Leven Valley entries hit the heights

The Leven Valley Two Day Trial has established itself as the most popular trial in Scotland, second only to the Scottish Six Days!

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

 

Held in the Leven Valley which encompases a considerable area covered by a sensitive SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest), the locally based Kinlochleven & District MCC have had 439 entries for 250 places at close of play 1st April.

Unfortunately, due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, the club are unable to attend to the running of the ballot to determine who gets an entry accepted and who may be on their reserves list. This is due to the social distancing measures and effective lockdown in the UK.

At present the club are planning the event, but cannot even do any recannoiter parties due to the pandemic. However, much of the ground work was done before the virus took hold.

It remains to be seen if the event will proceed on the weekend of 26/27 September 2020, much depends on a variety of factors, not least of all the ability to arrange an event which would be classed as a large public gathering. Much will depend on both Governmental and SACU advice and guidance.

2020 will be the third year the Leven Valley has been run and it is a fantastic event for Twin and Brit-shock machines. The club decided at their first event to dispense with time consuming, hard to enforce eligibility rules and machine inspections. Something that gives the event a more friendly atmosphere.

Club Chairman Martin Murphy said: “We are delighted to see such a healthy demand for entries at our trial, we must be doing something right to attract  almost double compliment. I make no secret that we based our initial plans on the successful Highland Classic, run by our neighbours, the Inverness & District. We took a few of that events ideas and they have worked well for us, but with a Kinlochleven twist to them”.

Clerk of Course, Tam Weir added: “I really hope that the restrictions are lifted in advance of the Leven Valley Trial as the event brings in much needed income to the village, something that will be needed when this virus pendemic has passed. We also have excellent relations with the local landowners who are also very supportive of our event, especially Jahama Estates who own a fair acreage that the course traverses.”

This year, Trials Guru as one of the event sponsors, has supplied the club with a new trophy. The ‘Spirit of Cemoto’ award for the best performance by a competitor on a Bultaco motorcycle. The seventeen inch high trophy was commissioned to artisan welder, Richi Foss of Foss Fabrication and Welding of Inverness and consists of a genuine Bultaco Sherpa cylinder head with a stainless-steel hand in the thumbs up mode exiting the spark plug port.

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More information is available on the club’s website HERE

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