Monthly Archives: April 2011

Oh, oh, its getting close & interesting. Fowlers Trophy regs

The Centre Trials Championship that is. Have a look how the Expert Class is shaping up.

Thanks again to Pete Dury for collating it all for you

Top man is on 41 points, two guys on 40 points, 4th man on 39 points & 5th man on 38 points. How’s that for a competition? Surely it won’t go down to the last Round & then a tie break again?

Theres a long way to go & it’s possible points may have to be discarded if you ride all the Rounds but its shaping up nicely.

I’ve updated the NSMSC Fowlers Trophy Regs – mobile No for Bob Lees rather than landline, it should be fine now, sorry if some of you found you ended up with the Colin Stenner Regs when you wanted the Fowlers – depending where you clicked on the line it affected what you got. Just a little tester for you!

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Hello all, just drawing your attention to the comment on yesterdays post [qv] from Chris Wrigley. I’d agree strongly with his comment about the Traders. How about you?

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Mendip Vale Traders Trophy Results are Posted! Gary Marshman Best Expert!

Good morning all, as I suggested yesterday Gary Marshman won the Traders on 13, Colin was R/up on 16 & Kurt Brain took 3rd on 25.

It was indeed an expensive 5 in Theresa’s section for him as only 6 marks were lost there by Experts all day, but that’s how it is sometimes! I did hear that Colins’ neice told her Mum & Dad Uncle Colin had said a rude word there! When her Dad suggested she had heard ‘Sugar’ she said no it wasn’t that word! And on Easter Day too!

Next stop Scotland for lots of people. Here’s wishing all our local runners & supporters, whether it’s pre 65 or the ‘real thing’ good luck.

It’s the Frome Round of the British Clubman Sidecar-X today over at Asham  Woods. Lets hope it’s an injury free day as I see last weeks World Round at Castelnau de Levis had local teams Dan & Joe Millard, & Richard Jenkins/Pete Girling taking a battering with Dan off to hospital for a scan as he was knocked out cold, & Pete girling was suffering a back injury. Lets hope for good results at Fraunfeld,  today.

See you soon: Frank

Jack Ball Trophy Results, todays Traders results awaited

Amazing, so it can be done! The Valers had every section covered with observers, leaving a number of regulars able to walk round & see all the Sections. In spite of the venue change to Lambs Lair the Valers laid on an excellent Championship Trial of 3 laps of 15 sections. It’s been so dry that there was a lot of dust up at the top of the venue. Bob Burt drew the Observers short straw of the furthest away section, the stream right at the bottom, but it looked as if it was cleanable on all routes all day. When I got there Dave Best seemed to have succeeded in felling half a tree Dave was fine the tree was secondhand!. Next section coming back saw Shaun Sweeting being spat off the back as the bike came back up & over. The rocks are very unforgiving to fall onto! Sounds like a very hard trial? Well yes we saw some spectacular looking offs but no serious damage to men or machines. Now I can tell you Chris Mitchard lost his seat & rear mudguard at his first section. Champion Colin Crease, & I write before having seen the Results, may have lost the Trial by fiving Theresa Talbots section on the first lap by not firing it up the rock step on his first visit, when I watched him on his last lap, he just wheelied over the step & all the way to the exit to make sure. Favourite for winner is Gary Marshman probably something like 15 m/l to Colin’s maybe 18. Ben Darch was absent, I guess the finger isn’t right yet.

Good to see Colins brother Paul with wife Karen & their two girls were up for the weekend. Stuart Simpson was walking round nursing a plastered arm/wrist thanks to a practice accident – ruined the planned holiday in Dominica starting next week too. Rich Taylor was limping with a calf injury so it seemed easier for him to ride than walk! Jason Attwell was off colour & was telling us that his son has/is suffering with leukemia & that the chemotherapy has given him a lot of unwanted side effects. But there’s always light at the end of the tunnel, I had a little chat with Craig Bond who I was aware has had the same thing, but is back riding, still putting in useful rides on the Expert route, although he tells me he still having treatments. People are wonderfully resilient aren’t they! All you can say is get well soon guys.

Oh & if you are off to Scotland next week watch out for Becky Cook in the paddock, I hear she’s got a different pair of Oakley shades for each day.

And we’ve posted last weeks Jack Ball Timed Trial results for you as well.

