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Richmond cancel Youth Training

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.

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Highland Classic gets the Schreiber touch

Photos courtesy: Jaxx Lawson; Iain Lawrie; Chris Sharp & Tim Britton Media.

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IDMCC Company Secretary, John Moffat (left); The Laird of Alvie Estate, Jamie Williamson (centre) and Bernie Schreiber (right) at the 2019 Highland Classic Two Day Trial – Photo: 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.

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“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 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.

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Bernie also launched his world-wide S3 / Schreiber Collection 40 year clothing range at the Highland venue.

Here is a link to Bernie’s clothing Collection: Bernie Schreiber

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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.

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Bernie Schreiber giving instruction during the Schreiber Experience at Alvie Estate, if you look closely that is a ‘Trials Guru’ decal on his helmet.

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.

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Bernie Schreiber (SWM) captured by the lens of Iain Lawrie

The trial itself consisted of eighteen sections covered twice per day with a variation on the second day to keep riders on their toes.

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Richard Allen was the best SWM rider at the Highland Classic – Photo: Jaxx Lawson (Joat’s Imagery)

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.

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Post 1977 Twinshock B Route class winner Owen Hardesty (Honda) – Photo: Jaxx Lawson

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:

A Route:

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)

B Route:

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 Launch Bernie Schreiber Collection in Scotland

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Highland Classic Two Day Trial – 8/9 June 2019.

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.

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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”.

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Trial Mag Issue 75 out now

Yes, the Issue 75 is available from Thursday 30th May onwards in full colour gloss with all your Trials News, Action, Events, Product Tests, Interviews and so much more for you full throttle trials enthusiasts. As you would expect from such a high quality independent print publication in its 116 pages brought to you in full colour gloss or in digital format it carries superb images and interesting in depth articles from a team dedicated and passionate about the sport of trials.

For the subscribers check that letterbox from Thursday 30th May onwards and in the news agents later. For all you guys on the go you can find it at most major UK airports and it is also available across all digital platforms to purchase at #pressreader or #issuu Web:


Indoor: 2019 FIM X-Trial ‘Finale’.

International: James Dabill (Beta-GBR) wins the 2019 SSDT.

Catch Up: Felipe Koberg talk’s about the 2019 Jurassic Three Day Trial.


Crossover: Oliver Smith on the OSET.


Project: The making of Motorcycle Retro Replay.

Traditional: Dan Thorpe wins the 2019 Pre-65 ‘Scottish’.

Camera Man: Colin Bullock talks about the ‘Back Catalogue’ collection.


Sport: Are you aware of the trials Etiquette.

Sport: British solo and sidecar action.

Celebration: Bill Wilkinson’s 1969 SSDT victory.

Debut: Bultaco at the 1999 SSDT.

Plus all the regular features including ‘Talk Trials’ with Toni Bou, News, Paddock Pictures and so much more – Remember it’s only Trials!!

If you are looking for ‘Father’s Day’ gift ideas look no further with a subscription that will last for six issues! 

CJ Publishing also have books and all the currents DVD’s in stock.

Moidart Run is all go for 2019

This year’s Moidart Run for classic motorcycles will take place from Kinlochleven on Thursday, 2nd May with the assembly at 9:00am GMT.

The event was filled to its maximum back in February and there are a fair few notables from the world of trials and motocross taking part as guest riders this year.

Trials Guru will be in attendance with John Moffat riding his father’s 347cc AJS 16MC from the early 1950s, a machine that was used in two SSDTs (1953 & 1954).

The route is around 100 miles taking in Glenfinnan, Roshven, Strontian, Laudale, Lochailort and back to the finish at Kinlochleven.

Photo: Chris Sharp Photography, Belfast.


Jack Dance scores high in Italy

Report: Barry Robinson:

Photo: FIM

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Thirteen year old Partridge Green, Horsham, trials rider Jack Dance excelled in the opening event in the European Youth Championship at Peitramurata, Italy, on Sunday claiming an impressive second place riding his JST Gas Gas heading fellow Brit, Ben Dignan From Roy Bridge, Fort William, Scotland by two marks.

East Keswick youngster Harry Hemingway was a close fourth with Buxton’s Harry Turner taking ninth place in a teenage star studded entry of the top Euro youngsters.

Dance was his typical cool self and Nicky and Adrian stopped off in Genoa and the Pro Park where some time and days were practicing on testing terrain before heading back up Italy to the trial venue. The short halt at the Pro Park gave Jack time to acclimatise in the altitude of the mountains but he was nervous initially at the trial venue. He knew it was going to a long tough day and took the morning build-up in his stride. Relaxing and drinking plenty of liquid to negate hydration paid dividends that were required when the chain let go in section three. The sprint back to parc ferme for another link and tools took some time and energy. It was a tough start for the entire entry. Only Dignan and winner Pau Martinez got through section four along with Harry Turner, Enzo Rossi and Fabian David. After the chain failure incident, thought to be that a loose stone tangled with the chain. Dance got his head down and did not let the opening sections rattle him. He settled down to serious business with more confidence.

His second lap was ten under his opening circuit and only bettered by winner Martinez. His style took him up the order and onto the podium. More than ever Jack Dance, at fourteen years of age, is a planner and thinker. He was quite surprised at the end result and it was time to smile – a big smile.


F.I.M. European Youth Trials Championship, Pietramurata, Italy. Sunday.

1 Pau Martinez (Esp) Vertigo         25 + 17 = 42.

2 Jack Dance (GB) JST Gas Gas     41+ 31 =72.

3 Ben Dignan (GB) JST Gas Gas          35 + 39 =74.

4 Jonathan Heidel  (Ger) Gas Gas  41 + 44  = 85.

5 Harry Hemingway (GB) Beta      47 + 42 = 89.

6 Jarmil Smith  (Ger)  Beta             47 + 43  = 90.

7 Linus Sandberg (Swe) TRS         47 + 47  = 94.

8 Valentino Feltrin  (Ita) Gas Gas   51 + 46 = 97.

9 Harry Turner (GB) Gas Gas         48 + 49 =102

10 Enzo Rossi (Fra) Scorpa            53 + 50 = 103.

11 Fabian David (Cze) Beta            51 + 54-105

12 Philipp Eberharter  (Aust)          55 + 51 =106

13 Jonas Schiele (Ger) Gas Gas      56 + 51 =107.

14 Rooney Bereiter (Ger) Gas Gas   59 + 48 = 107.

15 Nils Schwabedissen (Ger) Beta   61 + 49 =110.

19th Owen Chestnut (GB) Gas Gas  66 + 67  =  62

Richmond continues charity drive

Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd were delighted to recently present representatives
of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance with a cheque for £500. This service has, on occasion been used by riders of the club, as well as the local community.

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It is important to give back as much as possible to continue to support this charitable organisation.
The funds were raised from a raffle at a dinner held in December for all
the landowners, gamekeepers and farmers at The Garden Rooms at Tennants,

Picture: Olga Ashton, representing Yorkshire Air Ambulance, accepting a donation of £500 for the charity, presented by Chris Wallis, on behalf of Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd

Photo: Charlotte E. Brown