The new kid in town

Kinlochleven MCC

Preparations are winding down, but the Kinlochleven & District MCC are gearing up for the inaugural Leven Valley Two Day Trial on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th September, 2018.

The actions kicks off at 10.00am (GMT) at the Ice Factor in the centre of Kinlochleven, first man away will be Trials Guru’s John Moffat riding his 1979 Bultaco Sherpa.

The start order will be altered for the Sunday, which starts at 09.00 with a finish and presentation of awards around 4.00pm in the afternoon.

11 times British Trials Champion, Sammy Miller is Guest of Honour and he will be taking a run out to view some of the sections and of course doing what all good Guests of Honour do, presenting the awards, one of which is the Premier which Sammy has donated.

Sammy trophy
Photo courtesy of Sammy Miller, New Milton

REH Forks have also put up a newly made trophy for the Best Britshock over 201cc which is a stylized set of fork yokes on a plinth.

REH award
Duncan MacDonald of REH Forks Ltd with the new award for the Leven Valley 2 Day Trial

Those in the know predict that this event will become one of the top Twinshock/Britshock events in the UK trials calendar, it was oversubscribed and had captured the imagination of this sector of the sport.

Trials Guru’s John Moffat said: “There has been a huge demand for this type of event in the Kinlochleven area. Originally a group of enthusiasts tried to get a similar event off the ground in 2011, this was thwarted by red tape at the time and it actually spawned the current KIA Trials series.”

He added: “This new two day event is being run by local people who have access to the land and the necessary permissions from not only the landowners but Scottish Natural Heritage who control the Leven Valley SSSI. This area of ground encompasses many of the famous SSDT sections, so careful planning was a prerequisite. It is shaping up to become a real popular event and Trials Guru is proud to be one of the Trial Partners this year and for the for-seeable future”.

Spectators Choice: Saturday – 29th September – Two sections at the ‘Kennels’ behind Kinlochleven (also known as Loch Eilde Burn); ‘Lower Mamore’, near the main road. If you fancy a good walk high up you can get up to the ‘Upper Mamore’ group and ‘Am Bodach’. In the afternoon the riders come back down and attempt ‘School Falls’ near the town and ‘Corrie Burn’, which is near the little bridge as you come into Kinlochleven on the Fort William side.

Sunday – 30th September – Two sections at ‘Aluminium Works’ near the start and then it’s probably ‘Pipeline’ plus the ‘Sma’ Dam’ which is a bit further up. On the way back to the finish, they will do the ‘Kennels’ sections again.

Kinlochleven - Loch Leven - Susan Black Photo
KInlochleven, Argyll a beautiful place and one protected along it’s Leven Valley by a SSSI – Photo: Susan Black, Prudoe

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