What a great time we had at the inaugural Club Trials Day. There were around 20 people at the Amity carpark on road bikes or with off-road/trials bikes in the back of trailers or utes.
We followed John to his place where bikes were readied for action.
I think there were about 12 riders that took part in the end. John had laid out an excellent course. There were 4 sections with expert or novice courses. He explained how points were scored before we walked the first section.
the more unusual bikes to take part in a trial was Ronnie on
a 70’s Harley - you wouldn’t see that in the Scottish 6 Days!
Unfortunately he didn’t last too long as the bike was a bit wide/long
for the task.
Arthur, resplendent in what looked like plus 4’s (his pants tucked
in his socks), took to the expert section. This was on his push bike,
although I think I heard a few brrm brrm noises.
Chris was the only lady rider, doing one complete round on her 1955 BSA C10L and part of another on Richard’s Honda TL125 more suitable off-road bike.
John rode a large single pot
Yamaha SR500 road bike with road tyres,
and did very well, not losing any points on most of the sections!
Ray was another who rode extremely well on his 1972 Suzuki RL250
trials bike which he acquired only recently.
Neil and Jeff took turns on their off-road bike and Andrew, after
a look at the course, said “I could do that on the BMW” - next minute
he was back - the 250 doing a great job.
Don unfortunately broke a clutch cable on his ex-Army BSA. I did one complete round on my 1951 500 AJS, but between a woeful steering lock and the imaginary smell of clutch plates I sat back and watched the rest of the event.
end of the trial John presented 3 bottles of specially Club
labelled ‘Victory Shiraz’.
These were won by Ray - best overall;
Arthur (pushbike) Barrett, best in experts class;
and Chris, best lady (she was the only female).
John did a brilliant job laying out the course, making the score sheet as well as the wine labels. I don’t think we’re the only ones looking forward to the next one. Thanks John.