Darren Wheeler

Mark Dumbrell

Mark Woodburn

Rob Lewis

Adrian Steele

Tim Davis

2016 Harold Avery Trial

Report Ken O'Brien

Pictures by Gary Dowzall, others can be found at sliders.photography

A cold but sunny morning greeted a class entry of riders for the 69th running of this prestigious Open to Centre Trophy the ' Harold Avery Cup ' where in the past such great riders as John Avery Sammy Miller Don Smith Bill Faulkner Pat Lamper and John Reynolds have all been triumphant.
Twelve sections were plotted to be ridden three times with long wooded climbs and muddy woodland tracks including a new Graded Hill.
Heavy afternoon rain was forecast so time was of the essence and most pressed on to get an early finish before the heavens opened.

The other piece of silverware on offer today was the Phillip Howkins cup awarded for the best adult performance on the white standard route.

Darren Wheeler 250 Gasser put in an impressive first lap turning in a card of 4 marks but in the end 40 was his tally to take the premiere award.
Section two a hop over a low growing branch into a boggy turn before an inch perfect turn on the edge of a field drain was proving a little difficult after fifty or so bikes had passed through and took most of the Expert riders marks.

Best Intermediate was Jason Clifford Beta 250 who blasted his way to a clean on section five on his first lap, a fourth gear 200 yard climb out of the woods.

On the standard white route the Phillip Howkins Cup went to Beta mounted clubman Adrian Steele with a loss of 24 this was  less than half the score of runner-up Alan Taylor although Alan's mount was a rather standard 1963 Tigercub.

Both riders put in excellent rides on section nine Adrian three cleans, a steep climb from the field to a very tricky ledge then an almost vertical sandy bank before dropping on a camber and then a slick climb to the ends Alan took best Pre 65.

Rowan Hill and Tim Davies made for a Novice one two respectively with only a single point splitting them, Rowan and Tim had mixed fortune rides at section ten a really tough angled camber that required the correct speed before dropping to a hairpin turn and then a steep bite the front tyre climb through undergrowth.

A cluster of riders contended the Blue eased route and the man on the money today was Rob Lewis who rattled around in record time for a loss of 24 marks the Ossa not missing a beat all day.
Rob rode section six for a dab each lap this was experience showing as many tried to clean it but came unstuck in a big way footing the entire section.
This sub started with a simple looking drop and a turn below a willow then a ditch crossing that had to be attacked with vengeance after which a many line rooty slot was negotiated this is where the dab had to be produced at the precise moment or feet down all the way.

Wayne Hutton 199 Tigercub pressed on and was rewarded with best British Bike on the easy course having some good rides on section 12 the Graded Hill cleaning feet-up every visit.


Red Route      
Expert  Darren Wheeler  250 GasGas  24
   Michael Johnson  250 Mont  59
Inter  Jason Clifford  250 Beta  73
White ( Phillip Howkin Cup )  Adrian Steele  250 Beta  24
Pre-65  Alan Taylor  Tiger Cub  51
Clubman  Patrick Toplis  Beta 125  67
Novice  Rowan Hill  260 Mont 78
Inter  Faser Curtis  250 Beta 67
 Blue Route      
   Rob Lewis  Ossa 280  24
   Brian Ayres  200 Fantic  36
   Geoff Rank  200 Beta  38
   Brian Tomkins  250 Beta  38
   Steve McHugh  250 Mont  39


Full results can be found here .