Monthly Archives: February 2012

BSSA Reg Lewis Solo & S/car Regs. Centre Officials for 2012. Retiring President’s Address for 2012

The Regs & Entry Form for the BSSA Reg Lewis Trial are BSSA Reg Lewis Trophy Trial Restricted to Club Solo & S/car Trial 18th March 2012 here, thanks to Jan Watkins

We’ve also added the List of Centre Officials, elected & appointed at the Centre AGM.

I’ve extracted from the Board AGM Minutes your retiring President, Chris Fear’s remarks,

“Thank you to clubs for their hospitality during the year. It’s good to know the Centre is on a sound financial footing. Although ,as you know, my main interest is trials it is good to see the Frome Club, led by Jim & Vee, keeping MX alive in the Centre; and also BGRC keeping the flag flying for Grass track. Thank you to both clubs and I hope interest will grow by other clubs organising speed events.

We may be the smallest Centre in the ACU, but I think we make our presence felt at Rugby. I would urge all clubs to encourage younger members to help organising events & come to Board Meetings & put their views forward.

Chris also awarded & presented the Harry Croft Trophy to Theresa Talbot in recognition of all the work she does for the sport in our Centre & beyond.


Centre Fixture List is now available to view/print. NSMSC’s Wynnes Trophy Timed Trial on 11th March: Regs are posted

Evening all!

Right with the help of a prompt from Pete Dury I’ve got off my backside & got a copy of the 2012 Centre Fixture up. Theres already a couple of changes & I’m sure their will be more, but hopefully it will help asst in you planning your sporting year.

We’ve also put up North Somersets’ Restricted to Club Wynnes Trophy Timed Trial Regs & Entry Form click here NSMSC Wynnes Trophy on 11/03/12Regs & Entry  Form for them

Off to ACU Rugby on Saturday for you! We’re told that Licencing has gone without any serious hitches this year? Let me know if you know different & I’ll let them know!

Bye for now: Frank


Trials Championship Tables after Round 2, Results of NSMSC’s Terry Bunn Centre Championship Timed Trial 12/02/12

Hello all,

Pete Dury with his usual efficiency has updated the Points Tables after the James Cup, you can click here ChampTables as at 13/02/12 to see them as an Excel file.

The second No Stop Championship Trial? Certainly No Stop is proving a discussion point, the biggest probably being that their are National & World Championship events still running Stop Permitted. I’d suggest that No Stop favours the smoother riders & isn’t so good for ‘point & shoot’ riders?

I watched the Experts through Section 13 & it was cleanable, just the one clean on Laps 1 & 2, but two on Lap 3 – Gary was clean on each lap & Ricky had it worked out in the end going dab dab clean.

It seemed to me that a riders planning needs to get back to the precautionary principle dab or perhaps the long dabbing pivot turn to ensure you don’t stop in your  enthusiasm to clean the Section. So is it just a matter of getting your head to adjust how you ride sections? Time will tell.

Expert winner Ricky Wiggins lost 34 overall with 5 ‘fives’ & nine ‘dabs’ – but only Section 7 wasn’t cleaned but it was dabbed several times by Experts. So yes it was quite a high scoring Trial, but cleans were possible for all riders on all Routes & all riders had cleans on their scorecards when the Results were collated, so challenging yes, but too difficult no.

Here are the NSMSC’s Centre Championship Terry Bunn Timed Trial Results from Jerry Walters, click here NSMC Terry Bunn TT Results 12/2/12

That’s it for the moment, Frank

Not too long for you we hope, here they are …. James Cup Winner is ….. Ricky Wiggins

It’s been a long old day, some interesting tie breaks to be applied & checked. As usual WWMC want to thank CofC Brian Shuttleworth & Secretary of the Meeting Phyllis Sweeting for their hard work before, during & after the Event. I did wonder if the weather was going to be so dire that we might have to have a contingency for cancellation but the weather was kinder on the day than during the week. Thanks also to Clive Sweeting for computer advice this evening – but any mistakes are ours & ours alone.

You can click here  JamesCup2012 – Results for the Results

No we’re off to do the washing up!

See you at the Wyndham Haines: Frank

ps your Observers today were: Chris Kelly 1, Chris adams 2, Jon Milne 3, Nicola Golding 4, Nipper Allen 5&6, Theresa Talbot 7, Ian Shuttleworth 8&9, Mike Fear 10, Chris Fear 11, Fred Rowcliffe 12, Phyllis 13, Tom Crease 14&15

Here’s the BSSA 2nd Alan Brown TT Results from 05/02/12, & the Frome Wyndham Haines Centre Championship Trial Regs for 23/03/12, & by the way we’ve got several entries in the Scottish

Hello again! Jan Watkins has sent over the 2nd Alan Brown TT Results click here  BSSA 2nd Alan Brown Timed Trial  Results 5th February 2012 for them.

Mary Crease has sent the Frome Wyndham Haines Trophy Centre Championship Trial Regs which you can click Frome’s Wyndham Haines Trophy  Centre Championship Trial 25th March 2012 here for.

I see Andy Frost has got a ‘first timer’ entry in the Scottish so his previous recconnaisances of the SSDT have convinced him that ‘I can do that’ He’s hoping to ride with Jerry Cross who’s a third timer?. Other Centre notables include Adam Norris as usual & Scott Cameron, I’d guess Mark [Cameron] has put himself on the Reserve list.

I see there’s a strong representation from our friends down the road in SW Centre, RIcky Wiggins, Joe & Mark Baker, George & Rob Pollard, father & son Tony & Peter Rew. Ross & Keelan Hancock & Tony Moulder are there too. Best wishes for an enjoyable week without mechanicals or electricals to all of you.

