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ISDE 2000 Website

For information on the 75th International Six Day Enduro in Granada, Spain from 31st Oct to 5th Nov 2000:

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Practise Tracks


Dutch 2 Day

Open Dutch Champion
Enduro a two day event which will take place in the East of Holland in a
small village called Vorden the meeting is on 24-25 nov-2000 and the
organiser is the VAMC 00-31-575-554118 http://www.braakhekke.nl/


Dyfi Rally
Results


Saintoft
Results


Rally of Discovery


A Trailriding Weekend in the Wye Valley & Black Mountains

18th & 19th November


UK Supercross


Getting Started

A Guide to Enduro Riding based on the booklet produced by the John Cadogan & the Cambrian Council of Welsh Motor Cycle Clubs.


Trials News

Dougie Lampkin secured his 4th World Trials Championship at the Grand Prix of France in Valdeblore - 24/25th June, 2000.


Trail riding in Wales
with Andy Melton.plus GAS GAS owners discussion group.


Trail Riding in France

Chris Evans

sport-adventure.com


Trail Riding in Spain


St.Petersburg

St.Petersburg Off Road Club run an annual 1000km event circumnavigating Lake Ladoga near St.Petersburg. Next year's it will include bikes & takes place from 2nd to 10th June 2001. The event is fully supported with an advanced party building the camp each night & preparing food etc plus air cover for accidents. The regulations (in English) should be out soon.


New Race in Spain


Le Touquet Beach Race 2000 Results


Reviews

DRZ400E

Yoshimura DRZ400

KDX200 - 220

YZ400F

WR400F

TT250R

2k Huskys

GAS GAS


Sunday 19th December


Eclipse 1999 Spectacular photography


ACU Handbook 2000

The ACU Handbook contains the Standing Regulations under which ACU events are run. The 2000 Handbook contain some important changes to the procedure for allocating numbers at British Championship rounds & a new section relating to the Ladies Championship.


North of England Enduro Championship online


Tommi guns it!

Tommi Hakinen - World Rally champion - can't resist the full off-road experience on two wheels while passing through the Sand Quarry in the Crychan Forest on the 1999 Network Q Rally of Great Britain.


Paris-Dakar-Cairo 2000


The Ridgeway

137 km long trail along an ancient chalk ridge route over the North Wessex Downs & the Chilterns from Avebury to Aylesbury.


Useful Tips

If an unknown spectator offers you advice on the best route through boggy ground. Don't take it. Ride directly at him as he will be standing on firm ground.

Dangerous hazards are marked with two crossed arrows & other hazards are indicated by groups of grinning marshals.

If you & your mate are on foot & faced with a ferocious dog, don't try to outrun the dog, outrun your mate.

Fit a grease nipple into your headstock. By forcing grease into the headstock water & dirt are forced out of the bearings.

Carry a small padlock to pass through a hole in your disc/rear sprocket if you have to leave your bike unattended.

Cut old inner tubes into strong rubber bands. Possible uses: Looped around the head steady to support a loose kick-start, looped around the swinging arm to support a loose side stand, wrapped around your bumbag to re-inforce the zip, wrapped around a file/machete tang as a replacement handle, as a tourniquet, etc,

Check spokes when changing tyres or tubes

Before tapping out worn wheel bearings check they are not secured in place by a circlip.

New wheel bearings can tapped into place with a socket the same diameter as the outer race.

Don't eat or drink after an accident as you may require an anaesthetic.


Archive

Beacons 2000

Millenium 2000

Cambrian Rally 2000

Snowrun 2000

Welsh Trail Riders Association Annual General Meetings

Millenium 1999

Eppynt 1999

Cambrian 1999

1999 FIM World Enduro Championship 2nd Round

ISDE 1998

Snowrun 1998


Index

For easy recognition at events, WTRA officials wear jackets with their initials on the front & back.
BJ: Bob Jeffries
BM: Bob Mullins
BP: Bob Perring
BG: Bob Griffiths
CL: Chris Lee
DB: Derek Barton
DZ: Dizzy Gillespie
IP: Ian Preece
KD: Keith Davies
PB: Peter Brookes
PD: Paul Davies
PW: Phil Wilkinson
RP: Russell Preece
TD: Alan Taff Davies
SW: Steve Williams


