CHG Robin's Quarry Trial, Monday 2 Jan 2012


Pix by Steve Workman

Report: Steve Venn

Over 100 competitors came from far and wide to the CHG New Year easy trial, to enjoy a steady start to the season.

The hardy CHG observers braced themselves for the cold biting Cotswold wind to start the year of Non-Stop trials with this club.

Riders and observers were briefed, the sections were set out without the need to stop, but many of the riders, old, young, experienced or first timers, were caught for unexpected 5's.

This upset a few but the return to Non-Stop rules was generally welcomed. The queues and time to complete the 3 laps of 13 sections was shorter. Our welcome friends from Oxford and Wales figured prominently in the results, with Scot and Rob Faulkner just being pipped for the premier by a steady and calculated ride by Nigel Tomkins casting a single dab on his last lap.

The only clean ride of the day was by well travelled trail bike stalwart Nibbs Adams (Beta Alp) on the popular Sportsman route, with fellow Welshman Nigel Smith best Pre-65 on just one mark lost. It was very close at the top of the sportsman results with 5 riders just losing 1 mark.

Pre-65 ace Ken O'Brien was well on the way to a clean sheet for the day, but as he was thanking the observer on the penultimate section he missed a gate to lose 5 marks, his only marks lost for the day.

Sadly this is probably the last time we will be able to use this old quarry as the new owner is planning to develop the land . We have over the years had an exceptionally good relationship with the locals and land owners in Hazleton and as the new owner was impressed with the general fun, good conduct and low impact on the land our sport has, we are hopeful for the future.


Report: Steve Venn

CHG are to once again run their popular new year club easy trial at Robin's quarry, Hazleton.

Unfortunately this will be the last trial at this venue as the new land owner is going to turn it into a nature reserve, but he has kindly agreed for us to use it on the 2nd of January 2012.

The event will follow previous years successful format of and main route to normal clubman standard and a very easy route to encourage novice, beginners, trail bikes and occasional riders. The club will also have a 50/50 route for usual sportsman standard riders.

Experts are most welcome on a no award basis and understand that the sections will not be very challenging for them. Sammy Wilson is the event secretary and will be pleased to receive your entry.

and either send it to him or bring it with you and enter on the day. This event will be run under non-stop rules.

Previous years: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011.