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Previous Results (2022-2023)
Last updated 24/11/2023 16:22
Trial Report: Vickers 19th Nov 2023
Sorry, I’ma bit late posting this info up.
Considering the 'damp' state of the surrounding fields Pete and Roger did well to get 8 useable sections.
There was a marked difference between the three far sections and those on the embankment as can be seen in the scores. Section 5 took most of the points as any grippy bits got used up as the day progressed. It’s a shame some sections became ‘unmanned’ and closed before the end.
The climb on section 6 seemed to be more of a problem for the lighter bikes - one for the thumpers!
The usual suspects didn’t put a foot down
and some admiral low scores as well. It was a bit chilly for the observers,
so thanks for sticking with us.
Trial Report: Riley’s 15th Oct 2023
A much more comfortable day, weather wise, compared to September’s event. What a lovely day it turned out to be. Frost on the grass to start, then autumn sun for the rest of the day.
The rain in previous days kept the dust at bay but didn't affect the grip resulting in plenty of low scores. If a tree in section 2 hadn't jumped in front of me, I'd have achieved my first ever clean event!
As a bonus; no one went home in an ambulance!
Thanks, as ever, to our observers it was a bit chilly for some in the shady spots.
Next event is at Vickers Farm on Nov 19th
We are recruiting for a new trials secretary to take over from me after 20+ years in post. If anyone would like to discuss taking on the role then please get in touch.
Trial Report: Uppingham 10th Sept 2023
Phew! What a scorcher! A high retirement rate in those conditions is understandable. Well done to all you finishers.
Pete and Roger chose to set the sections out in the shadiest part of the venue and, while a bit tight for the big bikes, there was plenty to keep riders entertained. Some, even, were still smiling at the end.
Section 2 took most of the points early on, but riders seemed to get the hang of it later.
I managed to pick the only observing location, in the afternoon, without any shade. Scorchio!🥵
You'll be pleased to hear that Steve Goodman's dislocated elbow has been put back in place and no other injury was found. I suspect he'll be out of action for a bit, with his elbow in plaster, but he'll be able to hold a pen for observing!
Our next trial is at Riley’s on 15th October. Things might have cooled down a bit by then.
Dates and venues have been booked and confirmed with the landowners and permits applied for. Conditions of our permits require membership of either the VMCC or the AMCA. Please bring proof of membership to the first trial you attend. Our first event is at Rectory Farm, Uppingham on 10th Sept 2023.
The email entry and PayPal payment method really makes my job easier, so that’s fixed in stone. This does mean we can accept entries until the Friday before events. Entries on the day, cheque or cash payments present more admin headaches than I’m willing to deal with.
Entry forms and regs can be downloaded as PDF files from www.tavernerstrials.org.uk and can be filled in on your computer (or even on your phone) if you use the Adobe Reader application –fill and sign –then send as an email. At worst, you can scan or photograph the form and email it.
Regs include details on how to pay using PayPal–so read the regs. Basically, on PayPal.com, SEND MONEY to email@example.com. Please use your name and the event venue and date in the payment reference so we can reconcile payments with entries received. PLEASE SEND YOUR ENTRY FEE AS A PAYMENT TO FRIENDS OR FAMILY –we’re not a business and we get charged for ‘product’ payments.
Results will be posted on the website and, usually, emailed out.
You will be aware that everything has gone up! So, we’re having to increase the entry fees to the nearest £5 per head (except juniors). This means we can pay the landowners more (last increase 10 years ago) and cover increases in insurance and other expenses. We don’t aim to make a profit and we will still be subsidised by the Taverners section, as necessary, to ensure the events remain affordable.
Machine eligibility rules are unchanged: If it was made after 1956 then enter in 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. Wearing of helmets is compulsory. Please check if there are any final instructions on the day of the event. We hope we won’t be instructed to make any special arrangements this season –but you never can tell!
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 in any capacity, please contact Peter on 07826 683600 or Roger on 01509 412662.
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 and payment made by the FRIDAY prior to the event. Remember: No entries on the day, No cheques, No cash.
Important: Event insurance, as provided by the AMCA; covering Landowners, 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.
We, as a club, are bound by GDPR legislation to be a responsible holder of your personal data. We only store information that allows us to communicate with you for the purposes directly relating to our events.
Please bear in mind that we are all unpaid volunteers who take on the roles to keep the sport available for us all. Be nice.
The Taverners Team look forward to seeing you again for another season of
friendly competition in perfect weather with feet firmly on footpegs.
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 nine (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.