Welsh 4-Stroke Series 2000

Started in 1980 and now in the 21st year of running; the Welsh 4-Stroke Series will be contested this year over the following events and scored as per The ACU British Championship Events:
Rd1 - Snow Run 6 th Feb.
Rd2 - Powys 4th June.
Rd3 - Brechfa 9th July.
Rd4 - Tour of Wales 16th July.
Rd5 - Mountain Top 23rd July.
Rd6 - Eppynt 20th August
Rd7 - Radnor 10th Sept.
Rd8 - Ceri 19th November


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WTRA at Dirt Rider Expo
Photo: Mick Macleod

The Welsh Trail Riders Association has a stand (D18) at the new Dirt Rider International Expo at Stoneleigh 30th November - 3rd December. Bob Jeffries, Peter Brookes, Taff Davies, Steve Williams, Chris Lee & Bob Mullins will be promoting the club & the forthcoming Welsh ISDE 2003. Regs for the Cambrian 2001 & the Snowrun 2001 are be available. The original Dirt Bike Show at Donnington is taking place at the same time.


Welsh 4S Championship

Gary Parr won this year's Welsh Four Stroke Championship. Alun Davies was 2nd & Craig Chadwick was 3rd. Others: 4.Cefin Edwards, 5.Wayne Williams, 6.Anthony Blower, 7.Jason Nash, 8.GaryNewman, 9.Steve Ireland, 10.G.Jung.


Brassed Off

Broadhembury MC has cancelled their 2001 Brass Monkey Enduro. Permission to use a vital part of the course has been withdrawn due to the wet conditions.


par_quad.jpg (19695 bytes)Welsh Rider wins Quad Championship

38 year old Paul Rowlands from Howey near Llandrindod Wells has been crowned British Quad Enduro Champion for the year 2000. He clinched the title on his 660 Raptor at the final round at Tilton on the Hill, Leicester. The Runner up was Andy Noble and 3rd came Duncan Irons.


WTRA AGM

The Welsh Trail Riders Association's 27th Annual General Meeting was held in the White Hart Inn Machen on Thursday 23rd November 2000. Club Secretary - Steve Williams - read the minutes before Bob Jeffries gave his Chairman's report. Bob outlined the previous year's activities: Giveaway Raffle, Curry Night, Myddfia Run, Snowrun, John Shattock Run, Cambrian Rally, Beacons, Eppynt, MX & Bonfire nights. He thanked Peter Brookes for his liaison work with Forest Enterprise. He explained the implications of the new ACU membership/licence scheme & proposed that WTRA membership for 2001 should be free. Organisers would have their ACU membership paid by WTRA. Club night attendance has dropped off recently & Bob suggested that the club should move back to the Cross Inn near the Gabalfa flyover in Cardiff. Derek Barton - Treasurer - reported that the club's savings had fallen from �15,000 to �10,000 partly as a result of the �3,000 loss on the Beacons but club had acquired assets such as the quad, trailer, chainsaws, clocks, etc. Social Secretary/Liaison Officer - Chris Lee - was absent but sent news that he was preparing the Giveaway Raffle & Curry Evening. Right of Way Officer - Stuart Dodswell - reported the new Rights of Way Bill had become bogged down with over 300 amendments. Sports Secretary - Peter Brookes - reviewed the club's 4 successful events in 2000 & thanked everyone for their efforts. The start of the 2001 Snowrun will be in the top quarry near Cefn Ludlow. The Cambrian Rally will be Easter Monday as the Army range is booked on the Sunday. The Beacons will start in the quarry off Gardiner's Way on the Army range. The Eppynt will be reversed. Entry Secretaries for 2001 will remain: Keith Davies - Snowrun & Beacons, Bob Jeffries - Cambrian Rally, Bob Mullins - Eppynt. Membership Secretary - Ian Preece - reported that the club had 250 full members. Any other business: The club is looking to purchase a container to permanantly store equipment in Llandovery. Paul Davies volunteered to be responsible for the store. Representatives of the club will be attending a meeting of the ACU in Rugby on 2nd December. The meeting is being held to discuss the lack of Championship rounds in 2001 but club members will take the opportunity to expressing their concern at the ACU's apparent lack of progress towards ISDE 2003. Prior to the election of officials, Bob Jeffries announced he would like to stand down as Chairman. Peter Brookes proposed that Bob be made President of WTRA to mark his tremendous contribution to the club.

