News

02/05/2021

A healthy sixty nine competitors lined up for the Mendip Vale Traders Trial at their excellent Chewton Mendip, Somerset venue, courtesy of the Waldegrave Estate Office, who have supported the running of the Event for the last four years (excluding last year of course).

 

The event normally runs as a round of the Wessex Centre Championship, but with that on hold this year, five routes were available, run as a Club Trial.

 

South West visitor, Ben Lovelace kept his cool, to pip current Wessex Centre Champion, Lee Hassell, by just one mark on the Expert course, with Gareth Talbot, brother of BVM Moto's, Craig, third.

 

On the Clubman Expert Route, former Wessex Champion and now usually once a year rider - just the SSDT !, Scott Cameron, on a nicely restored 240 Fantic, headed the entry home. Ty Kellett, trying a Trial for a change, was not far behind, with Kev Nicholas, another former Championship contender third.

The Clubman route was headed up by another SW visitor, Lee Wiggins and near neighbour Jason Attwell, second on his Twinshock Honda. With Mendip Vale's, Tom Pike, part of the  Club Course plotting team, having a good ride to take third from Mark Talbot.

 

Stuart Thatcher - wanting a warm up return, led  the Sportsman Class, with Andy Blacker putting his Whitehawk into second spot, ahead of the much travelled Dai Clothier, running in his new TRS.

 

A mid event shower made things "interesting" for the second lap, for most, but the going quickly recovered when the sun returned.

 

With only a handful of retirements, some mechanical and plenty of compliments from the riders, this was a welcome return to the sport.

Results are here

20/03/2021

ENTRIES FULL

After just an hour the entries for the Traders are now Full. Thanks for all the interest, if you would like to observe or bring an observer we will need to book you in so please get in touch.

19/03/2021

Well what a year! After the long break we are happy to be back!

Best set your Alarm Clocks for Saturday as Entries for Mendip Vale's Traders Trial go live on the ACU web site at 08.00am.

We will be running at Chewton Mendip on 1 May which is a SATURDAY !. Start time 1.30pm with a 4.0pm finish, as we need to keep things moving under the Covid Rules for the event.

Entries are limited to 60, but we will need a minimum of 40 to run the Event. No Entries on the day or after the closing date.

Spectators are NOT allowed, but we ideally need 12 Observers, which have to be "pre-booked" and Signed On before the Event. We will be making a small payment to Observers, so if you are a rider, it will help offset your Entry Fee !. We will sign Observers up on a "first come, first served" basis and again we cannot run the Event without having the Sections covered in advance.

Finally this will be a Club only Event, but membership if required, is covered by the Entry Fee

Entry Here

20/02/2020

Breaking News ! -  a date for the Diary. We have been fortunate enough to be able to again secure the use of the excellent Waldegrave Wood at Chewton Mendip, Somerset, for our Traders Trophy trial,  on 18 April, but as before this has to run on a Saturday !. 

 

The courses will be entirely off road and cater for Expert, and Youth Expert on the "A" Route. Clubman Expert, Clubman, Over 40 and Youth A on the "B" Route. Novice, Over 50, Youth B and Twin Shock on the "Sportsman Route". The Clubman Expert Course will be a 50/50 A and B routes combination. 


The Traders is a round of the Wessex Centre Championship but the various routes Club will cater for all the  Championship Categories, so come along and give it a go.


The venue is all off road, but NO PARKING at the Sections, which are a short walk from the start at the Waldegrave Estates Office Car Park. Signposted from A39/Cheddar Road junction on the A39 at Chewton Mendip. Start time 1.30.

 

Please note, on- line (here) and postal entries (here) are available now. Entries close on 15 April, but will be accepted on the day for an additional charge.

Riders who bring an observer will have their entry fee refunded too so be sure to bring some help!

27/01/2020

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Winterhead Trial yesterday, we hope you all had a good time and didn't get too soggy!

Results are here

21/12/2019

We are kicking off the New Year with our Club Winterhead Trial on 26 January.

Venue is the excellent Churchill Rocks, so not to be missed and will be signposted on the A38, at Churchill south of Bristol. Post Code BS25 5PP. Start time 10.30. Enter on the day or in advance, with  reduced rate for Youths. Year and Day Licenses also available.

