Monthly Archives: March 2011

Regs for Reg [Lewis] at last!

Right, Jans’ computer has now played ball & the correct BSSA Regs for the 3rd Alan Brown are now available. Thanks to James Wilkins for pointing out the error of our ways! Just get those entries back to Jan ASAP

BTW little Chloe, Joe & Ali’s little girl is 8 months old already – but I don’t think we’ll see her in Fort William!  Only Graham, Joe  & Jordan will be up there.

Just realized that Ross & Keelan Hancock aren’t on the Entry List. Maybe they’ll be up there in case there are any no shows at weigh in?

See you soon Frank

What’s old? – & more What’s noo

The Regs I posted for BSSA’s Reg Lewis are last years. Not entirely my fault, it’s Jans’ computers! But as James says he would be inclined to remove the Regs as some people may become really confused. I’ve told you the correct date, but the Regs you download say April 11th [2010]. I’ll let you all know when we’ve got correct ones!

More good news culled from the SW Centre Gazette, Heidi has written that Joe Baker is now a Dad! Ali has had a little girl Chloe AND Joe & Ali are getting married Joe having proposed on Valentines Day. Don’t have to ask Joe for a sitrep during the SSDT now! Sw’s Gazette also reports that Mike & Evelyn Hann’s daughter Vicky has made them Grandparents too.

The Sporting MotorCyclist has a valedictory notice about the ACE Trials Team which has disbanded. Bob Adams tells you about the triasl, tribulations & costs of  sponsoring riders.

Expect a visit from Gary Thompson [ACU General Secretary] to the June Board Meeting. All are welcome to quiz or rant at him, but it would help if you tabled a question to the Board beforehand, either to me or Theresa Talbot

See you at the West Wilts Dinner I hope: Frank

An early warning!

I’ve just heard that the WWMC Hare & Hounds scheduled for Bank Holiday Monday 30th May is being moved to Sunday June 5th, it’ll be at Naish Hill subject to Permit date change etc. It seems that various difficulties got in the way of the original date the organisers wanted. — Frank

As the song says ‘What’s noo …………’

What’s Noo ……. is:

The View from Ba-House

I’ve not been to many trials in the Centre lately, mainly because I have been elsewhere. First there was the Stronlossat Question to resolve, then there were the Talmag, Wallace and Colmore trials to visit, so I’ve only been able to see two Championship trials in the Centre so far, Wilts-Border and Frome.
The Wallace thankfully returned to it’s roots and put in some really scary sections. The one I went to was in an old railway cutting and it was only cleanable if you were willing to fly across a steep camber, in a big gear, and aim to go between two stout Ash trees.It was great to watch and proved to be fairly safe, with only one rider head-butting a tree.
The big climb at Dovedale in the Colmore was at it’s worst this year, very slippery with only seven riders reaching the top. After Dovedale I walked down to Blockley and I was just in time to witness the slowest Road-Traffic-Accident I’ve ever seen.The result was one very unhappy Mercedes owner with a Tesco van in his shiny new bonnet. Still the van-driver tried his best to make amends. “Sorry about that” he said.
I had a bad day at Frome, for everyone started cheating and I failed to stop them. What happened was that a rider tried a new line that I thought was a cheater, so I said, “You can’t do that”, and we took it from there. What he did was ride through a gate then turn left away from the line of the section, do a loop and then shoot back in straight up towards the ends cards. ( Now as far as I’m concerned the rider should at all times try to ride from one gate to the next in as straight a line as possible, riding a loop outside the boundary of the section is not allowed.) Anyway it seemed that everyone, including the Steward, thought that I was mistaken so I had to let them all get away with it. Thinking about it afterwards I’m still of the opinion that I was right. I think it’s absurd to allow that kind of leeway, but it seems that I’m on my own on this. Still,to quote my hero, “Maybe I’m partly to blame”. If I had taken the trouble to study the section before the start then perhaps I could have closed the door with some wood, and stopped the problem early. Sadly though this experience has left me feeling really bitter,so I’ve decided that I’m with Phyllis Sweeting, Theresa Talbot and Colonel Gaddaffi, it’s no more Mr Nice Guy. Be warned, don’t even think of kicking any stones in my section.
Freddie Adams seems to be progressing well. He’s now at the stage of nearly getting everything right but crashing all the time. If he can stay patient it’ll come good soon. It’s bold of him to choose a Honda to train on, for it’s surely the most difficult bike to ride around here. If your ever tempted to buy one yourself, before ordering it you should really spend a few hours watching the two Georges, Best and Papa, at play. They’ve been fighting Hondas for years but unfortunately the bikes seem to be winning.                                                    Ba
Ed. I’ve no idea what the Stronlassat Question is but maybe Ba has discovered is new chemical element called Stronlassium analogous to Strontium which has association with Strontian. I’ve also heard its been very cold in the Highlands this February

