Welsh Championship Trial. 8th October 2017
Hafren DBC hosted the penultimate round of the 2017 Welsh Trials Championship on 8th October at the popular venue of Glynhafren Farm, near Llanidloes.
With another bumper entry this year, 76 riders tackled the course set around the beautiful Mid Wales hills, taking in streams, wooded climbs and rocky outcrops.
Before starting the trial all those present showed their appreciation for Iwan Roberts’ outstanding achievement of becoming World Trial 2 Champion for 2017. Iwan (Beta) went on to just squeeze the victory in a very close 3 way battle. Local club member Hugo Jervis (Beta) finally had to settle for third position after leading the trial for the first two laps, and Ross Danby (TRS) was runner-up after tying with Iwan but losing out on the win after the ‘most cleans’ decider.
In the Masters Class; riding half championship and half clubman route, it turned out to be a battle of nerves for the top position with Wayne Jones (Beta) of Llanelli just pipping regular class winner Jason Galvin (Beta) of Caerphilly by just a single point. Dai Carter (TRS) came home in third.
The Clubman O/50 class winner was south wales rider Ashley Reed (Beta), just ahead of James Lamin (Montesa) with Martin Jones (Beta) in third place.
The Clubman class had a clear winner in Cieran Jones (Beta) on 26 marks lost to second placed Marcus Tyzak (GasGas) on 34 with third place Kieran Heycock (Beta) close behind on 37.
Local Mid Wales centre rider Peter Edwards (Beta) took the win in the Sportsman Plus route; riding half clubman and half sportsman sections. Dai Bedford (Montesa) took second ahead of Andrew Tamplin (Sherco).
In the popular Sportsman class it was Nathan Hughes (GasGas) from Treorchy who came out top, with Ian Fletcher (Sherco) just claiming second spot from Glyn Jones (Beta) again on the most cleans decider. Rider the same route, Miles Watson-Cort (GasGas) from Brecon beat Mark Tyzak (Montesa) for the best O/50 category.
There was very good support from neighbouring clubs which meant there was plenty of observers and marshals to keep the large entry flowing around the course and as a result there was very little queuing. Thanks to Geraint and Gareth Jones and family for the use of the fantastic venue.
Pictures courtesy of Keith Bowen at MX247 Photography