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The View – from Ba House

The “stop:non-stop debate” is warming up nicely. Already in the Centre there’s been a pre-emptive strike which has produced a return of the stopping rules to one club’s Championship, it seems likely that those who stand to lose the most from this change to non-stop will be the ones who will continue to fight the hardest against it, and will seek to get it reversed at their first opportunity. That’s only human, if you’re used to being allowed to ride virtually free-style, having most of your cunning ploys rendered useless, is bound to make you just a bit unhappy.
But this change was not introduced to punish the rule-stretchers, rather we hoped that by forcing everyone to ride properly, our game could start to return to a more civilised situation.The theory was that observing could become virtually risk free,and maybe then more people might be tempted into helping us out. Already there are signs that it might be working. Observing is now much simpler. All you have to do is count up the footing marks and watch for the stop, its boy’s work in comparison to the old way, which was so awful that none of us really knew how to observe it fairly.
Sadly though at the end of the year this happy situation is going to be reviewed, which means that we’ve only got a few more months of sanity left before we return to the full glory of the jumping up and down game. Still it was a brave try.
It’s good to hear that Freddie Adams has got into the Scottish, ( Evidently it took the threat of a visit with fire and sword by his relatives to finally tip the balance ), so all he needs now is to choose the right riding companion. The choice is between someone who gets lost on a regular basis, and head-butts trees, or one who trickles round at a gentler pace and finishes OK every time. I think he’ll go for the headbanger.
Best wishes to young Victoria Payne,who suffered that dreadful injury at the Traders recently. I hope that you recover quickly and that you”ll be out again with us soon.            —                 Ba

I’ll echo some of that, Stop:NoStop – the Kingswood 2 Day event will be NoStop, Delighted Freds’ got an entry to the SSDT & ‘headbanger’ who on earth could that be? We all echo Ba’s get better quickly – it’s not the sort of preparation you need for the British Championship Campaign Victoria has.    —     Frank

 

Results – BSSA 3rd Alan Brown TT, Regs – BSSA 2hr Glenis Sinclair TT, NSMSC’s Colin Stenner TT Regs, Kingswood Open 2day Trial.

Where shall we start? We’ve several things to update you on.

First up Kingswood have an Open 2day Classic/Twin Shock/non Expert/Youth B & C Trial at Lambs Lair on 23rd & 24th June. Classes for pretty well anything except for unsprung machines. You can find the Regs & Entry Form here Kingswood Open Classic/TS etc Regs & Entry Form 23rd & 24th June 2012

Second up BSSA have the Glenis Sinclair 2hour Time Trial at the same venue on Sunday week 29th April. It’s Restricted to the Club & you can find the Regs & Entry Fom here BSSA Restricted to Club 2 hr ‘Glenis Sinclair ‘ Two hour Timed Trial Regs & Entry Form 29th April 2012

We have more input from Ba with some more tongue in cheek [??] observation on the Trials Scene, that’ll be on a separate page [The View from BaHouse] directly.

Jan has also sent over the BSSA 3rd Alan Brown TT Results 14/04/12 [click to view]

And Tony Colman has done the same for the North Somerset Timed Trial on 5th May NSMSC Colin Stenner Timed Trial, Club Restricted, Regs and Entry Form for 5th May 2012 [click to view]

The January View from Ba House, & Who’s this in the Photo

The January View from Ba-House

Over the last year trials in our Centre have been attracting record entries. In December two trials run within a few miles of each other managed to get 90 odd riders each, so it seems likely that the present dire economic-climate is working in our favour,as more new riders move to our still relatively cheap sport from other disciplines. Quite honestly I’m amazed at the situation,I thought that by now our game would have collapsed,with clubs closing and lots of cheap trials bikes around for the elderly to play with, but it’s nice to have been proven wrong yet again.