Hope to see a lot of you on Sunday at WWMC’s James Cup, forty of you have entered so far & CofC Brian Shuttleworth & his team [of two] were out sizing it up today in the cold!

Keep your feet up & stay warm – Frank

Where to start? Centre AGM I think!

Hello all, as you know the Board held its AGM on Tuesday evening. Great excitement!

For the first time in aeons  there were elections. Yes, there were more nominations than vacancies for the posts of President & Vice Chairman, & all the nominees allowed their names to go forward, so the tellers had work to do.

As a Result, Your Board now looks like this: President, Keith Wooster, Vice Presidents: Martyn Bracey, Denys Plaster, Phil Steadman, Frank Sweeting & Chris Fear the retiring President. Your Chairman is Keith Wooster, Vice Chairmen Mike Fear & Frank Sweeting, Honorary Treasurer Clive Chapman, Secretary Theresa Talbot, Assistant Secretary Phyllis Sweeting, Permit Secretary Mike Fear, National Council Delegate Frank Sweeting. Martyn Bracey is both Awards Secretary & Benevolent Fund Representative. Frank Sweeting doubles up [trebles up?]  as Web Site Administrator.

Outgoing President Chris Fear said that she’d enjoyed her year & encouraged younger guys to involve themselves more in organising events [cos when us old codgers shuffle off up there, or maybe to the warmer place below?, you won’t have any events to ride – Ed.] & also to come to Board Meetings. She presented the Harry Croft Trophy to Theresa Talbot.

Team Managers for the Inter Centre Team Trial are Tom Crease solo, Martyn Bracey sidecar & Theresa Talbot youth. The Accounts showed we [well in my opinion – Ed.] spent £2165 supporting our three teams last year in Mid Wales last year

And talking of Trophies, Martyn Bracey had the Centre Trial Championship Trophy which has now been updated with the 2011 Champion, Gary Marshman’s name together with all of former Champion Colin Crease’s victory years. An extra base has had to be put on the Trophy to get them all in & allow some breathing space for the future! It was rumoured that Gary will be presented with it at the West Wilts Centre Champs Trial on Sunday.

More to follow: Frank


Here’s some Chattering Good News from Swindon!

Brett King has been in touch to say :

” Well, ladies and gentlemen… Swindon DMCC have some news that will surprise a few old centre stalwarts with long memories and also (hopefully!!) enthuse some of the younger members to come and take part, observe at or even just spectate at the 2nd round of the Club Championship… !!!

Long, long ago when trials were really straightforward with no complicated rules about hopping, backing-up and the like, a club called Minety Vale MCC used to stage a number of trials in and around the area of Minety, 20 minutes north-west of Swindon. These trials ceased to exist beyond the late-80’s as the Club’s members dwindled and the ability to hold the events became impossible. Such well-known events as the MVMCC Boxing Day trial became the thing of folk-lore alone and the venues ceased to hear the roar of Triumph twins, the thump of the Ariels, the biting tread of Pirelli MT43’s and clouding the haze of Castrol oils… all very sad.

However, late in 2011 a chance conversation took place between Swindon DMCC’s pivotal chairman (a certain K.Wooster Esq.) and one of the landowners of an old Minety Vale MCC’s venue. Mr. Graham Williams asked why trials had stopped being held in the famous (or infamous – depending on your point of view) Flistridge Woods situated between Minety and Oaksey. A handful of conversations later and it became clear that the classic Wessex Centre venue was available to host trials once again.

Happily we can report today that an agreement has been reached that enables Swindon DMCC to hold some events in this great piece of natural trials terrain. This is all thanks to the extreme generosity of Graham Williams who simply wants to see trials folk making use of his land in Flistridge Woods for the staging of organised events and thereby maintaining the connection with trials of years gone by.

After a recent reconaissance mission, the Swindon DMCC are pleased to announce that they will be staging the second round of their Club Championship in Flistridge Woods on 19th February with a 10.30am start, as the Club start a new chapter in the story of “Trials at Flistridge”.

This venue used to be a serious challenge for all-comers, but we are keen to encourage people to come to this fantastic venue and enjoy some truly “natural” trials terrain. With this in mind, we wish to emphasisie that there will be three routes marked out, catering for everbody’s ability: Youth A & B, Over 50, Twinshock, C, B, AB and A: all  riders will have something that tests them without becoming a battle of “survival of the fittest”. 4 laps of 10 sections will be plotted on banks, gulleys, rooted cambers and classic woodland fare, so please make a note in your diaries to come along on the 19th February. New members are most welcome.”

Frank says: Were they the good old days when we all rode the same route ie there weren’t  3 or 4 routes to get from the start cards to the ends card & if you were riding your first trial you rode the same hazards as the experts?  Back then you would have had a good day to get a three in a section  yes I mean that in ‘a’, that is one, section & fived the rest? Then when the Results were posted to you & you got them by Tuesday  or maybe Wednesday (when you could see the class winners in MCN anyway) discovered that the winner had only lost perhaps 10 against your own feeble effort with say 148 marks lost. Took me a long time to accept that winning a trial was not achieved by having the highest score like most sports!

Anyway good for the Swindon Club, current Trials riders, & thanks to Graham Williams for his generous ‘welcome back’

Don’t forget to get your Entries in for this one, & don’t forget the WWMC Championship Trial on the previous Sunday. Look forward to seeing you at either or both of these events, — Frank