2012 NSW Bike Trials Championship - What a great day!
Author: Paul Arnott Date Posted:25 October 2012
Riders briefing[/caption] Well Sunday 14th saw the running of the NSW bike Trials Championship at Pacific Park, South Maroota, NSW. it was a beautiful sunny day, and it saw a record entry of riders for an Australian Cycle trials event this year, and probably the largest single NSW trials event in recent history. The field of riders was boosted by a heap of new young riders all keen to test their skills in the man made stadium style, and natural rock sections found at Pacific Park. Sydney riders Mitch Ho, Sam Hull and Matt Platts,with help from Jess Behan organized a superb set of 5 sections, with grades for Under 12, Novice, Sportsman, Pro and Elite. The organizers also did a brilliant job attracting sponsorship and a bountiful prize pool for all the riders. Sponsorship was provided for the event by Expressive Bikes, The Hell Team, Bike Trials Direct and the Bike Shed. Tim Mullany from Expressive Bikes made the long trip down from Queensland with Zac Hale on the Sunday morning and Andrew Windeyer (Hell Team) picked them up from the Airport and headed out to the Park. We had set up the base area with a few Ezy-Up tents and dug in for a great day of Trials action. A lot of the new riders seen on the day really proved their stuff by taking out top honours in some of the classes. An outstanding ride from brother and sister Mack and Rory Hartshorn saw first and second in Under 12 class, and young Finn Favelle (only knee high to a grasshopper) stole the hearts of the crowd and absolutely nailed third place. Novice class also saw lots of the Moto trials crowd cross over and smash the sections with young Bailey Boniface giving an excellent performance to take the top spot. Mitch, Sam and Matt had set great sections across all grades with no one cleaning everything, or anyone getting maximum penalties. Sports class had some serious competition with 12 riders and Park Rats Thomas Ring, just sneaking the win from JJ Chellas on count back. Well done Gas Gas riders! (9 of the 15 podium finisher ride a Gasser Moto Trials bike - not bad eh)! Outstanding performance was young Jack Favelle in 9th , man this kid is HOT, what a rider. Getting towards the pointy end Joel Davis just took out Elite, one point ahead of Queenslander Zac Hale, and only 4 points ahead of new comer Aiden Hayes coming up hard into a great third spot. The grippy sandstone rocks obviously suiting his style. But really all things stopped for the massive talents of the top boys, finishing third in Pro class aboard an Inspired Hex was Alan Phillipson, pretty great effort considering recent wrist injuries, and top two wheeled trials rider in second spot the magical Sam Hull. So considered, smooth and powerful - a joy to watch. But really blowing everyones minds Joel Gleeson took home top honours on a UNICYCLE! Everyone was stunned to see his talent on one wheel - mighty impressive. All in all a great day, and a real turning point for the sport in NSW. Looking forward to the next instalment. Bring it on. RESULTS: [caption id="attachment_417" align="alignnone" width="504"]
Fin Favelle - serious young talent.[/caption] UNDER 12: 1st Mack Hartshorn, 11 dabs 2nd Rory Hartshorn, 28 dabs 3rd Finn Favelle, 32 dabs 4th Jackson Murray, 38 dabs 5th Ben Crossland, 39 dabs 6th Nathaniel Gillings, 72 dabs NOVICE: 1st Bailey Boniface, 9 dabs 2nd Alexander Ryan, 14 dabs 3rd Chris Chellas, 14 dabs 4th Scott Eggins, 15 dabs 5th Lincoln Beer, 16 dabs 6th Brooke Franter, 17 dabs 7th Bev Andersen, 24 dabs SPORT 1st Thomas Ring, 8 dabs 2nd Jono Chellas, 8 dabs 3rd Jarrad Boniface, 17 dabs 4th Cam Hoddle, 26 dabs 5th Sam Henman, 29 dabs 6th Cade Cooper, 29 dabs 7th Peter Thompson, 42 dabs 8th Ben Franco, 45 dabs 9th Jack Favelle, 49 dabs 10th James Boyle, 50 dabs 11th Adam McKnight, 56 dabs 12th Alex Favelle, 63 dabs ELITE 1st Joel Davis, 6 dabs 2nd Zac Hale, 7 dabs 3rd Aidan Hayes, 10 dabs 4th Chris Martin, 21 dabs 5th Matt Platts, 39 dabs 6th Tim Mullaly, 46 dabs PRO 1st Joel Gleeson, 21 dabs (unicycle) 2nd Sam Hull, 28 dabs 3rd Allan Phillipson, 33 dabs 4th Mitch Ho, 44 dabs 5th Damien Gillings, 50 dabs 6th Mitch Crittle, 58 dabs