With the coming of 2012 the Centre is going to run all it’s Championship Rounds as non-stop trials. I don’t know what rules the rest of our trials will be run under, probably most will choose to go non-stop as well, so this could be a lot tidier for everyone. However,though I applaud the intention, what worries me is that we’ve been down this road before and it didn’t work out. Surely the lesson from that experience is that without the consent of all the riders any change to the rules will not stand for long. So has anyone asked them what they think ? I doubt it.

Mind you I recognise that there are problems of communication. The younger riders for instance are only contactable by text, they don’t talk English so we can’t get their opinions, but I’d guess they would be strongly against it, as would the Aces, although as most of our other riders go non-stop anyway they at least should still be fairly content. Let’s hope we can manage this transition without too much grief, but when it ends in tears we should have an alternative plan ready.

This move to non-stop trials comes about because of the awful situation at the British Championship trials, where entries to the main event hardly make double figures.T he supporting classes though attract quite reasonable numbers, so surely it would have been relatively simple to put the situation right. All  they’d need to do is to ease the sections so that all the entry could ride the trial without hurting themselves, and to make things even fairer they should put a stop to this nonsense of a practice day before the trial proper.

But as far as the Centre is concerned the change to non-stop was driven by the need to attract more observers to our trials. In my opinion if we’re serious about this we are going to have to try to offer a much better time for them, which means no unpleasentness from anyone. The one sure way to ensure this happy outcome would be to do as Chris Clark did when observing. If Chris was asked by a rider, “What was that ?”, he would reply, ” What would you like ? ” That would shut them up.

At the last two trials that I’ve been to it’s been very noticeable how confusing the new riders are finding our system of marking out our sections. From what I’ve seen lots of them have no clear idea of where they should go,  and just try to muddle through hoping for the best.So I thought it might be helpful if I try to clarify things for them.

What we do is mark out the basic section using the red and blue gate-markers. At it’s simplest,if you are riding the main-route you ride into the Section Begins gate, ride through all the red and blue gates and go out through the Section Ends gate. We also mark diversions, either with Yellow gates for the Novices, or with White gates for the Experts. These diversions allow Novices to avoid the more risky bits of the section, and the Experts to ride harder than normal stuff.

So if you are a Novice you must ride in through the Section Begins gate and, until the Yellow diversion appears, ride the main route. At the diversion you ride through the Yellow gate, then look to return to the main-route, via the next red and blue gate. You have entered the section when your front-wheel spindle crosses the Start-Line and you have left the section when your front-wheel spindle crosses the Finish-Line. If you’re in any doubt ask the observer or watch where a fellow competitor goes.You’ll save a lot of marks that way.                                                               Ba

Who’s the rider, whats the machine, who are in the background?- Hint it’s at Yate Court in 1979

 

 

The November ‘View from BA House’

The eagle eyed among you will have spotted the last ‘View’ seemed to just ‘stop’ without the punchline Ba usually pulls. Well Ba blames the computer – who says you can’t teach old dogs new tricks? – I bet he’s been a past master at ‘the cheques in the post’ – for not sending his complete missive, so here is the full version

 

