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Steve Bird

Kia National Championships of Motorcycle Trials


Nene Valley MCC, Albert Glover Trophy Trial

Whilst many Trials necessitate an early alarm call travelling up and down the country, last weekend I had the luxury of a relative lay in with my local club holding the event just 5 miles from home!

This was the Nene Valley MCC, Albert Glover Trophy Trial. Not being a national competition or championship event it’s nice to ride with less pressure against old friends and rivals. This particular trial has been running since the 1950’s, in fact my Dad won the 1964 event, he used to tell me it was much harder to win back then!

Recent thawing snow and rain had left the ground extremely muddy, this all adds to the fun with hill climbs needing plenty of throttle and a committed approach. Very different to the last event in the rocky Welsh streams. A different bike too, this week riding in the Expert class on my 2017 TRS 250cc.

With the change of bike and some tough opposition I was delighted to take the overall win in the Expert Class. It was by the narrowest of margins with Jonathan Lee and myself both losing just 1 point all day, decided by furthest clean tie break. Although the winning score was unusually low, bear a thought for the poor beginners who don’t have the confidence or technique to deal with the conditions, some riders scoring in the 90’s.

Now comes the worst part, cleaning the bike. I did treat myself to a new pressure washer though so time to give it a good test.

Photo credit - John Woods

Steve Bird

Round 1 Report and Results

It was an early start on Sunday setting off from home at 6.00am for the 1st round of the Kia National Twinshock Trials championship on the Welsh border.

This was a superb Trial to start the year with a good variety of sections over rocks, mud and roots with an added hazard of icy ground as temperatures struggled to climb above zero.

Almost 170 riders entered from all over the UK which proves the popularity of this series.

All the Kia's feature 2 laps of 20 sections, this time set over a 4 mile route. I had a good 1st lap of 6 marks lost and was riding well but felt I could improve. The second lap started great, cleaning sections where I'd previously lost marks. But then a loss of concentration on an easy section added 5 marks to my score for going the wrong way! Thankfully I managed to regain composure and was delighted to finish the Trial with no more penalties for a total loss of 11.

I was very happy with my riding and the Yamaha ran sweetly all day, but was a little concerned my slip in concentration might have cost me the win. With trials you don't know until the results are calculated and published at a later date, often making for a nervous wait.

I was delighted to see the results posted online late Sunday night. I had won my class and set the lowest score on the Expert route. A fantastic days sport with a good result to start the year off.

Results summary - Aircooled monoshock, Expert class.

Winner S.Bird - 11,
2nd N.Scott - 25
3rd D.Deveraux 33.

Steve Bird