What’s Noo is …….
The Wells  Clubs John Stait Trophy Championship Timed Trial Results are now posted on the Page, thanks to Steve Thorne. Quickly scanned them & I see Mitchell Frost did more laps than Tim managed, the younger generation asserts itself? Winner was Shane Lovett losing no marks  on observation & setting standard time, pushed by Jason Hamblin who lost 3 on observation [thats in 6 observed sections] & a minute on time.
What’s Noo is …….
A reminder from the Valers – don’t forget their Phoenix Club Trial on Sunday! Info below – [Shan’t get there myself, but I see Pat Richardson is Secretary, would someone let me know that her family are Ok out there in Japan, I can’t remember where they live! Unfortunately Tepco [Tokyo Electric Power Co.] have a bad reputation for public communication & the latest retraction [lowering initial radiation dose by 100 times is not reassuring] sorry rant over but I’m expecting confirmation of a rupture of the containment vessels to come sooner rather than later even if the integrity of the SS reactor PV are confirmed.
Mendip Vale Trials Information Event Date: April 3rd 2011
Organising Club: Mendip Vale MCC
Event Title: Phoenix Club Trial
For (Classes): Adult all classes, and Schoolboy Expert A and B,solos
At (Venue): Coombe Woods, Horrington, Wells, Somerset
Start Time: 10.30am
Contact Secretary: Pat Richardson
Contact Tel: 01275 878220
Closing Date: Close at start
What’s noo …… is
The BSSA Reg Lewis Sidecar & solo Trial results from last Sunday week 21st March from Jan Watkins
What’s noo ….. is
That its nearly time for some peoples ‘Holiday in the Highlands’ – I’ve just checked out the runners & riders to see who are our Centre & local riders. Pleased to see that Ian Fortune & Andy Noad [Bath & WoE] & Ian Shuttleworth [WWMC] have paid their moneys  & at 22, 23 & 24 respectively get their early day over with on the first day, I see they’ve got Grimbo, Carlos Casas & Wiggy close to them. Adam Norris [WWMC] & Paul Mountstevens [BMCC] run at 78 & 79 & they’ve got Amos Bilbao running close to them. CSMA have entered Billy Craig, Tony Moulder & Geoff Herbert at 96,97 & 98. Tony & Geoff we know but Billy I’ve never heard of. As he’s entered on a 125 GG I guess he’s a youngster? Get in touch if you know about him, is he fairly local? They’ve got Birks & Joe Baker for company at 100 & 102. Brothers Jean Marie, Eddie & Eric Lejeune  at 115, 116 & 117 are names to conjure with. Not contenders I’m sure but a wonderful tribute to the Event, lets hope they all enjoy themselves & have fun. Eddie especially will conjure up memories for many.
Craig Talbot [Wilts Border] has got in & goes at 150 with Becky Cook at 149. Friends from SW Centre include Ricky Wiggins who’s got in, I’m pleased to say, at 146. Rob & George Pollard [Moreton] are at 157 & 158, & George Edyvean from Cornwall [Pendennis] rides with them at 159. Potential Leaderboard man Ross Danby [Bewdley] is at 198. Theres another trio, this time of Bendalls 228 Henry, 229 Jason, & 230 Joseph {W Glos & Forest of Dean] . Here’s a tip for a top ten place riding at 250: Jack Sheppard [Ipswich] on a 125 Beta, especially as Dabill is riding at 248. I expect both to be top 10 at the end of the week, barring mechanicals.
But where are the Ladies this year? I can only see Becky, Katy Sunter & Emma Bristow in the list. It would have been nice to have had Laia Sanz enter again this year.
Good luck to all of you. Hope you have a good week & enjoy some of it!   ……………   Frank

Check out the updates!

It’s a wet morning here, & I shan’t be using an electric hedge trimmer until its dried off outside so we’ve got ‘stuff’ to upload & tell you about.

We’ve posted the North Somerset Wynnes Trophy Timed Trial Results from last weekend 13th March & their next event on the 17th of April, the Jack Ball Trophy Timed Trial Regs thanks to Jerry Walters & Tony Colman.

Regs are now available & posted up for the Wells Clubs Centre Timed Trial Championship John Stait Trophy that’s on the weekend after next. [27th of March] They are also on the Club website.

West Wilts have  amended the James Cup Results as they have been advised a number of riders had entered classes they were not eligible for. I believe this only affected the “B” & O40 adult classes and the Youth B class

I’ve got some more stuff to get up during the morning so “comeback soon” — Frank

Wyndham Haines Champ. Trial Results

Hello all,

Beautiful day in Cambridge on Saturday, Grandson William a delight, he’s now twice his birthweight & was all beaming smiles & gurgles!

Hope you all enjoyed your day at Wanstrow, Mary has got the Results sorted & they are posted up for you.

Don’t forget the Traders on Easter Sunday is the next Trials Championship Trial – will see you there.


