The Brian Valder Memorial & Charity Trial - 28 October 2018

FINAL Results (As Version 2) here (and on the Calendar of course) Some text has been updated.

The rest of this page will be updated later but now has a Statistical breakdown of the sections and Clubs/Bikes used. Also Ben's Press Report.

A new venture for ACU Western

Final round of the ACU Western Trials Championship in memory of lifelong rider and official of ACU South Midland and ACU Western, Brian Valder. Rain or shine he supported events almost every weekend as an official and this event is being organised across ACU Western's Active clubs in tribute to his efforts. Memorial trophies will be presented.

The trial is also the last round of the ACU Western Trials Championship and here are the current standings.

The Charities - We know that Brian would appreciate that this trial is run as a charity event and all proceeds from this event will go to: the ACU Benevolent Fund which does great work helping injured riders and organisers, The Air Ambulance and Arrive Alive. The organisers would like to thank all the volunteer officials, and some of the riders who couldn't ride on the day, who donated to the worthy causes.


The Annual Premier award


The Replica award that winners get to keep.

Pre-Event - 21 October: 19 members from West Glos, Cheltenham Home Guard, Zona 1, Stroud Valley and Gloucester & Cotswold clubs cleared space for 18 sections, which was a great turnout. Chainsaws, billhooks, saws and clippers made room for some great old and new sections. Every observer will get a board like the one shown below, funded by ACU Western and approved by Brian's daughter Amanda. Special awards bearing Brian's name have also been commissioned.

Ben's Press Report

The first Brian Valder Memorial Shield went to Tom Culliford by the narrowest of margins as a full house of 100 riders enjoyed an 18 section, two lap challenge put together by volunteers from across ACU Western.

He needed a much wider and unexpected margin than that to have any chance of taking the ACU Western Trials title off reigning champion Kurt Brain, who held on to the title he first won last year.

The event was held in memory of the ACU South Midland and ACU Western stalwart observer, official and rider who supported events every weekend until he passed away last year, and members of almost every ACU Western club were involved in setting out the event.

Despite heavy rain on Saturday, the sections were unaffected and rode on the easy side, which meant there was little room for error. So it proved for 2017 and 2018 ACU Western Trials Champion Kurt, who missed the overall win by getting one less clean than Tom. Both dropped six marks, just ahead of Rob Warner.

Most of the entertainment for riders and spectators came from section 15s graded hill, observed by 12 times ACU Western Trials champion Simon Welch, who was sidelined from competition by a hand injury sustained during the week.

Only one rider managed to twice clean the steep climb which was littered with fallen tree trunks at the top and it was a rider who rarely appears on a trials bike mountainbike Enduro World Series number six Becky Cook.

She also beat her husband Craig Talbot by a handful of marks, to finish in fifth behind Lee Hassall.

James Saunders topped the Clubman/Expert route ahead of former ACU Western Trials Champion Dan Sanders, who expertly coaxed his Yamaha TY250 round.

Rob Faulkner was a clear winner on the clubman route, and another former ACU Western Trials Champion Nigel Tomkins was the best over the Sportsman Plus route. Not far behind was Adam Colburn, mounted on a Sherco X-Ride trailbike a very creditable performance.

The Sportsman route attracted the biggest entry and honours were split between Youth B rider Danny Laverton, pre-65 rider Keith Wells, and over 50 Steven Reece, who all lost four marks and all scored the same number of cleans. Just behind them was Nicky Holding, who made a spectacular descent of the graded hill.

Two competitors who usually ride the conducted route – Edwyn James and Aaron Watson – both acquitted themselves well on the Sportsman route, with Edwyn emerging as Best Youth D rider.

Thank you to all the observers for supporting the event.

Video

Here is BVM's video blog, which despite concentrating on their riders gives a great and rare view of the day - including that bloomin' graded hill. We should also say a big thanks to BVM and Haines & Co. for providing entry support to non-internet enabled riders. (Personal and postal entries to you and me.)

Gallery

All photos ©copyright 2018 of Amanda Valder.

