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Trial Biking: Adam Milner shines but only second best
2:49pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in Sport
LEAVENING’S Adam Milner had to settle for second place at Middlesbrough District Motor Club’s charity trial over the weekend as Scarborough’s Simon Kershaw rode to a convincing win.
The trial was held on challenging moorland around Woodhead Farm, Fryup, floods destroying the gully sections on the eve of the event.
Saturday saw shimmering sunshine and the top experts rode hazards early, trying to gain advantage of dry rocks.
Kershaw and Port Mulgrave’s Jack Howell made spirited attempts on the awkward exit of three but failed. Malton man Ian Austermuhle needed one dab, but Kirkbymoorside’s talented youth rider Dan Peace – fresh from foreign downhill mountain biking exploits – rode it for a typical hang-on clean.
Many slid back to base on the massive angled slab of section four but Austermuhle and Kershaw remained clean.
The sting in the tail appeared at 11. The huge 20ft Eiger faced boulder jutting out of the moor was more akin to rock climbing and crampons than trial bikes, but young Peace attacked and soared up and out over the two further rock steps to make it look easy, as did Milner.
The non-appearance the next day of Austermuhle left it wide open for Kershaw, Milner or Howell to win.
Milner produced something like his best form as Howell faded on a tough day, but Kershaw kept his head.
Proceeds went to the Air Ambulance.
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