Photo Credits Marty Coney Ivy Bar Newtownards
Things are hotting up in the Moto Trials NI world HQ
With just a few days left to the arrival of 6 times World Trials Champion and current World number 2 Spanish sensation and Red Bull athlete Adam the destroyer Raga
The Moto trial NI club are full steam ahead in preparation of the course for the Supertrial on Easter Monday 17th April at the Mckee clock in the beautiful seaside town of Bangor Co Down
With a massive crowd expected on the day all competitors have been practicing hard to give a great display come the day with all of Ireland’s top riders getting a rare chance to go toe to toe with the world No 2 Adam on the fully man made course which will consist of all sorts of weird and wonderful arrangements of obstacles from a huge Cement mixer truck to the world famous Harland & Wolff Crane’s This is a spectacle that must be seen to be believed
The action kicks off at 12 with riders signing posters and spending a little time getting photo’s with the public before the action kicks off on the bikes at 1pm
From past events, crowd space is limited so don’t be disappointed and get down early to claim your spot beside the biggest trials event to hit bangor in over a decade
On top of the Super Trial there is also the amazing carnival parade which will parade through the town centre at the half time point in the Super trial schedule so you won’t miss it either
Easter Tuesday see’s Adam taking on a teaching roll with 20 lucky local riders spending the day in the amazing Whitespots Trial Park in conlig where we welcome everyone to come along and see how it’s done from 10am-3pm
Lots to see and do for all the family so get along for the best Easter ever!
Update for event on Saturday 25th Feb
Due to various outside factors we are logistically not in a position to run a full trial on 25th of February.
However we intend to hold a small wheel course for the YOUTH ONLY. This is for the C, D and E small wheel bikes and the event will be held at Shague Hill in Dundrum.
The event will start at 11 am, and will consist of a number of laps of the course.
For those of you who have not been at previous events this is one of the most accommodating venues as all the sections will run off the lanes in the area which ideally suits the small wheel machines.
You will be able to enter on the day, however anyone hoping to attend should let us know in advance to allow us to set out a course suitable for all attending.
Rd 2 WINTER SERIES ROUND 31st – December – 2016
Round 2 of the Winter Series.
Saturday 31st of December 2016.
Clubman, Sportsman, Beginner.
Youth A, B, C
Youth small wheeled C, D & E on a separate mini course.
The club are very much looking forward to it’s annual holiday event at John Whites farm and surrounding land and preparations are well under way!
The Trial will start at 11am and will be 4 laps of 10 sections with very straightforward terrain between the sections. This makes it possible for the new rider or in experienced rider to get round the course and enjoy the trial experience.
The small wheeled youth course is also designed to encourage youth from 4yrs to come along and ride a trial. A few of the club committee will also be officiating on this course.
The club will also have a small electric mini bike for kids to come and ‘try trials’
There will hopefully be a toilet at the venue and we will have a hot food van on site.
The venue is off the Movilla Road, up a lane opposite John Hagans Cement works, for about 1/2 a mile and parking will be on the right in a field which will be visible from the lane. We will also have sign-posts from the main road.
Check this Google Map for directions https://goo.gl/maps/vAciaeS1NH72
Look forward to seeing you there!
Moto Trial NI
Time for a bit of an update for this month.
- Due to Christmas and the New Year falling on Sundays this year the decision has been taken not to open the park on these days.
- Round 2 of the Winter Series @ John Whites Farm 31st of December.
This has been decided due to numerous factors, family time being one, the fact the Boxing Day Trial will be on the Monday another (the Ards Club will have their trial set out by then and we felt that trying to run the park around the sections would be too awkward). The final reason being that our own end of year event on 31st will take a lot of organising and time spent.
So next Sunday – 18th, will be the final park day of 2016, and it has been a fantastic year so far. The build up of members has been more than we as a club expected, and certainly this last few weeks figures, rising to the mega attendance of 38 today, has definitely astounded even our most optimistic committee members!!!
On the subject of our trial on 31st. John is steadily building towards the event with his band of helpers, and we hope to have a good run out for all grades. We will have a main course for the adult and higher youth grades with a separate course for the small wheel youth grades. We also intend to have an area set aside for try trials too. If there is a request, depending on the access John gets to adjoining land, we may also run a practice element as we have previously. To this end I would ask that anyone seeking to use the try trials or practice area make contact with a committee member and let us know. The try trials will be set out as at our youth day with slots allocated to those who wish to have a go.
I will put out another more detailed post about the trial nearer the event so you will all be up to speed.
Once again, on behalf of all at the club, thank you for your continued support. It really does make what we do worthwhile.
One final note. I have been lax with the results from our youth event. I am sorry they haven’t been posted, I hope to get them done and up tonight, or tomorrow at the latest.
Photos courtesy of George Seeds:
Remember, remember, Doyle’s the winner!!
Ards Motorcycle Club Turner Trophy Trial
Saturday 5th November saw the Ards Club host the third round of the Irish Trials Championships at the Leadmines, Newtownards.
