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Where are all the entries????

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Which part of next-door-to-Gods-own-country are you in, al_orange? I too feel blessed with the number of events close to home. Having started off without a great deal of practice time, I've found the "Gentleman's Routes" are a great starting point. Go through the start and end cards and do what you want in between. With three events under my belt now, I try to do the full easy route but occasionally dodge a bit, either deliberately or inadvertently. I do recommend it. I've done trials run by Golden Valley and Bath Classic but you do need to be over 50 or over 60 to ride a Modern in their events.

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Manx 2 day trial 2017. 225 riders in the solo's, 24 sidecars.  To date, for the 2018 event, 160 entries received so far.  This is a clubmans trial with expert sections.  Sidecars all ride the same route. Entry is minimal and travel costs are comparatively cheap.  Prior to the event is the Southern 100 road race meeting with all the TT stars in action packed pure road racing.  This two day trial is a bargain on its own,  but can be more so if you want to extend it to a weeks holiday.

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This post more to do with practising than entering trials, but the more you practice with friends it seemed to be more likely you would enter a trial at the weekend.

What I would describe as the local group of riders live several miles apart, and our practice sections are also grouped several miles apart. What used to happen was that you would ride to someones house to see if they wanted to go practicing, if yes a few others would be phoned and agreed to meet at one of the section groups. All would ride there. Over the evening we would move to other groups of sections then split up to ride home. If it got dark we still rode on the (minor) roads in about 4th gear sitting side saddle so if car lights were seen you would jump off and run alongside the bike in case it was the police. As the bikes were road legal even if it was the police they would just ask what you were doing and when you said you just got caught out when dusk fell they accepted that. Now with dodgy number plates, no horns or speedo and a ridiculously low seat they would give you a hard time and probably a ticket. Also because of high insurance and the new license restrictions many no longer have load legal bikes. This sort of practicing has now nearly died out. Now it means getting the car and trailer out and parking at one area (or inconvenience of reloading bike etc). Small fuel tanks don't help either. The vabove may not seem to be major factors but they have reduced the inclination to ride the bikes as often a we used to. There also may be a slight shift to enduro type bikes because modern trial bikes are no longer so suited to road or trail riding.

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On 13/01/2018 at 1:27 AM, dadof2 said:

This post more to do with practising than entering trials, but the more you practice with friends it seemed to be more likely you would enter a trial at the weekend.

What I would describe as the local group of riders live several miles apart, and our practice sections are also grouped several miles apart. What used to happen was that you would ride to someones house to see if they wanted to go practicing, if yes a few others would be phoned and agreed to meet at one of the section groups. All would ride there. Over the evening we would move to other groups of sections then split up to ride home. If it got dark we still rode on the (minor) roads in about 4th gear sitting side saddle so if car lights were seen you would jump off and run alongside the bike in case it was the police. As the bikes were road legal even if it was the police they would just ask what you were doing and when you said you just got caught out when dusk fell they accepted that. Now with dodgy number plates, no horns or speedo and a ridiculously low seat they would give you a hard time and probably a ticket. Also because of high insurance and the new license restrictions many no longer have load legal bikes. This sort of practicing has now nearly died out. Now it means getting the car and trailer out and parking at one area (or inconvenience of reloading bike etc). Small fuel tanks don't help either. The vabove may not seem to be major factors but they have reduced the inclination to ride the bikes as often a we used to. There also may be a slight shift to enduro type bikes because modern trial bikes are no longer so suited to road or trail riding.

Clearly though you are harping back to the 70/80s I can actually see your point, but as its 2017 riding your bike even if it were road legal isnt an option in most towns and cities in the uk.

How this relates to entries im not sure, but insurance at about 100 isnt bad, and our problems are much more than "small tanks" which is another dadoff red herring.

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