Guy Kenyon Bell

Ali Haigh

Victoria Payne

Tim Davis

Mark Kenyon Bell

Brett Harbud

2014 Club Champs Round 4

Report Ken O'Brien

Pictures by Gary Dowzall, others can be found at

The sun was out the riders had gathered for their briefing and were eagerly awaiting the off.
Ten sections were plotted to be ridden four times with varying terrain consisting of mainly steep climbs muddy slots and natural spring water courses.
This event also included the penultimate round of the club championship.
It was a hard call before the off in the Expert class with several riders in with a shout but Guy Kenyon-Bell 250 Gas Gas took the win on thirty four marks lost three ahead of similar mounted Darren Wheeler.
Guy had a brilliant clean at Jim Axfords section six this hazard started with a tricky slick to say the least turn before lining up to attack a three foot awkwardly growing bough with minimum grip available at the crucial take off point.
At one point a kicker was trying to be shuffled into place but Jim's faithful dog sniffed these villains out and they soon legged it.
Victoria Payne 125 Sherco who migrated over from the Bristol area for a days trialing had some really good rides and came away as top Youth A rider.
At section ten Victoria was good with this by far the longest section of the day starting though a boggy slot then two very steep sandy climbs before a sharp uphill camber high on the hill.
On the standard white course Ali Haigh 250 beta was in his element blasting around the course in record time losing a miserly thirteen marks with Adrian Steele taking second spot although both riders had to take a steadying dab at sub three on their second visit.
Looking a fairly straight forward affair it was far from that as a stream crossing got tougher as the day went on with water being drawn up the section.
Best Novice Mark Kenyon-Bell put some tidy rides in with section five a particular favourite, a deep muddy gully to cross a slick blast over a stream then an equally slippery climb out over roots.

The blue easier option course was a tad harder than usual with a lot of water about after a week of rain but this didn't bother Tim Davies as he piloted the Repsol Mont around for a nineteen mark loss.
Tim the only rider to master section six at every visit a straight muddy job to start then a right handed uphill climb forth gear selected and hang on to the ends.
The ten observers had a great day soaking up the sun with an occasional splattering of mud.



Full results can be found here .