We’ll see you around & about: Frank

Alzheimers Society: Kingswood MCC’s Annual Charity Trial

What are you doing on Bank Holiday Monday May 30th? You are riding Kingswood’s Annual Charity Trial at Breakheart Quarry of course. Unusually in our Centre it’s an Open Trial – so NO Club Membership is required, just your Trials Registration/Competition Licence. As always there’s a barbecue & raffle afterwards so it’ll be a good day. The Regs & Entry Form is now available.

Great weather over the weekend so I fired up the trusty mower & gave it a blast around the grass!

Keep smiling: Frank

Here’s Some New Stuff! & what a long way to go.

So what’s been added this morning?

Results of the BSSA 3rd Alan Brown Timed Trial

Results of the Swindon Corinium Enduro

Regs & Entry Forms for the North Somerset Colin Stenner Timed Trial

Regs & Entry Forms for the North Somerset  Wednesday evening Fowlers Trophy Timed Trial.

What a long way to go for Tom Culliford. I notice he rode the Youth C National Championship Trial up in Westmorland & placed 11th. He wasn’t furthest travelled though as George Marshman, Oliver Lawer & Toby Martyn were all up there from further south west than us. Good luck for the rest of the campaign Tom.

Big bit in TMX about Katy Sunter in the SSDT. Yes just 3 women this year. Laia Sainz seems to have gone to do Enduro’s, will she ride the World Trials Rounds this year?. Iris Kramer isn’t entered this year either. Or were they both unlucky in the Ballot?

World Championship Sidecar Cross is underway too, with local men Dan & Joe Millard & Richard Jenkins/Pete Girling picking up useful points.

Finally don’t forget to enter the Centre Traders Championship Trial, it’s tomorrow week.  I’m sure the Valers will have found some cracking Sections for you. I see that contender Ben Darch broke a finger down at Yeo Vales’ Trial last Saturday, so that could be a handicap for him. Must have been a tough trial because Andy Noad had banged his thumb about at the same event.

I’ll see you around & about: Frank

Soon be Easter!

And that means the Mendip Vale Traders Trophy Centre Championship Trial. I’ve been told the Mendip Vale Organising squad are pressing on with their second event in the month  – their prestigious Championship  Trial, possibly [probably? – Ed] the best event in the Wessex Centre (and beyond !), on 24th April.
After a couple of years at Belmont Estate near Bristol, the venue was in jeopardy and then plans for a brand new venue came unstuck at the last moment. Undeterred the team have now secured the use of “Lambs Lair” at West Harptree in the picturesque Mendips.
The venue provides plenty of opportunity and the team will be looking to maintain the standards for this event with either a planned two laps over twenty sections, or three laps over fifteen sections, so it will provide an excellent ride round, with a good variety of sections and going.
That number of sections could mean a bit of a challenge to cover, so any rider who provides an Observer will be eligible for a free entry in the next Club trial.
It will be one hell of a day out and all off road, so not to be missed.
Get that Entry in Now! – Frank


What a Great Day Out – at Swindons’ Corinium Enduro.

Hi everyone, now before I forget, we’ve posted up Regs & Entry Form for Mendip Vales’ Centre Trials Championship ‘Traders Trophy’ on Easter Sunday April 24th [note change of venue to Lambs Lair after their ‘new venue’ fell through a couple of weeks ago], for the West Wilts Hare & Hounds at Naish Hill on 5th June [note date change from Centre Fixture List].

We’ve also posted Regs & Entry Forms for BSSA’s Club Glenis Sinclair Memorial 2 hour Timed Trial on May 22nd [note date change from Centre Fixture], that’s running at Lambs Lair as well. We should have Results of BSSA’s 3rd Alan Brown T/Trial up for you during Tuesday Jan tells me.

Yes a great day out at the Corinium, wall to wall sunshine, great entry of 154, only 2 non starters, 5 laps for Experts, 4 for inbetweens, 3 for the Clubmen, two special tests ridden on the 2nd lap. Regretfully St John was called into action, & three riders had to visit Cirencester Hospital, we hope they are all back in speedy action, speedily. SSDT entrants Ian Shuttleworth & Andy Noad were getting in some speed work for their foray to Scotland, while Ian Fortune was absent getting in some section practice, for his Scottish ride, at the Zona 1 ‘Dennis Saunders’ Trial just up the road. James Ovens was riding his first time card  Enduro, & unlike many, he seemed to have what you do in time card events off pat, riding within himself & saving max. effort for the special tests. Yesterdays’ Alan Brown Timed Trial at Hanham Woods had been used as a ‘loosener’  by some of the competitors who claimed that they wouldn’t have been tired at the finish if they hadn’t ridden the night before.

I don’t believe them, they just aren’t fit enough! Frank