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Zona 1 MCC date change

Zona 1 MCC's final round of their Summer Fun Trials Series has been postponed from Wednesday, July 11 to Wednesday, July 18 - could be something to do with a game of football! Riders who entered online will be refunded and all riders must enter afresh - online entry is available and preferred. For paper entry form and regulations, Click Here [on 10Jul2018 ]

ACU Western Reunion

John Miles is organinsing Reunion No 6 (Old Codgers, Youngsters as well) of anyone involved in ACU Western over the years as a rider, official or supporter: "Due to unforeseen circumstances we have had to change the date of this years autumn get-together. The new date is September 25th, still at the Oakwood, Twigworth, still 7.00 pm onward - SPREAD THE WORD"

[on 2Jul2018]

Wye Valley trial Off

Sadly the Wye Valley trial scheduled to run on the 15th July has been cancelled.

Dan Sanders of WVAC: "The last two years has been a round of the KIA championship but this year we have had to miss out. However, next year we have been asked to run a round again by the KIA organisers. @Apologies for any inconvenience caused." [on 07Jul2018]

All systems are go for the ACU Western Centre YDS training weekend.

This weekend is open to Youth and Adults with groups for all abilities.

Venue - Longtown, Herefordshire

27th July (Friday) - Coaching Sessions (10am - 4pm)

28th July (Saturday) - Coaching sessions (10am - 4pm)

29th July (Sunday) - Trial run by WGDF MC - Enter via their website

There is a slight increase in cost this year due to venue and insurance costs.

£12 per day - ACU Western Centre Youth (£20 for 2 days)

£20 per day - Out of Western region youth (£35 for 2 days)

£30 per day - Adults (£50 for 2 days)

Reduced rates for siblings. To book a place please contact Simon Welch on messenger, 07855772189 or If you are looking to camp I can highly recommend Tan House Farm, it's friendly, right next to the pub, close to the venue, cheap and they will let you charge your Oset for a small fee. Please let them know if you want to charge your bike when booking a camping spot. Tan House Farm - 01873 860221

[on 22Jun2018]

Cheltenham Home Guard John Draper Trial - Cancelled.

Sadly the club have had to call the event off after talks with the landowner with concerns over the huge amount of rain prior to the event. The club says many thanks to the gallant observers who have twice offered to help out at this event.

Here's what was planned:-

CHG will be running the John Draper Trial at Langley, Winchcombe on the 3rd June, after being forced to postpone due to the weather last month. The same routes and sections are planned as for the ACU Western Championship round which was due to go ahead on April 15. The trial will not have Championship status so you will not be disadvantaged if you have already committed to something else and can't ride, but will benefit, if you can ride, from another championship level event for all classes. Unfortunately there will be no conducted route available. [on 01JunMay2018]


It's Scottish Number 12... for Craig and, slightly better, win number 12 for Dougie. So success for our locals at the Six Day. You've probably all seen the full results but 2 first class awards and a second will be landing on the mantelpieces of Craig, Gareth and Vee.

And here is day one of the Video Log from one of our website sponsors and 82nd placed rider Craig Talbot.

And more days: day 2, day 3, day 4, day 5, day 6.
[on 15May2018]

Effects of the ACU Western's AGM - 8th Jan

All officials were re-elected and congratulated on keeping Western running through another year. Elsewhere, you will find details of our exciting revamp of the Trials Championship with 11 rounds to contend - Start Planning. And Ben Falconer is welcomed back into the Editor's chair after a few months break. So I (Colin) can try putting my feet up - in all senses of the word! [on 09Jan2018]

Presentation of Centre Awards

Took place after the final YDS training session organised by Simon Welch plus a great supporting crew and a New female Coach.

The presentation of centre awards had unavoidable been pulled forward by one week to 9th December at Woolaston. The Netherend Inn was full to near bursting. Chair of the Trials Committee Tony Falconer presented the awards from the Main and Clubman Championships followed by the Year's YDS awards presented by BVM's Craig Talbot, and in true Xmas spirit played Plain Clothes Santa with Goodie bags for all the youth contenders.

A large number of winners turned up, but with the unfortunate short notice some will not be getting their awards for a bit. They will be contacted as soon as possible. [on 10Dec2017]

Mrs Bridget Valder

The late Brian Valder's daughter Amanda brings us sad news that Brian's wife Bridget passed away 5th Dec. Her funeral will take place on Wednesday 20th December at Gloucester Crematorium, Coney Hill Road, GL4 4PA at 2.30 pm.

The family ask for there to be no flowers but donations to the same two organisations, The British Heart Foundation and the ACU Benevolent Fund. If there is anyone else that you think should be notified please could you forward this message on. If you could give Amanda a rough idea on attendees for catering please, that would be appreciated.

[on 06Dec2017]

BVM - Bikes Stolen

Keep your eyes and ears open for stolen bikes, cycles and gloves being offered as BVM have had a major break-in. More details on their facebook page. If you are suspicious then give them a call (01453 297177) and or the police. [on 31Oct2017]

Provisional Dates for 2018

After a dates meeting with only a few date clashes we can now show you what is planned for 2018. The obvious differences from previous years will be the reversion to a single Trials Championship consisting of 10 rounds. Also we have a new event in the calendar: the Brian Valder Memorial Trial which will be run by 'ACU Western', rather than just one club, and is proposed to be run as a charity trial.

