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To ride a trial you must be a member.

Registration for trial riding must be completed by 10.15 am on the day of the  trial.

Riders must display their registration number on their bike.

Bikes must conform to the Machine Eligibility Rules.

Riders must wear a helmet and suitable clothing for the weather conditions.

Sections can be riden when instructed by the Observer who will record the score.

Positions set by riders are in order of least marks scored over the trial.

Scores are set by number of times feet leave the pegs (dabs) or failed attempts.

Riders must ride between coloured flags depending on level of ability registered for.

Machine Eligibility Rules

1. All machines shall be of British manufacture (except class E). Main frames shall be constructed from materials and using techniques freely available to the general public prior to 31/12/64, retaining two rear shock absorbers (except rigids) and of a period appearance  similar to a standard frame. Engines, gearboxes, yokes (billet yokes with internal pinch bolts allowed) & front forks shall externally appear to be of British manufacture before 31st Dec 1964, except 2 strokes in classes A, & C which may have forks & yokes up to 31st Dec 1969.

2. Machines shall be classified as follows: – 

A. (Springer over 250cc) Springers shall be 2 or 4-stroke with cylinder capacity over 250cc and equipped with rear suspension.

B. (Rigid over250cc) Rigids shall have a frame manufactured without rear suspension with an engine and gearbox of the type originally fitted in a  rigid frame.2 or 4stroke and a cylinder capacity over 250cc.

C. (Springer under 250cc) 2 or 4 stroke with cylinder capacity under 250cc with rear suspension and includes  2 stroke machines of British Manufacture with British engines up to 31/12/1969.

D. (Rigid under 250cc) Rigids shall have a frame manufactured without rear suspension with an engine and gearbox of the type originally fitted in a rigid frame. 2 or 4stroke and a cylinder capacity under 250cc.

E. (Specials ) shall be machines mainly of British manufacture that don’t conform to Rule 1.

F (Twin Shocks) more recent machines with twin rear shock absorbers manufactured in any country, but must be as manufactured with twin rear shock absorbers,air-cooled engine and drum brakes.

3. Each rider shall enter on a specific machine for his sole use. Should that machine break down he may complete the trial on any machine but will not be eligible for championship points.

4. New members only qualify for points after paying their subs, but if previous year’s members pay by 28th Feb. they qualify in all rounds.

5. The Club Championship shall be decided as follows within each class: – 

i. For each Championship Trial, Points will be awarded to qualifying riders in each class as – 10 points for the class winner, 9 for second,  diminishing to 1 for tenth and any other finishers.

ii. Should there be a tie for a place, it shall be decided in favour of the rider with most cleans, then furthest clean, then oldest rider.

iii.To qualify for an award in the Championship a rider must enter 6 or more Championship trials in a year. Their best 8 scores of points will then be counted    and the rider with the highest total winning. Should there be a tie, it will be decided in favour of the rider with most 1st places, then 2nd places etc, then oldest rider.

iv.A member that chooses to ride the rigid route non competitively on a springer, eight or more times in a year, shall be entitled to a trophy.

v.If a rider observes at a championship trial, on one occasion per year they will be awarded 5 points as though they had ridden.

Constitution

1.The aims of the Club are to promote & encourage the use of motorcycles manufactured in Britain before 1970, with special interest in Observation Trials for  machines built by 1965.

2.The officers of the Club shall comprise of a) a Chairman, b) a Secretary, c) a Treasurer, d) any others appointed at the AGM. The members present at the AGM  shall democratically elect these posts each year. As cheques need two signatures, three members (incl. The Treasurer) shall be authorised, to cover holidays etc.

3.The AGM shall be held once a year on a date to be decided by the committee. The Club rules and trials regulations shall only be changed at the AGM. Proposals are to be submitted in writing one month before and will be circulated to the members at least one week before the AGM.

4. Each month a meeting will be held where the members present shall constitute the Committee. Any motion shall need a proposer and a seconder. Only paid up members  shall have the right to vote.

5. An Emergency General Meeting shall be convened with the status of an AGM should a written motion signed by 4 members or 5% of the Membership   (whichever is the greater) be received by the Officers. One month’s notice will be given to all members of the meeting and the motion.

6. Membership is open to anyone who pays the subscription, from the time of payment to the end of that calendar year. Membership can only be refused or terminated  by a motion at a Committee meeting for bringing the Club into ill repute, and the person in question will be invited to attend and state their case.

