In fact James' report is so good we've given him his own page - worth reading!... Click here to read it.)

Colin Jones says: Try as I might, I couldn't achieve a perfect 100 score, despite Matt Neale's best attempts to enforce it. It was a real change to feel what it was like to actually ride the event rather than just make a hash of filming and photographing, but 'Hell, standards have to be maintained!' so I made a hash of riding it too. Falling off in the first section and requiring a rescue team to lift the bike off of me started the day off well, then my sponsor, Roy Breakwell, getting a puncture, which took an hour for us to mend, (despite having excellent assistance from Keith Wells, Dave Eeles and Phill Hodges), just was the icing on the cake! More bike inversions were to come, seemingly always to happen in front of the elite of our club mickey takers - Damn! Never mind, I survived. I witnessed some fantastic rides thanks to being in the thick of it and some elegant dance moves, including Alf Bendall's latest break dance, I think it was called a headspin! Thanks to all the team.

Mike Allen (Rode the full course as a course opener putting up all the arrows you depended on!) says: What a cracking day couldn't have asked for a better day in the saddle!

Paul Farley says: Just to say thanks for another arduous but thoroughly enjoyable Wyegate. I thought with the dry weather the new 'tricky' sections were what was needed and hopefully took a few marks off even the top riders? As ever the organisation was slick and the road book and arrows in the woods etc worked well. I thought the atmosphere of the trial was improved by limiting the entry to trail bikes; everybody rode steadily, no KTM's flying past on the back wheel and a lot less noise, Good move! Maybe it's time for a classic twin shock trail bike class to distinguish between modern trailees, Beta Alps, Gas Gas Pamperas etc and the older bikes, classic 185 Hondas etc? (Good question. Anyone got any opinions on that? I've thought that Keith Wells has been the moral winner many times already.)

Jerry Longland says: Last year I fractured my arm on the first (wet) day and sulked on the nice dry Sunday. This year I had the pleasure of a dry days trail riding with some sections to embarrass myself in, my excuse for lame performance, is that it is actually the first ride on the bike since last year, due to injury and too much to do! In reality I am just as rubbish when fully fit and well practiced so I have no excuse at all. However, congratulations and thanks are due again to the organisers and all concerned, a great day and all down to a huge effort behind the scenes on your part! See you next year hopefully!

Andy Leahy says: Just a quick note to say thanks for yet another great trial, helped this year by good weather too. As trial organisers ourselves, the Clevedon crew can also appreciate the amount of work that went in to cutting out many new sections and routes through dense woods.


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