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Rectory Farm, Uppingham, 1st Sept 2019

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Results 2018-2019
Championship Results 2018-2019
Riley’s Railway, 7th April 2019

Rectory Farm, Uppingham 17th March 2019
Lodge Farm, Eaton 24th February 2019
Crossways Farm, Stainby 20th January 2019.pdf
Earl Shilton Trials Club, 30th Dec 2018
Riley’s Railway, Marefield, 2nd December 2018
Lodge Farm, Eaton, 4th November 2018
Vicker’s Farm, Tilton, 14th October 2018 (updated)
Woodland Farm, Lount 2nd September 2018

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

Previous Results
Championship Results 17-18
Championship Results 16-17
Championship Results 15-16

Championship Results 14-15
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
Championship Results 06-07

Taverners Section

Calendar of Events 2019/2020



Grid Reference


Rectory Farm, Uppingham

SP 864 983


Vickers Farm

SK 7365 0772


Riley's Railway

SK 7411 0818



SK 7914 2915


Earl Shilton Trials Club

SP 495 962



SK 91411 23063


Riley's Railway

SK 7411 0818


Rectory Farm, Uppingham

SP 864 983



SK 39479 19005

Last updated 08 April 2019


Uppingham, from 2015, looked very similar to this year.


Championship Results Posted
Results mangled and pivoted now posted in the left column.

Trial Report: Riley’s Railway 7th April 2019
The first test of the day was figuring out how to actually get into the venue.  The changed access due to keeping hungry cows away from juicy corn shoots in the adjacent field.

Roger and Pete, with a weather eye on potential rain, presented us with some interesting, if simple, looking sections that had me, for one, expecting my first ever clean trial.

Did that happen?

Not quite, unfortunately.  Like a few others, the ‘Shale Trap’ on section 5 punished me on lap 3 for not turning quick enough after the drop resulting in an embarrassing slide down the bank. Section 8 took another 2 with a wobble after squeezing between the trees on lap 7. The fact that I can actually remember where the points went this time is satisfying enough.  There were plenty of clean sheets on the day but, for once, none in the two stroke class!

This was our last trial of the Taverners winter series and we extend our thanks to our observers, without whom we would have much less fun.  Thanks also to the ‘Ground Force’ team. Every trial is a two day affair for Roger and Pete with setting up the day before, including pruning and weeding.  Thanks all.

We have our BBQ trial on Sat 8th June at Vicker's Farm, from 2PM - no entry forms required.
Two day trial at 1000 bikes, Mallory Park, on 13th&14th July. Entries via VMCC HQ (NOT FROM ME).

Founders Day 21st July, Stanford Hall. This year’s theme 70th year of the R.E. Bullet. Arena Trials Demo as usual. Speak to Roger for passes etc.

Roger has been busy on the phone and next season’s event calendar is sorted and shown on the left.

Until September, when we start it all over again, have a good summer.

Trial Report: Uppingham 17th March 2019
Another nice spring day. It was a bit blowy to start and with a sudden snow shower after lunch but more than compensated for by the predominant sunshine.  Roger and Pete had been gentle setting out the sections on Saturday, probably expecting things to get worse but grip stayed available all day. They certainly ensured we had to cross the stream several times but even the bog on section 8 provided little trouble despite the mud getting deeper and deeper. As a result the score sheet showed a lot of clean rounds and generally low scores all round.

It was good to see some new faces and the return of BKR. One notable absence was Mick Ash who’s succumbed to a sudden illness – we wish him a speedy recovery – especially as our last trial of the season is early April!

Also notable for his absence was Kev Alexander who had a calendar malfunction and will be turning up next week.

I hope Pete H&M’s journey home was peaceful as the two lads were arguing noisily over their scores – I can confirm that Luke was on 1 and Adam on 2 and that’s official.

