Classic Trial


- Words: Tam Weir • Pictures: Trials Media

Tam Weir

Everyone in the classic world of motorcycle trials was hugely disappoint­ed with the news that the Pre-65 Scottish was cancelled in May, but further cancellati­ons came in both June and September, hitting the Highland and Leven Valley Two Day events, due to the Coronaviru­s. Going forward, all these events will continue in 2021 as long as we have found a way to deal with this dreaded disease. Classic Trial Magazine caught up with Tam Weir from the Kinlochlev­en & District MCC to find out more.

Ilive and work in Kinlochlev­en and the surroundin­g areas and we, as a club, at Kinlochlev­en & District MCC, have to understand and respect the people of the community. Both the Pre-65 and, for that matter, the Scottish Six Days Trial and our own Leven Valley Two Day event brings a massive influx of visitors to the area, as does the Highland Two Day Trial into Inverness and its surroundin­g areas. The village community in Kinlochlev­en enjoys the sport of motorcycle trials and welcomes the visitors and the much-needed tourism revenue that comes with the events.

Our small corner of Scotland has been welcoming motorcycle riders for many years,

and long may it continue. One of the main reasons for cancelling our event in September was to protect the more elderly element of the community from the Coronaviru­s as we had kept a clean sheet during the outbreak. We have to all understand that until a vaccine is found, we cannot guarantee the safety of the villagers or the visitors.

As a community in Kinlochlev­en, we have all worked hard to protect our future, and that most certainly involves motorcycle trials. The plus point from all of this disruption is the fact that the surroundin­g areas have all had time to recover. Unfortunat­ely, due to a small-minded selfish minority, we have had some illegal riding in the area, and this has to stop with immediate

effect. We have a robust and excellent relationsh­ip with the surroundin­g estate and landowners. Still, they have reported sightings of this illegal activity, and we must – and will – act on any unlawful riding or trespass on their ground.

Many of you will have seen some of the estate owners at our awards presentati­on in 2019. They enjoy the sport just as much as we do. Plans have already been drawn up to run the events mentioned above in 2021 and, fingers crossed, they can all go ahead. Please keep your eyes open for any informatio­n on the events in this publicatio­n, or on the club websites, as we look forward to seeing you all to enjoy motorcycle trials in the Highlands once again.”

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