The View from BA House

I went to the Mitchell Trial recently over in South Wales.The Mitchell has to be one of my favourite trials,I’ve been watching it for ages.In the early days it started in the town of Neath,the start being in an  engineering works,which has sadly gone now.I remember that the riders were treated to a proper  Breakfast,eggs,bacon and fried bread,and the Mayor of Neath turned up to flag everyone away.Like all the Nationals in those days it was a day-long ride for the competitors,and they would have had a lovely time,visiting hidden valleys and riding over miles of trackless mountain  moorland.
Sadly that’s all gone now and like every other ” Modern” National the Mitchell is held in just one place. This year the course was near Newbridge in South Wales,at a farm with an unpronouncable name beginning with M,and you reached it by way of a five-mile drive up a single-track lane.The place was super,set in a steeply wooded combe with a little rocky stream running through it.There was everything you would need to lay out a perfect short National course.
But watching a British-Championship trial these days is like going to the Pantomime.Sadly it’s not a serious contest anymore.It’s now all about free-style riding.You can still enjoy the skills of the riders for a while though,but eventually it gets boring,all that jumping up and down stuff,so I left early and went home the pretty way.
Unfortunately when you get back to your own Centre,if you agree to observe,then you have to be prepared to put up with all this nonsense in your own back yard.As is usual the great majority of the riders these days are trouble free,it’s just in the A class route where all the grief is to be found.When I’m observing my heart sinks as the experts appear,because I know that they will be looking for every way,short of threatening me with a gun,to gain an advantage.I’ve stood there watching the usual stuff, footing with feet on rests,using the knee and elbow to convince the observer that you are still riding the motorcycle,etc, but in the last two trials they’ve tried something new,well new to me anyway.
What they all did was ride up past where they wanted to be,stop and turn through 90 degrees,then hop sideways back down the hill.At the time I thought it was my birthday,for they’d all gone backwards,job done,fives all round.
But really I suppose it depends on what “going backwards” amounts to in the modern game.I’m pretty sure that the experts would argue that they can’t be going backwards if they’re hopping sideways,but some would say that returning down a hill to the place you’ve just left is going backwards.Still it doesn’t matter that much,the only problem is that observers like me aren’t really able to keep up with all these cunning plans,so perhaps it’s time to let the experts do their own marking.We can trust them to do that  surely ?
Watching trials over the years you get to collect quite a lot of pleasant memories.A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch Ian Fortune’s latest triple-salko accident.( How he does it without hurting himself is a mystery to me.),and I did also see a most unusual incident at a charity trial in Somerset.It was run without observers,with the riders in teams of three and marking each other,so it was obviouslywide open to all sorts of things.Well there was some serious gardening going on,and by the time the first rider had finished preparing the section a large rock and a nice little Beech tree had been cleared out of the way.Satisfied he got on his bike,rode two yards on flat ground into the section,and then dived straight over the handlebars.That was good to see.
It’s sad to hear that we’ve lost another promising rider from our game.Evidently she was sick and tired of getting beaten up by the trials sections.I can sympathise with that for I packed up riding for that very same reason.Really organisers of Youth trials have got it all wrong.Instead of trying to find a Dougie Lampkin replacement quickly they should go longer term and concentrate on entertaining the majority of the entry.Good riders will rise to the top naturally,we don’t have to try to force the issue.In my opinion the Youth organisers would do well to lay out a course similar to Classic trials where the competition is won on nought,where no-one falls off and everyone goes home losing less than twenty marks.Most of the little ones would lap that up.   Ba

NSMSC’s Presidents Championship Trial Regs & their Gordon Brown Chase TT Results posted. Observing Trials – it’s not worth the bother thanks

Hi all, sorry I seem to have been neglecting the website a bit. Too many other demands etc etc.We’ve posted the Regs & Entry Form for the Centre Championship NSMSC Presidents Trophy Trial, on the 27th November for you. The [corrected] Results for the 2 hour Gordon Brown Chase NSMSC Timed Trial are also up there.

The last View from Ba House obviously touched a nerve with some of you at least as it prompted this response from a current – but ageing – competitor. Another thoughtful contribution to the discussion

