On the 10th June Alice and Tom were at opposite ends of the country but both competing in their ACU British Championships.
Tom was competing in Devon at the championship round hosted by the West of England Motor Club.
The venue is one known to all riders as in 2017 there was a round hosted at Kelly Farm. All sections are up a gully using the rocks and banks on both sides. Under the trees the sections are slippy and can easily take marks off riders.
Throughout the year Tom’s aim has been to get inside of the top 10 and progress on his championship finishing position in 2017. The Kelly Farm venue lived up to expectation with the sections being difficult and taking many marks.
Tom ended the day in 10th position on 119 marks lost but this moves Tom into 8th position in the Championship ranks. With three more rounds in the championship it is looking good for an improved championship ranking.
Whilst Tom was down south Alice was just outside of Sheffield at the Youth A/B/C/D trial. With this being Alice’s last year in the B class youth championship the decision was that the focus would be on pushing her riding against the boys.
The Sheffield venue was a new one to the Youth Championship but held in an old quarry made viewing and minding good. A good mix of sections from slippery rock, banks and moss covered roots needing the riders to be solid on the foot pegs.
Alice continued with her normal performances mixing it well with the boys. In some cases being someone that the other riders waited to see ride through to see what line and performance she put in.
Through the day the heat increased and dried out some of the sandy banks giving a bit more grip, this showed in Alice’s lap scores as they decreased through the day. At the end Alice’s total was 100 over three laps putting her in 10th overall. A result that she was very happy with.
Next event for Alice is the Mintex Youth trial, a youth version of the prestigious Scott Time and Observed trial.