West Glos & Dean Forest
Motor Cycle Club

Celebrating 71 Years of Motor Cycling 1953 - 2024

The Wyegate Trial History

One of the events that helped influence us to start the Wyegate was Jules Bish & Len Ore's Border 100 in 1980.

Some History of the event

The event has been going since 1983 and even then it was only a recreation of early events held around the area. Inspired by tales from older riders, there has been a long history of motorcycling around the unclassified county roads either side of the lower Wye valley and out into Usk Vale. Thanks to help from Characters like the late Jack Clarke from The Cwm (Near the Argoed Road section. And, incidentally, was Welsh '3' Day winner in 1963, 65 and 66.), who was still riding Sidecar Trials in the late seventies and John Cadogan plus others like Barbara & Jim Cullimore who helped, not only with organisational information and legal requirements, but they also observed for many years. We located some of the regular lanes used 30 years prior to the inaugural event and they were difficult enough to still be sections now, even for modern bikes. A route was mapped out joining the lanes together for a good days ride. The rest, as they say, is history.

What could be more difficult than riding a Wyegate?  The Wyegate Backwards with NO ENGINE!...

The event has changed over the years from 70 miles of dead easy sections that any pre-65 bike would be capable of passing through, to one where you may do 90 miles and spend all day in the saddle, plus lose many marks unless you have a specialised bike with ability to match. Nevertheless, many riders can bring along totally unsuitable machines and still get around enjoying the experience despite the marks dropped by the end of the day.Original Petrol Station

We don't need to tell riders how good it is as entries fill up within the first few weeks of them being released so you need to be on the ball!

The Wyegate is not just a trial, it is: a pleasant ride with like minded knowing riders. A planning exercise involving map/route card reading, mental preparation and bike preparation. A trial of riding skill. A trial of determination and concentration over a long day, A chance to show what an ambassador for our sport you are. An opportunity to show you can read and understand regulations! A chance to test that new road book holder.

HELP! - Do you have results or a programme from any of the events that are missing from the list? Please take a digital photo and send or let us scan them. admin@wgdfmcc.org.uk

Past Winners

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For a report/more info on each year, Click on the year in the left hand column.

