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Written by Laurence Richards   
Friday, 02 January 2015

An excellent traditional Witley event, this year’s Charlie Wake took place as usual on Remembrance Saturday.

The weather was not looking great and indeed as Dave Kav and I set off for our sections a downpour started. But within 20 minutes or so it had subsided and the remainder of the day was more or less dry, even a little brightness creeping through at times. However the ground was definitely on the damp side, as is often the case at Kingsfold in November.

My section presented some interesting challenges for the 49 riders taking part, and especially for the Elite riders who had four successive seriously steep climbs interspersed with unpleasantly steep descents. Expert class were little better off, though the Red route was not too severe apart from some dodgy roots near the ends. Interestingly the centre part of the section – also used by Intermediates – held up very well for grip, with very few failures. There was no lunch break and with good momentum and the wish to stay as dry as possible (though a number of riders ended upside down in the stream) the clearing up was all over by about 3pm.

As befits this notoriously taxing trial, the Centre Elite Championship was decided on its results, Ashley Newbery just pipping Thomas Moss for the trophy.

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