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  1. Where are all the entries????

    if due to land shortage you are hiring MOD or forestry land (lets say costs of £1k to £2K) then the club has to have a real big entry to make it viable (even when that's met, then land still gets pulled). even a "normal" venue would require a decent (40+ 50+ etc) entry to pay a sensible land hire (thats without other costs like toilets). Entries of 30 and under and only any good if the land is free or a nominal fee (bottle of whiskey, free ride, etc).
  2. Thames MCC's Mike Kemp Trial

    not sure how best to show it as the forum software is playing about, i can make links to other (normal) websites but not this atempt 1 test 2 of a normal website anyway if i "trick" the software by pretending it is computer code you can copy and past the link below https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10213881468885851.1073741846.1082341744&type=1&l=7706d0abcc
  3. Sidecar observation and marking

    This is the real hard bit the course plotter needs to think in a sidecar mindset - very difficult because not all have ridden sidecars, etc what you lay out that might be really good for a sidecar can be main road for solo, and vice versa - what is easy for a solo can be really hard for a sidecar
  4. Went along to Hungry Hill today for Thames MCC's Mike Kemp trial for twinshock and P65 - Several people asked me where they could find the photos i was taking - they are here on a public facebook gallery. It was a difficult day for some following some considerable recent rain, and then at the very end the heavens opened just as we were going home. Hope the brave volunteers from Thames MCC didn't get too wet! - Thanks for a great day.
  5. Sidecar observation and marking

    the passenger can't dab or touch trees, etc - that bit is straight forward the difficult bit is when is a stop a stop - its really a different test in sidecars, especially pre65 if the sections are laid out in a certain way - eg go down a hill or round a tree, turn sharp and then straight up a big hill - that does seam to involve a very long pause as the engine is wound up!
  6. Begins and end cards

    i'm not sure if coloured card could be lacquered, a normal stationary laminator should be sufficient - hence the sacrificial strip of duct tape to staple up. Correx or "fluted display board" is available for peanuts - we sell 8x4 sheets of white at work for £8.50+vat (there are loads of other distributors all around). The only limitation would be failure of the plastic form UV exposure over the long term (ie left outside for years), other colours are available (eg orange) but are unpopular (i've whote, yellow and red). The real challenge is cost and difficulty of shipping it (easy to damage). If you were nearby i could give you some offcuts for free to play with. Several sign suppliers (not me) supply various correx clips if you wanted to cable tie up the back. Others have used other substrates to make beginners and ends cards, direction signs, etc - common sign substrates such as foam board (aka foamex) and aluminium composite (ACM/ACP/dibond, etc) would also do the job
  7. Begins and end cards

    we sell the correx at work, its really cheap but moving whole sheets (intact) via courier is not possible (we can cut them down) as to castrol arrows, i did a lot of research on them this summer as some one else asked - to get them the shade of fluorescent orange to show up so well is the challenge (as above the correx is really cheap) so flood covering sheets with vinyl or finding specialist screen printers then getting it cut to arrow shape were the two different options i was perusing. Screen printing only work if the volume is there, and i couldn't find the interest at the time (we talking about 700+ arrows). ACU rugby also looked at it but volume / unit cost defeated them too the alternative is the MWTRA (Vic madley?) sell enduro route marking arrows but they are much smaller (MD Racing the UFO importers also sell arrows) Staceys and Sons (make rider numbers from essex) also do a wide array of arrows and other events signs on A4 laminated
  8. mt43 aren't going to set the world alight as the best trials tyre but there is no reason why they shouldn't hold air. Most trials tyres now come marked "TT/TL" ie both for tubes and tubeless - they will create a seal with the rim to hold air. as many have said above check the rim tape, ideally with a water bath of soapy water (bubbles = leak). I've seen guys go around with the inner part of the wheel with silicone on every spoke top, then strips of duct tape to make a better seal....
  9. Begins and end cards

    there is a guy from Gloucestershire way who sell trials numbers who also sells them - i can't recall his name at the moment One of our guys made some new ones this year just using a4 paper/card and a laminater, i then added strips of duct tape (top and bottom) and we staple them up
  10. scoring

    the answer is there is no easy answer ... to an extent as timp says returning to "stop for a 1" would to solve part of the problem but it depends upon bold observers who are willing to make a hard decision and possible explain why they've marked accordingly. this is highly unlikely to happen as we are short of observers and will take anyone we can get and they don't want to be confrontational (in the main) this leads us straight back to our problem with non stop, who is deciding what is a stop, and will they actually enforce it (by giving a 5) when someone does "cease forward motion" jimmyl then brings us to the next part of the equation, " If the section can't be ridden no stop then c of c is at fault". In my opinion its a 3 part equation, the observer, the course plotter and the rider - all 3 have to play their part to make it work. We've all seen observers not give the right/intend/etc mark because of different interpretations of a stop. We've all seen sections laid out that can't be ridden non stop, and we've all seen riders ride a section "stopping" while other riders have ridden it "non stop". the big win of going to non-stop is we have speed up how a trial goes because we are not waiting for someone to hop and bop over something, i think we need to realise what we've achieved something valuable with the move to non stop but acknowledge we haven't the got the magic bullet
  11. So the answer is for the CofC / Trials Master (that is a good Americanism!) to have a nice chat (NSC Verbal warning) with the rider (and parents) that this is not on. The wisdom of Solomon bit is to maybe have an exemption for electric bike classes. The real hard bit is how to get the message to the riders who are missing out queue in trials and then doing the queue section several times at the end. One could get draconian and put the time a rider does the section down next to their mark, ie showing how they rode them out of sequence. One could go further and amend TSR18 to give the organiser more scope for leniency. Around here (the soft south with no rocks) some local clubs like to do start where you like of start at the section number of your last number (ie rider 67 to section 7, etc) - works well in field venues with the sections arranged around the edge in a circular fashion. i think you can stretch the end bit of TSR18 to make this legal but its not in the same spirit of the rules...
  12. That's a much more difficult question. If the practice (ie not competing) is insured by the ACU the riders need to have an ACU trials affiliation (ie licence) - which requires you to go down that medical route now other places do private practice without any insurance or insurance via another provider or through another federation. The places with any insurance (that is worth anything) would/should be asking the same basic medical questions the ACU is. However there are still many places without insurance to try, but as others have said exercise caution for not just you but the other riders around you
  13. The ACU questionnaire" ask about your vision, and thus you'ld have to answer its affected. it doesn't require your to have a road bike licence (many, many people don't including all youth!). for example down here in the south east, Ian Allaway has been a trials passengers for as long as i've been alive (and he is blind). the idea of the "rules" is not be awkward but to be safe for the rider and those riding with them, there is a much greater risk in riskier bits of the sport (road race, mx, etc) so the medical requirements are tighter there. what ever way it goes, good luck!
  14. Where are all the entries????

    i'ld like to spend ages and write a real *long* reply on this whole thread but haven't the time on this point specifically, we've had the ACU build an online entry system and have had it running for four years now - you pay online, secure, and then you turn up on the day verify you are you and sign on and go. as to how you roll this system out to clubs, to get them to use it, that is a challenge but broadly speaking we've built a system to do it all and its ready for clubs to use.
  15. best speak to the licensing department of the acu - they have a medical panel of doctors who handle "challenges" like this