Year CofC Wyegate CupBush Shield/Pre65 John Price Cup EDP trophyHaines Trophy
2024 Ian Wixon - - - - -
2023 Ian Wixon Simon Welch Matt Welch Rob Breakwell Ray Samways Geoff Muston
Year CofC Wyegate CupBush Shield/Pre65 John Price Cup EDP trophy
2022 (2Day) Ian Wixon After effects of Covid19 -- Cancelled -- --
2021 TBC Ian Wixon Covid19 -- Cancelled -- --
2020 TBC Ian Wixon Covid19-- Cancelled -- --
2019 TBC Rod Jones Chris KochMatt Welch tbaKev Miller
2018 TBC Rod Jones Jason BendallSteve Allen tbaKevin Stannard
2017 TBC Ian Wixon Chris KochIan Thompson Jason BendallGlyn Moses
2016 Ian Wixon Chris KochSteve Grindle Ben FalconerTony Coleman
2015 Huw Watkins Chris KochBen Bowkett ?Steve Venn
2014 Huw Watkins Henry BendallBen Bowkett Ian Wixon (I think)Alf Bendall
2013 Huw Watkins Joe BendallSteve Grindle Ben (I think)Alf Bendall
2012 Matt Neale Rob BreakwellSteve Grindle Ben FalconerKeith Wells
2011 Rod Jones Gavin MooreBen Bowkett Ben FalconerKeith Ring
2010 Ian Vessey Gavin MooreSteve Grindle Ben FalconerKeith Wells
2009 Matt Neale Gavin MooreSteve Grindle Ben FalconerDave Eeles
Matt Neale Henry BendallSam King Ben FalconerSteve Venn
2007 Rod Jones Yoshi AdamsPaul Farley Goff Hannam Andy Leahy
2006 Matt Neale Gordon BrownSam King Neil Hannam Keith Wells
2005 Matt Neale Julian PageSteve Grindle Ben Falconer Steve Venn
2004 Matt Neale Steve GrindleSteve Allen Neil Hannam Mike Husband
2003 Matt Neale David EelesSteve Allen Frank Luther Keith Wells
2002 Matt Neale Chris BerrySteve Allen Neil Hannam Steve Venn
2001 --- Foot & Mouth--- Foot & Mouth ---
2000 ? Chris BerryDan Bishop Paul JamesSteve Venn
1999 ? Steve VennSteve Allen Bryan GrindleKeith Wells
Year CofC Wyegate CupBush Shield John Price Cup Sidecar CupEDP trophy
1998 ? Jon BlissM Nicholson Stan Howitt/Lucy Davis (S/C) ?Alan Morewood
1997 Paul James Nibbs AdamsSteve Allen Steve Grindle John/Julian UphillT Sewell
1996 John Lewis Maurice ArdenRoy Enticknap Tony Falconer Doug/Sue SherbourneM Davies
1995 Richard Cooper Lee BurtonSteve Allen - John/Julian UphillKeith Wells
1994 Stan Howitt Nibbs AdamsColin Hedges - Adrian Moss/Mike WathenDave Quinton
1993 Stan Howitt Nibbs AdamsSteve Allen - John Young/Lee WitcombeAnthony Falconer
1992 Stan Howitt Mark KempBrian Newbury - Adrian Moss/Mike Wathen-
1991 Stan Howitt Chris PageArthur Dovey - Adrian Moss/Mike Wathen-
1990 Stan Howitt Carl BancroftKen Morton - Gerald Dyer/Alan Male-
1989 Malcolm Harvey Tony DavisArthur Dovey - Adrian Moss/Mike Wathen-
1988 Malcolm Harvey Chris ScottKen Morton - John Young/Nick Jones-
1987 Colin Jones Tie: Chris Scott/Dave HolleyJim Delahay - Trevor Miles/Ian Hannam-
1986 Colin Jones Adrian Moss? - Trevor Miles/Rick Ferrier-
1985 Colin Jones Allan WhittingtonStan Howitt - Roger Tuck/Bill Bennett-
1983 Colin Jones Jim DelahayJim? - Julian Bishop/Ben Bishop-

Wyegate Awards

The Wyegate Cup - more info and pic to come...

Bush Shield - was donated by Jim Wilson who was landlord of the Bush Inn at Penallt which was our first starting venue and a favourite watering hole for many trail rides and treasure hunts. Jim later sold the pub and moved to The Orepool, which is of course the centre of the universe as far as the club is concerned! The Shield is given for the best Pre65 that hasn't also won the Wyegate Cup. As there are sometimes two routes available then the award would normally go to the hardest route unless there were no takers that year.

The Eddlestone-Dike Cup - This award was donated by this sports photographer who used to enjoy their day out with us for a number of years. They're very much into motorsports racing in all forms as you will see EDP Photo News. Their trophy was originally for the best Over 45 rider but has evolved into the best Over 60 and we are fortunate to have such a safe sport that we have a number of very capable contenders.

John Price Cup - John used to run the Bikerdean Bike shop in Coleford and was a good friend to many of us. A talented rider who could perform many stunts on his bikes. This cup is awarded to the best 'working' club member. ie those who perform many supporting tasks throughout the year.

Haines Motorcycles Trophy - Haines have been a major supporter of the club donating blood sweat and tears (Of Laughter, of course!) going all the way back to when proprietor Anthony Moore was a too tall teenager on his moped. This trophy is now reserved for those who choose the 'Others Class' which caters for bikes like the Montesa 4-Ride and TRS XTrack etc.which are manufactured as Trials biased trail bikes which keep some of our older and/or less able riders able to compete, but with their Trials bias are not eligible for the covetted Wyegate Cup.