John Cowley

Mark Elms

John Probitts

Nigel Tomkins


Brian Ayres

Brian Tomkins

2017 Club Champs Round 2

Report Ken O'Brien

Pictures by Gary Dowzall, others can be found at

Sunny but cold weather greeted 45 riders for this 2nd round 2017 Ixion championship with four laps of ten to be ridden.

Standlake Wood was the venue a notoriously wet course although on this occasion dust would prevail on most sections as the winter rains had no impact on the going.

In the Expert class John Cowley TRS 280 showed a clean pair of heels to all with a faultless ride, experience and class showing in particular at sub ten an almost vertical climb dropping to a shallow pond before lining-up a severe looking muddy bank where stagnant water was dragged up to foil most of the entry.

Brother Tony 250 Sherco was next best at this sub with dab on his first visit.

Alicia Robinson was best Youth on the hard route losing 30 with four superb cleans at section seven a downhill loose camber then rising to a stony Goat track before a sandy drop then blasting up a narrow gully to the ends.

Best Intermediate was Ryan Tomkins 47 was his tally and controlled rides at section two a series of turns and banks with a splash of water thrown in for good measure, a couple of steadying prods was all he lost over the four laps.

On the Yellow Clubman route Mark Elms lost three as did Jon Probitts the former taking best Inter and the latter best Clubman.

Findley Belcher 125 Beta was best Youth B and a creditable fourth overall on this popular route.

Section five the 'Old Badger Hole' proved a tad tricky for most as the final sandy climb broke away but Findley was better than most with three ones and a two.

Ex Scrambles rider Brian Tomkins TRS 280 headed the Novice class on 29 marks lost.

The White easy route was well supported and 'Western Centre Raider' Nigel Tomkins 250 Beta took maximum points with the Wessex centres David Maslin runner-up on the 125 Sherco..

Many thanks to all the observers who braved the wintry conditions.


Red Route      
 Youth B      
 Brit Bike      
White Easy Route      


Full results can be found here .