Wye Valley Auto Club Classic Trial Rnd 3 25th June 2006

report by Chris Gardiner - Full Results

The pine forest behind Baskerville Hall, Clyro Court Herefordshire was the venue for round 3 of Wye Valley AC's classic trials series. Competitors were probably unaware that they were actually in Sherlock Holmes territory, for this was the very spot Conan Doyle penned the Hound of the Baskervilles. No big dogs about today however, but the "top dogs" were yet to be determined as the field of thirty nine riders set off to tackle the varied going over rocks, streambeds, dirt climbs and twisty sections.

Dai Clothier was best on the standard route riding a 250 GasGas in the over 50's class. Dave Morris, 250 GasGas, again over 50, came a close second on 6. Best classic on the standard route was Nick Woolley, Triumph Cub, 26, closely followed by Jim Pickering for 28 on a BSA Bantam special.

The alternative route once again proved popular, every section was cleanable and as usual the ones that looked deceptively easy took the points! The double sub of 3 and 4 looked straightforward but the hundred yard straight climb needed a good balance between speed and traction with the loose dirt claiming a few fives and some leg-flailing threes! Top man on the alternative route was Lee Williams riding a SWM twin shock giving up only 7, equalled by John Lewis on a GasGas in the over 50's class.

Man of the meeting must surely be Steven Thompson who suffered a puncture on his 350 Aerial early in the event. Undaunted, he rode back to the paddock, fitted another tube and carried on to win his class with only 8 lost and finish third overall on the alternative route. Well done Steve, most would have put the bike on the trailer!

Our thanks to the observers and club members who helped with the event, and special thanks to John Sanders, Dan Sanders and Jono Phillips who gave up their ride to observe