Trials

West Leeds ready to host White Rose National

West Leeds ready to host White Rose National

Tom Minta won The White Rose last year in monsoon conditions

West Leeds run their Blue Riband White Rose National trial this Sunday.

This is an event that can trace its history back to 1947 when Harry Dancaster, the first President of the West Leeds Motor Club inaugurated the Dancaster Cup.

Later, in 1976, the Royalty Inn on Otley Chevin donated the White Rose Trophy and the trial as we know it today was born.

The 2019 White Rose will start as usual at Cam Head, high on the moors above the Yorkshire dales town of Hawes and will comprise a single lap of some 30 miles and no more than five miles roadwork incorporating a mighty 40 sections.

The steep rocky beck at Widdale starts the ball rolling while Final Fling ends the day with last man, Tom Bennett, scheduled to finish at 6.24pm.

The entry closed at a mighty 167 hopefuls which could well be a record number for the trial and shows once again that riders are targeting the best events.

The breakdown is a beefy 80 Clubmen plus a healthy 64 on the popular 50/50 option while the National Expert ranks, riding for the White Rose Trophy, number a competitive 23.

And the names? Tom Minta (Scorpa), current White Rose supremo after winning in a monsoon last year heads the entry but faces stiff competition from Sherco mounted brothers Jack and Dan Peace, Gas Gas duo Dan Thorpe and Richard Sadler, Andy Chilton (Scorpa) and John Crinson (Beta).

The 50/50 is a lottery with Roger Williams sure to be up there with the likes of Lewis Black, Roman Kyrnyckyj, Jon Lee, Andrew Jackson and super veteran Philip Alderson while Andy Cripps likes the moors.

The mighty Clubman class heads the entry with West Leeds Clubman Richard Pearson starting #1 at 10:01am followed by no fewer than six riders from Jersey plus Scottish clubmen Duncan and Alan MacDonald.

Picking a Clubman winner is impossible but Yorkie Neil Gaunt and Lancashire raider Steven Gerrard must have a shot!

Make no mistake, the White Rose Trial is a long arduous day of trials but massively satisfying at the finish. Riders are allowed seven hours to complete the course and some will need every second!