The first Crowthorne Club Trial - Brackendene - 18/09/10

Thursday 7 October 2010
by Ben Swales , Graham Tickner
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JPEG - 10.9 kb The Crowthorne club staged a competition at Brackendene, Addlestonemoor on Saturday the 18th September. The trial took place on a dry sunny day with sections catering for adult and youth riders of all abilities. Riders had to ride three laps of six technically demanding sections, which were made up of a combination of tree stumps, big logs, concrete slabs, cambers and even a tunnel thrown in for good measure! Graham Tickner sent us a round-up of the event.


Expert was a closely fought competition and was still all to play for on the final lap. Tom Rankin was riding well, cleaning sections left right and centre with his powerful explosive style. He was tied at the top with BIU British Senior Champion Jack Meek for much of the trial, with both riders working their way through the sections with apparent ease, finishing their second lap without dropping a single point! Lap three would be crucial in deciding the winner. Tom seemed to lose concentration on his third lap, dropping an unexpected five and dropping down to third place. Would Jack and Jaime manage to keep their feet up and remain in first and second? Jack remained clean until the very last section of the day when he took a five on the bridge putting him on equal points with Tom. The two were separated on most cleans, with Jack taking second place and Tom remaining in third. Jaime Pedrosa managed to keep his feet up and finished on just one point to take the win.

Expert Podium

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jaime Pedrosa 1
2 Jack Meek 5
3 Tom Rankin 5


Ian Proudfoot took the win in Intermediate class after an excellent ride with plenty of those all-important cleans on his card. He was followed by Chris Charles in second and Edward Wheeler in third.

Intermediate Podium

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Ian Proudfoot 13
2 Chris Charles 16
3 Edward Wheeler 24


Novice class saw Nocholas Hay take the win with 19 points. Steve Stuart, despite some impressive riding, dropped 30 points over the day and finished in second place ahead of Elliot Tickner on 40.

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Nicholas Hay 19
2 Steve Stuart 30
3 Elliott Tickner 40


Beginners had a tough day with the tricky sections causing problems for some of the young riders. Nine year old James Bannister finished in first place, just one point ahead of Oliver Brincombe in second and Morgan Watmore completed the podium.

Beginner Podium

Pos. Rider Pts.
1 James Bannister 22
2 Oliver Brimecombe 23
3 Morgan Watmore 50

Thank you to all the observers: Barry Bannister, Colin Grist, Clive Smith, Alicia Tickner, Amber Moorey, Richard Wheeler and Mark Watmore, as well as to all the clubs that helped with supplying equipment: Thames Trials Club, Normandy TC, Surrey youth TC, Reigate and Red hill TC and the Surrey Schoolboys TC .Trophies were presented by Linda Tuthill. The Crowthorne club will be running six events in 2011, with dates and venues to be confirmed. Contact the Tickner Family for more information.


Thanks to Clive Smith for the photos.

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