Round 1 Winter Series Report
D.Y.T.C / MK Off Road Round 1 Winter Series 22/23
OSET Cup West Midlands/West Mids Youth Trials Champs
06.11.22 – Seymour’s Arena, Oxfordshire
Huge thankyou to our observers who stood out and braved the wet weather for us!
And also, a big thankyou to North Berks Mcc & Stuart & Alicia Robinson for all your help, support and guidance.
Finally, to our sponsors MK Off Road (us), Woodrobes, Central Scanning & of course OSET Bikes.
The day got off to a dry (ish!) start & the presentation for our 2022 summer series was carried out at 10:30am. Huge thankyou to Caz who plucked up the courage to speak in front of a big crowd! She did a great job, and she wishes me to thank you all for bearing with her. The kids seemed happy with their trophies handed out by superstar Alicia Robinson, and our sponsors Nick Godfrey & Les Wood.
The intention of the sections was to set them a little easier than summer, with the blue especially dropped down a notch. However, this made a big gap up to red, and when the weather changed all the sections became quite a challenge for most.
The white beginner had 5 entries (3 of them girls!) Ruby Wareing got the win, & our first with us, almost halving the score from 2nd place Huw Edmunds. Huw has had a break from riding recently and got back going at Seymour’s. His score of 41 an impressive result. 3rdwas Abigail Clark, competing in her first trial! Abigail was in good hands with Alicia minding for her and pointing out lines. Ollie Hinckley brought home a 4th, with Jessica Herbert in 5th. Both these young kids doing well to get round and negotiate some of the slippery grass banks, especially on section 8.
The yellow route OSET cup had a massive entry with 16 riders. Summer champion Daisy Brookes took the win, cleaning the trial and Daisy tells me she won £20 off Dad in the process! A good day out all round for Daisy! Kasia Pekala – Dayment was right on Daisy’s heals on 4 dropped, with Amelie Godfrey in 3rd on 5. A girl top 3 again! Everyone was close together at the top with Thomas Herbert in 4th on 6, Harlo Chapman all the way from South Wales on 9 and Oliver Edmunds on 12. Young Harry Brookes had a good day in 7th place, and another young lad from South Wales, Freddy Green was in 8th. Krystian Pekala – Dayment on his new OSET 24 was next, with Louis Wood rounding out the top 10. Thomas Gladwyn was 11th, another riding his first ever trial, followed by Harper Oliver and Braeden Bryson Podesta, who are improving all the time. Emily Thompson had a tough day out having moved up from the white round. Emily is a talented rider and with time and practice, like all the kids will keep on improving. Well done yellow route!
Jake Stokes was the yellow route petrol winner, dropping 31.
The blue route OSET cup had just the 4 riders this time, and with George Turner moving up to red it left Oliver Bird and Josh Wood to battle it out for the win. Both riders were very evenly matched apart from section 4, where Josh on his smaller bike had some trouble. Oliver got the win in the end with Josh 2nd. 5-year-old Harvey Reynolds got a 3rdamongst a very busy weekend celebrating brother Zach’s birthday. Beau Perry was 4th, having not been on his bike for several months. Beau is full of joy, just like his Dad, the aptly named ‘Happy Farmer’ (look up Myles Perry; he sells meat that is of the highest quality from his farm near Warwick)
The blue petrol’s were missing Jack Rich, who moved up to red, and Max Hastings who couldn’t attend. It was lovely to say Daisy Craig back riding with us and she tied on just 4 dropped with George Wareing. Daisy just taking the win with one more clean. James Harper was 3rd with just 17 dropped.
The red OSET cup is down on numbers now as Sam Lefevre, Alfie Shaw and Samuel Millmore have all moved onto Beta 80’s! This is showing the OSET bikes value in the trial's world, the bikes have helped them progress and learn trials skills with all the benefits an electric bike offers. This left just two riders to battle for the win. Billy Guilford edged it in the end, with George Turner on his new OSET 24 in 2nd. Both riders very similarly matched.
The red petrol’s was a class of two halves. Birthday boy Zach Reynolds got a well-deserved win! Dropping just 10. Our very own Kayleigh Rich got a little casual with a 2 on section 1, and a 5 on section 2 for a roll back on lap 2. Kayleigh went on to clean the last two laps, but it was only enough to tie with Zach, who won the day with 1 more clean than Kayleigh! Sam Lefevre carried on from where he left off on his OSET 24. Sam had a 3rd place with just 19 dropped. Aaron Watson was 4th on his new beautiful Vertigo 125. Aaron had a little trouble on section 6 but matched the top 2 elsewhere. Hayden Pimley had a great ride and was just a handful of points back from Aaron. The bottom 3 here had a bit more of a struggle. Alfie Shaw was next, and despite the higher score actually rode very well. This was Alfie’s first trial on his medium wheel 80, coming from a much lighter OSET 20. Samuel Millmore was having a good day until some mechanical issues. And finally, our own little Jack Rich, who just had everything going wrong! A 3 on section 1 wasn’t too bad, but a 5 on section 2, obliterating his mudguard and new custom graphics, followed by more crashes, one pretty big off on his mum’s section 7, and injured knee and shoulder, revs hanging on his bike and from there I sent him back to the camper to get some dry clothes! Maybe another day for Jack, who has been riding very well lately but still has a ton to learn. Not his day!
Thank you all so much for coming. 41 kids these days is unbelievable. Me and Caz are really trying our best to let the kids have fun and to ride in a friendly but competitive set of trials. Seymour’s is a top venue, and we are so lucky to be able to use it. Our next venue is more local to us and is totally different. Old school trials in the woods, all natural. We hope to see you there on December 18that Birchwood Farm, Shatterford.
The scores at the bottom of red and top of blue suggest a 50/50 route would be a good idea. We will try this for the remainder of the winter series and see if it works out. Any feedback, please get in touch