Just got back from a few days away to watch the Scott Trial. We had a look round on Friday & for the first time ever we saw no-one out checking out sections, not even at old favourite Surrender. No local interest at all this year so we didn’t even go to the start field on Saturday, but because I’d still got stitches from my “ignition system” change & didn’t want to carry a rucksack around we decided to go the long way round & come down the “Barney” road to get there rather that through Reeth & up to Shaw Gutter. We saw Richard Fogg spectating there, doing a recce for an entry & hopefully a ride next year. Rider No 1 was still in front of the field there but John Sunter [No 145] had made up an awful lot of time when he arrived, I hesitate to say an unreasonable amount, but you do wonder how some people are that quick. Although the best hope from our end of the country was Ricky Wiggins at 181 in the programme, he had withdrawn & his place was taken by Anthony Tempest on a 300 Fantic, who also went through so early that we imagine he was started before his 10:00 official time. We saw Tony Rew from SW Centre here as well, & his son Peter [No 106] had broken a throttle cable even before the first section so he was down on time. Two Subs here, the lower easiest & the top Sub difficult with its steep steps & left hand exit. Eric Lejeune looked to be carrying the biggest backpack & was puffing a bit already! Andy Cripps surprisingly fell off & fived the bottom sub – but he was the best of the rest at the end of the day with first Finishers Certificate on 188m/l I don’t know the system as George Morton had lost 188 marks as well but had the last Spoon
Then we had lunch in Langthwaite where I saw Jarvis motoring along the road towards Reeth, presumably a retirement. & went on to Reels Head as there was off road parking [the same as for Underbanks] A couple of loose rocky climbs with the second looking easiest. John Sunter was first through, but Jonatan Richardson who started 20 minutes later was well up. Michael Brown didn’t seem to be in a hurry & I wondered if he was going for a really low observation total?
Then off to Goats where most of the field had gone by the time we got here, on this home run visit there was just one section of jumbled rock which was proving too much for the exhausted riders who couldn’t even pop the front wheel over the first step. Most of these guys were not even attempting to ride through the exit cards to save time. Harriet Peacock, [No 2] who we were told was put out at her start position [I don’t know why – it obviously gives you the best chance of finishing the course] was being minded by a back marker who told her to put the front wheel in & then pulled her back out, was obviously going to be out of time [& was]. I see from the Results that she was given the Best Endeavour Trophy. I don’t know if she was pleased about that or not? Peter Rew came through so he was going to finish but whether he would be in time I wasn’t sure
Fairly local riders, George Edyvean & George Pollard both collected Finishers Certificates, Chris Shorey either retired or was out of time, & Jake Evans-Luter [160m/l] had a good ride for a Spoon & the Herbert Scott Cup for best first timer. Peter Rew will be disappointed as he was 10 minutes off a Finishers Certificate.
Ah yes who was the winner, Jonathan Richardson [2+39 = 41] – I tipped Jonathan for the Pinhard Prize at the last Board Meeting – unless a young road racer is nominated, 2nd James Dabill [9+38 =47] 3rd Ian Austermuhle [12+35 =47] Ah so fastest time takes precedence in tie breaks, that ‘s why Andy Cripps missed a spoon then, Michael Brown [19+36 = 55], Dan Thorpe [36=49 = 85], Wayne braybrooke [36+50 =86], & James Fry [30+57 =87]
So as you can see its close at the sharp end & where was Dougie Lampkin? Didn’t start, that ankle he hurt at the SSDT when showboating kept him out.
So there’s a taste of this years Scott, and to finish on another sad note, today has the funeral of road racer Marco Simoncelli who was taken during the MotoGP at Sepang in Malaysia the day after the Scott