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Riley's Railway, Marefield, 8th April 2018

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Results 2017-2018
Championship Results 2017-2018 (Updated 12/4/18)
Riley’s Railway, Marefield, 8th April 2018
Rectory Farm, Uppingham 11th March 2018
Lodge Farm, Eaton, 18th Feb 2018
Crossways Farm, Stainby, 21st Jan 2018

Earls Shilton Trials Club, 31st Dec 2017
Riley’s Railway, Marefield 3rd Dec 2017
Vickers’ Farm, Tilton, 22nd Oct 2017
Rectory Farm, Uppingham 3rd Sept 2017
Woodland Farm, Lount 24th Sept 2017

Results 2016-2017
Championship Results 16-17
Woodland Farm, Lount, 2nd April 2017
Rectory Farm, Uppingham, 12th March 2017
Lodge Farm, Eaton, 19th Feb 2017
Crossways Farm, Stainby, 22nd Jan 2017
Riley’s Railway 8th Jan 2017
Earls Shilton Trials Club 4th Dec 2016
Lodge Farm, Eaton, 6th Nov 2016
Vicker’s Farm, Tilton, 16th Oct 2016 updated
Rectory Farm, Uppingham, 4th Sept 2016

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Championship Results 16-17
Championship Results 15-16

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Championship Results 13-14
Championship Results 12-13
Championship Results 11-12
Championship Results 10-11
Championship Results 09-10

Championship Results 08-09
Championship Results 07-08
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Last updated 12 April 2018


Steve Dixon’s anniversary cake. The proud  man himself with the smallest size tabard in the box!


Trial Report – Riley’s Railway 8th April 2018
Our last trial of the season started off in overcast but mild and dry conditions.  Sections had been laid out with an eye to the predicted rain fall which held off until lunch.  What started off as a set of interesting sections with plenty of grip in the morning ended up as sticky as slippery in the afternoon.  The score sheets show virtually no marks dropped in the morning and loads dropped in the afternoon resulting in only two clean scores; Mick ash and Mark Spencer – assuming you had to askJ

Kev Alexander’s run of good results (if one good result is considered a ‘run’) in the girder forked class was spoiled by him quietly suffering with man flu – he didn’t mention it once J.

Congratulations to Steve Dixon on the 50th anniversary of his first trial. Jenni created a trials themed cake in celebration and shared it with us all.

Our BBQ trial is on Sunday 10th June at Vickers Farm from around midday onwards.

Trial Report – Uppingham 11th March 2018
The Uppingham area was still thawing out after the Beast From the East dumped tons of snow over the landscape. The land was draining down into the valley forcing water up through the mole holes and making the going very slippery in the deepening mud.  Roger and Pete set the sections out sympathetically in anticipation of the conditions and the low entry of 20 riders enjoyed nice open sections with none being designed specifically for Roger’s Cub’s tiny wheelbase. 

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.

Trial Report – Eaton 18th Feb 2018
Eaton has often been a high scoring trial but this event resulted in more three figure scores than any I’ve seen. No one managed a clean sheet! You know it’s likely to be bad when there were several 5’s just getting into the parking field.  It looked like a herd of angry 4x4 vehicles had roamed across the landscape.  For once I was happy to be ‘signed off’ and observing rather than dragging my bike out of the mud and picking it up out of the stream.

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!

Trial Report – Stainby 21st Jan 2018
A proper winter trial at Stainby.  23 hardy souls braved the snow to be rewarded with sections appropriate for the conditions even if ‘the knack’ evaded me totally on section 8. The conditions could have been much worse if the ground had not been kept under control with the cold and the lower entry numbers.

 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.

Trial Report – ESTC 31st Dec 2017
Leaving home in the rain forces thoughts of leaving the bike in the van and hoping there are observer positions that need filling! Roger managed to press gang enough innocent bystanders to fill all the posts and the weather turned out fair after all.  Recent groundworks at ESTC made the parking area distinctly ‘sticky’. Fortunately the sections proved less muddy and failed to take points off three of our expert riders.  Our generous section chairman kept the average score up with a round century – something our cricketers could do with emulating ‘down under’. In the end I should have left the bike in the van as the Enfield’s kickstart lever snapped after bashing a rock on section 8 ending my less than promising day.

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. 

Trial Report – Riley’s Railway 3rd Dec 2017
The Monk Ground Force Team arranged for good weather at Marefield and laid out sections that took marks off all but 3 riders.  Section 2 appeared to present the biggest challenge where Ann had to be on her toes not to get run over (or get her chair run into – sorry!). Section 6 kept Roger Gagg’s pencil busy with the slippery turns on cambers.  Lunchtime saw raffle winner Colin presenting trophies for the 2016/17 trials season and other Taverners awards, including one for yours truly for the restoration/creation of the McEvoy Triumph (pictured above) that used to appear in our trials ridden by John Aldridge.

One more event in 2017 (just) on 31st Dec at Earl Shilton Trials Club.

The Taverners wish you a Happy Christmas.

Trial Report – Vicker’s Farm 22nd Oct 2017
The tail end of another hurricane was felt with the stiff breeze blowing across the venue at Tilton. Fortunately our hardy observers were well wrapped up until the sun made an appearance later on. Christine on section 2 won the prestigious observers raffle. 

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.

Trial Report – Lount 24th Sept 2017
There was an unusually low entry for our trial at this excellent venue in early autumn sunshine.  Since we were there in April the undergrowth has done what it does best in the summer and grown - hiding some sections and requiring as much skill between sections as between the flags. There were clear rounds from Mark Spencer and Mick Ash with some low scores in the Rigid and Girder classes which made the lie of moans about being too tight for old bikes (ok I’ll stop it now). Well done to Roger, Pete and Richard for setting out some interesting sections. 

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!

Trial Report – Uppingham 3rd Sept 2017
Roger’s plan of having a couple of dry trials at the start of the season certainly paid off at Uppingham. The bog was merely damp and the stream was dry. Some interesting new sections presented no problems to many riders but Roger has definitely forgotten how long his old ‘boyhood’ Ariel was when presenting numptys like me with tight nadgery stuff that punished lack of concentration and skill.  My new boots, which boasted ‘championship winners for 50 years’, are going back under trades description rulesJ.

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 routes15 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.

After 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).

We are grateful to, and rely upon, our faithful band of observers and stewards. We are sometimes short of observers - any volunteers you bring along to help would be made very welcome – as an added incentive there is an exciting observers’ raffle at each event. If you can help out, in any capacity, please contact Roger. 

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.


Vids & Pics:
Kev ‘Panther’ Alexander regularly updates photographs and videos, of various trials, on YouTube and Picassa.  You can also see them on the Taverners web link. Kev has also set up a FarceBook group.

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Helmets to be worn by all riders.

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.

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