The British Trials Cup Final

Saturday 12 November 2011
by Ben Swales
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GIF - 19.5 kb Sunday 23rd October saw the final round of the British Trials Cup take place at Shipley Glen in Yorkshire, and with blue skies and plenty of riders and spectators, it was a great day for all involved! As usual, there were two laps of eight sections for the riders to negotiate; four along the top of the glen with some big, crowd-pleasing moves, and four along the wooded hillside below comprising some incredibly technical passages and some scary moves on the enormous, mossy rocks.

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JPEG - 91.3 kb Elite 20” was a small field this time, with just two riders competing for the top spot. Tribal Rider Dave Kerr, riding 20” for the first time in the series, finished with an impressive total of 36 to take the top spot, handing his ticket in and immediately rushing off to ride the sections on his 26” bike as well! Oliver Battye seemed to struggle on his first lap, picking up fives on all but section three, which he got through on clean. He rallied on his second lap however, learning from earlier mistakes and spotting new lines to come in on 26, bringing his total for the trial to 61 and putting him in second place. This meant that Oliver took the overall win in the series, with Tom Astbury, who couldn’t make the final, taking second, and Dave finishing third on the strength of his final round victory.

Elite 26” saw some incredible performances over the course of the day, with some of Britain’s top riders making short work of the daunting sections. It was a Tribal Zine 1-2-3 as Jack ‘Clean Machine’ Carthy bounded through the sections, dropping just one point on each of his two laps to take the win and the overall victory in the British Trials Cup, adding the trophy to his ever more impressive collection, which includes this year’s UCI Cadet World Cup! We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again, but Jack really is the one to watch next season. JPEG - 100.8 kb He made everything look like child’s play in the final, flying over giant rocks like they weren’t even there, while most other riders came up short. Now that he’s old enough to compete in the World Cups, we expect to see the established Elite hierarchy shaken up in a big way. Watch out Gilles, Kenny, Vincent, he’s coming for you! Second place went to last year’s British Champion James Hyland finished second, just nine points behind Jack on 11. This meant that he finished third overall in the Cup, handing the trophy over to his long-time protégé Jack with a smile. Dave Kerr, fresh from his 20” victory, managed the impressive feat of finishing third in the 26” final as well! He took a well deserved second place in the 26” series after a season-long battle with James for those all-important podium places.

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Elite 20” Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Dave Kerr 36
2 Oliver Battye 61
Elite 20” Overall
Pos. Rider
1 Oliver Battye
2 Tom Astbury
3 Dave Kerr
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Elite 26” Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jack Carthy 2
2 James Hyland 11
3 Dave Kerr 19
Elite 26” Overall
Pos. Rider
1 Jack Carthy
2 Dave Kerr
3 James Hyland


Tribal Rider Jamie Bew took the win in the Expert 20” final, almost achieving the perfect trial -dropping just one point on his first lap and coming in clean on his second. This meant that he took the overall victory as well, topping off a great season with podiums in nearly every competition. Jamie’s been improving well over the season, riding in Elite in some club rounds to improve his riding and picking up new sponsors and demo gigs left right and centre. Well done! Second place went to Jack Chapman, who finished on a no less impressive score of just five points that saw him take second place in the series as well after a consistent and impressive season. Jersey’s Chris Vibert finished off the final podium on nine points, and James Bancroft finished third in the overall series.

James also finished first in the 26” final, dropping just one point all day in an excellent performance. The move to big wheels obviously suited him! Alec Wray dropped two points on his first lap and fived section two on his second, which was enough to take the silver medal on the day and keep him in first place over all. Stephen Robson, not present at the final, finished second over all in the Cup. Third place in the final went to Ross McArthur in his first appearance in the series, and the overall third place trophy went to motorbike legend Gary MacDonald, after some great performances throughout the season, including a second place in front of his home crowd in Fort William.