Officials for 2001:
Chairman Bob Mullins Elected
Secretary Steve Williams Re-elected
Treasurer Derek Barton Re-elected
Sports Sec. Peter Brookes Re-elected
Membership Ian Preece Re-elected
Social/Liaison Chris Lee Re-elected
Safety/Envir. Russell Preece Re-elected
Rights of Way Stuart Dodswell Re-elected
Chief Marshal Alan Bale Elected
Quartermaster Paul Davies New position

CCM Investment

CCM Motorcycles has received a 2m investment from the venture capital group Murray Johnstone Private Equity. Carl Fogarty's wife Michaela has also taken a stake in the Blackburn based company. CCM was set up in 1971 & produced 250 600cc machines in 1999. The investment will be used to expand CCM's range of bikes & increase production.


Rhayader MC H & H Series

Rhayader Motor Club are staging a 3 Round Hare & Hound Series in 2001. The first round which is a new event for the club will be held in Cwmysgawen Forest, near Rhayader, Mid-Wales on Sunday 18th February 2001.The last time this Forest was used by the Club was at their last British Championship Enduro back in 1997. The course will be approx 5 miles per lap of forestry tracks. There are classes for all abilities - from Beginners through to Experts as well as Trail, Over-40's as well as Ladies.y forms for our Hare 'n Hounds to be held on Sunday 18th February 2001. Riders are urged to book up early to guarantee their ride as the Club have restricted the entry to 120.

Regs


ISDE 2000

The 75th International Six Day Enduro took place in Granada between 31st Oct & 5th Nov against the dramatic backdrop of the snowcapped Sierra Nevada mountains. 530 riders (motoladero) competed over a course that covered 214kms on days 1,2,5 & 243 kms on days 3,4. Day one began with Stefan Merriman recording the first test of that day 7 seconds faster than the next rider. Meanwhile on the highest point of the whole course - 2000m. above sea level between control 1 & 2 - problems started to build up as motolanero 220 onwards queued on a blocked climb which began to resemble a smouldering hill fire with steam rising into the thin Sierra Nevada air. The same loop Day 2 was less of a problem. The rules on "outside assistance" were very strictly applied with 5 riders excluded on the 1st day for allowing an assistant to lube their chains. On Day 3&4 the course went northeast of Granada over some sceinic landscape. Between control points 3 & 4, 2 switchback climbs which had become greasy after overnight rain proved to be a challenge for the field. After No1 Juha Salminen cleared the top of the 2nd climb 10 minutes passed before a trickle of muddy motoladeros appeared including some tough British trial masters. The rest of the controls although ridden were wiped from the results.

As with the 1999 ISDE in Portugal, the final day was cancelled as dust on the MX tests was considered to be dangerous.

On the whole a fairly tough event with nearly all of the British riders finishing including Patsy Quick the only lady to do so.

