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Castle­side Tri­als Club

Classic Dirtbike - - Contents - Words and pics: Tim Britton and Fiona Wat­son

We’ve been in the north for the Kia Twin­shock se­ries, West Mid­lands for a hill climb and Scot­land for the Scot­tish Grand Na­tional. Where’ve you been?

There’s a bit of per­sonal in­volve­ment in this event as the Castle­side Tri­als Club is ‘my’ club... and if I’d not rid­den this one there would have been raised eye­brows from the com­mit­tee. The Kia se­ries is a pop­u­lar one for peo­ple of my age group and tends to fea­ture the bikes we rode in the Sev­en­ties in sec­tions which re­flect that time. I sup­pose it’s rather like the pre65 tri­als scene was for those who rode in the Fifties and Six­ties. So, tra­di­tional Sev­en­ties tri­als bikes on a course I for one have been rid­ing on since those days. Un­like the smaller cour­ses forced on or­gan­is­ers by the spread of the ur­ban sprawl and the mo­tor­way in­fras­truc­ture, this par­tic­u­lar course at Lamb­shield near Ed­mund­by­ers has sur­vived and is pretty much as it has been for long be­fore I rode on it. Ap­prox­i­mately 11 miles round, it is typ­i­cal North East Cen­tre ter­rain of moor­land and rocky streams, with the oc­ca­sional hill climb thrown in for good mea­sure. One thing not quite tra­di­tional at this event was the weather… it was bril­liant sun­shine and al­most warm for March… those of us fa­mil­iar with the area were im­pressed with the way the Kia lads had fetched the fine weather as nor­mally it is ‘less fine’. As well as tra­di­tional bikes and sec­tions the tra­di­tional way of mark­ing is in favour here – that of ‘main­tain for­ward mo­tion’. This is a much more sen­si­ble method for tri­als than the su­per trick ‘X-treme’ arena in­flu­enced mark­ing. Think we’re off the mark? Have a look at the full en­try lists of tri­als us­ing such mark­ing.

Lo­cal lad Ian Cheetham looks a bit de­ter­mined.

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