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Leven Valley hits the rev limiter in 24 hours

Kinlochleven MCC

The Kinlochleven & District organised Leven Valley Two-Day Trial, in its second year has had an amazing demand with the entry limit filled within 24 hours! Entries opened just after midnight on 1st April and closed on 2nd April.

The event, which takes place on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September, is run by local people and takes place all off road is for Twinshock and Britshock machines.

Event Secretary David Dougan told Trials Guru: “It is absolutely amazing, my postman was overwhelmed with envelopes, we only ran our first event last September and now we have had to close the entries within a days’ postal delivery, it’s fantastic. It goes to prove that Kinlochleven is truly God’s trials country when demand is as high as this”

Entrants will have their confirmations shortly from the club which was formed in the 1930s but reformed just twelve months ago.

Trials Guru is proud to support this event, Trials Guru’s founder, John Moffat said: “It’s proof yet again that when good quality events are organised that cater for the bulk of the entrants, then riders will support such events.”


Ilkley Grand National 2019 Report

Report: Barry Robinson

Photos: Lucy Ayrton

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Lucy Ayrton our photographer covering this article competes on a 125 TRRS, seen here with her grandfather Brian Ayrton.

Glasshouses electrical engineer Danny Gamble lit up the moors above Beamsley on  Saturday afternoon to ride his Sherco machine to overall victory in the Ilkley Grand National time trial. Only Gamble and Barnoldswick engineer Anthony Ayrton broke the two hour time covering three laps of moorland without an inch of tarmac. Ayrton, well into the over forties age category, won the Inter class just four minutes and three second behind the winner. Finghall youngster Robert Weatherill really hit the moors with a vengeance His descent down the face of Beamsley Beacon was awesome in speed. Bellerby’s Ryan Brown was also rapid but a sliding front wheel saw man and machine cartwheel into the into the heather. Ryan was up in a flash and motored off into distance at about the same speed. The actual times have no effect on the results as both expert three lap route and the shorter two lap club route are calculated of the average of the fastest ten finishers.

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Steve Wilde in action at the 2019 Ilkley GN – Photo Lucy Ayrton

The expert time average was 2hrs,5mins,45secs. The Clubman figures were 1hr,34mins,3 secs. Gamble, Glusburn builder Nathan Wrigglesworth, Robert Weatherill, and Anthony Ayrton did not incur time penalties. The coveted Freddy Clayton Trophy was won by Richmond Over 40’s contender Chris Tett.  The shorter Clubman route was equally difficult as the entire entry rode all twenty section but only twice. Consett visitor Chris Barnett won the class with a best on observation and no time penalties from Coverdale’s Sam Lambert who was riding his first Grand National. Time penalties dropped Howard Gulley and Ian Myers down the results order the third and fourth. British Ladies Inter class national champion Bethanie Dunning finished in ninth place beating her father Jason by two penalties. Only seven retirements were posted from a total of fifty seven starters.

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Joe Bradley (Beta) fires some Ilkley moor in the general direction of Barry Watson – Photo: Lucy Ayrton

Despite recent adverse weather conditions the ten mile lap was moderate underfoot and wheels. As in past years, a west wind and some sunshine lifts the moisture off the terrain.

The sting in the tale was section twenty where Airedale & Pennine Motor Club official John Rhodes spent much time lifting the section marker flags and washing them in any available pool of water. One spinning rear wheel in the swamp negated all John’s efforts!


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Danny Gamble (Sherco) was the winner of the 2019 Ilkley Grand National – Photo: Lucy Ayrton


Best performance: Danny Gamble (Sherco) 10 observation/0 time = 10 (Ilkley Trophy), Expert: Nathan Wrigglesworth (Beta) 21+ 0=21. (Scott Trophy). Novices: 1 Robert Weatherill (AGB Beta) 29 + 0 =29, 2 William Tolson (Beta) 33 + 2=35, 3 Arron Dugdale (Scorpa) 37+5 = 42. Best First Time: Chris Tett (Montesa) 58 + 29 = 85. Best Over 40: Anthony Ayrton (TRS) 39 + 0 =39. Team prize: Bradford A: Ayrton/Wrriglesworth/Aaron Dugdale (Scorpa) 102.

Fastest time: Danny Gamble 1hr-51 min-2 sec. Clubman class: 1 Chris Barnett (Montesa) 32 = 0 = 32 (G.A. Reed Trophy) 2 Sam Lambert (Beta) 39 + 0 =39, 3 Howard Gulley ((TRS) 35+5 = 40. Best First Time: Lewis Black (Montesa) 42 + 0 = 42. Best Over 40: John Bannister (Beta) 37 + 11 = 48.Best Over 50: Ian Myers (Sherco) 37 + 5 = 42.

Fastest Time: Chris Barnett 1.27.22.

Trial Mag Issue 74

The 74th issue of Trial Magazine is available from Thursday onwards in full colour gloss with all your Trials News, Action, Events, Product Tests, Interviews and so much more for you trials enthusiasts. As you would expect from such a high quality independent print publication in its 116 pages brought to you in full colour gloss or in digital format it carries superb images and interesting in depth articles from a team dedicated and passionate about the sport of trials.

For the subscribers check that letterbox from Wednesday onwards and in the news agents later. For all you guys on the go you can find it at most major UK airports and it is also available across all digital platforms to purchase at #pressreader or #issuu Web:

Features in Issue 74 include:

New Models: 2019 Scorpa TY 125 Classic ‘Long Ride’.