Trial Report: Eaton 24th Feb 2019
The unseasonably fine February weather shone through once the early mist and fog dispersed.  32 riders entered but an unusual number of machine problems prevented 10 from finishing.  The Monk team provided interesting challenges with a good mix of tight stuff and sweeping, open sections.
The new location for the stream crossing caused much merriment and plenty of marks lost. The ‘obvious’ route to the end gate ended up as a bike swallower with the alternative causing trouble for those with limited ground clearance. Mick Nicholson and Mick Ash being the only two to clean that section all day.  Riding "the Bog" in section 7 the other way seemed to be less of a problem.

I’m not sure why it should be necessary for riders to end up with 4 or more outstanding attempts at particular sections.  There have been complaints by other riders and observers so I would bring your attention to paragraph 112 of the AMCA trials regulations (we ride under AMCA permits);


Riders must complete each lap once before attempting any section for 2nd time and so on for each lap. Sections may be altered after any particular lap so the above system must be followed. Any time limits must be displayed at the start. A verbal instruction is not sufficient. It is recommended that riders start in batches at different sections rather than all queue up at the 1st section.

EXAMPLE - Riders with No's 1, 11, 21, 31 start at No 1 section while riders with 10, 20, 30 start at No 10 section. Number of laps left to the discretion of the organising club. The method or system should be stated on the Entry Form.

Trial Report: Stainby 20th Jan 2019
A lot of riders avoid our Stainby trial but they missed a well laid out event on a mainly sunny winter day. There was no wind howling, it didn’t snow and there was only a little bit of ice on the abundant puddles.  30 riders started on initially grippy sections with some good climbs (and resulting drops) plenty of humps and bumps and tight turns.  After a few laps the points started rising as some areas became slippery inviting front wheels to slip on tight lock (mine specifically) leaving only one rider (Mick Ash) on a clean sheet. Ben Measures was nearly there losing just one mark early on. 

Thanks again to our observers and ground force team.

Good luck to those Taverners riding at Hungry Hill next week in the Talmag Trial.

Trial Report: ESTC 30th Dec 2018
The Earl Shilton Trials Club was, again, kind enough to rent us their trials ground for our post-Christmas cobweb remover. Team Monk set out sections that managed to take points of everyone although two 2’s and a 3 showed the class of riders at the top.  Several century plus scores (me included) gave a truer indication of the challenges.  Section 2 took marks off all except Mark Spencer and presented the highest tally of marks lost. Raffle winner Ashley’s pen was kept busy in the bottom of section 3. Congratulations to all finishers and thanks to the observers (volunteers and press ganged).

Next trial is in 2019! Roger has promised a dry, mud free, trial at many peoples’ favourite venue (to avoid) – Stainby.

Happy new year to all.

Trial Report: Riley’s Railway 2nd Dec 2018

I thought we were in for a slippery day out as the north end of the Riley’s venue can get pretty greasy in the damp, but the rain stayed away and conditions remained pretty constant.  You can’t always tell which member of the Monk Ground Force team concocts which section but the bull sh1t on section 6 was a giveaway this time Pete J.  It certainly did for my hopes of a low score in an otherwise satisfying day out.  The shale on section 8 saw a rare dab from Mr Ash leaving only three clean rounds for the day including Joe Wills on his ‘turn up, ride, bugger off for dinner and let dad clean it’ C15. He even thought Mark had paid!!!!

Tom won the observer’s raffle on section 3 which proves that Roger does not just favour the ladies. Colin won the ‘muckiest observer’s sheet’ prize on section 3, but our new waterproof paper kept it safe.

More sad news

With deep sadness I have to report that Simon Fredou passed away over the weekend of 10th Nov following a sudden stroke at the age of 44.  Simon had been a regular, skilful, and much liked competitor in Taverners’ Trials for many years.  Our deepest sympathy goes to his Mum, Jenny, and his many close friends. Rest in peace Simon.  Funeral on the 4th December.

Sad News

It is with sadness that I report that Pete Robson passed away on 26th Sept.
Pete was a well-known exponent of trials at a national level as well as enduro and hill climbs. He will be inextricably linked with his favoured Levis motorcycles. Our sympathy to Shirley, Pete’s wife and well known to Taverners members as a stalwart observer.  Shirley looked after him following his stroke several years ago. May he rest in peace with feet firmly on the pegs.