The club had spent the previous weeks setting out a course over the Leadmines and the neighbouring land, with the kind permission of the landowners, to test the ability of riders in all the grades from Expert Elite through to Youth. At this time of year the weather usually has a part to play and it was no different this time, although strangely, it was an absolutely beautifully dry and sunny, if cold, day and this meant the sections were perhaps made slightly easier than when they were set out.
Eighty one riders of all ages and abilities and from all corners of the country set off on their mixture of modern, classic and electric bikes to tackle ten sections over four laps, with the usual pressure of a time limit to add to the drama!
In the top Expert Elite grade with ten riders, the anticipated battle was between current leader and defending champion, Sean Doyle from Bray near Dublin, and local lad Stuart McClurg. Both riders had a win apiece going into the event. Third placed Chris Brown would also be pushing these two as well.
After two laps, the halfway stage, both Stuart and Sean were tied on 9 marks lost. Stuart had started better, 3 to Sean’s 7 on the first lap, but a 5 on lap two and a 2 mark loss by Sean kept them locked together. Third at this stage was Chris on 18 marks lost. The scene was set then for a fight to the end for the win in the final two laps.
Both riders handed in their final score cards just in time to avoid penalties for going over the five hour limit and when the scores were tallied up Sean pipped Stuart by 3 marks for the win to extend his lead in the championship. It was 16 for Sean and 19 for Stuart! Stuart will be kicking himself, as a poor third lap where he dropped 10 marks with two 5’s really did cost him the win. He rode the last lap faultless, the only rider to do a clean lap in the grade all day. Chris held on to take third on 29 from young Josh Hanlon in fourth on 38 marks lost.
In the Expert grade nine riders took to the course and at the halfway stage Neal Perry just held off Andrew McCrory for first, 7 marks to 9. Alexander Lennox held third on 12 marks lost. The lead then was swapped numerous times over the next two laps but once the final scores came out Jake Hanlon had come from the middle of the pack to take the win! His final card of only 3 marks lost really did the trick, this was a quarter of the scores of the other riders and pushed Andrew and Neal down the podium, with Andrew taking second and Neal third. Jake had 18, Andrew 21 and Neal with 25.
The Semi Expert grade was won by Mark Harris who showed a clean pair of heels to the rest of the riders by setting off with a fantastic first half score of only 3 marks, giving him the lead from Jonny Hagan on 10. Mark kept the momentum going, posting only single mark loses on the next two laps to take the win on 5 marks from Jonny on 14. Jonny though had the best lap of all on his last lap posting a faultless display. Third home was Stanley Callaghan with 28, showing how well Mark and Jonny had been riding. Next in fourth was Matt Millar.
In the Clubman class it was a ding dong nerve jangling battle all day with any one of a handful of riders including Stephen Pyper, Roger Callaghan, Stephen Murphy, Phillip McClurg or one of the McKee brothers in with a shout.
At the halfway stage of what is always a low scoring grade, Stephen Pyper just held off Terence McKee, who was debuting his brand new 2017 4RT Montesa, and Roger Callaghan by 1 mark. He had lost only 1 to their 2. A host of riders were fighting for the lower positions, with Terrys brother Warren and Robbie Jennings locked together on 5 marks lost with, surprisingly, Stephen Murphy on his immaculate Majesty 250 next on 6 marks. A slack “five” really did scupper his plans for the win, such is the pressure in this grade!!
Once the cards were counted at the end of the event the top three remained the same with Stephen taking the win on 2 marks lost from Terrys 4, 1 lost on time, and Roger taking third on 5 marks lost. Fourth home was Stephen Murphy on 6 marks lost, with him riding the second half of the trial with no penalties, that “five” really did cost him the win!!
In the Sportsmans grade we saw another close fight all day for the win between Allistair Galloway and Luke Harris, closely followed by Keith Lennox. At halfway Allistair had 1 mark to Luke’s 3 with Keith third on 5. Again, once the scores for the final two laps were counted Allistair held off Luke for the win, posting a final score of 3 to the 4 of Luke, with Keith just holding off Mark McNeill and David Brown to take third on 10 marks lost.
Into the Youth grade and in Youth A, Adam Harris and Reece Gazzard fought each other for the win. At the halfway mark Adam was two marks better than Reece on 10 with two laps of 5, Reece started better on 3 and had 9 on his second lap. Adam held his nerve and took the win with a total score of 13. Reece went off the boil, but still took second on 28 marks lost. Third home was Luke Coughlan on 76 marks lost.
Youth B was a battle between Scott Callaghan and Jay Pyper. Scott rode steadily all day to take the win on 9 marks lost to Jays uncharacteristic 26.
Youth C was between Stuart Lappin and Ross Allen on his Oset electric bike. Stuart taking the win on 23 to Ross’s 51, which is still a fantastic score as he was tackling the main course on a small electric bike.
The club thank all those who helped, the observers, the landowners and the riders for supporting the event.
