Herefordshire Classic Trials Club: New Year Trial

The weather had also wiped out the Boxing Day and thereabouts fixtures, so keen to get the newly acquired Yamaha TY150 out for a trial. Clyro is an excellent venue at temperatures above -2, and so it proved to be. Less than 30 entries, but all twinshocks and a good pre65 entry (there seem to be a lot of Bantam’s emerging).

Honda ?

The trial was set out on the easy side, which was nice, so chose the Standard over the Alternative route. Well organised and run by the guys from HCTC and look forward to their next trial.

You can bring/ride anything twinshock/pre65

The TY250 is a big bike and unlike the much smaller TY175 . The engine has a lot of grunt and the bigger, longer bike is much easier to ride up the stream sections. It isn’t as good in the tight corners, but it grips for Japan. It rides like the Beta but with a bigger engine. For a stock 1978 bike I’m impressed and to some extent the whole Majesty hype does make some sense.

Mr Pitt eager and ready for the start

The sections were as follows, with some variations to the usual theme.

|Section 1 | next to the usual big gully, nice climb up through trees and roots. |
|Section 2 | the middle part of the right hand stream, up the large solid rock section. Sheet ice in November and now a little more hospitable. |
|Section 3 | the first part of the main stream section. The step and above a little tricker than in previous years. |
|Section 4 | the second part of the stream, with the step/corner, which is a little easier |
|Section 5 | starting in the stream and then looping out left up and round trees, before descending back to the stream|
|Section 6 | top section of the stream, with the end cards a quarter of the way up the bank to the top track|
|Section 7 | short new section, back down at the very bottom of the stream, with a turn out right to the end cards |
|Section 8 | back at the bottom of the woods, muddy tight turns and the trickiest section of the day|
|Section 9 | more turns and banks, with an awkward exit out round a tree and across a large stone|
|Section 10| stream gully on the left as you come into the wood, bottom part only|

Section 8 was my nemesis, with 5’s and 3’s each lap and it was a section that got harder. Section 9 was also tricky, but managed a surprising clean on lap 2 and 3. Managed to clean all the others and Sections 1,2,4,5,6 and 9 each lap. Rode round with Kevin (on the Gripper) and Terry (on a TY175 Whitehawk) and like Gwent Classic stylee self marking the sections, riding as groups. For a fun trial, and a classic event, this approach works well.

Section 1

Section 2

The camera was low on battery, so managed only to take a couple of shots, so apologies there.

Great trial at a really good venue. Will do more to publicise the next event there.

The results were as follows:

|Rider|Route|No.|Class|Total|0|1|2|3|5|
|Andrew Carter|A|1|E|39|27|4|5|4
Malcolm Herbert A 2 E 21 32 1 3 3 1
John Jacka S 3 D DNF 11 2 3 3 1
Rob Jones A 4 E DNF 33 2 2 1
Rupert Morgan A 5 A DNF 4 2 2 3 3
Ben Wear S 6 A 22 28 8 2 2
Alan Wear S 7 D 37 26 4 3 4 3
Nige Townsend A 8 D 54 20 6 2 8 4
Fred Clutterbuck A 9 C DNF 1 1
Dave Arkell S 10 D 65 17 9 2 4 8
Nick Woolley S 11 D 7 35 3 2
Pete Collins S 12 B 40 22 9 4 1 4
Andy Pitt S 14 E 9 35 4 1
Clive Smith A 15 E 34 25 7 1 5 2
Andy Morgan A 16 F 45 22 7 3 4 4
Malcolm Herbert S 17 E 18 31 4 1 4
Aled Jones S 18 D 3 38 1 1
Keith Gardner S 19 A 1 39 1
Jeremy Atkinson A 20 E DNF NO CARD HANDED IN
Paul Farley S 21 A 33 23 8 4 4 1
Kevin Pettit S 22 E 17 31 3 4 2
Terry Watkins S 23 E 43 25 3 2 7 3
Kelvin Varney A 24 E 23 29 6 2 1 2

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