Trial Report: Lodge Farm, Eaton 4th Nov 2018

The promised dry trial at Eaton was not spoiled by the soft rain that arrived around lunch time. Section 8, usually the bike swallowing bog, took only a few marks this time. Section 4's tight turns took most of the points, followed by the stream on section 7 filling a few pairs of boots. Only 4 clean rounds but some low scores show there was enough to test most of us. We welcomed a couple of new faces and the return of Mick Ballard after many years absence. The return of team Constable, with clipboards in hand, was also a welcome sight.
A couple of regulars are out through injury with Sarah recovering from a knee operation and Steve repairing himself after an incident in a ditch.
With thanks to all our observers. We hope you had a good day as well as the riders and hope to see you all at Riley’s on 2nd December, when/where it almost never rains

Trial Report: Vicker’s Farm 14th Oct 2018

What a shockingly wet day. Our observers are true heroes for sticking with us on days like this! Congratulations to those riders who managed to finish the 6 laps.  Sections 7 and 8 took most of the marks with a greasy camber dumping riders down the slope on 7 and a slimy wet slide down into 8 making sphincter control an additional required skill.  Mick Ash dropping only 3 in these conditions is commendable.  Most of the observer’s sheets looked like failed attempts at lace making and only dried out enough to handle by Tuesday!  As a result some of the scores may be open to dispute, but I’m sure no one will complain. I’ve ordered some waterproof paper to see if that helps for the future. Of course, it never rains at Eaton in November so we’ll be fine J

Following an appeal, suitably submitted on a £10 note (with 7 half eaten mars bars), the results have been adjusted giving Ben Measures the class win over Pete H&M.

Trial Report: Lount 2nd Sept 2018

Our first trial of the winter series was in lovely sunshine with dragonflies buzzing around the ponds and stink wheel smoke scenting the air.  27 riders entered but only 23 finished – my reason being machine problems, others had less convincing excuses. The sections were tight in places but obviously not too tight as two cleans and several low scores, especially in the tele-rigid class, show it was all perfectly doable to those with the acquired skills.  A most enjoyable day out in the woods.

Thanks to our observers, some of whom were press ganged innocent bystanders. If you’re riding and retire, don’t run off, stay and observe – I learned a few tips by watching others – most of which I’ll have forgotten before the next trial at Vickers Farm on the 14th Oct.

A new season is upon us

Dates and venues have been confirmed with the land owners, first 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. 

Entry fees remain the same as last year. Machine eligibility rules are unchanged: If it was made after 1956 then enter the guest class (unless entering in the youth classes). Electronic ignitions, Amal concentric carburettors and non-standard fork internals are acceptable mods.  Ball ended levers and folding footrests are sensible updates. Helmets are compulsory.

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. Peter has, apparently, completed his Clerk of the Course apprenticeship but Roger will continue keeping an eye on him for a while yet. If you can help out, in any capacity, please contact Roger on 01509 412662. 

Could those of you awarded cups or trophies from the 2017/2018 season – please return them to us so they can be engraved ready for presentation in November.

Some of you may know that Colin and Margaret Constable have been in the wars since our last trial with an accident during the Relay Rally (thankfully recovery has proceeded well) and Colin suffering a setback more recently.  I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing them well and hope for Colin’s speedy recovery.  As well as providing 25% of our observing team between them, Colin is also the Taverners’ awards secretary so don’t mess him about!

We aim for around 45 entries at each trial with an absolute limit of 50 – any more than that and it all starts getting a bit hectic – and we’re all there to ride and enjoy.  We will maintain our normal 8 laps of 8 sections format (6 laps of 8 sections for the ‘Sporting’ class), with a lunch break at midday, unless conditions dictate otherwise. Please make sure entries are in by the Monday prior to the event. Remember: other than exceptional circumstances there are no entries on the day.

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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Picassa Site

Results, Regs & Entries:
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: No entries on the day.
: ALL entrants must be members of the VMCC or AMCA.
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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