Monthly Archives: June 2014

What a great week-end! Zona One British Trials Championship Rounds. We wish Becky & Craig a wonderful coming weekend. Mintex Time & Observation Trial at Hurst, Wells “Lawford” Timed Trial Results.

What wonderful weather at the moment. On Saturday we went & watched a Hill Climb at Gurston Down with cars & bikes – including outfits. All the outfits were road racers, the solos ranged from 250cc Hondas to 1000cc Dukes with numbers of Husqvarna & Husaberg enduro machines.

Sunday saw us at the Women & Girls British Championship Trial  at Nettleton Quarry organised by Zona One. Had a quick look at the previous days Results – Zona One ran two Rounds on consecutive days in two different venues – to find Victoria Payne had blitzed her opposition in Girls A class with just 11 marks lost, 30 less than the R/up Louise Alford. Positions were a bit different however on the 2nd day, with Louise  losing 52 to win, with Victoria ,on 71, pushed down to 3rd on the day by Beth Waite in 2nd on 64m/l. In the Championship Womens class Emma Bristow was best on both days from Becky Cook.  On Day 1, Emma parted with a dab & a 2 on lap 3 [4laps of 10 sections] whereas Becky had a 5 in section 9 on the first lap & then just one dab in a different section on lap 3 & on Day 2 Emma lost just 2 dabs to Becky’s three dabs, two 2’s & a five. We thought that Section 10 was a bit controversial, in the way it was laid out & then observed when, to our knowledge on one route riders were allowed to completely miss a red/blue gate, &  when a five was given  for going outside the straight line between two blue markers, this was resolved with the use of tape to delineate a ‘new’ section boundary. There seemed to be quite a number of Observer decisions questioned by riders or their entourage which is disappointing. Good to see ‘Laurence’, John Luff of BVM Moto out observing for the Club.

All our best wishes go to Becky & Craig Talbot for their wedding on Saturday, Donna Fox [who was minding over the weekend] is going to be Becky’s bridesmaid, & Craigs best man is a long standing friend away from the two wheeled world.

Out of Centre, it was good to hear Tom Culliford, went up to the Richmond Clubs Mintex Time & Observation Trial based around Hurst using some of the Scott Trial sections & going. A derailed chain & a puncture cost him time, but he finished  9th place. in 3hrs 40m 22s losing 41 on time & 71 on observation, the winner was Tom Minta, standard time & just 13 on observation. I hope Tom will progress to the big brother Scott Trial event  in the future.

The Lawford TT at Wookey was won by Simon Prideaux [0 on observation, 7 on time] from Jason Hamblin, who lost 6 on observation – all on his first lap of 10] & 8 on time. In the Scrambler class it was Andy Frost 35 [28 on observation + 7 time penalties] from Tom Smith on 45 with no time penalties. Jerry Cross tells me he had 23 guys pre-entered & another 21 entries on the day & a lot of happy chappies at the end. Here are the results Wells Lawford TT, 220614

See you soon: Frank

Good News! BVM-Moto is Back & Open for Business

Good morning all

We’re pleased to tell you that Laurence [John Luff] & Rick Ferrier bought the business name from the Receivers, & have been beavering away getting themselves organised. BVM-Moto is focused exclusively on Trials & have parts for trials marques including Beta, Gas Gas, Jotagas, Montesa, Ossa, Oset, Scorpa and Sherco, plus twinshock and pre 65 makes available off the shelf, after they bought much of BVM’s stock.

They expect to do a lot of mail order business via the web site at or over the phone on 01453 297 177, but for us locals you can just pop into the shop at Unit 20D Merretts Mills Industrial Estate in Woodchester. It’s just off the main A46 Stroud to Nailsworth road.

We wish them every success – Frank

Oh & if your beemer needs service then former BVM mechanic Mike Webb and sales executive Tim Stubbs are setting up a servicing facility at the Bath Road Trading Estate near Stroud.

BSSA, 4th Alan Brown TT Results & rearranged Reg Lewis Trial Regs for 3rd August, The Trouble with Trials – Part Three


Jan Watkins has been busy & has sent over, firstly the 4th Alan Brown Timed Trial Results which are here BSSA 4th Alan Brown Results 080614

and secondly the Regs for the rearranged Reg Lewis Trial which is on the 3rd August at Elmington Manor & they’re here  BSSA Rearranged Reg Lewis Trial 030814

I promised you all more comments regarding Trials Entries & Closing dates etc. So here’s some more.

