to all the riders and organizers for making it a grand
day out.. and Tony for doing the driving.
and European Championship round.. Hook Woods, Surrey....
only rekindled my interest in Bike Trials a short while
ago I haven't seen any of the new crop of riding stars actually
ride in real life. Tony had never seen a Bike Trial comp
in real life, so this event was going to be good for
After a bbq and a few beers the night before to help recover
from our 5 hours of riding, and a relatively early night, it
was off down the M4 and into deepest Surrey for my second trip
to Hook Woods in 3 weeks. (the British motorcycle trials round
was there as well). I had been worried that the cycles would
have trouble riding as it was very wet and muddy for the motorcycles
but upon arriving i could see that the ground was now dusty!!
And the sun was out... bargain.
We had a walk around the sections and had to ask which coloured
markers who was going to follow. The yellow route was for the
top guys followed by the red route... this didn't actually
look that much easier until we arrived at a few of the rock
and log section near to "sand mountain". The gaps the yellows
had to get across, and the small take off and landing spots
were amazing and we couldn't believe that anyone would get
through them at all let alone clean... turns out we were wrong!!
followed a group of riders that had a couple of yellow
route riders, 3 red route riders and several of the easier
colours competitors... including 2 ladies doing the orange
route. The rider that stood out was a guy on an orange
Pashley who chatted with us and even chatted whilst he
was in the section balanced on something big! He reckoned
there were some good riders at the event to look out
for but he should have put himself in that group as he
was brilliant to watch. And how nice to see a steel frame
amongst all the Alluminium ones. I have since found out
the guys name is Tim Steadman and the frame may well be available
from Pashley soon. The after event play time was awesome
to watch with Tim almost matching everything that Ben savage
did... but with more laughs! ..
We managed eventually to see almost every rider and every
section and were just blown away by what everyone was doing.
The easy sections would have had us on our arse!! But I would
like to try them one day soon...
What a brilliant way to end the day, watching several
of the riders just playing on some silly hard and big
stuff. They started on a crop of rocks near the last
section and rode it in just about every way possible...
and some that I am sure weren't. They then moved over
to the concrete section that will be familier to the
motorcycle boys as it was also the last section at the
event here a few weeks ago. Ben and Tim decided it may
be possible to ride up the almost vertical 12 foot last
step!!! A quick emoval of the barrier to give a few extra
feet of run up and away they went for 20 minutes throwing
themselves up it. Ben Savage made it look too easy, and
eventually added a nasty looking ending to give him a
challenge! Tim didn't make it up the huge step but had
his front wheel over the top a couple of times before
a backwards jump with bike. He was the first to try a
horrible drop off to angled slab and back up onto the
start step.... after several attempts he cleaned it and
started other riders off, this resulted in some blood
and scuffed alluminium!
A mention must go to the man on the left riding the fluro ex
Scott Wilson bike. Turns out he is a couple of years older
than Tony and myself... thats knackered our excuses for not
riding then! He was having great fun and kept us entertained
as well... sorry, no idea of your name mate but your a star
and you may have several other old codgers riding with you