- Sean Doyle 16
- Stuart McClurg 19
- Chris Brown 29
- Jake Hanlon 18
- Andrew McCrory 21
- Neal Perry 25
- Mark Harris 5
- Jonny Hagan 14
- Stanley Callaghan 28
- Stephen Pyper 2
- Terence McKee 4
- Roger Callaghan 5
- Allistair Galloway 3
- Luke Harris 4
- Keith Lennox 10
- Adam Harris 13
- Reece Gazzard 28
- Luke Coughlan 76
- Scott Callaghan 9
- Jay Pyper 26
- Stuart Lappin 23
- Ross Allen 51
YOUTH ONLY TRIAL
12th November, 12pm @ John White’s Farm.
The idea of the trial is to give more time and tuition to the younger and less experienced riders to bring their confidence on and to help their progression & hopefully encourage more young riders to come along.
The day will take the format of 4 laps of 5 or 6 sections hosted at John Whites Farm on Saturday 12th November commencing at 12pm. There will be a lunch break after 2 laps and following that there will be 2 further laps. We are catering for kids from 4 to 12 within their usual grades on the small course and newcomers up to 15 will also be catered for on this course. An information sheet explaining ages, machine sizes etc will be circulated on the day to help parents with further events.
We also hope to run the TRY TRIALS Oset on the day and there is also a possibility that we will expand this to TRY TRIALS+ by having access to a Beta 80 for the day for the older / taller riders to have a go at.
There will need to be a demand shown for both elements of the TRY TRIALS and to gauge the interest in this we would ask that anyone wishing to avail of this emails one of the team to book a spot. The email addresses are at the bottom of the release.
Sunday 16th October 2016 saw Moto Trial NI host the 2016 edition of their Shieldsberg Rodeo Trial at Landscape Supplies yard in Newtownards. Forty one riders of all ages and riding all types of bikes from a 70 year old Matchless to modern bikes including electric Osets tested themselves against not only the sections set out by John White and his team but also the changeable weather!
The event started off in driving rain at 11 am and finished in bright sunshine just after 3pm, the riders having completed 4 laps of the demanding 10 sections that John had set out.
In the main Clubman class 9 riders set off. The battle for the win was between 3 riders; the father and son combo of Stephen and Ross Pyper as well as Ian Boyd. As has become the norm now in this grade scoring is very low and one minor slip can be the difference between first and sixth or seventh place! At the halfway stage Stephen just held the lead from Ross, one penalty from Stephen to Ross’s two. Ian was next with a very good score of six, but a slack three late in lap one left Ian with too wide a gap to try and catch the flying Pypers!!
When the scores were toted up at the end of the second card Stephen and Ross posted identical faultless cards, giving Stephen the win on only one mark lost all day, with Ross on two marks lost. Both riders did very well in the conditions and it was only the fact Stephen used all his experience from many years of competing to just pip Ross. It wont be long until Ross turns the tables on his father! Ian continued consistently to take third place on 9 marks in total. Fourth home was Robbie Jennings who had a poor day finishing on twenty two marks lost.
Into the Sportsman 50/50 grade; few riders opted for this grade today, many believing that the weather had altered the sections making the too tough. Allistair Galloway though showed that this did not worry him and he took the win on seventeen marks lost.
The biggest entry of the day was in the Sportsman grade with fifteen riders competing for the win. Mark Leighton just held Johnny Russell off at the halfway stage by the odd mark, with Andy Jones, Scott McNeill and David Brown fighting it out for the final step on the podium.
At the end of the trial Mark held his nerve to take the win on seventeen marks lost, Scott took second on twenty four lost with Johnny just pipping Eddie Henderson to third both on twenty six marks lost, but Johnny having more cleans gave him the win.
In the Novice grade Ken Stewart was fast out of the blocks and had the rest of the riders chasing him all day. Riding a Matchless machine that is over 70 years old didnt hold Ken back from taking the win! He finished on a fantastic score of eleven for the four laps, with Russell McKeag taking second spot on sixteen marks lost. Third was Ian Anderson on thirty two lost with Laura Smyth fourth on forty seven lost.
In the Youth grades Campbell Bailie took the Youth A win, with Harry Smith taking the win from Dylan Smyth in the Youth B grade. Youth C on the big course was won by Pixe Smyth. On the small course newcomer Owen McKee was the winner in the Youth C small course.
Youth D was won by Sophie McMullan.
In the Youth E grade Rachel Houston ran out the winner with Ben Bell and Josh Shivers tied in second place. Ethan Gawley took fourth.
Stephen Pyper 1
Ross Pyper 2
Ian Boyd 9
Allistair Galloway 17
Mark Leighton 17
Scott McNeill 24
David Brown 25
Ken Stewart 11
Russell McKeag 16
Ian Anderson 32
Campbell Bailie 36
Harry Smith 26
Dylan Smyth 38
Pixe Smyth 24
Youth C small course
The full results can be found on the Moto Trial NI website and Facebook page.
Moto Tril NI want to thank the riders for supporting the event, the landowners for use of the splendid facilities and special thanks to Bangor Sea Cadets for standing out in the terrible weather in the role of observers. Details of the next event can also be found on the website and Facebook page.