The overall winner was Stefan Merriman & the runner up was Mika Ahola. 33 nations competed for the Trophy: Italy (1st), Sweden (2nd), Spain (3rd). The British team was 9th. In the Junior Cup the winner was Spain (GB 8th). 86 teams competed in the club class, Wales A was 19th & Wales B 28th. The Best Manufacturer was KTM. Chile won the Watling Cup. Juha Salminen won the 125 Class. Best Britsih 125 was Edward Jones (36th gold). Other 125 GB finishers: Steve Roper (gold), Dylan Jones (silver), Andrew Edwards (silver), Simon Evans (silver), William Jones (silver), Wyn Hope (silver). Mika Ahole won the +175 class. Best British +175 was Paul Edmondson (6th gold) ahead of David Knight (7th gold). Other +175 GB finishers: Wayne Braybrook (gold), Euan McConnell (gold), Mark Vaughan (silver), Craig Bounds (silver), Neil Williams (silver), Jonathan Williams (silver), Derek Little (silver), Ian Harkes (silver), Andrew Elliot (bronze), Patsy Quick (bronze). Matteo Rubin won the 250(4s). David Johns was 16th (silver). Other finishers: William Buchanan (bronze), Gary Wigston (bronze). In the 400 class Jason Fraser was 23rd (silver). Other finishers: Stephen Hunt (silver), Nicky Beavitt (silver), Darren Wilcox (silver), Peter Burke (bronze). Ander Eriksson won the 500 class from runner up Kari Tiainen. ACU awards - Meeten Award: Paul Edmondson, Prince Award: David Knight, Tim Ward Award: Steve Hunt, WMF Award: MCC Wales "A".


SSDT Regs available

Regs for the 2001 Scottish Six Day Trial at Fort Wlliam on 7th / 12th May 2001 are available from Ally Finlay, SSDT 2001, 6, Greystone Terrace, Invergowria, Perthshire, DD2 5RH. The organisers - Edinburgh & District MC - have already posted 400 sets of regs & with a maximum of 275 places available the event is expected to be heavily oversubscribed & subject to a ballot. Entries close 18th December, 2000.


Cambrian Classes

The 2001 Cambrian Rally will have 4 classes. 1:Trail - for trail bikes on trail tyres with pillion footrests & indicators. Multicylinders may use FIM tyres. 2:Rally - for trail bikes on any road legal tyre. 3:Sports - any 4 stroke bike on any road legal tyre or any 2 stroke bike on trail tyres. All bikes must have lights. No entry for the sports bike class will be accepted until 6 weeks after the publication of the regulations. 4:Scooter. Strict noise limit (92dba) will be applied to ALL bikes. All bike must have lights & a horn powered by the bike's generator. Only the Trail class will compete for the Premier.


Watts wins GNCC

Australian Shane Watts beat Paul Edmondson by 1 second in the final round of the US 2000 Grand National Cross Country Championship on Sunday 22nd October. Watts overtook Edmondson 3 corners from home to pip the British rider at the post & take the series by 3 points. Although disappointed Edmondson was quite pleased with his result having had to contend all sorts of problems midway through
the series.


Weston Beach Race

A fine autumn day attracted a record crowd of 60,000 spectators to the 18th annual Weston Super Mare Beach Race on Sunday 22nd October. This 3 hour Hare & Hounds takes place over a 4 mile course excavated out of the Weston seafront against the backdrop of the grey Bristol Channel. 1999 winner David Knight rode with a broken bone in his foot & held second place for some time before experiencing electrical problems. British MX Champion Gordan Crockard was a non-starter due to a wrist injury. 1998 winner Mark Hucklebridge led from the start on a 250cc Kawasaki & completed 25 laps to win. Welshman Neil Prince was 2nd & 5 times winner Rob Meek was third. 1998 British Enduro Champion Ady Smith was 4th.


FIM Congress

The 2000 FIM Congress took place last week at Vilamoura in Portugal. The FIM Junior Cup for riders under 23 years old has been cancelled & from 2003 the capacity classes will be aligned with MX:

2 Stroke
50cc - 85cc
100cc - 125cc
175cc - 250cc

350cc - 500cc
4-stroke
75cc - 125cc
175cc 250cc
290cc - 450cc
475cc 650cc

Paul Edmondson

British rider Paul Edmondson won the US Hare Scrambles series at Bloomingdale, Missouri on Sunday 15th October, 2000.

Press Release


Enduro Forum

The ACU Enduro Committee have simplied the numbering system for riders in the 2001 British Championship rounds. The top ten Championship riders only will be allocated their numbers based on their final position in the 2000 series. Only 3 clubs have confirmed they will be running Championship rounds in 2001: Diss MC (Breckland), WTRA (Beacons) & Army MC (Natterjack).