If you're not a club member or don't want to join for the year, then day membership is complimentary with the entry fee.

The course will be entirely off road and cater for all abilities - Expert, Clubman and Clubman Expert, Sportsman, Sportsman Plus, Novice, Twinshock and Youth A/B. Online Entry is here and entry form is here.

15/12/2019

Thanks to all who turned out to the Turkey Trial to ride or observe, we hope you all had a good day. Results are here.

 

Our next trial is in Churchill on the 26th January so see you there!

03/11/2019

We're counting down to Christmas, so that means the Mendip Vale Club are on the case for organising their next event - the Turkey Team Trial, on 14 December.


One again they will be at  the all weather Binegar Quarry for this year's Trial. Format will be as usual, with Team and Fancy Dress awards, a Raffle for the Observers and Hotdog and Chips at a nearby Pub, afterwards, for the presentation of the Awards.


 Start is at 12.00. Binegar Quarry will be signed off the A37, at Gurney Slade. The course will cater for riders of all abilities, solo modern and twin shock, with On-Line Entries available now, or on the day if you prefer.

 

Riders will be allocated into teams of five, to complete for the first prize of a Turkey, second prize a Chicken and the "duffers" who come last a Plum Pudding !.

The venue is ideal for anyone to have a go, regardless of ability and any rider who takes on the additional challenge of competing in Fancy Dress will be eligible for a separate award.  Observers also get a ticket for a guaranteed prize in their own Raffle, so riders - bring a "volunteer".

To ensure everyone gets to the Pub about the same time, the Club will be starting people in groups in locations around the Course with  a 3.0pm close on the Sections, which will be plenty of time to get around.

The food, along with the Prize Giving and Awards, all included in the Entry Fee, will be at the nearby George Inn, Gurney Slade,immediately after the event.

 

Due to limited space at the Pub, Car Parking will be signed from the junction opposite and is only 100 yards away, so please don't congest the Pub and Lane. 

Enter on-line here, or on the day. Entry Form is here

17/09/2019

Summer is done and dusted so we have our first Trial coming up on 27 October with the Brockley Cup Trial at Crox's Bottom, Chilcompton.

 

As this is a Club event, the format will be the preferred mix of sections, with separate routes for Expert, Clubman and Novice and another 50/50 combination for Clubman Expert, along with Sportsman and Sportsman Plus, so there will be plenty to choose from for all abilities. Youth A & B Classes are also catered along with Twin Shocks. 

 

All in all, five routes, all off road and stop allowed, which the top guys like for the harder course and benefits all the other routes as well.

 

The venue will be signed from the junction of the A37/B3139, north of Shepton Mallet. Start time 10:30 and entries accepted on the day.

 

We are hoping the weather will be kinder to us this year, so hopefully no vehicle slalom's in the adjacent field which we have again for Parking !. See you there.

Entry Form is Here

16/08/2019

We are kicking off our 2019 Trials season this year with the Brockley Cup Trial on 27 October with a return to Crox's Bottom, Chilcompton, where hopefully the weather will be kinder to us than it was last year !.

 

As this is a Club event, the format will be our preferred mix of sections, with separate routes for Expert, Clubman and Novice and another 50/50 combination for Clubman Expert, along with Sportsman and Sportsman Plus, so there will be plenty to choose from for all abilities. Youth A & B Classes are also catered along with Twin Shocks. 


 

Five routes, all off road and stop allowed, which the top guys like for the harder course and benefits all the other routes as well.

 

The venue will be signed from the junction of the A37/B3139, north of Shepton Mallet. Start time 10:30 and entries accepted on the day.

 

Hopefully we will have the use again  of the adjacent field for Car Parking, so parking in the lane can be avoided  but rest assured if we need to park in the lane, the verges are plenty wide enough and flat.

Entry Form is here

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Winner of Traders Cup Trial 2021 Ben Lovelace

Photo Courtesy of Linda Ashford

Contact: Andy Leahy Tel: 01275 878220 Tom Pike E-mail: pikels_31@yahoo.co.uk