First round of the British Trials Cup - Brimham Rocks 17th April - just under a week to go!

Tuesday 12 April 2011
by Ben Swales
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The 2011 British Trials Cup kicks off this weekend with the opening round at High Wood Farm, near Brimham Rocks in North Yorkshire.

There will be routes suitable for all abilities, from complete beginners through to World-level Elite riders. With massive rocks, wooded slopes and uneven ground all over the site, sections will be interesting and challenging for all levels, and with the UK’s World Elite riders invited to make changes to some of their sections, the Yellow route should be even harder than normal – making it an exciting and impressive event to ride and to watch.

This first event in series should be an exciting one, with some interesting changes meaning that last year’s hierarchy could well be turned on its head. With Jack Carthy (Tribal Zine/Koxx) now riding 26”, there will be a big gap to fill in Elite 20” and the 26” Elite riders will be looking nervously over their shoulders! JPEG - 27.4 kb 2011 will hopefully see more of the UK’s international competitors taking part in their national series once more; how will the likes of Savage, Slinger and Butler fare against young guns and British stalwarts such as Carthy, Kerr and Hyland? Long standing event sponsors Onza will still be supporting the series, as will PhatWorks, supplying prizes and support.


There is still time to enter the competition, so don’t worry if you’ve not done so yet! You can pay and enter online on the Biketrial Federation events page, or by post by downloading the form below and sending it off with a cheque for your entry fee (deadline for postal entries is Thursday 14th April). If you pre-enter and then cannot compete, your entry will be refunded, provided you let the organisers know by midday on Saturday 16th April. Entries will be accepted on the day but will be subject to a £5 late entry fee. You do not need any licences or memberships to compete in these events, just enter!

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Click here for a map and online info

From the A1 Leave the A1 at the Wetherby turnoff and follow signs to Harrogate, then follow the B6165 between Pateley Bridge and Knaresborough. At Summerbridge, turn immediately uphill beside the Flying Dutchman pub and follow road (straight on at small crossroads) to Brimham Rocks National Trust on left. (post code HG3 4DW). The trial is located along a lane to the left of the car park. The trial will be signed from Summerbridge.

From the M65 Leave at the end of the M65 at Colne, follow signs to Skipton, then towards Harrogate. Take the Darley/Pateley Bridge turning (next to the US base with ‘golf ball’ satellites). At Summerbridge, take the uphill beside the Flying Dutchman pub and follow road (straight on at small crossroads) to Brimham Rocks National Trust on left. (post code HG3 4DW). The trial is located along a lane to the left of the car park. The trial will be signed from Summerbridge.


A tourist area affording many different types of accommodation within a very short distance. Contact the local Tourist Information for details on 01423 711147. Click here for more info


First Aid will be available on site during the event. Outside those times the nearest A&E department is at Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate, HG2 7SX Tel: 01423 885959

The 2011 British Trials Cup will feature, as usual, five rounds spread throughout the year. As is tradition, the series will close in October at Shipley Glen, having taken in the South of England and the northern reaches of Scotland on the way. There are some other especially interesting dates to look out for in 2011. For example, round three of the British Trials Cup will be run alongside the much anticipated RADFEST at Barrow Farm in Essex – three days of trials action with hundreds of riders and spectators, speed trials, fun comps, trade stands and a national competition; this is a weekend not to be missed (article coming soon)!

The Biketrial Federation will be sending out regular newsletters, with information on events, competitons and clubs, throughout the 2011 season. If you would like to be added to the mailing list, contact Ben Swales at [email protected].

What more excuse do you need to get involved and start competing in your national series?

2011 British Trials Cup

Sunday 17th April Round 1 Brimham Rocks, Yorkshire
Sunday 5th June Round 2 Fort William, Scotland (alongside UCI World Cup)
Sunday 24th July Round 3 Barrow Farm, Essex (alongside RADFEST)
Sunday 18th September Round 4 (Venue TBC)
Sunday 23rd October Round 5 Shipley Glen, Yorkshire


Here is a selection of photos from previous competitions at Brimham Rocks, in order to whet your appetites for Sunday’s trial!

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