ACU Western Chairman introduces the inaugural Brian Valder Trial to a ton of riders

ACU Western Chairman, Tony Noel, introduces the inaugural Brian Valder Trial to a literal ton of eager riders.

No 4.

Harry Fouracres shows Darren, Merv and Simon how to do it on the popular Sports Plus route.

No 4.

Award winner Jamie Laverton stays focused.

No 4.

Gareth Talbot fights a slippery log.

No 4.

Simon Legg pulled back enough points to claim a 3rd in the Centre's Trials Championship series.

No 4.

Laurence Luff Lifts the BVM Sherco clear.

No 4.

Rob Warner was so close to a win on the 300 Montesa.

Section Statistics

How to read the listing: eg Experts had the toughest section in sec 4 with a 2.58 mark average with 12 5's and only 9 cleans. with a total severity for them of 0.82 mark average. Poor conducted riders had it tough with a 1.56 average!

SectionScore IncidenceTot
No.0123510Marks Avg
Expert
1233000030.12
2204110090.35
3204110090.35
49320120672.58
51741040261
64113530471.81
7213200070.27
8241100030.12
91351250381.46
101861010130.5
11594620451.73
12231110060.23
131744010170.65
14223001080.31
156191000210.81
16241001060.23
171132190552.12
18242000020.08
Rte Tot:3018625173903820.82
Clubman/Expert
1975300261.08
2240000000
3358350552.29
4240000000
52226120843.5
60433140893.71
7240000000
8495240451.88
9194001090.38
10785220341.42
111172130291.21
121131540401.67
13193200070.29
14222000020.08
150222000261.08
161370130251.04
17240000000
181610070361.5
Rte Tot:2328435265505071.17
Clubman
1363110080.2
2392000020.05
39235220491.2
43513110150.37
5355010080.2
613134460631.58
72742520330.82
8372001070.18
916145230451.12
102771320280.7
1113359100902.25
123151120200.5
1310113790832.08
143351200130.32
1502811200561.37
163241030210.52
17390010030.08
183032050320.8
Rte Tot:46213345414605760.79
Sports Plus
13091020210.5
2391101080.19
33820110100.24
43241230270.64
53172020210.5
6411000010.02
7420000000
824133020290.69
93520050270.64
10410001050.12
11420000000
122374260511.21
13420000000
1426132010220.52
1501229010751.79
16383001080.19
173281010150.36
183233130270.64
Rte Tot:588854763003470.46
Sportsman
1501010040.08
2493000030.06
33553360500.96
44260020160.32
53760340350.7
6490001050.1
74520120150.3
8453110080.16
93861050330.66
104211330270.54
11491000010.02
12491000010.02
13480001050.1
14500001050.1
150445100971.94
164231050300.59
174230140260.52
1829141150871.74
Rte Tot:7414656154904480.49
Conducted Hard
141001061
240011081.33
360000000
433000030.5
5211020132.17
6300210111.83
7210030162.67
8020220183
9013200132.17
1030030091.5
1160000000
12011400152.5
Rte Tot:33105141001121.56

Bike Stats

Make.Qty
Beta25
TRS19
Montesa13
Gas Gas13
Sherco6
Scorpa5
Oset4
Triumph3
BSA3
Vertigo2
Yamaha1
Jotagas1
Honda1
Greeves1
Fantic1

Club Stats

Club.Qty
Zona 117
Stroud Valley AC15
West Glos & Dean Forest MCC11
Cheltenham Home Guard MCC10
Kingswood MCC9
Gloucester & Cotswold8
Wilts Border MC & LCC5
Swindon + District MCC4
North Berks MCC3
Oxford Ixion MCC2
Civil Service Motoring Association1
Dudley & District MCC1
Dulais Valley MC1
Isle of Wight MCC1
Leamington Victory MC & LCC1
Malvern1
Builth Wells1
North East London MCC1
North Somerset Motorsports Club1
Stratford on Avon MCC1
The Motor Cycling Club1
Wycombe & District MCC1
Wye Valley Auto Club1
Milton Buzzard MCC1