Just over a month after the successful Baa Classic, Castleside Trials Club have hosted another 2 Day trials event at The Baa, Edmundbyers in County Durham. This time the course was set out for modern bikes over 4 courses. The Saturday saw the riders tackling two laps of fifteen sections, most of which were in the river over slippy rocks. On Sunday, the route took the riders on two laps of 11 miles. The riders had a mixture of river, gully and rock garden sections.
Saturday started off damp and the downpour held off until the end of the day. The expert route was well attended with 11 riders. John Crinson (Beta) and Ryan Dalton (Scorpa) took joint lead, both finishing on 9 marks. Alistair Dalton (Scorpa) narrowly took the lead on the green course, dropping 21 with Gary Pears (Scorpa) and Chris Barnett (GasGas) close behind him, both dropping 24. Jason Scott (Honda TLR) was hoping for the lead on the clubman route but Joel Gown (BSA) beat him by 6 marks to take the lead with 13 dropped. The largest entry was on the easy route and the lead on Saturday was taken by Ray Crinson (Beta) only dropping 7. Andrew Rawding (Fantic) and Brad Smith (GasGas) were close behind, both only dropping 10. It was all to play for on the Sunday.
The County Durham sunshine came out for the second day and everyone headed off on the longer lap in good spirits. Ryan Dalton could not match his ride from the day before and slipped to third. William Dalton (Scorpa) took second dropping 21 over the weekend and John Crinson secured his win dropping 19. Gary Pears managed to improve his ride on Sunday and took the green course win finishing on 38. Chris Barnett and Alistair Dalton managed to finish a joint second, both finishing on 41. Joel Gown secured his win on the clubman route finishing 9 marks ahead of Jason Scott. Ray Crinson did the same on the easy route, finishing 6 marks ahead of Eric McMeekin (Scorpa).
The main course on both days was also tackled by 6-year-old Joseph Larkin, with the help of his Dad, and he managed to complete both days with a smile on his face.
There was also a conducted course, with 2 routes, which had its own little 2 Day event. The six sections were set out on banksides and in the river. There were slippy rocks, logs and trees to negotiate. The children seemed to enjoy themselves and the sweets!
Saturday's winners were Michael Hodgson on the hard route dropping 14 and the easy route had joint winners, Thea Willis and Ed Henderson, both dropping 18.
Sunday's winners were Michael Hodgson on the hard route, improving his score and only dropping 6 and Sam Garlick on the easy route dropping 18.
Keep an eye out for our Baa Classic and Baa 2 Day events in 2023!
Our next trial will be on Sunday 30th October. Updates will be put on Facebook.