With the Club’s annual two day trial cancelled in August due to the fire risk, Sunday saw the rerun of one lost event back at Cockhill Lead Mines, Greenhow above Pateley Bridge. Grey clouds and light drizzle met the riders at this excellent but environmentally sensitive venue.
With 9 of the 10 sections on the slippery rocks of Gill Beck there was always going to be an element of luck and so it was when one of the pre-event favourites Tony Calvert (Cub) came to grief at his first attempt on the moss covered boulders at section 1. This left the gate wide open for the remaining top riders to battle it out for Victory.
For the first time Nick Jefferies (Bantam) was able to break his Yorkshire Classic Championship duck and take the premier route honours, losing only 2 marks. Only 1 point behind were arch rivals John Maxfield (Bantam) and Chris Gascoigne on his trusty Francis Barnett with Maxfield taking the tie on the older rider rule.
On the clubman route Max Clift on his special C15 had an excellent ride to remain clean with club stalwart John Feather rolling back the years on his pre-unit Ariel only one point behind. Close behind were the Bantam trio of Steve Thomas, Barry Fieldhouse and Steve Gossop on 3, 4 and 5 respectively.