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Expert 20” Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jamie Bew 1
2 Jack Chapman 5
3 Chris Vibert 9
Expert 20” Overall
Pos. Rider
1 Jamie Bew
2 Jack Chapman
3 James Bancroft
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Expert 26” Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 James Bancroft 1
2 Alec Wray 7
3 Ross McArthur 8
Expert 26” Overall
1 Alex Wray
2 Stephen Robson
3 Gary MacDonald


Jed Hesling finished off an impressive season with a victory in Cadet class, finishing on nine points, 33 points ahead of the other two podium finishers! This win was enough to put him in third place overall in the series. Second place went to Chris Bland on 42, who also finished second overall, and Ian Archibald took third on 58, after being separated from fourth place Andrew MacDonald on most cleans. The overall victory went to Owen Gawthorpe, who had unfortunately joined Tribal Zine´s Ben Swales on the injury bench after breaking his ankle in training, but luckily his performance over the rest of the season were enough to guarantee him the top spot. Owen is another one to watch next year; his improvement over the course of 2010 and 2011 has been rapid, and he competed in his first BIU world events this year, finishing in a respectable 11th place. We expect more good results form him in 2012!

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Cadet Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jed Hesling 9
2 Chris Bland 42
3 Ian Archibald 58
Cadet Overall
Pos. Rider
1 Owen Gawthorpe
2 Chris Bland
3 Jed Hesling


JPEG - 93.7 kb Motorbike pros Donna Fox and Becky Cooke were battling it out with Trials Queens’ Nadine Staniforth in Femina class, the first round with a full class! Donna took the win with 35 on the Intermediate sections, while Becky finished on 25 points on the Novice Sections to take second and Nadine finished in third on 41, also on the Novice sections.

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Femina Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Donna Fox 35 (Intermediate)
2 Becky Cooke 25 (Novice)
3 Nadine Staniforth 41 (Novice)
Femina Overall
Pos. Rider
1 Owen Gawthorpe
2 Chris Bland
3 Jed Hesling


Tribal Rider and BIU World Champion Charlie Rolls, having won nearly every competition that he’s entered this season, both at home and abroad, finished first in Intermediate class in the final round after not dropping a single dab, despite only needing a top five finish to take the overall victory. He was at the top of both podiums at the end of the day, another national title under his tiny belt! Second place in the final and the series went to TJ Reynoldson (2 points in the final), who has had a consistent season, with podium finishes in every round. Third place went to Craig Patrick, who also finished off the overall podium.

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Intermediate Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Charlie Rolls 0
2 TJ Reynoldson 2
3 Craig Patrick 5
Intermediate Overall
1 Charlie Rolls
2 TJ Reynoldson
3 Craig Patrick


Sam Rolls had it a bit tougher than his brother, needing to win the final round to ensure the overall victory. No need to worry though, as he did it with ease, cruising through the sections to come in on clean and take the top spot in both the final and the overall series. Toby Smith dropped just one point on each lap to finish in second place, taking silver in the series at the same time. Third place went to Jordan Seymour (4) in the final and to Harry Francis in the overall series.

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Novice Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Sam Rolls 0
2 Toby Smith 2
3 Jordan Seymour 4
Novice Overall
1 Sam Rolls
2 Toby Smith
3 Harry Francis


Jamie Smith took the win on the white route sections, with Bryn Fisher in second and Joel Holdsworth in third. The overall win went to Reece Seymour, with Jamie in second and Simon Duke in third.

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Primary Final
Pos. Rider Pts.
1 Jamie Smith 4
2 Bryn Fisher 7
3 Joel Holdsowrth 17
Primary Overall
1 Reece Seymour
2 Jamie Smith
3 Simon Duke

At the end of another successful and enjoyable season, we’d like to thank everyone who has helped throughout the course of the year, whether by helping to organise each round, setting sections, observing at competitions or by coming to compete or spectate. Without all of you, the series wouldn’t happen, so thank you, all of you! Extra special thanks, however, go to Barbara and Brian Wright, without whose tireless efforts and commitment in organising and running these events, there would be no national series! So a MASSIVE thank you to the leading lady and gentleman of UK trials!


Thanks to Kelly Rolls & No Limits Photography for the photos. Check out their galleries from the final, dedicated to the morning, afternoon (with a second gallery here) and the awards ceremony.

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