Several news items for you! Welcome to Grace & Freya. Greetings from Chris & Janet. Tyson out of ISDE

Hi all,

been busy decorating & theres’s still quite a bit of work to do, so if you have felt neglected you know why.

First off, the Frome ‘Ron Jefferies’ Trial has had to be moved forward a week to the 4th September so please take that on board & get your Entry in to Mary Crease asap. Regs will be up by Monday if not before.

The reason the Ron Jefferies has been moved is that it’s original date has been usurped by the Inter Centre Team Trial which is at Lllanfyllin in Mid Wales Centre on 10th youth/sidecar & 11th Adult solo of September, as Tom ,our Team Manager , & Mary can’t be in two places at once they have fortunately been able to move the Frome date forward. Our team is Colin Crease, Craig Talbot, Lee Hassall & two new team members, Fred Adams & Kurt Brain, lets hope the Cof C ‘s take on board the T&E C’ttee exhortation to make sections suitable for ‘ordinary’ Centre riders. There will also be a 1 minute time allowance for actually riding the section.

Additionally we have entered a youth team & a sidecar team & I’ll give you names as soon as I have them.

What else needs to be posted up?  The ‘Greybeards’ this year is being run off road in Kent at Horsmonden, with an open permit on 4th September so if you are over 40 you are eligible!

And a third event on 4th September is the North Somerset RT Keedwell restricted to Club Timed Trial Regs up by Monday if not before! I’ve got their Blackman Trophy Timed Trial Results to post as well!

Who are Grace & Freya? – they are Andy Noad & Lucy’s identical twins who are now about 10days old. Congratulations to Lucy & Andy

It’s ISDE time & I see West Wilts member Jenny Hodgkins is there for the fortieth time, as the ACU website says “Then to watch Jenny with her clip board is an education in itself with all their time allowances’ on keeping a watchful eye of anything up to 6 to 8 riders, when they should leave and go and check in for the day she is so good at doing this job, but she has had some good training this will be her 40th ISDE looking after various teams a sterling effort Jenny.” I don’t know if Tyson Maytom-Jones  is still in or not, he was reported as being in on time on the first day, but I can’t find him in the start list for day 5 [today ] Afternote  – Tyson went out on TC38 on day 2 I’ve found on the FIM website

We’ve another brief missive form our Francophiles Chris & Janet. Chris reports —- p”Hi Frank just got back to Guys house after 3 weeks on the road (trials professionals now…except we have to pay!)  I think everybody knows of if not about the 4 days of Cruise (or Sardent) I found it a bit tough on the S3 route it’s pretty daunting to be faced with big (and when I say big I mean big) rocks 80 odd different sections over 4 days have to walk every one! and they’re not mickey mouse sections. We then went on up to the Haut Vosges taking the touristic route via the Jura and Alsace regions. We went to a trials “school” at La Bresse where you can camp and ride on typical European standard sections (it’s all a bit different to Wessex Centre.) 15 euros a night to camp with electric water sauna showers etc… 8 euros a day to ride with pressure washer at end of day;.. the guy who runs it is so enthusiastic and knowledgeable about trials.. thoroughly reccomended for a weeks trialling holiday and about 5 hours from Calais. We then went to the 3 days of Haut Vosges trial at Vagney just 25 k down the road. This was for me the best of the three classic trials we have so far done this year 72 sections , 100 k /day of interzone with practically no sight of tarmac (when you do get to ride a bit of road it’s a blessed relief!), the sections have generally 3 different routes with mix and match available also… there is something for everybody. Again they like to use rocks in abundance fortunatly grippy granite ones here. Janet was on podium for 3rd time in 3 trials. I came 32 out of 70 odd in my S3 class rode with Charles Coutard was very interesting all round with 4 course meals at every lunch stop ..excellent regional food with of course wine on the table. Back now to to our regime of practicing every other day. thats all for now Hi to all trials friends.”

That’s it for now, it’s past my bedtime! Frank

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