European Ladies Championship

Top British Lady rider & WTRA member - Katrina Price - has won the European Ladies Enduro Championship at the final round in Tomar, Portugal on 6th - 8th October. Katrina had won each of the three previous rounds in Portugal, Hungary & Poland. Patsy Quick was the runner up.


Promoting ISDE 2003

The Welsh ISDE 2003 committee met at Ross on Wye on Wednesday 26th Sept. 2000 to hear from ACU Financial Director Brian Bonny that Sportslot has refused Lottery funding. The committee has until end of February 2001 to seek additional sources of sponsorship/funding to allow the event planning to develop to a positive conclusion. "We all want to see the ISDE back in Wales after a gap of 20 years. It is the most prestigious off-road event worldwide in the annual FIM calendar & we are not about to sacrifice the work & effort over the last two years when there is still the possibility of raising the required outside financial support that we need." Alan King. UK FIM representative.

Clubs & individuals can support the ISDE 2003 by promoting the event on the net. Insert the ISDE 2003 logo on your site & link it to: www.isde.co.uk


Hafren Rally

Results


2001 Dates

ISDE, World Round, British Championship, Fast Eddy, Welsh 2 day dates posted.


Natterjack 2000

David Knight wins.

Results


Winter Training

Ady Smith, Paul Edmondson & Yamaha Off Road Experience offer courses of instruction for riders of all abilities.

Dates posted.


Bere Regis

Andy Frost wins SCEC Talon/DC Chain/Pro Grip Championship Hare & Hounds at Bere Regis on Sunday 17th September.

Results


Glan Yr Afon

Glan yr Afon Hare & Hounds was the 6th & final round of the E.R.Williams Hare & Hounds Championship.

Results Overall Results


WTRA Championship 2000

The Welsh Trail Riders Association's 2000 Champion is Steve Griffiths from Caerphilly on a Wayne Mounter KTM with Wyn Hughes of Llanidloes as runner up. The Best Expert is Brian Collins from runner up Paul Rowlands. The Best Clubman is Andy Frost with Steve Watson as runner up. The Best Over 40 is Austin Chivers. The Best 4 Stroke is Alun Davies from runner up Gary Parr (based on penalty points). Riders who competed in more than one class are awarded points in the lower class.

Full results


Fast Eddy 3

The 3rd & final round of Paul Edmondson's Fast Eddy series took place at Hawkstone Park in Shropshire on Sunday 3rd September. The Fast Eddy format consists of a short circuit Clubman race in the morning with Expert race in the afternoon & the final round attracted a full entry of 500 riders. For the spectators, the main event was to have been the competition between Paul Edmondson & the current ACU Enduro Champion David Knight. Unfortunately the clash did not materialise as Knight was forced to retire with a broken rear shock. Officials stopped the race in the 3rd hour due to a shortage of ambulance cover. Edmondson (Kawasaki) led from the start & won impressively from runner up Ady Smith (KTM). Mark Vaughan was 3rd (Honda). Ady Smith was the overall series winner.

Results


wayne.bmp (178618 bytes) Eppynt 2000

Results Video & Photographs


The Championship Debate

The aspect of Enduro which annoys most people is the noise. It is the persistent & increasingly high pitched whine that comes from the Championship Class. An article & letter in TMX - criticising the Dyfi - is an example. Andy Waters of Diss MC has posted the following reply:

I wish to respond to the letter in last week’s TMX concerning the recent MWTR organised Dyfi British Championship Enduro. Irrespective of the problems highlighted, I feel it quite unjust and not in the long term interest of the sport to be so critical of an organising team that has put so in much effort, for so many years. MWTR association, which consists of a very small band of enthusiasts, mostly non competitive riders, have freely given their time up to organise events such as the Ceri, Powys and Dyfi for a period of 20 years or more. 95% of riders who have ridden these events will tell you that they have had a thoroughly good day’s sport. It is important that events such as this are not lost as result of feedback given in a negative, rather than a positive manner.