Some of the events will be subject to changes as National rounds are confirmed by ACU HQ.

[on 14Oct2017]

ACU Western Trial Championship Standings - Updated

Trials Recorder John 'Laurence' Luff brings us the Final standings.

ACU Western Trials Championship - After 8 rounds, here are the Final standings. Kurt Brain finally demoted Simon Welch with 4 wins through the year against Simon and 3rd placed Ben Bowkett's single wins in the Open class. Matt Hanney had already done enough to win the Over 40 class but Phill Gardner held out for a joint 2nd with Mark Talbot. Despite missing his home round Steve Grindle nailed the over 50s class with Rob Faulkner leading the huge class entry behind him. Ronnie Day held onto Yth A and Harry Jeffries held off Fin Belcher, Ollie Goode and Zac Ward in Yth B not to mention a good bunch of future contenders. Victoria dominated the Ladies class with ex-champ Becky Cook only returning for one round.

ACU Western Clubman Trials Championship - The 4 rounds are now complete, the latest standings show Dave Morris is Over 60's champion ahead of Steve Venn, Martin Jones and Nigel Tomkins. Fin Kettle dominated Youth C keeping Jessica and Isabel away. Fred Bishop didn't put a foot wrong and lead Aaron Watson and brother Harry in D. And Zach Ellway had Youth E all to himself. John Jacka had Pre65 sorted while Dave Eeles was away for repairs. And Nick Draper gave everyone a stunning show riding and beating the moderns on their own territory to take the Twinshocks. [on 22Oct2017]

Brian Valder

Most of you will already know we lost Brian Valder in May 2017. A most valued member of our sporting community. As an observer in the majority of our trials for a long time we will all have met him and benefited from the time and care he put into our sport. Read the obituary Ben Falconer compiled and see some great action shots from his past.

[on 04Jun2017]

Defibrillator - the Yellow Bag at Trials

You should all know what is in that Yellow Bag. If someone, anyone; You, A Rider, A Marshal or even a spectator has a medical emergency that could be heart stopping then watch the video of how the thing works. It may give you enough confidence to get on with saving a life! [on 05Jun2017]

Gloucester and Cotswold MC ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

The Gloucester & Cotswold Motor Club would like to thank all riders who opted not to receive awards at their trials. This has resulted in a donation of £500 being made to the ACU Benevolent Fund. Thank you, all of you. [on 26Feb2017]

Stroud Valley MC Yercombe Lodge and ACU Benevolent Fund Donation

Stroud Valley MC has donated £300 to two good causes - £150 each to Yercombe Lodge near Dursley, which brings the total it has given to 400 in two years, and the same amount to the ACU Benevolent Fund. The day centre and residential home provides valuable care to families who need it. [on 26Feb2017]

Cub Help

Antony Bowie would like to know more about a bike he's bought. He writes:

"I have a 1963 Triumph TR20 Tiger Cub that according to a hand written note that came with the bike when I purchased it was owned or used by Jon Bliss in the 1960's:


Purchased new in 1963 by the late John Husband. Ridden in 1964 Wye Valley Trial by Jon Bliss to win the Western Centre Championship. Numerous trial success over the years.

This is a rare and original ex works trials bearing matching frame and engine numbers. Still has original high tensile Dunlop rims, original Energy Transfer Ignition Alpha big end fitted and Italian piston which need full engine temperature to eliminate exhaust smoke.

I would be most interested to hear any history/information on the bike (registration number EAD 248A which may or may not have been with the bike from new) and even have a photograph of it in action if such exists that I can see and keep with the records."

Contact Antony at

[on 8Jan2017]

ACU Western - Name Change/Logo

Did you notice our logo changing? That is because all the ACU's regions have dropped the 'Centre' and our re-branding means we are now 'ACU Western'. You will continue to see references to the Centre in some of our documents and web pages for a while, but they will be phased out as soon as practicable. We don't have to scrap any paperwork already printed, so the change will be as green as possible. If you don't already have the new logo for your documents then contact the ACU Western Secretary for the file. [on 31Dec2015]

Stroud Valley MC Charity support

Stroud Valley have recently paid a visit to Yercombe Lodge at Stinchcombe where they handed over a cheque for £250 to help fund the Day Centre and Residential home. Chairman Phil Marsh explained to them that SV are a not-for-profit club, so they like to put surplus money from organised events back into the community. The money will go towards activities in the Centre, like cooking or crafts, as well as their frequent day trips. The club have also been supporting the Alzheimer's Society recently. [on 17Sep2015 13:40]

Photo Help - Geoff Gibbons

Would any of our readers have, or know of, any photos of the late Geoff Gibbons who was a rider and supporter of events in the centre?

His son, Bill, spotted this one on our site where he was handing over the keys to a Ford Transit to Malcolm Davis.

He still has a cup, named after him, given in the CHG's British Championship Sphinx Trial. Bill hopes that 'some of the old hounds out there may have some kicking about (Jon Bliss has already sourced one, which was fab) It'd be great to see some more pics of him knee deep in the mud, scans and electronic copies would be great. I'm not expecting people to part with originals. Thanks ever so much in advance. Regards Bill (David) Gibbons.'

We will pass any emails on to Bill if you send to [on 11Jul2015 22:30]