Fort William 2012 – podiums and results

Friday 15 June 2012
by Ben Swales
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Once again, the Biketrial Federation was in Fort William this year, braving the weather and the midges to organise a trials competition alongside the UCI Downhill and 4X World Cup. Things were slightly different this year, however, with a new, more dynamic team of organisers and two rounds of the British Trials Cup rather than one round of the Cup and a one-off British Championship, and it was one of the most successful visits to the Northern reaches of Scotland yet! With glorious sunshine on Saturday and pouring rain on Sunday, the two rounds couldn’t have been more different, and there was a huge change in scores from one day to the next.


Jack Carthy (Tribal Zine/Enter Bike) won the UCI World Elite competition on both days, cleaning the whole trial in Round 3 and dropping just 22 points in Round 4. France’s Guillaume Dunand (Ozonys) finished second in Round 3, with Dave Kerr in third, and Dave Kerr (Tribal Zine/Cycle Mart) finished second in Round 4. In Elite 26” Stan Shaw (Tarty Bikes) took the win in Round 3 ahead of Alec Wray (3SIXTY’s)and Wayne Mahomet, while in round 4 Alec finished in first place ahead of Stan and Tom Rigg. Dave Kerr won both rounds in Elite 20”, with Dan Wheeler (Radical Bikes) and Oliver Battye in second and third in Round 3 and swapping places in Round 4.

UCI World Elite Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jack Carthy 0
2 Guillaume Dunand 16
3 Dave Kerr 20

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jack Carthy 22
2 Dave Kerr 39

Elite 26” Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Stan Shaw 28
2 Alec Wray 31
3 Wayne Mahomet 38

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Alec Wray 26
2 Stan Shaw 43
3 Tom Rigg 77

Elite 20” Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Dave Kerr 11
2 Dan Wheeler 34
3 Oliver Battye 43

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Dave Kerr 30
2 Oliver Battye 52
3 Dan Wheeler 66


In Expert 26” it was James Bancroft who took the victory in Round 3, making short work of the sections to come in on just 9 points, ahead of Matt Arkwright and Jed Hesling. Matt managed to improve on his result in Round 4 to take the win, with Ross McArthur (The Clan) in second and James in third. In 20”, Owen Gawthorpe (Cyclemart/54 Sport) managed the perfect trial on Saturday coming in clean on both laps to take the win. Chris Bland finished in second, ahead of Felix Huber in third. Sunday’s podium was the same, albeit it with slightly higher scores thanks to the rain.

Expert 26” Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 James Bancroft 9
2 Matt Arkwright 16
3 Jed Hesling 22

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Matt Arkwright 32
2 Ross McArthur 35
3 James Bancroft 40

Expert 20” Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Owen Gawthorpe 0
2 Chris Bland 11
3 Felix Huber 51

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Owen Gawthorpe 20
2 Chris Bland 50
3 Felix Huber 73


Charlie Rolls put in a fantastic performance to take gold on both days, with TJ Reynoldson taking second in both rounds as well. Third place on Saturday went to Aaron Duke, while Chris Walford completed Sunday’s podium.

Cadet Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Charlie Rolls 11
2 TJ Reynoldson 21
3 Aaron Duke 43

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Charlie Rolls 5
2 TJ Reynoldson 30
3 Chris Walford 52


One of the most competitive classes, on the internet at least, was Senior class. Neil Robinson’s new found competitive edge saw him take the win on both days , with Ben Swales and Jason Seymour in second and third in Round 3 and Dave Barratt in second in Round 4 with Ben Swales in third place.

Senior Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Neil Robinson 49
2 Ben Swales 65
3 Jason Seymour XX

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Neil Robionson 58
2 Dave Barratt 77
3 Ben Swales 81


Sam Rolls and Toby Smith were tied on points in Saturday’s intermediate competition, with Sam taking the victory with most cleans. Third place went to Jordan Seymour. Toby and Sam swapped places on Sunday’s podium, with Jordan in third once again.

Intermediate Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Sam Rolls 23
2 Toby Smith 23
3 Jordan Seymour 30

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Toby Smith 26
2 Sam Rolls 29
3 Jordan Seymour 57


Scott Thompson finished first on Saturday in Novince class, ahead of Reece Seymour and Paul Grange, while Reece took the win on Sunday, with Andrew Eley in second and Scott in third.

Novice Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Scott Thompson 21
2 Reece Seymour 23
3 Paul Grange 35

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Reece Seymour 27
2 Andrew Eley 34
3 Scott Thompson 35


On Saturday, Adam Biggins finished in first place in Primary, ahead of Oliver Innes and Sam Shepherd, and on Sunday it was Jamie Smith who took the win, with Adam and Sam in second and third.

Primary Podium

Round 3

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Adam Biggins 27
2 Oliver Innes 34
3 Sam Shepherd 37

Round 4

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Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jamie Smith 15
2 Adam Biggins 18
3 Sam Shepherd 23

Full Results:

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A few photos of the World Elite podium finishers. A full write-up and photo gallery will follow soon!

Dave Kerr

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Guillaume Dunand

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Jack Carthy

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