Good to be back & what a lovely day for the Wyndham Haines Frome Championship Trial

Sorry if you havent had your usual fixes of drivel & News from me, but we’ve been on holiday. Thursday morning we woke up to a couple of centimeters of snow at 05:45hrs & our Boeing’s wings had to be de-iced before take-off from Tromso. Where’s that? Up in Norway well into the Arctic Circle! Got to the Russian Border at Kirkenes as well. The reason was that Phyllis really, really, wanted to see the Northern Lights [Aurora Borealis]. We were concerned after 6 nights out of 8 that we hadn’t seen anything, but we got lucky on the 7th night & were rewarded with a couple of hours of lights. Interestingly although all the photographs taken showed the Lights as green, they seemed like greyish cloud in the night sky to us.

Todays trial was a bit slippy when water was pulled up the stream banks {but nothing like the iced up roads & pavements in Norway – they were so diabolical we had to buy spikes to put on our boots}. Maybe studded tyres would have been the answer today? I checked out some mountain bikes being used in Tromso City & yes they had studded tyres on.

More follows later: Frank

I’ve got BSSA’s Results of the Reg Lewis Trophy Trial [see below] and Regs for their next event 14th April 2012, Chris Wrigley has a thought provoking comment on Stop/NoStop Trials etc etc – You can see Chris’ comment if you go to the ‘And here’s another thing’ I penned a few days ago, but as I’m guessing most of you won’t go back to ‘old news” I’ve added it into todays post as well

HERE YOU ARE, Mary’s been busy & you can look at todays Results by clicking   Frome WyndhamHaines Centre Championship Trial results for 25th March 2012  here. Colin won by a distance from Gary, 18:35, but I did hear Gary admitting to a ‘Senior moment” in Phyllis’ section on the first lap. Gary, you can’t be anywhere near Senior Moments yet? When you are my age maybe! Nice to see Andy Chivers back on the bike. And it was good to see Chloe Cross observing, I hope you all thanked her, I’m sure you did! Thanks to all the other Observers as well, sorry as usual I don’t know all the names but Chris Adams,, I know gave up a ride to observe for you.

HERE ARE THE BSSA REG LEWIS TT RESULTS   click BSSA’s Reg Lewis Trophy Trial Results  from 18th March 2012 here


Hi Frank , long time no see.. As regards stop or no stop rules as everyone knows an awful lot of discussion & hot air has been expended. Some of the most compelling observations in all of it are;
1 that those whom it affects . (apart from the observers) are the young riders who generally don’t want to go back to no stop rules.
2 The second point is that the same youngsters have never learned or practiced line riding (no stop) techniques which although lamentable can’t be ignored because it puts them at a disadvantage relative to thier older competition.
3 Trials everywhere else in the world has evolved like every other sport and we can’t ignore that. Stop = 5 was for when it was a test of whether the bike would get up a hill or not…this remained relevant for nigh on a hundred years but it is not the case nowadays, sections in trials are for the riders to compete to see who can overcome the obstacles… riders who can execute the new techniques best are generally the most competitive!
4 Sorry to write this out longhand but many of us who have enjoyed the old game for too many years are unaffected and therefore don’t comprehend this form of competition or recognise it as trials.
5 The youngsters are the future. They understand the problems of time constraints and observing caused by current stop permitted rules. It would seem that rather than using a sledgehammer to crack this nut a few small changes both in the rules and the section marking would allow us all to enjoy one sport together.
6 It would perhaps be a good idea to make the primary thrust of CofC Licencing seminars concerned with section plotting to cater for all levels of ability.
7 The Rules [and being able to look them up and interpret them] together with the Insurance, Health and Safety (which has a negative effect on everything we do in this modern age) aspects should be a secondary part of the whole picture?Thanks Chris, well put hopefully others will be along later to put in their two pennorths of comment or wisdom. Lets be having you – Frank

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