Flashback: Adam Raga 2008/2019 win’s at the Barcelona Indoor.


International: Toni Bou takes title number 13 – FIM X-Trial 2019.


In The Shadow: It’s time to talk to Aniol Gelabert.

Quick Spin: SSDT Man and Machine – Are you ready for the 2019 SSDT?

Adventure: It’s time to travel to Costa Rica for the Jurassic Three Day.


Passion: S3 Products – Lets find out more about the brand.


Catch Up: Hannah Styles has her eyes on making progress.

Family: TRS – We go walkabouts in Spain.

Reflection: Josep Raga talks about his son, Adam Raga.


Sport: S3SidecarsLadies British Championship.

Classic: Telford Show, simply the Best!

Plus all the regular features including ‘Talk Trials’ with Toni Bou, News, Paddock Pictures and so much more – Remember it’s only Trials

Richmond awards TY Ted

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Katie Astwood (Presidents Lady); Ted Harston & Vicky Andrews (RMC Awards Coordinator) – Photo: Barry Watson, Richmond

Ted Harston is a living legend in Richmond Motor Club circles.

For over three decades the Craythorne, Yarm, man has overseen the tuition and trial riding activities of youngsters from the age of four years and upwards.

His nickname is ‘TY Ted’ coined from the original TY 80cc Yamaha machine on which many riders learned their craft.

Ted has marked out trials routes suitable for beginners and observed their activities. For his services the Richmond Motor Club (Yorkshire) Ltd presented Mr. Harston the Captain’s Cup.

Photo: Barry Watson, Richmond


Schreiber goes back to new school

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1979 World Champion, Bernie Schreiber (325 Bultaco) on Pipeline in the 1980 Scottish Six Days – © – Iain Lawrie, Kinlochleven.

1979 World Trials Champion and the 1982 winner of the Scottish Six Days Trial, Bernie Schreiber has returned to the trials school arena with the launch of the ‘Schreiber Experience’ at Alvie Estate in the Scottish Highlands, some 37 years after his historic win, which is only seventy miles from where he claimed his victory.

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Photo: Giulio Mauri

Schreiber is the only American to win the SSDT in its 108 year history and the only American born winner of the World Trials crown of which he was victorious on a Bultaco.

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Bernie will run his ZER(O)BS coaching and training Experience in conjunction with the Inverness & District MCC Ltd, who promote the annual Highland Classic 2 day Trial on the Alvie shooting estate at Kincraig, a few miles south of the holiday town of Aviemore. The date set is Monday 10th June, 2019.

The training will be run over a full day which includes a classroom session and some on bike time and will be run under an SACU training permit, with guest coach Allister Stewart, Chairman of the Scottish ACU Trials Committee on hand and in a supporting role is ACU coach, Richard Allen.

Schreiber told Trials Guru: “The Schreiber Experience is something that I have been thinking about for some time. When I was invited to attend as Guest of Honour and take part in the Highland Classic, I thought it would be a good place to launch my ‘experience’ and dovetail it with my stay in the Scottish highlands over the weekend of 8/9th June. For the trial, Martin Matthews of MotoSWM is supplying me with an SWM to compete and I will use it again as my demo-bike for the experience day. My coaching techniques will be different to my old trials schools as a lot of years have come and gone since then and while the basic techniques have not changed so much as the sport. Today, there are new formulas of coaching and training that make an impactful difference in building all the fundamental riding skills. The consistent routine of these skills is the blueprint to not only improving and enjoying the ride, but finding your real potential. My big deal is you always have to have a plan. Most people have a tip, everybody’s got a tip, but few have a plan. I always say ‘a goal without a plan is nothing but a dream’ so most people dream of riding better Trials, but they don’t have a plan to ride better Trials. So I wanted to help people to build a plan to take them from where they are to where they want to be. That’s what I do with my new Experience.”

Interested parties for the ‘Schreiber Experience’ in Scotland are asked to contact the IDMCC Secretary by e-mail to obtain the necessary application form on



Classic Trial Issue 27 out now


Classic Trial Magazine Issue 27 Winter 2018

It’s that time again for all the subscribers to Classic Trial Magazine, Issue 27 should be dropping through your letterbox early this week and inside you will find all your Classic Trials News, Action, Events, Tests and so much more for you Classic – Retro addicted trials enthusiasts. It’s time to sit back and enjoy the read.

Inside and full of action you will find:

Factory Special: Restoration of the Ex-Rob Shepherd Honda 360.

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New Event: The Leven Valley Two Day in Scotland proved a winner for everyone involved including Classic Trial Magazine. 

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Mechanic: Find out about the Mick Andrews apprentice Sam Brownlee.


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Flashback North: It was a cold and wet 1968 Bemrose Trophy Trial.

Conversion: One man’s passion for the Honda TLR 250.                                                                                                            

International: It’s on the ‘Bucket’ list, the Robregordo Trial in Spain.

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Vacation: Attracting nearly 500 riders the Costa Brava Two Day Trial was the place to be despite the rain in Spain.

Reunion: A gathering to reflect on the Perce Simon Trial.

Flashback: Ice and cold came to the 1968 Cotswold Cup.

Product Feature: Wrapping is a fast and effective protection, find out more.

Sport: Once again the Kia Championship has proved a huge success.

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