Published: 00:00, 23 October 2003
GRAHAM JARVIS has fulfilled a 12-year ambition by becoming the British trials champion.
The Canterbury-born rider, whose parents Cliff and Ann live at Sturry, made the most of leading rival Dougie Lampkin's absence this season by winning all six rounds.
Jarvis, 27 and now living in Yorkshire, made sure of victory in the final round at Kinlochleven, Scotland, ending the season 23 points clear of nearest rival, Steve Colley.
His father Cliff, who watched the event, explained: "We were all really chuffed to bits and Graham was thrilled. He's been chasing this title since he was 16."
Jarvis followed up his national championship success with another win at the weekend when he headed a 150-strong field in The Lakes two-day event in Barrow-in-Furness.
Earlier in the season he achieved the best individual score in the Trial de Nations, in Italy, as Great Britain won the event for the second year running.
Sixteen teams took part with the best three scores from each to count.
Jarvis came fifth in the outdoor world championships, but may well have achieved a rostrum finish had he not picked up a bout of food poisoning, which forced him to miss the Spanish round.
He launches his challenge for the world indoor championships in December, and will be hoping to improve on last year's sixth place.