Hi Frank,

Always read with interest your ‘chattering’ and felt the need to respond/add to the latest “View from Ba House”.
Totally agree with your point of view, what a state we find ourselves in with ‘modern Trials’!
At nearly 50 years of age I have nothing but admiration for the skills of the current crop of Expert riders (if I was 30 years younger I’d be hopping everywhere… well I’d like to think so anyway….)
However observing within the current ACU rules (both of them!!!!) is an absolute nightmare. Unfortunately I believe that we are witnessing ‘modern Trials’ slowly but surely die on it’s feet.
Observers are getting increasingly fewer in numbers, and greater in age….
Not enough Youth coming through the sport (for what ever reason) meaning there are fewer and fewer observers. Not all, but even some parents are reluctant to pick up an observer board.
Who’s to blame. As always it’s never that clear cut, but our governing body certainly does not cover itself in glory.
I love riding a modern Trials bike, and ‘hacking around’ on a twinshock or ‘trick65′ just doesn’t appeal, however just look at how many riders they attract; and with that the observers.
Without observers our sport is meaningless.
We all have opions on what should or could be done, but ultimately we all need to wake up and set our own camp in order via our governing body.
I’m nearer the end of my Trials career (than the beginning) and will hopefully be able to ride until my body decides otherwise. It’s the younger riders I feel sorry for, as if things continue they will have fewer and fewer oportunities to ride ‘modern Trials’.
It’s always been the case that ‘the young’ fashion the future. Never more so has this been required than within our sport.
If you leave it to the majority of us ‘Oldies’ you’ll be riding twinshocks, as there will be little other choice……
Hope I’m wrong….. Rant over…. Back to trying to perfect that 90 degree mid air turns (Ooh bugger, backs gone again…….).

Mutter mutter, I’ve recently been politely bawled out for using my judgement in observing at my section. I was man enough to admit my error to the enquirer, & subsequently changed my decision [which affected 2 riders to whom I had given a benefit of doubt. I must remember to observe to the ‘book’ in future.  Strangely in another recent Trial I had a rider suggest on behalf of another that the chap riding the section be given a 3 rather than the 5 the Observer wrote down to ‘encourage’ him. That too would have been wrong according to the book wouldn’t it? Maybe Observers are becoming like Football Referee’s who seem to be criticised for not seeing the blindingly obvious.

I reckon the answer must be for riders to score Observers, then we can see who is the ‘best’ Observer, or maybe we would find the most popular Observer from the rider scorecards?

Yes it would be much easier if riders observed themselves as the Sage “so perhaps it’s time to let the experts do their own marking” who pens the View suggested & then they’d be able to give each other the hard time some Observers get!

 

 

Ken Hoult’s Funeral detail, The latest View from Ba House, possible Regional T&E CofC & Steward Seminar

Ken’s funeral: – As promised, here are the details of Ken Hoults funeral. It will be at Kingsdown Crematorium today week, Wednesday 9th November at 11:15am. Family flowers only please, but donations will be to a cancer charity. The cortege will have some Swindon Club member outriders.

The View From Ba-House
I went to the Mitchell Trial recently over in South Wales.The Mitchell has to be one of my favourite trials,I’ve been watching it for ages.In the early days it started in the town of Neath,the start being in an  engineering works, which has sadly gone now. I remember that the riders were treated to a proper  Breakfast, eggs, bacon and fried bread, and the Mayor of Neath turned up to flag everyone away. Like all the Nationals in those days it was a day-long ride for the competitors, and they would have had a lovely time, visiting hidden valleys and riding over miles of trackless mountain  moorland.

Sadly that’s all gone now and like every other ” Modern” National the Mitchell is held in just one place. This year the course was near Newbridge in South Wales, at a farm with an unpronounceable name beginning with M, and you reached it by way of a five-mile drive up a single-track lane. The place was super, set in a steeply wooded combe with a little rocky stream running through it.There was everything you would need to lay out a perfect short National course.

But watching a British-Championship trial these days is like going to the Pantomime. Sadly it’s not a serious contest anymore, it’s now all about free-style riding. You can still enjoy the skills of the riders for a while though, but eventually it gets boring, all that jumping up and down stuff, so I left early and went home the pretty way.

Unfortunately when you get back to your own Centre, if you agree to observe, then you have to be prepared to put up with all this nonsense in your own back yard. As is usual the great majority of the riders these days are trouble free, it’s just in the A class route where all the grief is to be found. When I’m observing my heart sinks when the experts appear, because I know that they will be looking for every way, short of threatening me with a gun, to gain an advantage. I’ve stood there watching the usual stuff, footing with feet on rests, using the knee and elbow to convince the observer that you are still riding the motorcycle, etc, but in the last two trials they’ve tried something new,well new to me anyway.