Having ridden and organised events of various status for a number of years, I very much doubt whether the author of the letter, and as a matter of fact, most of the current Championship riders have any idea about the time, effort and commitment that is required to run a British Championship enduro, irrespective of whether it is successful. The author, I believe, was also trying to compare the Dyfi with a short course, multi lap Fast Eddy event. Having organised a hare and hounds event for a number of years, I would like to emphasise that it takes less than 5% of the effort when compared with the event such as the Breckland. In terms of profit for effort put in, the short course event is a much better financial proposition. However, like most clubs, we are not in the sport for profit and we are prepared to run events that require a lot of effort for the benefit of riders.

Whilst I would like to wish Paul Eddy every success with his venture, and I am sure he will succeed, I can hardly support the statement by Jonty that Eddy, with these events, has done more for enduros than the ACU has done for 10 years. The concept of short course events are not new, some clubs have been running them for many years. From a personal view, whilst we still have land for ‘proper’ enduros available, we should make use of it. The UK, and in particular Wales, has some of the finest riding terrain in the world and the 500 riders who entered the recent Welsh 3 day, and 300 riders who entered Sunday’s fabulous Eppynt enduro, are testimony of this. If we want to improve and develop our top riders, we must retain ‘proper’ long course enduros – when did the Americans who tend to specialise in short course events, last win the ISDE Senior Trophy?

In terms of Jonty’s criticism of the ACU, I would like to stress we are the ACU, riders, officials and marshals. Having attended meetings at Rugby, I can only tell from experience, that the Trials and Enduro Committee are a very dedicated team whose prime aim is the interest of the sport. Many times the attendance of ‘top riders’ have been requested for the Rugby meeting, in most cases, as with help in setting out and clearing up events, very little interest has been shown.

If the British Enduro Championship is to survive, yes we do need to improve standards of some events. Nobody would dispute this. However, to take this forward, clubs need encouragement, support and more importantly assistance in organising them, not negative feedback which is very easy to give, without much effort.

Yours in Sport

Andy Waters, Diss MCC

Postscript: This year's WTRA Beacons British Championship Enduro took 6 months of preparation; 6 weekends of chainsawing, bridge building, bulldozing; 40 members gave their time to marshal the event & the club lost �3,000+. No member of the Championship Class offered to assist the club in any way.


Dyfi

The Dyfi - 4th round of the ACU British Solo Enduro Championship - took place on Sunday 6th August. Paul Edmondson won the 1st day before retiring. The overall winner was David Knight.

Results


WTRA Committee Meeting

A meeting of the committee of Welsh Trail Riders Association took place on Thrusday 3rd August at the White Hart Inn, Machen. Present were Bob Jeffries, Bob Perring, Keith Davies, Taff Davies, Peter Brookes, Bob Mullins, Steve Williams, Derek Barton, Russell Preece, Ian Preece. After the reading of the minutes, there was a review of the Beacons. Despite a good entry, the club lost �3,000. The loss was result of new costs incurred in re-instatement, bridge building & land use. The committee expressed it's appreciation of the work done by Peter Brookes as Clerk of the Course. The lack of expressions of appreciation by riders for the organiser's months of paperwork & weeks of clearing will result in events of this scale becoming rarer occasions. A proposal to incorporate the Championship into the Eppynt - if Forest Enterprise land becomes unavailable - was rejected as it might change the perception of a popular Clubman event. The rest of the evening was taken up by a discussion of future events in the light of a meeting on 5th July between Forest Enterprise - managers of the Crychan - & representatives of ACU/Welsh clubs. This website is temporarily complying with the FE direction to refain from publishing any information regarding FE proposals to further restrict WTRA access to the Crychan. An ACU meeting to discuss land access will be held on the 12th August.