7. Those who observe  4  trials in a year, and others approved by the Committee shall receive 1 free ticket to the annual social evening/awards presentation.  Observe 8 trials for 2 free tickets

8. The Club Person of the Year shall be democratically voted for at the AGM, written nominations to be submitted to the Chairman beforehand.

9. The following scale of expenses shall be paid:- 

i. £30 each to the two official Clerks of the Course for trials (except Waterside Trial).or £60 to be divided between total number of C.O.C’s

iii. £15 to the Results Secretary per trial.

iii. £15 to each Observer that signs on before a trial.(except waterside)

iv. £60 each per year to the Chairman, trials secretary, Club Secretary, Treasurer and website manager. £25 to each membership secretary and News Letter Editor

Observers

INTRODUCTION

The object of observed trials is to ride specified “Sections” with “Start”, “Intermediate” and “End” gates. Scoring will be based on the “points-lost” (marks) system. The numerical score will increase from a starting score of zero. Final placement will be the inverse of the numerical score; i.e. the lowest score wins. The sections are laid out in a loop configuration, where the competitor rides each of the sections one at a time to form a lap.

PRE-REQUISITS

All competitors must be members of the Club,sign on and pay the required entrance fee before the competition begins. 

Riders must complete the entry form and select the class in which they wish to ride. 

The machine must conform to the class described and selected on the entry form. Additionally, all riders under the age of 18 must provide their date of birth on the form and be signed in by a parent or guardian. 

Number or letter cards will be issued and these must be clearly displayed on the front of the machine. 

All riders must wear a correctly fastened crash helmet and be appropriately dressed (no shorts etc).

The Clerk of the Course may appoint a scrutineer to check the condition of machines and riding equipment. If a machine or riding equipment fails to pass the safety and eligibility checks it will not be allowed to compete unless corrective measures have been taken that are to the scrutineer’s satisfaction.

SCORING

Section Scoring shall begin when the machine’s front wheel axle passes the “Start” gate markers and stops when the front axle passes the “End” gate markers. 

Section points are allocated as follows:

  • Error Penalty Points (mark)
  • None (clean) = 0   
  • One dab = 1   
  • Two dabs = 2   
  • Three or more dabs = 3   
  • Failure in a section = 5
  • Section not attempted (observer informed beforehand) = 5
  • Section not attempted (observer NOT informed beforehand) = 10

A rider is penalized in each section only for the one error that results in the most penalty points. In any given section, penalties are not cumulative, except for the first three “dabs.” 

(Example: If a rider dabs twice before riding out of bounds, the score for the section is 5 points, not 7).

THE COURSE

Sections will be separately numbered and should be ridden in numerical sequence. 

No section may be ridden more than once per lap unless directed by the Clerk of the Course or requested by the Observer if rider is running late. 

Riders shall start Lap One at the point designated at the rider’s meeting by the Clerk of the Course or his representative. Second and subsequent laps will start at the same point.

It is the sole responsibility of the rider to make sure that he/she has completed the required number of laps and sections within the laps. Un-attempted sections will be scored as in the table above.

ADDITIONAL RULES

1. Unsportsmanlike conduct or offensive behaviour can result in a penalty of 10 points at the sole discretion of any Observer or authorised event official.

2. Practice in any marked section before or during the event will result in disqualification of the rider from the event. Riders may stop and inspect sections on foot prior to riding for a score, providing their machine is parked out of the section.

3. Whilst walking the section, a rider that alters a section by moving rocks, making a path, changing the condition of the section, etc. shall be given a score of 5 by the Observer for that section.

4. When a rider leaves his/her machine to inspect the section, the machine does not hold the rider’s place in line. When the rider returns to the motorcycle, he/she goes to the back of the line. Failure to do so may result in a 5-point penalty.

5. The rider must obtain permission from the Observer to ride into the section for a score. Failure to obtain permission may result in a score of 5 points if the Observer is unable to monitor the competitor’s ride though the entire section.

6. All persons walking the section must immediately vacate when a rider enters the observed section. The competitor riding for a score always has the right-of-way within a section. Failure of others to vacate can be deemed unsportsmanlike conduct.

7. If, whilst riding a section for a score, a rider is severely distracted or his/her line is blocked by spectators, other riders, an animal, blowing debris, etc. The rider may claim an Obstruction” and request a re-ride. At the discretion of the Observer, a re-ride of the section may be permitted. Any score lost up to the point of the blocking will stand and be added to any score lost beyond that point on the second attempt.

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