What they all did was ride up past where they wanted to be, stop and turn through 90 degrees,then hop sideways back down the hill at the time I thought it was my birthday,for they’d all gone backwards, job done, fives all round.

But really I suppose it depends on what “going backwards” amounts to in the modern game. I’m pretty sure that the experts would argue that they can’t be going backwards if they’re hopping sideways, but some would say that returning down a hill to the place you’ve just left is going backwards. Still it doesn’t matter that much, the only problem is that observers like me aren’t really able to keep up with all these cunning plans, so perhaps it’s time to let the experts do their own marking. We can trust them to do that  surely ?

Watching trials over the years you get to collect quite a lot of pleasant memories. A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to catch Ian Fortune’s latest triple-salko accident. (How he does it without hurting himself is a mystery to me.), but the most unusual incident I’ve seen happened out of Centre at a charity trial in Somerset. As it was a fun trial the organisers did without observers and let the riders mark themselves.

Possible T&E Seminar

Plans are afoot to hold a Regional T&E Licencing Seminar in Swindon on 8th December. The date /venue has to be confirmed  but is most likely at Swindons clubhouse. The session will be open to all & its in Swindon because they asked! & have several members who need to renew. Watch this space.

We have some Results & Regs to post as soon as we have time.

That’s it for the moment: Frank

Here’s the latest ‘View from Ba House”…

A few weeks ago I got a present from ACU Headquarters, a lovely certificate that said our club was now licensed to run motor cycle events on their behalf. Mind you It’s been a long time coming,but at least  now the really serious event organisers will be getting the recognition they deserve. Personally I’ve always felt uncomfortable with the present set-up ,because it tends to attract the wrong sort, ( willing amateurs,lacking proper business sense, running events on a shoe-string.) What we need are more hard-nosed managers, able to maximise earnings for our sport, and then maybe we can all be paid the proper rate for our involvement. And when the certificate runs out, in a few years time, I’m sure none of us will mind paying the ACU a fee to renew it.

The 100th Anniversary Scottish went off well. The organisers did just enough to make it special, and  everyone watching must have enjoyed their week. The No 1 Wessex team, the two Ians and Andy Noad, had a wonderful time, all finishing more or less alright, although Ian Shuttleworth collected more bruises than was good for him. By the end of the week he had so much strapping on his rib-cage that he couldn’t bend down properly. Sadly,it seems that this will be their swan-song, because they’ll all be off doing other things from now on.

Our team,( Team Titanic ), had a bad week.We were again without our real leader,who had stayed home to look after the dog, and both our riders were carrying injuries which precluded any chance of a  decent result, so the main aim was for them to finish the week without further grief. However even that proved to be over-optimistic when on Thursday Craig went off the track at speed, near Fersit, head-butted the only decent-sized tree for miles, and knocked himself out.Becky meanwhile, drove more slowly, stayed safe and finished the trial in good order.

I had a good week. Once my chambermaiding duties were over, ( washing and dressing the team ), the rest of the day was my own. Friday was the best day for me. I went with Chris and Janet to Kingairloch, did two hours bog-walking ,watched the section, listened to Harry Lampkin give a southern teenage Prima-Donna a proper telling off, walked down to the road, then got picked up by the team van just in time to join in the White-Van Grand-Prix. ( Now that is dangerous, but you do get to see a lot of sections in a very short time.)

The trial itself was decided on Town-Hall- Brae when Alex Wigg’s chain came off and the resultant five lost him the trial. The new Shercos seem to have a problem with chains, and I’m surprised theyr’e not yet looking for a cure. Still before you can solve a problem, you have to admit that you have a problem.

When I got back from Scotland I volunteered to help with the British-Championship-Sidecar-Round, held at Lamb’s-Lair and Chelwood and run by BSSA. One good thing about watching sidecar trials is that the entry tends to go around mob-handed, so there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the action. What strikes me most about them is how much they mirror our trials. Their courses now have become all nadgery and they hop up, down and sideways, just like our solos do. Sadly though their game is dying, for they had only four outfits riding the hard route in a total entry of just nineteen.

