Due to clashes in the ACU calendar, at the beginning of the year Alice and team needed to make a decision on which Championship they would concentrate on for 2018. With Alice being at the top of the Girls A & B classes for the past few year the decision was to take on the boys in the youth classes.
This would be Alice’s final year in the B class before there is a big step up to the A class. Where as the step up in the Ladies and Girls championship would be to compete in the adult class but with the disadvantage of still having to ride a 125cc bike.
With the decision made early in the year to ride the boys youth championship, Alice has been riding against many of her fellow boys B class riders during the preparation for the season ahead.
The first two rounds of the championship were held by the Isle of Man Youth Trials Club, the first round on the 14th of April and the second round on the 15th of April. Each day was at a different venue with new challenges facing the riders.
Alice was riding in a very popular class with 14 riders taking on both days. Saturday was the first chance for all the riders to see where they positioned within the competition. The Saturday sections were based on the coast using rocks that line the coast around Scarlett. The sun on the day kept the rock dry and the riders warm.
At the end of the day Alice finished tied for 6th place and positioned 7th overall after the tie-decider moved her down one place.
Sunday’s trial moved in land to Greeba and was using the woodland available in land on the IOM. With the change in venue came a change in severity for all classes. Sunday was much harder with 10 out of the 14 riders in the B class finishing on over 100 marks each.
Alice ended Sunday in 12th position with a total score of 143 marks dropped, it’s been a while since Alice has ended any trial on such a high score but still came away from the two day weekend happy with her rides and looking forward to the next round June 10th.