Birdlip braced for influx of emerging trial bike talents

Posted: June 13, 2013 by JonoShmono "SykOse. Live. Extreme." in Motor, Trials
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Adam Raga at Trial Spanish GP 2007

BRITAIN’S top female and junior motorcycle trials talents are coming to Gloucestershire to compete for national honours.

Zona 1 MCC are staging the second rounds of the ACU women’s and girls’ and youth championships on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 at Nettleton Quarry, Birdlip.

Reigning British champion Becky Cook (Beta) will go head-to-head with last year’s runner up Emma Bristow (Sherco) at the Listers Toyota trial and it promises to be a close battle.

Bristow won the first round in Berkshire and convincingly beat Cook on the way to a special first class award in the Scottish Six Days Trial last month.

 They will face tough, challenging sections plotted by former world trials number two and multi-British champion Steve Saunders from Cheltenham, along with Katy Sunter (Gas Gas), plus support class riders including ACU Western Centre Youth Development squad member Victoria Payne.

The female-only event takes place on the Sunday, and it is preceded by the best of the youngest riders in the country competing in the Luscombe Suzuki Leeds ACU British C and D Trials Championship.

D class riders aged between six and nine and C class riders between nine and 12 will attempt sections according to their age, ability and the machines they ride.

That includes electric-powered bikes which are making a big impression at the entry point of the sport.

The first round of the youth series in Cumbria was beset by heavy rain and high scores but the D class for small-wheeled bikes saw the top four packed out by electric bike riders, including the winner Henry Stephenson.

Daniel Slack (Beta) leads the standard wheel C class after edging Billy Green (Beta) in a tie break.

Medium wheel classes are currently led by Edward Earle (C) and Jack Dance (D) – both Beta.

Trials is not a race but a test of rider’s skill over natural and man-made obstacles, and the object is to ‘clean’ observed sections by keeping the bike moving forward and not touching the ground.

The winner is the rider who has lost the least marks.

Spectators are welcome to the event, where there will be refreshments and toilets available.

There is no charge for entry and the action starts at 10.30am on both days.

The venue is on the A417 Gloucester to Cirencester Road (GL6 8LA).

The distance will be will be approximately half a mile long.

The number of sections, laps and time allowance will be decided on the day.

To find out more about the event visit http://www.zona1mcc. More details about the sport, and the ACU Western Centre’s training programme for young riders from beginner level, are at


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