Still it looks like the ACU Headquarters recognise that there’s a serious problem, because they sent John Collins along to visit the event, and at a meeting afterwards he asked for suggestions on how the sidecars could be saved. For me it was quite a depressing discussion because ,as is usual, no good way forward was identified.

I can’t understand why they didn’t ask me. I could have put them right. It’s all the ACU’s fault. They should never have removed the sidecars from the solos in British-Championship events in the first place. At the time it seemed the right way, trials were going crazy, and old type sidecars couldn’t be accommodated, but now they are much like modern solos and they would all fit in a lot better. At the moment even the solo championship is in trouble, with small entries and small crowds. A return of the sidecars could only   improve matters for everyone,in my opinion.    ………………….      BA

 

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

Struggling for Observers! The January 2011 View from Ba House

Chris Wrigley’s been in touch, KIngswood are being pro-active for the Centre Champ Avery Cup Trial & he says:

‘Hi Frank, regards the Avery trial next Sunday, it looks like we are going to be struggling for observers even more so than usual as there are a couple of other events on, If anybody wants to volunteer or turn up to help out they will be most welcome. Dave Benton COC has limited the number of sections to 10 (due to anticipated problems with “manning” them) despite finding a new bit of land so we have 4 brand new sections (2 of which will be sure to take some marks) and have been able to spread it all out a bit.’

So if you are entering, please help out by providing an Observer – your days sport depends on them

The View from Ba-House
Congratulations once more to Colin Crease,who won our Centre Championship again,even though last year’s competition was beset with extra distractions.What with missing trials by having to work most Sundays and becoming a dad,he did well to win it this time.
It’s been a worrying period these last few weeks with a spate of unrelated accidents causing pain and suffering to four of our best-known riders.One broke his wrist while practising,falling backwards off a step,another caught his eyebrows and nose-hair on fire fettling his bike,then one split his finger driving into a rock and the last one bruised his ribs trying to execute a low level vertical loop.I’ve looked into the detail of each incident,in my capacity as self-appointed Health and Safety Officer,and I have reached these conclusions.
In the first case the rider had ignored the golden rule,” Never practice with a better rider.It’s bad for your confidence and it always ends in tears.” Second case. Anyone who is capable of catching his head on fire should never again be allowed near flammable liquids.Third case.This elderly rider has continuing problems with spacial awareness.I first noticed this last year at the Knut,when I saw him ride into a tree which he had forgotten about.It would probably be best if someone rode round with him in future to show him the way.In the last case,which I witnessed at first-hand, there were signs that a fierce determination to succeed had over-ridden the self-preservation reflex.To continue with the plan of full throttle in fourth gear,when coming to a halt,was the mistake that caused the accident.Mind you if I’d been riding I would have stopped just past the Begins Cards,then looked down at the engine.That’s the better plan.
This year marks the one hundredth anniversary of the running of the first Scottish-Six-Days-Trial and although at the moment the details are sketchy,it looks like the organisers intend to make this the best Scottish week ever.From what I can gather,on the Saturday before the trial,fifty really old-fogey,(1905-1912 Vintage ) motorbikes will set off from Edinburgh and ride to Fort-William to arrive in time to head the parade of competitors up the High Street on Sunday.On Tuesday there will be a fly-by of the last Vulcan,flying down the Great-Glen past Laggan-Locks,in remembrance of the days when David Tye used to bring his flight of RAF Vulcans past us at low level in salute.What a sight that will be.There are also plans to replace Town-Hall-Brae,known locally as “Herbie’s sorrow”,with a section in the centre of the High-Street,which will be used at the end of each day.That’s a great idea,it’ll generate a lot of interest, but the highlight surely will be Gordon Jackson,on his AJS,riding up Grey-Mare’s Ridge once more,to the place where he had his one dab total to win the trial.
With the New Year upon us it would be nice if,in this Centre,we could finally kill off all this jumping up and down nonsense in our trials.I’d like to think that someone would make a start and agree to run all their events in 2011 as non-stoppers,but no-one wants to be the first to return to sanity.When it comes to it Uncle Albert said it right at the Knut,” That aint riding ”   Ba

Updated Centre Trials Champ Tables, Knut Trial reminder, updated Results for the NSMSC Presidents Trial. Decembers’ The View from Ba House

Evening all.

