A new year of trialling has arrived and with it, hopes of success in the competitions that I enter this year. I haven’t made my mind up about which national series I will ride this year; due to a couple of clashes in the calendar it will have to be either the PJ1 Northern British bike championship or the ACU Sammy Miller national championship. Still, these competitions don’t begin until March so I have plenty of time to decide.
January is all about one competition; the TALMAG Trophy. In preparation for the 2013 event I took runner up spot at Thames MCC’s Mike Kemp Classic trial and I’ll be heading over to Hungry Hill again on the 13th Jan for the Pete Simmons Cup organised by Kenton and Kingsbury MCC. This should provide good intel on the ground and help refine my TALMAG ride. I’m still undecided about which bike to ride this year but with NT410 off the road it’s either the 350 Matchless (which went brilliantly last year) or AS 500 (which I’m having some shoddy results on). With tricky going over the sand it may be wise to stick to the 500.
|Me & the 350 on the way to a clean|
sheet at TALMAG 2012
I now have most of the bits to put NT410 back on the road and I’m hoping that the factory can set about it in earnest this month. I certainly want to be ready to go by the annual March Hare Trial on March 3rd.
As previously posted, Sammy Miller Products are not supporting the ACU series in 2013 therefore; Sammy Miller himself will be providing sponsorship and support for which we (Pre-65 riders) should be grateful. Thank You Sammy!!
Disappointingly, the series drops another round this year with only seven rounds in total. The loss of Builth Wells Frank Jones trial is a great shame as this was by far, the best trial in the series.
ACU Sammy Miller championshipMar 17 The Vic Ashford Trial (WEMC)
Mar 24 The Cotswold Cups Trial (Golden Valley MCC)
May 19 The Sam Cooper Union Jack Trial (
Jul 14 The
Oct 13 The Greensmith Trial (
Nov 16 The Perce Simon Trial (Ringwood MC & LCC)
Nov 17 The Downland Trophy (North Berks MCC)
PJ1 Northern British bike championshipMar 24 Poachers’ Bag (AJS & Matchless club)
Apr 14 Derbyshire Trial (Midland Classic club)
Jun 2 Reliance Cup Trial (
Jul 14 West Riding Trial (Yorkshire Classic club)
Aug 4 Croesi’r Ddfryn Dyfrdwy Trial (LLDMCC)
Oct 13 Waterside Trial (Red Rose Classic)
I had intended to ride Cheltenham Home Guard’s trial today but whilst helping to lay it out I got a nasty Hawthorn injury to the palm of my hand. It didn’t seem so bad at the time but I think there’s some wood still in there which affects my grip. Therefore; I decided to give it a miss on safety grounds.
I hear that local photographer Mike Yiend was on hand to record the event and I’m pleased to announce that Mike is using the ZENFOLIO site now. Purchasing is easy and there are lots of formats to suit everyone. Why not visit Mike’s new site HERE and support your local photographer.
Hopefully, I’ll be OK for next week at Hungry Hill.