Dubbed the Alternative Scottish Two Day Trial, the Leven Valley event at Kinlochleven, Argyll has, after only one year, become the most sought after event to ride in Scotland, second only to the SSDT.
The brain-child of local enthusiasts, Martin Murphy and David Dougan, the event fills a gap that opened up in the trials market, that of twinshock trials covering the era 1970 – 1984. Remember most who rode in that era are now appraoching their 60s!
Named after the picturesque Leven Valley in which it is run, the event traverses many sensitive areas covered by the National Leven Valley SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) controlled by the Scottish Natural Heritage agency on behalf of the Scottish Government.
Such areas are only open to permitted events and careful negotiation and permission is required. Covering 558 hectares, it is a significant parcel of land which covers the entire valley which is rich in bryophytes, the plants that prevent flash flooding which acts as a retaining ‘sponge’ of vegitation.
The event itself started last year, 2018 and was oversubscribed. This year the entry has been elevated to 250 competitors and was still oversubscribed. One noteable entrant is celebrating 40 years since his World Championship title win, Bernie Schreiber, who will ride a 350 Triumph to mark the achievement and not a Bultaco, which carried him to victory back in 1979.
The action gets underway on Saturday 28th September in the centre of the town. A souvineer programme will be on sale at the start to keep you alerted to where the route goes.
The Kinlochleven MCC was reformed in 2018 after being wound down in the 1990s.
It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 30 should be dropping through your letterbox next week, from Thursday 5th September onwards. Inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time for a brew a beer or maybe a wine for the ladies so park your feet up sit back and enjoy the read!
Inside and full of action you will find:
Evolution: From air-cooled to water-cooled machines.
Visit: Celebrating 50 Years of the Montesa Cota models at Bassella Museum, Spain with Miquel Cirera.
Legends: Talking with Oriol Bulto (Bultaco) and Pere Pi (Montesa).
Micro Machine: Looking at the Cotton Cavalier.
Celebration: Remembering Dave Rowland and the first trial named after him in 1979 run by the Manchester 17 MCC.
International: Concluding with Bernie Schreiber and his 1979 FIM World Trials Championship winning season.
Classic: Visiting the Alvie and Andorra Two Day Trials.
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The following announcement was released by the committee of the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd (RMC) today, Wednesday 7th August, 2019.
“As many of you will have seen, our local area was hit by flash flooding last week, resulting in devastating damage to many homes, businesses, vehicles and roads and saw livestock and pets swept away. Fortunately no-one lost their lives, although some had near escapes.
The community is pulling together in a fantastic way and there are many offers of support and assistance.
RMC held a meeting last night to discuss how we could help as a club. We are organising a working party on Saturday, 17th August 2019 to help with the clear up in the Reeth area, clearing stone and debris and putting up walls where possible.
Scott Trial secretary and farmer, Ken Wallis said: “Anybody who can help, please meet in Reeth at the Woodward where the Reeth 3 Day starts from at 9.30am to help with a working party.”
Please wear suitable clothing such as boots and gloves and if you can bring shovels, brushes etc that would be much appreciated. If you can’t help hands on, but can help with refreshments for workers, please let us know.
We have already had enquiries from the trialing fraternity asking if we are collecting donations, so the club is setting up a fund raising page.
The Richmond club itself has also pledged to donate £7,500 into this fund, which will be passed on to community funds/organisations in order to support those most affected and also to the Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, whose rescue services at the height of the floods and ongoing support has proved invaluable to the community.”
This is a very generous effort by the RMC to alleviate the suffering caused by the floods in the Reeth area. It is of course an area where many trials are held annually.
Multiple British Trials Champion and World Championship contender, James Dabill will be in Northern Ireland for a weekend of events on Saturday, 10th and Sunday, 11th of August 2019 in association with Ards and North Down Borough Council.
James will be appearing with Trialstar alongside Multiple Ulster and Irish Champion Andy Perry at The Portavogie Sea Food Festival on Saturday 10th of August from 12pm and then he will be at Whitespots Trials Park in Newtownards on Sunday 11th of August 2019 in conjunction with Moto Trial NI.
James will be giving a Trials School to local competitors on Sunday morning and then competing in a Super Trial event in the afternoon from 1pm alongside the top riders from across Ireland.
If you want to be amazed at what can be done on a motorbike, make sure you get along to either event.
Report: Barry Robinson for Trials Guru & Trials Guru
Photo Credit: Swaledale Mountain Rescue
The Richmond Motor Club have had no option but to cancel the annual Youth Training Training School.
It was scheduled for July 31/August 1, however flood damage at Lawrence Allison’s Cogden Hall Farm and other road damage have forced road closures in the Grinton area and this has given organisers Vicky Andrews and Pam Braithwaite no options at this time.
They hope to find an alternative date in August to get the school back on track.