Bums on Seats & Classes for Riders

Bums on Seats

If I’ve caught your attention this isn’t any sort of comment about competitive Events. No it’s about Club Annual Dinners. Both the Kingswood & the West Wilts Dinners are nearly upon us, so nearly that Kingswoods’ is tomorrow week [19th March] & West Wilts’ is a fortnight later [1st April]. Both ‘dos’ cost the Clubs more than the price of your tickets & are a good evening out with like minded people. Besides if you are allowed out to ride most weekends it helps to treat your ‘other half’ sometimes! Both are at the Golf Club – Chipping Sodbury for Kingswood & Cumberwell Park for West Wilts. I know there are tickets still available for West Wilts & Chris Kelly is your contact on 01225 865497, I’m not so sure about Kingswood but Mike Fear on 01761 418492 is the man.

We hope to see you there.


Classes for Riders

No it’s not some odd way of telling you about Trials Schools or that you need more practice! If you are reading this you are pretty au fait with the Rules of your branch of the sport, but I know that one recent Event had difficulty getting the Youth Results correct. How So?

Well, the Entry Forms weren’t filled in correctly! You, well Mum & Dad know when you were born, but the Club you are riding with won’t if you don’t complete the Box requiring your date of birth if you are under 18. Youth Classes are classified by your age. The Route you ride is the route the Club has laid out for your age groups ability & you should enter that Route on the Entry Form.

If you wish to ride ‘out of class’ ie you are Youth A Age Group , but want to ride down on the easier Youth B route,  you must tell the Secretary of the Meeting. In the same way if you are Youth C Age Group but want to ride up on the more difficult Youth B route, you must get permission from the Clerk of the Course and tell the Secretary of the Meeting.

Do I hear someone saying ‘WHY’ – it’s simple, Youth Riders ride down for no award & they ride up without being eligible for an award unless the Supplementary Regulations for the event say you are. In the particular Event I’m thinking of  it was the rider who appeared to finish 3rd on marks lost who was the best rider in his class – because the two lads who seemed to be better than him both rode out of class – but they didn’t tell the Club & were [if the Club hadn’t checked & got it right] doing another rider out of his best in class award.

Here endeth another lesson  – although it’s in the Riders ACU Handbook & should be known to all of you.  Frank

ps If you are a Youth Rider of exceptional ability, in our Centre we can consider whether to grade you as a Youth Expert irrespective of your age. Then you will ride the most difficult Route that the Club has laid out

Wilts Border Trial at the Piggeries today, don’t forget the Wyndham Haines Centre Championship Trial next Sunday [13th March]

After the Wilts Border Trial today, Dave Best asked me what was on next week. Since I have no memory it took me a while to work out it was Fromes’ Wyndham Haines Centre Championship Trial. Then I realized why I didn’t know, I hadn’t posted any Regs!

When we got back I checked with Tom & Mary that it was on, they had been out Marking Out for next weekend, so don’t forget. When Mary gets the Regs to me I’ll get them up! Regs are now posted!

Good little Trial at the Piggeries, nothing difficult, although the climb in Section 7  polished up & started to take marks in the last couple of laps. Thanks to all Observers, it was a bit too cold for comfort, even though we’d finished by one o’clockish.

After the Trial I gathered from one ‘schoolboy’ Dad that they hadn’t had a good day for a particular reason. So I checked the other side of the story. One lad didn’t want to ride competitively, so didn’t enter, the Club  advised him of the Insurance implications of riding around the venue  should he cause an accident & that he could practice after the Trial. As Centre Steward, I completely support the Club’s action, that is why we have Rules for Competitions – to protect both Organisers & Riders. As Dad didn’t advise me of  this explanation by the Club I couldn’t talk all this through with him, but if he reads this & contacts me I am very willing to explain this to him. We all know schoolboys are the future of our sport.

Watch this space for Results & Regs: Frank

Centre Fixture List for 2011 now available. Muntjac Enduro roundup.

Most of you will have had your printed Centre Fixture Card from your Club Secretary by now but if you just want to know what the Centre’s Clubs have planned up until the end of February 2012 you can find it on the Page “Wessex Centre Fixture List: ……….

Don’t forget the Wilts Border Salutation Novice Trial at the Piggeries on Sunday, see you there?

First Round of the British Enduro Champs was held Sunday across in East Anglia. A fair number of our guys made the trek. Saturday was wet – rained all day. So the course cut up during Sunday. Sounds as if blisters & ‘offs’ were the order of the day.

FYI Centre riders were well represented, with Matt Ridgway 34th in Championship class, in the Experts East Anglian Julian Harvey was 6th [E2], South Midlander Jack Lee 14th [E3], South Easterner Dan Beavan 15th [E2],  Freddie Broadway was 27th [E2], In Clubman class Dan Price was 5th [E1/4] ( last seasons nasty injury overcome by the sound of it – good), Ian Shuttleworth 25th [E2], Centre Chairman, Keith Wooster 26th [E3] – Keith not choosing to ride as a veteran?  and Ben Shuttleworth 30th [E2] on the only Rieju entered. Tyson Maytom Jones didn’t ride & former Centre resident Paul Hearn was 15th in the Veterans.

Reports & Results are available from the usual websites if you want more info: