Stroud Solo/Jack Wooldridge Trial 2020

4 09 2020

8th September::Entries have now closed, we have reached our limit.

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Entries will open at 7am on Monday 7th September via The ACU on line entry system only. There will be no postal or on the day entries. There is a maximum of 72 riders so if you want to enter, do not delay.

We hope to use the usual land for sections, but the start will be at Tinkley Lane, by the wind turbine/motoX track. Post code is GL10 3UH, approximately 1 mile out of Nymphsfield on the lane to Nailsworth. There will be no road direction markers!!

We plan to lay on 12 sections with 3 routes and the usual 50/50 options. We hope to run it as near to a normal SVMC trial as possible, but there will obviously be Covid restrictions. Sorry there will be no conducted course. There must be no practising in the parking area or on the MotoX track. We are very appreciative of the AMCA in allowing us to use their parking area only and must not abuse it.

We will need 12 observers if the trial is to go ahead. Please let Phil (07770582810) know if you can help. There will be £15 to help with your expenses and Covid conditions will be applied.

Please read the Regs especially the Covid bit. Following the guidance is vital if we are to run more trials. Remember no spectators are allowed, so travel on your own unless with a rider from the same family, or an observer.

More details will follow, so keep checking. Obviously if the Covid situation deteriorates we may have to change our plans. Fingers crossed for a good, long overdue days trialling.





The Minchinhampton Trial 2020 Update

13 03 2020

15.03.20. You can see how you did on the results page. Thank you all for your support. A challenging day for the riders and particularly the organisers and helpers. A big thankyou and well done to Rob Maller and his team for managing to run the event.

As it was traditioally a ‘novice’ trial, congratulations to Hayden Maller for winning best novice and also Richard Jenkins for best overall performance. Well done to all who completed the course, and commiserations to those who found the rain and the going too tough.

Hopefully our next event in June will see better weather and Corona virus a thing of the past. Details will follow.

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13.03.20. We have now closed the entry list, having reached our limit. If you didn’t make it please come along and offer to observe.

12 sections are marked out with the promised wet conditions in mind. Parking will be tight, please park as close together as possible.

Any updates will appear here.

 





The Minchinhamton Trial 2020

25 02 2020

The Minchinhampton Non Expert Trial at Moorhouse Farm, Brimpsfield is on 15th March 2020.
There will be 2 routes with the 50/50 option available and three laps of 12 sections are planned. Experts are welcome preferably on a pre65 or twinshock. The yellow route will be suitable for pre65s and novices.  A conducted route for youth will also be laid on if there is sufficient demand.
On line entries are open so please, please use this method, it makes planning and running the event so much easier, or postal entries as per the regs (see Western Center site). There will be no entries on the day. Numbers limit 100.
Observers will be very welcome and will receive a meal voucher and £15 towards their expenses.
We look forward to seeing you at this excellent venue. There will be signs from the B4070 south of Birdlip, or GL4 8LG will get you close. The burger van has been booked.

Hopefully the rain will cease! Updates will appear here regarding any changes.

 









The Bill Peters Trial 2020

19 01 2020

The results are posted on the ‘results’ page. Well done to Tom Culliford on his success and for joining the list of winners of this long established event.

This was one of our more challenging events to organise, with the weather a constant threat. Nathan and Oliver battled the elements on Saturday to mark out, then had to hastily re-route on Sunday morning to avoid impassable tracks and fallen trees. Without them the trial could not have gone ahead. Also many thanks to Ray for helping mark out, and wielding his chainsaw to clear the road first thing.

A special well deserved thanks goes to our observers who braved the wet and cold, real heroes.

We hope you all enjoyed your day. Our next event is The Minchinhampton Non-expert trial on 15th March at Brimpsfield. Details will appear here in due course.

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UPDATE Friday 14.02.20. We are still expecting to run on Sunday. Parking no problem, but a good test for your waterproofs!! We are marking out tomorrow. Any updates will appear here, so keep checking.

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UPDATE 11.02.20. Entry is now closed, we have reached our limit. There will be NO entries on the day. Please observe if you still want to come along.

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We are at Breakheart Quarry for The Bill Peters Trial on 16th Febuary, the first round of The Western Center Championship.

We intend to set out 12 sections of three laps, with 3 routes, the yellow option being suitable for twin-shocks and beginners. 50/50 choices mean there is a route for all abilities and machines. A conducted course will be available if there is a demand, and any complete beginners are welcome to try this.

Entries please by the online method, regs and details are on The Western Web site, although Nigel will be accepting postal ones. The limit is 100, and we usually reach this so its advisable to enter early. There will be NO entries on the day!

Observers are very welcome and will receive £15 to cover expenses and a meal voucher.

The burger van is booked, there is ample hard standing for parking and toilets are on site. We look forward to seeing you for a good days trialling. Any updates will appear here.

 

 





The Sapperton Trial 2019

21 10 2019

The results will be on the ‘results page’ now. Congratulations to Ben Lovelace on his win and to Steve Saunders , whose last ride in a SVMC event was 6 years ago, in runner up spot.

Many thanks to Nathan, Oliver and Ray for marking out the sections, they seemed about right considering the anticipated wet conditions. We had a full complement of observers, thanks to them all, and to the whole team involved.

We hope you all enjoyed the event, and appreciate your support. Our next event will be back at the same venue on 16th Febuary 2020. Details will apear in due course. If there are any volunteers who would like to help us in running our events please get in touch.

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Entries are open for The Sapperton Trial on 24th November atBreakheart Quarry. Three routes with 50/50s in between mean there is an option to suit everyone. The yellow route will be marked with pre65s and novices in mind. A conducted course will be provided if there is sufficient demand, and any newcomers to the sport are welcome to try this option.

Numbers are limited to 100. Online entry preferred, but postal option available to the secretary.

Observers as always most welcome, and £15 and a meal voucher willhelp towards their expenses.

Breakheart is an all weather venue with no issues regarding parking. Toilet facilities are provided. Signs will direct you from the A4135 one mile east of Dursley, and GL11 6ER in the sat. nav. should get you there but please check first.

 





Stroud Solo/Jack Wooldridge Trial 2019.

13 09 2019

The reults are up, see results page. Congratulations to TomCulliford on his win and well done to  Lee Hassal in a close second place. We hope you enjoyed the event, there were very few retirements despite the conditions! After nearly cancelling on Friday, we were luckily blessed with a dry day. Thanks to Martin Wooldridge for allowing us to use the farm yard, without which the parking would have been impossible. A special thanks to our full contingent of observers, also to C of C Rob Maller for marking out in dreadful conditions, and all the band of indispensable helpers.

Our next event is 24th November at Breakheart. As always if you would like to help with the running of our events do get in touch (via BVM).

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We are still hoping to run on Sunday. The parking is going to be difficult as the field is impassable except for 4wd. We can use a small area of the farmyard. Please follow parking instructions and park tight together. Remember this is a working farm, any hassle could lose us this venue. If you can share transport please do.

Its going to be ‘Nympsfield’ slippery. Plotting the sections has been a challenge! Rob will be making final tweeks tomorrow. Any updates will appear here.

We will NOT be accepting any entries on the day

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Our annual visit to Nymphsfield is on 6th October. Its a Western Championship round, but all classes will be well catered for with three routes and 50/50s in between. The yellow option will be suitable for novice and twinshock riders. A conducted course for youth and total beginners is also planned if demand is there.

Entries are limited to 100 so don’t leave it till the last minute! On line is best but cheque and postage stamp method still available. Regs/entry form will be on the Western Center web site.

Observers are always very welcome and will receive a meal voucher and £15 towards expenses. The burger van has been booked.

GL10 3UG in the sat. nav. will get you close but follow the signs. Parking may be in a different place. If you need to refuel, bring a mat (as per ACU rules).

We hope you enjoy a good days trialling at this excellent venue

 





The Ron Carter Trial 2019

19 05 2019

I have posted the results from yesterday. A big thank you to Nathan for doing the results for the first time. Any glaring major errors please let us know. We hope you enjoyed the trial, Mike, Ray and Ryan marked out the sections and from the results they seemed spot on, so all credit to the team. Many thanks to our observers, and for sorting the ’66’ – ’99’ confusion!!

Our next event is on 6th October at Nymphsfield. Details will follow.

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All looking good for Saturday afternoon. Thanks to all for entering on line, it makes the paperwork so much easier. We will accept entries on the day at £20.00, please bring your ACU license.

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We have rescheduled The Ron Carter trial for Saturday 24th August 2019, start time 2pm. All other details are as below. We look forward to seeing you at Ashmead.

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EVENT CANCELLED. The fields are waterlogged making access to parking and sections impossible. Please let others who were thinking of coming know. We are going to try and reschedule for August so watch web sites for details.

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We are at Ashmead Farm, Cam on 16th June. The venue will be signed from The Cam Tesco roundabout, or use GL11 5EN in the sat nav to get you close to the field.

Three routes will be plotted with the yellow route being suitable for novices, pre65s and twinshocks. With the 50/50 options there should be something suitable for all. Unfortunately the nature of the venue means there will be no conducted route.

The regs and entry form will be on the Western ACU site- http://www.acuwesterncentre.org.uk/ . Entries please on line if possible, or by post to the secretary. The limit is 100 so enter in good time if you want to ride.

Observers will be rewarded with a meal voucher and £15 to cover their expenses. We are always looking for for extra help with organising our trials so if you would be able to help with marking out please contact the secretary.

We will try to book  the burger van, and we look forward to a good days trialling.





The Minchinhampton Non Expert Trial 2019

4 03 2019

The results are up. Well done to Dan Sanders on his overall win and to Richard Jenkins on taking best novice. The weather came right in the end after a worrying few days of wet and windy conditions. We hope you all enjoyed the trial.

There are too many helpers to thank individually but special appreciation to Rob Maller for his first Clerk of Course duty, a great success. Everyones contribution is greatly valued. More volunteers are always needed. If you would like to be involved and put something back into the sport please offer your services.

Our next event is on June 16th. Details will appear in the usual places.

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UPDATE 15.03.19. We are now full and cannot accept any more entries, NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. Our clerk of course says the venue is wet! Parking may be an issue so we ask you to park as compactly as possible and follow instructions. The event will run if at all possible but please check back to make sure the conditions don’t beat us.

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We are running The Minchinhampton Non Expert Trial at Moorhouse Farm, Brimpsfield on 17th March 2019.
There will be 2 routes with the 50/50 option available and three laps of 12 sections are planned. Experts are welcome preferably on a pre65 or twinshock. The yellow route will be suitable for pre65s and novices.  A conducted route for youth will also be laid on if there is sufficient demand.
On line entries are open so please, please use this method, it makes planning and running the event so much easier, or postal entries as per the regs (see Western Center site). There will be no entries on the day. Numbers limit 100.
Observers will be very welcome and will receive a meal voucher and £15 towards their expenses.
We look forward to seeing you at this excellent venue. There will be signs from the B4070 south of Birdlip, or GL4 8LG will get you close. The burger van has been booked.





The Bill Peters Trial 2019

20 01 2019

The results are now in and are on the ‘results’ page. Congratulations to Kurt on his win, and to everyone for making the event a success. We hope you all enjoyed it.

Our trials would not be possible without the considerable efforts put in by the team of volunteers. Particular mention for Nathan, Oliver and Rob for doing the bulk of the course plotting and marking out, (which included replacing flags which had been vandalised during Saturday night), and Laurence for the results. Also thanks to a full quota of observers who helped the trial run smoothly.

Our next event is The ‘non expert’ Minchinhampton trial on 17th March at Brimpsfield. More details will follow.

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SORRY WE ARE NOW FULL. No more entries can be accepted, and no entries on the day. If you were unable to get a ride, please still support the event by volunteering to observe. More observers would mean more sections and may enable us in future to accept bigger entries.

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We will be at Breakheart Quarry, Dursley on 17th Febuary for The Bill Peters Trial, the second round of the Western Center Championship.

Three routes will be marked out, with 50;50 options so all abilities will be catered for and the Sportsman route will be suitable for pre65s and twinshocks. A conducted route will be available if there is sufficient demand.

Entries by post or on-line (preferred) with NO ENTRIES ON THE DAY. Regs and entries via Western site or ACU online. There is a maximum of 100 and as this event usually fills quickly an early entry is advised. Entries will close when the limit is reached.

Observers will be very welcome and offered £15 to cover expenses and a meal voucher.

Breakheart has under cover signing on, toilet facilities and is an all weather venue so only extreme weather will affect it. Any updates will be posted here.

The burger van is booked and we look forward to a good days trialling.





Harold (Sonny) Cleaver

16 12 2018

John Miles has kindly prepared this tribute:-

Harold Cleaver,”Sonny” to all his friends sadly passed away on Monday 10th December at the age of 89 after a lifetime love affair with all things motocycling.

 

Sonny was a long time Stroud Valley Member who competed in  Scrambles in the 1950’s and early 60’s. He was a tireless worker a staunch supporter at the 3 scrambles the club ran every year. He could be found running the start, a job he usually did with John Ballinger.

My first recollection of Sonny was at Nympsfield where I asked for another roll of Chestnut paling around the start and this chap appeared over the top of hill with a roll on his shoulder having carried it from the bottom. That was Sonny. (most people struggled to lift one).

Living in Tetbury he was a skilled Cotswold roof tiler, a dying art, and his skills were always needed keeping him busy all the time.

As the scrambles side of the club declined Sonny started to join the informal, mostly trials, gatherings in Bisley where he found many new friends and became a popular member of “Team Stirrup Cup” going on regular trips to the TT and coming for a few years on the spring trip to the sun in the Canary Islands.

With the start of the Pre 65 movement He found a new outlet for his energies and was able to indulge his lifelong love motorbikes until quite recently. When I visited him a couple of weeks ago he was bemoaning the fact he could no longer kick-start his Gold Star.

To sum Sonny up, a great bloke, a good friend to have and in the words of another Stirrup Cup regular “One Of Us”.  Sonny Cleaver RIP.