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Last updated 13 March 2018
Report – Uppingham 11th March 2018
There was enough to test everyone with no clean rounds on the day. Pete Hyde-Monk has asked, specifically, that he not be mentioned on the internet as he was beaten by Dad and Lad with Adam snapping at his heels. Snapping helped Kev Alexander come top of the Girder class after discovering that his brake lever was left somewhere in Eaton’s bog a month ago. He’s thinking of removing his front as well – what could go wrong?
Our last trial of the season is on 8th April at Rileys.
Report – Eaton 18th Feb 2018
Section 8 became a bike eating bog half way through the afternoon taking marks off everyone. The climb after the stream crossing on section 7 became a slick mud slide taking marks of all but 4 riders.
Pete Hyde-Monk wishes to point out that he was not involved in setting out on the Friday leaving dad Roger to take the blame. Had the ground dried out, as anticipated, before Sunday it would have been a lot different.
We’re promised a balmy spring day for March 11th at Uppingham with the biggest hazard being the dust from the dry ground – yeah, right!
Report – Stainby 21st Jan 2018
This was the first trial for some time where the section elves took points of everyone. Mark Spencer’s single dab was dropped on the last section on the last lap and some other good scores were also in evidence. Paul Balmain’s visiting 1929 Ariel 250, all the way from Wareham, was the oldest bike I’ve seen competing in our trials.
As ever our thanks go out to the Observers who support us in all weathers. Heroes one and all for sticking with us in the snow.
I think Steve Goodman was genuinely surprised with the birthday wishes from his friends and was too tearful to ride, so observed. Nothing to do with the conditions and the thought of washing Stainby mud from his bike.
Report – ESTC 31st Dec 2017
The results have been updated since posting them out as Pete Hyde-Monk was upset to find young Adam had beaten him (on paper) – until an error was identified. Correcting the issue has restored parental superiority – at least for a short while – and I thought beating your kids had been bannedJ.
Report – Riley’s Railway 3rd Dec 2017
One more event in 2017 (just) on 31st Dec at Earl Shilton Trials Club.
The Taverners wish you a Happy Christmas.
Report – Vicker’s Farm 22nd Oct 2017
Most sections were in familiar areas of the venue but with added logs put in by Roger’s protégé, Pete. Clean rounds for 5 of the 25 starters show that it’s all doable even on a 1930’s girder rigid Ariel – well done Steve Dixon. Young Charles Smith showed Dad and Grandad how to get to the end!
Next trial is not until December – so enjoy a month off.
Report – Lount 24th Sept 2017
There were some scoring ‘anomalies’ which I think have been sorted. If you’ve been scored harshly, I’m sure you’ll get over it
Taverners’ AGM is on Thursday 28th Sept at the Ratby SSC where volunteering is avoided by most, especially by Chairman Kev at the bar!
Report – Uppingham 3rd Sept 2017
The date for the Lount trial was incorrectly published as 25th Sept. It is, as pointed out by several people, on the 24th Sept. I can’t even blame Roger as his list was correct!
Taverners Road Trial is on Sunday 10th Sept from the The Odd House, Bosworth Rd, Snarestone, DE12 7DQ. Road and green lane routes.£15 on the day including lunch +£3.00 for non VMCC members. First rider away at 9:30.
A new season is upon us
Dates and venues have been confirmed with the land owners, permits issued and offerings made to the meteorological deities for fair weather. Conditions of our permits require membership of either the VMCC or the AMCA. If you have not ridden with us before please bring proof of membership to the first trial you attend.
We’re making a small increase to the entry fees (£11 up to £12) to maintain our break even aim. Machine eligibility rules are unchanged: electronic ignitions, Amal concentrics and non-standard fork internals are acceptable mods. Ball ended levers and folding footrests are sensible updates.
We have decided to introduce a new entry class to encourage younger riders into the classic fold. The Twin Shock Junior class will run alongside our existing pre-57 youth class (up to age 16). The difference being that pre-1980 twin shock bikes (like TY80s, BSA Otters etc.) will be accepted. Small wheeled automatics are not considered suitable and no monoshocks. We’ve done this to allow dads with lads with ‘newer’ bikes to graduate up to a ‘real’ classic by the time they reach senior class age.
40 years of trials involvement Tony Dann’s wellies have decided he shouldn’t
be forced (by Roger) to endure the rigours of setting up on the Saturday
(sometimes Friday) before events.
Roger would welcome assistance on the setup days laying out the
sections and checking overgrowth and general safety and access. Apparently he
provides flask, sandwiches and biscuits (but I might have made that bit up).
Could those of you awarded cups or trophies from the 2015/2016 season – return them to us, please, so they can be engraved ready for presentation in November.
Important: Event insurance, as provided by the AMCA; covers Land Owners, Organisers, Officials and Competitors should a third party get injured. You require your own insurance cover if using your bike on a public road (e.g. riding across the road at Uppingham – or up the ‘green lane’). To ensure our status as ‘responsible’ organisers, riding without a helmet, or riding prior to signing on is strictly prohibited.
Please bear in mind that we’re all volunteers who take on the roles to keep the sport available for us all.
The Taverners Team look forward to seeing you again for another season of friendly competition in perfect weather with feet firmly on foot pegs.
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About 'The Taverners"
The Taverners section of the VMCC is probably best known for the Founders Day Rally at Stamford Hall. Many visitors to that annual event will have witnessed the light hearted display of trials riding in the arena. What most may not realise is that the Taverners have been running a competitive winter trials series, in and around Leicestershire, for the last 40 odd years.
We hold eight (more or less) trials between September and April at venues which provide a variety of challenges, most of which include mud.
Our events are, generally, laid out to suit the 'Big Old Bikes' that have fallen out of competitive favour in most 'classic' trials events. Our intention is that riders on girder forked rigid machines should be able to compete and, any rider, irrespective of age or skill, should be able to complete the event without excessive physical distress (although 8 laps of 8 sections is a good workout). With that in mind, our trials are designated as Pre-57 events. This decision was made many moons ago as providing a demarcation date after which the unit lightweights took over; resulting in tighter sections and more acrobatic riding styles becoming the norm.
We have four competition classes in which trophies are awarded. Girder/Rigid machines (Pre-41), Tele/Rigid 4 stroke machines, fully "suspendered" 4 strokes and two smoke machines (for those that must). We also have a youth class for riders under 16. When numbers permit, we have a non-championship 'guest' class. This was originally intended to allow riders of 'trick' pre-57 bikes to ride without taking points from original machines but we now have a number of regular pre-65 riders making up the numbers. While we don't ask for dating certificates, machines should, generally, be of the period. Concentric carburettors, electronic Ignitions and nonstandard fork internals are acceptable modifications.
We have a healthy following for the events with our absolute limit of 50 entries regularly being fully subscribed. The temptation to extend the entry limit, to prevent turning riders away, has been resisted as this would result in longer queues at the sections, longer queues for the lunchtime soup and less time in the pub afterwards.
The events attract a good variety of machines and rider ability. We have some keen younger riders and many of the 'old hands' are riding well past retirement age. As usual, scores range from the odd 'dab free' ride to those, like mine, matching the bike's engine capacity!
We have a loyal and enthusiastic group of volunteers who act as observers, staff the soup kitchen, lay out sections and clean up after us - more are always welcome.