Hawkstone Park


The Michelin Tyres sponsored British round of the European Trials championship promises to be one of the best trails in the series this year with a record of almost 200 entries from the top European and British riders.

The competition will take place over two days, 7/8 August at Hawkstone Park, Shropshire, with the Youth and Women’s events on the Saturday followed by the tough and demanding Men’s event on Sunday. All classes will attract the top trials riders from all over the Europe who will take on the best of our own riders.

This will be the only opportunity in 2004 for British trials enthusiasts to see the how our young riders fare against the best of the Europeans who have dominated the series for many years.

On Saturday in the Youth event the top youngsters from our domestic Youth championship will see how they fare against the French and Spanish who have been so successful recently. ACU Academy members Alexz Wigg, Lee Sampson, and Sam Haslam will spearhead the challenge and all of them are confident of toppling the foreign invasion.

In the Ladies class Laia Santz spearheads the Spanish armada and on current form it would be a brave person who would predict her being beaten. However, Maria Conway will, no doubt have other ideas as this talented young lady is determined to improve on her third place in last years series and with current British champion, Donna Fox, Becky Cook, and Katy Sunter there as well, a British victory cannot be discounted.

On Sunday the spectacular Hawkstone Park venue will see some of the most exciting riders and the most demanding sections to appear over here since the last World Round was held there in 2000. Current championship leaders Poland’s Tadeusz Blazusiak and Italy’s Michele Orizio will be challenged by top British championship riders Shaun Morris (2003 World Junior champion), Mika Vesterinen (2004 World Junior championship series leader), Ian Austermuhle, Michael Phillipson, James Dabill, Gary Macdonald, and Joe Baker. All will be hoping for places on the podium in not an outright victory.

Also Michael Brown will be aiming to repeat his recent French victory in the International class.

This is a unique opportunity for British trials enthusiasts to see a round of the European championships in England and promises to be the premier trial in England in 2004. So make a note in your diaries and don’t miss it.

Admission on both days is £5 for adults with children under 16 free.

Entry list (so far) on the macc website