Exmoor Clouds – Sunday 8th September 2019 (update & photo from Paul Merson)
The organising team have this year brought the date forward to avoid clashes with the Edinburgh Trial and have included four new Sections - two of them are Sections previously used on the Exmoor Trial and the other two are completely new.
The Trial will be starting from Wheddon Cross as per usual, and the first 3 or 4 sections are old familars. The route then goes across to Exford from Pinn Quarry up over stone down which is a now flattened out old Motorbike section to the top of Porlock Hill. From here it then drops down to Malmsmead over Robbers Bridge and up through the Doone Valley (of Lorna Doone fame) for two sections that are completely new. One of them looks to be a particularly good section with multiple rises.
Then it's on to Brendon to the old North Devon sections - Floyds Bank & Cross Lane. Then back down the scenic way down Porlock Hill to a similar route as last year. Going into the popular Heddon sections with a few changes this year, then following the route through Minehead to the finish.
Regs and entry forms will be available shortly so keep your eyes peeled!
Taw & Torridge – Sunday 15th September 2019 (update from Kirsty Andrew)
After several years of hard work by Jim Wood as Clerk of Course he has this year stepped aside and Brian Andrew has this year stepped up to the mark. We would like to thank Jim on behalf of the Trial Community for his sterling work over the years. While he’s not the top man this year he will be very much providing support to Brian and Kirsty to ensure every success.
As you will know Brian, together with Kirsty, are well experienced and proven at organising Trials up so this years Trial is in safe hands and is showing all signs of being a great event.
The Route will be similar to previous years with a few amendments. This will incorporate the odd “Chairmans” Section being introduced, a new Section in the Rat Run complex and a welcomed return to Langtree Common.
Reg and entry forms will be available in the next few weeks.
MCC Edinburgh Trial - 5th October 2019 (update from Mark Gregg)
Starting at Midnight on Friday night, this years Edinburgh will be familiar to those who’ve participated in the last half dozen years, although with some significant differences for some.
All the old favourites including Litton Slack and Corkscrew await main trial competitors. Sections will no longer have “dead ends” so successful climbers will have no reversing to do. Equally the rougher sections have had much work on them and been re routed to keep cars and bikes away from the deep ruts and dreaded roots of Dudwood. There will be fewer restarts in a belief that the hills should be the challenge so restarts will only be for the more specialised classes, certainly none for classes 1 and 2.
A lot of work has been done to resolve the two points that cause most delays so that Cliff quarry has much less tape, the turns aren’t as tight and hopefully a third of competitors wont fail there this year. Also the changes made at Dudwood will significantly reduce waiting in the infamous farm yard.
The big changes are class O, instead of running at the back of the field they’ll now run immediately behind the main trial motorcycles meaning sections will be pristine for the class designed to give folks an easier run over many of the sections. Equally just like on the Lands End at Blue Hills Class 0 will have a choice when they get to Litton - the Old Litton Slack or the greasy cobbles of New Litton. Again there will be no restarts on sections for class O although there will be one hill start on tarmac and at least one special test on tarmac.
Class R will be a first for the MCC a 100% tarmac trial, featuring a brand-new route almost exclusive to this Class including restarts, passage controls and special tests. The challenge is 200 miles in 12 hours half in the dark. We have a huge pre breakfast loop on previously unused roads, very narrow rarely used over 6 miles with grass in the centre.
Again as it did in Edwardian era The Edinburgh leads the way with The Derbyshire Class. 100% in daylight and following the main trial from the breakfast halt at the Duke of York Pomeroy from about 9.30am. We hope this class will appeal to first timers and returners and so far that is very much the case with entries from the trail riding and pre 65 trials boys.
The Duke of York has been super enthusiastic about our return and the Friday night pre trial is a great opportunity to meet up and chat over a meal before leaving the van trailer etc. and making the 65 mile trip south to Tamworth for the start. Again the Edinburgh is unique here offering dedicated van/trailer parking at the finish so competitors can be off home smartly after the trial or stay overnight at the excellent modern caravan and camping facilities at the Duke.
Regs and entries are now open and will close on August 22nd although class R and the Derbyshire Class have entry limits due to their specialist nature.
1st Sept - ACTC AGM
A reminder that the following items are currently out with Clubs for discussion prior to Clubs being asked to vote. If you have specific views or comments or would like more information then please contact your Club Rep.
1. Separate Class for X-90's (Class 5X)
2. Move Mid-engine cars currently in Class 6 to Class 5
3. Replace Minimum Wheelbase Dimension of 1320mm for Solo Bikes with Minimum Seat Height of 700mm
4. Relaxation of the compulsory Sidecar nose cone rule
Also, any requests for meeting agenda items must be taken through your Club Rep who must email relevant papers to the Secretary (Bill Bennett) by Sunday 21st July 2019 at the latest.