Unlike the Gwent trial on Boxing Day, the weather was good (first sun in the area for a week) and it meant that around 40 people were there at the start. As well as the usual trials riders, there were quite a few of the local classic motocross riders out on various bikes. That the trial, set out by Mike and Paul, was able to accommodate them with a choice of two routes and it made a really good event.
There were 12 sections set out in the woods behind the hotel and with no observers, each group marked themselves as they went round. Whilst in the past I’ve been a bit cynical of this, it actually does work well with classic events, it is more sociable and people tend to be fair and honest.
The sections used the usual rocky streams (which change each year with the passage of water and mud) and the Standard (harder route) was cleanable (not by me, but I’m sure somebody did).
Probably dropped around 25 or so, with a silly 5 on section 2 being the big black mark of the day. Failing to clean Section 12 on each of the three laps was the mark taker, though getting up the three stream sections (sections 5-7) clean each time was good fun.
Kevin’s comment as we were going round, that there was nothing stupid and it enabled everyone, including those out on there first trials to enjoy themselves (and come back another time) summed it up pretty well. Nice to see Rob Griffith’s out on his very original Ariel HT, not quite so trick as Nick Woolley’s but that really summed up how much fun the event was.
Given that Scrambles / Classic Motocross does have a closed season (unlike trials) this type of event makes sense and running a few more in the October to March period makes a lot of sense. Most classic scrambles clubs are AMCA so Gwent Classic and the Herefordshire Classic clubs are well placed to attract bored motocrossers and people new to trials.
Getting a classic trials bike is still the fraction of the cost of either a new (and depreciating all the time modern trials bike) or a classic motocross bike. It makes a lot of sense. There is also a sense of fun, after all there was no real prize, (like with most games of golf) but the sense of challenge and getting the bike out. Chris Bond’s Model 27 Bultaco is still going strong and it was there competing with all the others (wish I still had a TL125 to be honest)
All good fun !
 The hotel is now catering for a lot of bike meets and weekends, and is potentially an excellent venue for a classic trial weekend (now there’s a thought) with accommodation enough, a good bar etc. The International Laverda’s Owners Club and (my dads’) Vintage Motorcycle Club, Berkshire section have used it.