Trials Guru and the wider trials community send our sympathies to landowners and farmers at this very difficult time of flash flooding in the North Yorkshire Dales.
Since the ravaging floods of July 30th 2019, much has been reported in the national press and television.
The Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd have since called a meeting of members and committee as they regularly make use many areas of farm land and moorland in the Reeth/Grinton/Richmond area and are keen to make a contribution to the plight of local landowners.
It is believed that the club are keen to mobilise help parties of club members and trials riders to effect a clean up and support operation on a local basis.
Club members have been asked to check the RMC website for details of club activity in this regard.
Photos courtesy: Jaxx Lawson; Iain Lawrie; Chris Sharp & Tim Britton Media.
The 2019 Highland Classic Two Day Trial – The SWM Edition will go down as one of the most memorable, with the 1979 FIM World Trials Champion and 1982 SSDT winner, Bernie Schreiber as the Inverness & District MCC Ltd’s Guest of Honour, taking centre-stage. Schreiber’s attendance being the first part of a global forty years celebration of the only USA rider to win a Trials title.
“An Idea without a plan is just a dream” – Bernie Schreiber, 2019
60 year old Schreiber didn’t just be the man of the moment, he rode the trial on a specially prepared TL320 SWM, supplied by MotoSWM.com of Cheddar, Somerset.
SWM UK supremo, Martin Matthews attended the event as ‘Trial Partner’ to ensure that the machine fitted Bernie’s requirements during the weekend.
Bernie also launched his world-wide S3 / Schreiber Collection 40 year clothing range at the Highland venue.
But that was not all, Schreiber had carefully negotiated the use of the prestigious Alvie Estate facilities to host a special trials training and educational day on the Monday following directly on from the main event.
Aptly entitled the ‘Bernie Schreiber Experience’, it covered not only bike-craft, but a seventy-minute unique classroom session which was very well received by the twenty students.
The trial itself consisted of eighteen sections covered twice per day with a variation on the second day to keep riders on their toes.
One hundred and sixty riders plus twenty-two ‘Guest Riders’ took part, including three times World Champion, Yrjo Vesterinen; TT winner, Iain Duffus; 250cc British racing champion, Donnie McLeod; former Honda factory trials rider, Nick Jefferies plus ten overseas riders from Switzerland, Germany, Luxembourg, France and Southern Ireland.
It was hoped that former World Champion in 1981, Gilles Burgat would attend as Special Guest, but he damaged his shoulder at this year’s Scottish Six Days and was still recovering with a possible operation planned in the near future.
Schreiber told Trials Guru: “I really enjoyed my first visit back to Scotland in thirty-seven years. I was determined to add value to my role as the motor club’s guest and I think my input was not only well receive, but substantial. I stayed with the Inverness & District’s Company Secretary, John Moffat and we discussed many aspects of how to make a good event even better, I’m sure he will be taking quite a few of my suggestions and proposals to their board of directors. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to Scotland and the scenery at Alvie Estate was breathtaking. I rode the first day with John and day two with Vesty and the company also helped make the visit that bit more special. I aim to return next year to the Highland Classic if I can, for their 2020 Fantic Edition.”
Highland Classic 2019: Class Winners:
4ST Unit – Gary Macdonald (0 Marks)
Two Stroke – Yrjo Vesterinen (8 Marks)
4ST Pre-Unit – Kevin Chapman (12 Marks)
Post 1977 Twinshock – Chris Koch (0 Marks) + Special Award from IDMCC Ltd.
U35 P’65 – Calum Murphy (2 Marks)
U35 Twinshock – Ben Butterworth (6 Marks)
Two Stroke – Alan Gordon (13 Marks)
4ST Pre-Unit – Gary Shaw (17 Marks)
4ST Unit – Stuart Edgar (10 Marks)
Post 1977 Twinshock – Owen Hardesty (2 Marks)
U35 P’65 – Matthew Giblin (29 Marks)
U35 Twinshock – Andrew Rose (10 Marks)
Best Female – Charlotte Kimber (29 Marks)
Best SWM/Moto Gori – Richard Allen (10 Marks)
Oldest Finisher (Derek J. Edgar Trophy) – Neil Walker (55 Marks)
Best Pre’72 Twinshock – Ross Edgar (136 Marks)
Rockshocks award: A Route Lowest Score – Gary Macdonald
Rockshocks award: B Route Lowest Score – Owen Hardesty
S3 have launched the exclusive BERNIE SCHREIBER Celebration Collection today in Scotland, on the Alvie Estate, near Aviemore. 2019 marks forty years of Trials history since Screiber’s 1979 World Championship victory.
Bernie Schreiber spoke to Trials Guru: “I am proud to partner with S3 to design the exclusive ‘Limited Edition’ and stylish BS Collection to mark this memorable moment in time. Products are available via the link below or via your local S3 retailer in some countries. Enjoy riding in style and keep your feet up”.