ISDE 2003 Forum

A Public Meeting was held on Thursday 22nd June in the Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells to discuss the plans for the forthcoming Welsh 2003 International Six Day Enduro. The meeting was chaired by John Collins as Ted Bartlett & Frank Carter were unable to be present. 25 representatives of Welsh clubs attended including Geriant Jones, Malcolm & Annie Bates, Vic Madeley, Elwyn Price, Mike Davies, Mike Kilvert, etc as well as WTRA members Peter Brookes, Bob Jeffries, Steve Williams, Bob Mullins, Taff Davies, Julian Bishop, Colin Jones & Derek Barton. In his introduction, John Collins emphasised that this was not a WTRA event & it's success would require the co-operation of all the Welsh clubs as well as agencies outside Wales. Alan King then outlined the history of the proposal from WTRA's initiative to the Cambrian Council in 1998 up to the FIM acceptance against counter bids from Brazil & Finland in February this year. Peter Brookes then presented the proposed route for Day 1-4. The start will be in the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells. The Day 1 route will be 2 70 mile laps of the Eppynt Army ranges reversed on Day 2 & Day 3 will be in the Crychan reversed on Day 4. The Day 5 & 6 routes were left open as a opportunity for the Mid Wales centre to become involved. At this pinot the meeting was opened up for discussion. Subjects discuss included: the budget - the ACU has agreed to underwrite the event which will be approx. �500,000, erosion, the advantage & disadvantage of a long/multi lap course - the FIM refuelling rules favour multi lap courses, flooding of the showground, event insurance, television & sponsorship, the selection of a Clerk of the Course, etc. The Mid Wales representatives then voted to promote the event within their individual clubs & it was agreed that another meeting should be held in 6 months.


Scottish 198 Day Trial

WTRA member Bob Griffiths has competed in & completed the past 33 Scottish Six Day Trials.


Welsh Motorcycle Federation

The Cambrian Council for Motorcycle Sport has changed its name to the Welsh Motorcycle Federation. The new Enduro committee chairman is David Vaughan (an ex ISDE team manager & father of Mark) & Aitch Lewis is the vice chairman. Kenny Williams is confirmed as Welsh Team Manager for the 2000 ISDE with Mike Davies as his assistant.


Dcp00429.jpg (193562 bytes)Is it Art?

Alan Taff Davies recently took this picture of a piece of last year's World Round marking containing over 20 staples. He considers it to be the work of a primitive but closer examination reveals it to be a much more important collaborative work. The combination of post modern Neo-classicism & Pre-war German Expressionism creates an installation that is resonant of Man's eternal struggle with Nature. It was included in the Beacons Exhibition & is enigmatically entitled Straigth On - Day 2.


Time up for cards?

Paul Edmondson held an invitation "PR" session on Easter Monday at Brownhills motocross circuit to introduce a new sponsor - OTR lubricants in partnership with IPONE - to his Fast Eddy series. Vic Madeley's Cambrian Timing took the opportunity to demonstrate the new timing system that will be employed in the series. Bar codes on the rider's helmets are scanned with a hand held reader as they pass through the control. The time & rider's details are instantly radioed & stored on computer. It was a very impressive demonstration in the muddy conditions.


Aprillia is off the menu

Riders should be advised that - according to page 49 of the Aprillia RSV Mille owners handbook - "the vehicle is made up of non edible parts. Never bite, suck, chew or swallow any part of the vehicle for any reason". As a healthier option riders who eat their machines might like to try an RMX in a black bean sauce but you'll feel like another one half an hour later. You can roast a big British thumper like a Rudge for Sunday lunch or you may consider a lawnmower as an organic alternative. Old strimmers can be very stringy. Bon appetite.


wyegate2000.jpg (260179 bytes)Rights of Way
Wyegate 2000 Pant Glas Steps Photo: Taff Davies

A Bill entitled 'Improving Rights of Way' received its second reading on March 20th. It will not improve your rights.


Filling in an Entry Form

Following the Snowrun, WTRA received several complaints from competitors that they had been entered in the wrong class. This was the result of the organisers making the classic mistake of using the information supplied by the rider & not looking beyond the physical reality of the form for a deeper meaning. While the organisers develop their clairvoyant skills riders could help by filling in their entry forms correctly. If you have difficulty filling in a WTRA entry form do not hesitate to ask for help from a four year old child.

 

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