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  1. partly it the pandemic partly it an onus on us (clubs / promotors / orgnaisers /etc) to provide news, previews, reports, results, etc (and i'm not good at that!) partly the internet has moved on, as others have said a club facebook page is easy to do and update but only apears to those that "do" facebook. those that are don't (and only do websites) miss out while young un's (what under 30 ???) use diffrent social media (instagram, etc) that us old un's aren't in on
  2. Yes mate, for my sins i'm on the club committee, etc and i and many others do loads of work to make it all happen. you'll find me about on wednesday night on my beta evo once i get out of work.
  3. Jon me and my team will be laying out the trial at Canada Heights. We hope to have around 15 sections with two to three routes; one easy (for newcomers), one as easy novice and one as easy intermediates. as said above no obsevers so less pressure, some sections you will find easy while others might have a skill set you hadven't mastered yet that you'll want to work on. there will be a wide array of riders there, ranging from the regular guys who ride every weekend to very occasional riders, tiwnshocks, pre65s, youths, etc (even sidecars). Erith club have a NKTC round (a covid practice trial this time) at Horsmonden this weekend, entries should still be avaliable on the ACU online entry site. Keep an eye out for Bexleyheath and OWLS club trials as well as other events around.
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    No stop

    it was that and some more. Guys were basically crashing / falling / "fiveing" obstacles (hugh steps/logs/etc) then remounting and trying again, finishing the section. Its either a well faught three or a genreous three (hell i wouldn't/couldn't ride what they did) - but the key question is, "is this trials?" my gut feals its not right. if its what people want from trials then surley these threes need to be seperated from the threes and twos and ones of the riders who have actually ridden (be it non stop or stop) the section ???
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    BTC results?

    i went and had a good day looking around. the wet weather beforehand and light showers during the day definitely make it hard to judge where the routes/sections should be. format wise, not entirely sold on the 1 minute time limit almost do whatever you want (backwards, dismount, zig zag, foot a lot, etc) to get to the ends. the car park was packed, there was a large (for BTC) entry they were using a new scoring method (i think from Berkhamsted DMCC) with smart phones and passive transponders on the riders - be interesting to see/know more about this obviously top marks to Jim and all the team at Hookwoods TC for the work they've done
  6. really depens on the event and/the bike if the event is in the same field you park in then why carry anything, if its a road trial with a 100+ mile lap you really want to think this out! if the bike is unreliable or just old then yes, but modern bike are (normally) very good for modern short course events i've a little box in my van of usual stuff (as above, tube, levers, spark plug, lanyard, etc) but for long events you want to think where you can carry items (on you or the bike)
  7. we had a french test run of paperwork checks yesterday, for only 1 day, motoway all blocked up with lorries, right where some of the good venues are in east kent are they are building a medium sized lorry park for a few thousand lorries, the big french strike of 8+ years ago went to 6000+ lorries, so the fall back plan is to shut large strenches of our motoways (and an old airbase) and park 8-10,000 lorries
  8. we won't be able to get around down here because kent is going to be turned into one great lorry park!!! ?
  9. and thus do we want to pay that? if we (ACU) charge that, would everyone sod off and join someone else / set their own federation up persoanlly the ACU is there for faciltating the sport - fighting governament regualtion, polictal lobbying, getting insurance, Health and saftey support, offcial's training, etc. In my (very humble) opinion "burning" money on helping some "pro" be a better "pro" is extravagent / a waste. on the other hand if that "pro" is really helping out at a grass routes level, say coaching/helping out newbies, plotting courses, etc then my "tollernace" for this support is higher. particualry this year / next where covid has devatstated the sports finances, this question of priorities is going to be key
  10. The calander is normally (not this year!) set in stone around late october / november time - once an event has a date, further calanders (clubs, local events, etc) are built around it and trade offs are made (clash with the SSDT yes/no, clash with the local village fete, etc, etc). Once the ball is rolling its very difficult to stop. Even when bad weather comes in, the riders, venue, club, series prmototer, etc might already be committed elsewhere. As i understand it the BTC calander is set to avoid euro trial round and the WTC, then they set the BTC (around other tentpole events like the scottish, scott, etc). Then others that ineract are set around it - eg ladies and youth rounds (some competitors do both). As i've aluded too there are often local considerations on the venue or the club (other events going on). Really we are in the UK and expect bad weather - we canceled a big event at the last minute last year in the face of simialr weather and took a lot of flack for it, however most consider trials a more all weather sport normally going on regardless of the weather. the organisers are dammed if the do or don't cancel and (would) have suffered either way
  11. the other option is to pallatise it and see if can go on a pallet courier - last time i looked for ROI you are up to ~£150. you could find someone going back to the ROI with space who might do it (shipley ??? - its not something i've ever looked into), dave is only just off the motoway here in Kent 24mx do list one, and ship around europe, but i no know one with one, while dave cooper's work is really well rated around here (but he is from here!) chris - we have the same at work UPS don't surchage the IOW but DX do. thats when site like parcel 2 go come in as they bulk buy off most couriers and sometimes you can find a way around/minimise some of these surcharges by moving away from your usual courier. For ROI work this halves my costs at work.
  12. try looking at specalist parcel sites (such as parcel 2 go) that will collect from the UK and send to the ROI, this has halved my courier bill at work. but i'ld imagen the parcel is going to be large and heavy.
  13. the feedback on the the mitas 400x18's are they are "hard" (hard wearing / not soft) similar too the vee rubber. Vee rubber and Cheng Shin might also do one (been a long time since i sold tyres!)
  14. "initial Local Authority approval will still be required prior to any planned event" i just hope everyone is / has been doing this
  15. rabie


    if you are riding a lot on mud (we do down here) then its proably like a 50:50 split IRC to michelin (Dunlop aren't really seen much down here) if you are on rock (i infer you are) then it seams to be a split between Dunlop and Michelin the x-llight save weight but for most riders thats not an issue if you are really tight then the pirelli is cheaper (much more hard wearing for road work) and then there are cheaper ones still (vee rubber, cheng shing, etc, etc)
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