Congratulations Adam Juffs, who has successfully completed his first National Mintex Trophy Trial, a gruelling off-road motorcycle challenge for 13-17 year olds set in Swaledale, one of the northernmost dales in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Adam completed the course in an incredible four hours 43 minutes. With a reputation as one of the toughest junior trials bike competitions around, the Mintex Trophy Trial tests the stamina and skills of young riders over two gruelling 23 mile laps.
The time and observation event is based on the Scott Trial, a British motorcycle trials competition dating from 1914. Riders lose marks for putting a foot down or “footing” in the 30 observed sections and for finishing behind the fastest rider. Hidden rocks, ditches, holes and hidden peat bogs test riders’ skills along the way, adding to challenge of the speed element of the event.
Adam said: “That was one of the toughest things I’ve ever done. I had to refuel five times just to get round the course. The terrain is unbelievably challenging but that’s what makes it so good. This is an event where 40% of competitors retire either through injury, mechanical breakdown or exhaustion so that sense of achievement when I crossed the finishing line was just the best!”
Tom Brooksby, Headmaster at Ockbrook School added: “Adam is a tough competitor, not just in these one-off challenges but also in the British Championships. Everyone at Ockbrook School is very proud of his achievements and hugely impressed by his commitment and endeavour. Well done Adam.”