Here is the report from last years event
58th Taverners Road trial 21st September 2014
The Taverners section held their annual Road trial again this year. The base again this year was the The Gliding Centre at Husbands Bosworth airfield. This location is exceptionally well designed for our event. As there are vast areas for parking, a club house and also an on-site canteen serving very nice “home” made food. The venue was booked and all arrangements completed so I waited with baited breath to see how the weather turned out. Yet again we were met with near perfect conditions. A slight wind and a bit of sunshine. The wind was rather cold if you were standing around helping out on the airfield.
We had 70 entries again this year with 6 pre 1930 machines entered again. One hardy soul rode his 1930 Scott Flying Squirrel up from Luton for the day (a 120 mile round trip). So well done Roger King for keeping the spirit of old events alive. I did hear he was a bit marginal on the petrol front. The cost of this event was £6 for the day with a meal included and it was free for pre 1930’s machines. Our event caters for low powered and veteran bikes as well as more “modern” ones by having a choice of road routes. A 45 mile route or a shorter “eased” route for low powered or veteran machines.
The green laners got away about 9.15, but little did they know the fate that was to befall them. The first test on leaving was 8 highway code questions ( this has been a part of our event for years, as this was the only way we could run this event many years ago, as its ran as a road safety event). Eventually the start area cleared of motor bikes and they could be seen roaming around the highways and by-ways of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire. They had to contend with a 1000 cyclists as well, as they held a major event on the same day.
I went down to the nearest ford on the green lane to take some video shots and a problem soon became apparent. A group of green laners appeared from the wrong direction.
Apparently a sign on the route sheet was wrong so we managed to scatter the green lane bikes far and wide. We did manage to herd a few in the right direction but it was a worrying time wondering if any would make it back to the airfield for lunch. Eventually they all made it back. We had one puncture to recover and a Velocette stopped by the way side and needed bring back. Also the Broler broke down again and had to be taken home. Who knows one year it may actually get round the course and then home again.
There were many comments about how nice the long road route was in the morning and how some people had lived all their lives around this area and didn’t know these roads existed. It’s nice to be praised for an event which has taken a lot of your time planning for the past few months. The Burgers and chips went down well and I liked the chicken curry but did hear form some that it was a bit too hot for them.
Then we set out the course for the special test in the afternoon. It consisted of starting in a marked box in neutral with your clutch hand on your head. You were flagged away and had a short slalom course to negotiate and then you had to stop in the box again and put the bike in neutral and place the clutch hand on your head again. This resulted in much merriment for the officials and riders alike. With various interpretations of what hand on the head should look like. In fact we laughed so much at one point we forgot to record the times. Even the veterans managed the course.
The airfield again became quiet as the riders rode away for the afternoons fun. Yet again we seemed to bamboozle the green laners. This time it was a completely missed out line in the route sheet. Not my fault this time. It would appear that groups of riders would tag onto other groups of riders who they thought knew where they were going. Gradually all of the riders appeared back at the start and we had no breakdowns to mention in the afternoon apart from a Triumph falling over as it tried to negotiate a turn at too high a speed.
Eventually everyone arrived back at base and had a chat and a cup of tea or a well earned beer. People drifted off and I was left waiting for the various green laners to appear. The last ones turned up at 5.45 but were still in high spirits.
All in all we feel the event was great success again. There were a few comments left at the end and these will be addressed for next year. So a Big thank you from the organisers for all the people who helped out ( as these events wouldn’t happen without them) and another thanks to the people who entered again this year.
We have decided to move our event next year as it always clashes with the Beamish. I have spoken with both the Arbuthnot trial and Beamish trial organisers and we have decided to make the 13th September 2015 as the date for the 59th Road trial. So for a fun filled day out which is suitable for pre 1930’s machines or cycle motors ( in fact we are trying to encourage them) then make a note in your diary.
25th September 2016 sees the 60th running of The Taverners Leicester annual Road Trial and is one of the most popular ‘road’ events of the season. Back in the fifties (according to some of our more senior members) it was a mix of ‘flat tankers’, numerous motorcycles and sidecars with the more affluent riding the latest solo BSA A10s, Triumph Thunderbirds and the like with one or two Vincent’s, Norton’s and Velocette’s thrown in.
In the early days the start was generally a village hall with stops at various public houses along the route, no drink driving laws back then. Although a road trial, there was always a green lane section which all participants had to take. You can just imagine a flat tanker, outfit or even a Vincent or cammy Norton negotiating some of the off road sections, perhaps we didn’t used to worry too much about getting out bikes muddy in those days - and we had a professional photographer in tow to snap those memorable moments.
Nowadays the trial is strictly for the tarmac with an optional off road route for the more adventurous and we meet at a pub/restaurant, returning for a civilized lunch before heading out for the afternoon session. Mileage for the event has always remained around the 70 – 80 mile mark with a high percentage of finishers. We’ve also retained similar numbers of participants with anything from fifty plus bikes taking part along with the obligatory road safety question checkpoints.The entry fee will include Lunch .The morning run is usually 40/50 miles with around 30 miles in the afternoon.An ‘eased route’ will be available for Veteran or low-powered machines.Plus There is a green lane route.
Next year (2016) sees the 60th running of this event. So we are lanning to have a special event to celebrate this fact.