Its taken the Wells Team quite some to produce the Provisional Results because: weren’t there a lot of you? 109 in total with 35 Entries received before the closing date that meant 64 Entries to be processed before the start!
Some of you entered one class & rode a different Route, some of you, I think are in the Results in a Class you aren’t actually eligible for, although of course some of you may not have a current centre Grading & could then ride an age related Route.
Never mind, it was wonderful to see you all. It was even more impressive that all Sections had an Observer, thanks to you all.
With 109 Riders the Clubs usual observer Boards only go up to 80, so there was some hasty improvision to manufacture cards to score Riders 81 – 120! Staceys Observer Cards only go up to 100 so they wouldn’t have coped although issuing two cards would have solved it! We found the ‘old fashioned’ Observer sticks which were quickly found & pressed into service that counted Rider Numbers 1 – 60 on one side & 61 -120 on the reverse with space for recording 4 laps if needed & the pencil were still a perfectly useable solution.
Punch cards would have worked but then you really need two Observers a Section, & you always seem to lose a punch at the end of the day, besides the ‘discussions’ that also ensue when rider interprets his ride differently to the Observer! Still, these days, it’s a wonderful challenge for the Oranising Club to solve!
Scanning the Results it looks as if the Sections were about right on the yellow route, and on the main Route although the Expert & A/B routes challenged the Class winners severely. Section 8 looks like it was a stopper for the Experts with only Tom Culliford actually getting out of it (only once though)
A few random thoughts about the day, good to see Kevin Nicholas back in action on an ex Scott Cameron Beta, although he’ll need a lot more practice before he becomes the really handy rider we know he can be – how many years away Kevin, 30ish? Kevin Hart was on for a nice clean in my section before he ‘lost’ the Section markers & wasn’t able to recover although he was still well in control, Ben Wilmore was riding a ‘pre 65’ Triumph twin engined Cotton that he rode in a manner that suggested it handled differently (& better) than it ever did 50 years ago! It sounded nice though. Adam Colburn is back riding again, there was a tidy looking Saracen (was that a Puch engine in there) a Fantic 305, Kurt Brain the Expert winner was on a TRS I think? Roger Johns & the Charity Scott Trial Team raised £3500 in total with the Len Hutty Memorial Trial contributing a significant part of it – from memory the Charity Team was Roger, Kevin Hart, Barry Roads Paul Anstey & and Ray Haslam.
Best ride of the day on my sections hard route was Ian Fortune on his last lap, a beautiful flowing clean with forward momentum all the time – he got it exactly right.
The Results are here: Wells – Miller Cup Champ Trial 220117
and the Championship Points Table is here: 2017 Wessex Centre Champs Tables as at 230117 Thanks to Centre Recorder, Pete Dury