IN­TER­NA­TIONAL En­joy the Kia Twin-shock Bri­tish Tri­als Cham­pi­onship

Classic Trial - - SPORT - Words: Alan Wright • Pic­tures: Jaxx Law­son at Joat’s Imagery

Has the KIA Twin­shock se­ries gone in­ter­na­tional? Well, as the ar­gu­ments roll on as to whether round six, run by the Cum­ber­land County MCC over the moors close to New­castle­ton, was ac­tu­ally in Eng­land or Scot­land the 2015 se­ries moved on with four more ground-break­ing events.

Since we re­ported on the first three events in the previous is­sue the se­ries has vis­ited Chel­tenham, Corn­wall, New­castle­ton and Llan­gollen. In round four the 11-times Bri­tish Cham­pion Steve Saun­ders and the Zona One MCC put on the first re­ally tricky event of the se­ries af­ter heavy rain turned the sec­tions at Aggs Hill, high above Chel­tenham and over­look­ing the fa­mous race­course, into more chal­leng­ing haz­ards as the day wore on.

Ride of the day was un­doubt­edly Nigel Tomp­kins on a lit­tle Majesty Yamaha — in­el­i­gi­ble for the re­sults as it had 38mm Ø forks — but nev­er­the­less the lo­cal man con­quered the subs like no other! (All four se­ries classes al­low up to 36mm Ø stan­chions, although any clas­sic ma­chine can par­tic­i­pate but not fig­ure in the re­sults.) Though more dif­fi­cult than in­tended, the se­ries ac­tu­ally ben­e­fited from the dif­fi­culty af­ter the open­ing three rounds at Con­gle­ton, Daven­try and the Red Rose Coun­try of Lan­cashire had been won on clean sheets. The Chel­tenham venue and or­gan­i­sa­tion was just bril­liant, and the or­gan­is­ers will cer­tainly be asked to run there again.

Round five took us to Wade­bridge in Corn­wall in early Au­gust, a month that on re­flec­tion is not ideal for trav­el­ling down the M5 mo­tor­way to the South West! But the piece of land that or­gan­iser John Young used on be­half of the Cor­nish ACU was ac­claimed by all of the much re­duced en­try of 65. Nat­u­ral stream beds and wide open climbs abounded. Free um­brel­las, Cor­nish pasties and red wine greeted rid­ers and ob­servers at the fin­ish. “Just the so­cial at­mos­phere that used to ex­ist” claimed all that were there. But a les­son was learned by the se­ries or­gan­is­ers: big en­tries don’t re­sult from run­ning events in far off places in the hol­i­day sea­son!

Again, the sec­tions re­flected this ex­quis­ite part of Eng­land. Again, it was a long way to travel from the South of Eng­land, but who wants to ride pocket-hand­ker­chief cour­ses with 4 laps of 10 nadgery sec­tions? This se­ries typ­i­fies how tri­als used to be in the day, and that is the very sim­ple ob­jec­tive. Ex­pe­ri­ence it for your­self at the fi­nal round at Knighton on 26th Oc­to­ber.

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