“… Hi Frank. I’m sorry not to be making the trip to B on A this Sunday.
As you probably know there is a Western Centre Championship round the same day. Several at the Swindon Club trial last Sunday regretted that they had to choose between two good trials.
I realise its not easy but it would be good to try and avoid such clashes next year. ……”

“Do more liaison with neighbouring Centres to try and avoid event clashes”

Frank comments: WWMC have moved James Cup dates, twice in the past that I recall, because of a clash with a neighbouring Centre’s Event. Are there too many Events or not enough Riders? Another comment I’ve had opines “It would not be possible to run road races on the basis of casual riders turning up with all the involved costs etc, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to run trials on a casual basis too.” You trials riders are lucky, the costs involved in cancellation are usually small, when WWMC cancelled it’s H&H recently there were significant costs to meet, contracting services for an event usually means cancellation fees are applied. Consider for instance the provision of Loos, if we were really environmentally friendly there would be a loo at all Trials. It might even encourage our ladies to turn out & help more, let alone the increasing number of lady entrants & parents supporting youth Competitors?

“…  a Centre Championship should be treated by riders as a pre enter event.” Frank wonders what you Riders think of the suggestion of Centre Championships being pre enter only! Would it just result in more events being cancelled?

 “What is the point of a closing date with one Fee & a slightly higher Fee for entry on the day. It should be one or the other.  …. ” Frank says I’ve been around long enough (its over 50  years since my first event!) to know that every Organiser prefers pre Entry, the enter on the day option has come about through de-regulation in the sport – the ACU is not now the sole Permitting Authority. Equally I know that times have changed, & the volunteer effort that goes into organising events is faltering. In the end I suspect all two wheeled sport will be commercially organised & there will be many fewer events for you the Rider to compete in.

By the way, I didn’t miss the strimming that I do for H&H events, I reckon this year at Naish Hill it would have taken at least a full day. I could get to like not doing that!  I reckon there are plenty of Organisers who probably feel the same way



NSMSC Valley Smokehouse TT Regs, The Trouble with Trials – Part Two

Hello all,

it’s a nice warm sunny morning here but there’s some big cloud around!

The North Somerset MSC, Valley Smokehouse Timed Trial Regs are here, NSMSC Valley Smokehouse TT 050714

Thanks to all who have mailed &/or spoken to me since WWMC cancelled the Centre Championship James Cup Trial with ideas & and suggestions. I’ll outline a few here, remember that all items in quotes are selected by me & are not necessarily, in fact probably not, from the same correspondent.

“…..its real shame that a Centre Championship Round had to be cancelled. I think there is too much choice in general to riders, too many route and class options, turn up and enter on the day for £20 etc.”  ,     “… we had the same problem with the Traders with only about a dozen entries on the closing date and then another 50 who were prepared to pay £5 extra and enter on the day. Crazy I know, but first suggestion – keep the faith and carry on with the event !.”

Frank comments, keep the faith ?, organisers want to believe but in general want to know effort is going to be rewarded with a decent entry in exchange. In WWMC’s case it would have been if 15 riders had confirmed an entry.

” …. I think that in this hectic, and modern age, that we all now live in  that it would be a good idea to ask riders to enter their intention to compete in events via email to the club secretary.
My reasoning for this is that everyone seems to have handy easy access to a computer or mobile etc.
Perhaps the day of pre entry via postal service is at an end. ……”

“There must be an incentive to pre-enter. I believe that until Centres specify a minimum late entry fee for ALL trials of say, either £20/ £25 or either higher, then late entries will continue to be problematic. Our club charges £12.50 and £15 on the day, another club charges £15 and £20 on the day. Neither suffer any reduction in day entries, although a couple of riders grizzled that £20 was too high and stayed away. Mind you they have got bikes that cost a couple of grand plus! At our last trial we had 14 entrants on the week before then 45 on the day. How as a Clerk of Course do how I know to mark the severity of the sections? ”

Frank comments: Maybe Postal Entries are doomed, & On-line Entries are the way forward, but would it increase confirmed entries before the closing date? I’m guessing not? Frank agrees wrt : late entry fees need to be higher when there is a closing date several days in advance of the Event. WWMC only had a couple of quid extra for late entries, a tenner would be more like it. I completely agree with the CofC’s section severity problem, WWMC had no Expert entries before cancellation.

For the sake of brevity in this post,  I’ll reflect back to you more comments that you have made in a future post. Frank