Positive report from Hookwood
Despite Storm Freya doing it's best to interrupt proceedings members of the Hookwood Trials Club were on hand at the venue yesterday to meet with Series Manager, Brian Higgins, to discuss various aspects of the forthcoming opening round on March 23rd.
Club Members, led by Clerk of the Course Jim Connor, were extremely receptive to the changes being made for 2019 and have confirmed a slightly longer lap than normal to spread the sections out a little to give riders some breathing space over the three lap, twelve section course.
The opening five sections will be situated in the main wooded area adjacent to the start and then a short ride out into the clay based woods to the West of the venue for three sections which will add a different angle to the Trial before the competitors return to the main arena for the final four hazards which will include one of the spectators favourite, "Jimmy's Hill"
Dependant on weather conditions nearer to the event it is likely to be a split of seven - five for the ever growing ACU Trial 2 class, with seven of the harder route being inserted to test their skills. This will release more sections to be solely for the ACU Trial Expert and ACU Trial125 class to be slightly easier than in the past.
Entries are still open for all classes via the ACU website - Ride ACU.
Our picture shows Series Manager Higgins pointing out some plans with (left to right) Neil Bowker - Assistant Clerk of the Course, Jim Connor, Higgins and Sam Connor who was on hand to give Expert Section advice which we will continue to do in the lead up to the final section layout which will take place on the 17th March.