Recorder Pete Dury “forgot” the updates for the  o40 & o50 Classes at his last update – not a ‘senior moment’ I’m sure. Anyway that’s sorted for you all now. Find them on the Centre Champ Tables Page

Jerry Walters advises some updated Results & the inclusion of the Sidecar class Results of North Somersets Presidents Trophy Trial. Find them on the Centre Champ …… Tables page

Oh & here’s the Xmas Edition of  “The View from Ba House” more pithy comments from our Resident Guru

The View from Ba-House

I saw the new Ossa a few weeks ago.It was run out at the BVM test day,held at Breakheart Quarry, [which all now agree IS in our Centre – Ed.] near Dursley and was the star of the show.It was so popular that it was fully booked within an hour of the start of the day so I didn’t get a look in unfortunately.( Maybe Nigel Birkett remembered the little accident I had on his new 200 Scorpa a few years ago when I was attempting a 360 back flip on some big rocks and came a right gutser.Still as I told him at the time,”It’s only a little dent”.) Sadly then I had to be content with watching others ride the bike,but there was an opportunity to look at the engineering up close on Birkett’s stand,where they displayed a prototype with the covers off.From what I saw of the engine it’s a little jewel,beautifully compact and well finished.The rest of the bike was a bit rougher but it looked very promising overall.The only obvious fly in the ointment is that fuel tank positioning.It’s so stupid that I can’t see it reaching production like that,they are going to have to think again.I’d put the fuel in a back-pack on the rider,that’d sort it out.
But for all their cleverness trials-bike manufacturures still don’t recognise one of the most important problems that riders have to face with their products,that they can be made to stall so easily,especially in big gears. Surely by now all trials bikes should have been fitted with some form of slipper clutch to stop this nasty thing happening.Look at Mr Honda,he’s produced more than 60,000,000 Cub motorcycles and all of them are fitted with an automatic clutch that will stop the engine stalling when coming to a halt.Something like that on a trials bike would be invaluable,especially to the ordinary rider.
And while their at it,it wouldn’t hurt for them to look again at their ignition systems,for they can be very short-lived.There are better and more reliable systems fitted to every £200 Strimmer made,in my opinion.Perhaps the Prince of Darkness,Josef Lucas, is alive and well,and working in a garage somewhere on the coast of a warm sea.Maybe he’s to blame.


I ‘forgot” about the BVM test day, I was thinking of going up for a look. But still it was a cold day even before the latest spell of cold weather. I was interested in the rear wheel after the TMX picture – the rim/spoke arrangement but as Ba had concentrated on the engine & Fuel tank arrangements maybe it was a normal rear wheel that was fitted for the test? Did anyone else see that back wheel? Was it special? – Ed.

Nipper Allen reminds you all of the Centre Championship Trial 
deciding Round 
- The Bath Club Knut trial

Just a reminder that the Knut trophy trial will be on at Dyrham Woods on Sunday 12 th December and it will be run for us by Herbie and Theresa Talbot.In the last few years the Knut has regained a lot of it’s star status thanks to the marvellous courses that Herbie has been laying out,so if your feeling lucky and want to test yourself against some really big hills then come along and ride.There should be routes suitable for all abilities so you need not be too afraid.Just eat a good breakfast.
The start is just off the A46 Bath to M4 road.From the M4 go towards Bath then turn right just past the Tollgate Cafe,at the top of the hill.From Bath go through Pennsylvania then take the first left,just before the Tollgate Cafe, then in 200 yards turn right into the start.Hope you have a good day