Classic winter test for riders

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Last week’s snow across the country resulted in 28 entrants failing to take part, but with just over 90 astride their various powered machines the annual show went on.

‘In the end it was really good,’ said club chairman Graham du Feu.

‘I was worried because of the weather and it was horrible on Saturday morning, there was an early morning frost and it made conditions really greasy.

‘That made it even more challenging for the riders and, thankfully, we had no real dramas or accidents – just the usual breakdowns.

‘All the Jersey riders bring someone along to help marshal the stages and we had 30 marshals over the two days which covered the 15 sections that took place each day.

‘It’s a long day for them with around six hours of competition but we do look after them by giving them each a packed lunch.’

Du Feu and Guernsey’s Samuel Bott were the best Jersey and overseas rider, respectively, Bott in the Clubman Class and du Feu in the Pre-65 Premier Clubman’s Class, the latter class being for much heavier machines.

Four women all finished the two-day trial, along with 85-year-old visitor George Greenland – a five-time former British side-car champion.

Stages took place at Les Platons, Bouley Bay Hill, Le Saie Harbour, Rozel Hill, Belle Hougue Farm, Granite Products, Valley Farm (St Peter and St Mary), Jubilee Hill, Mont Rossignol and on L’Etacq beach.

Class winners were: Sam Bott (Clubman); Mark Cottingham (Expert); Graham du Feu (Pre-65 Clubman); Mark Corlett (Pre-65 Sportsman); Richard Blandin (Twinshock Premier); Gary White (Twinshock Sportsman); Alan Lloyd (Air-cooled Monoshock Sportsman) and Bradley Gill (Sportsman).

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