CHG Barrett Traditional Trial, 29 May 2011


Report by Steve Venn

STOP PRESS: Charity for injured military personnel, Help for Heroes, benefited from this event to the tune of 700 - entry fees, and generous donations from the landowner and the Western Centre helped raise this magnificent sum.

CHG ran the Barrett, an open traditional-type trial this year in aid of Help for Heroes on Sunday at Langley Hill Winchcombe, well known for past national events with good old fashioned type sections.

Unfortunately the rain stayed away and the usual slippery muddy sections made way for tighter technical tests. Regular western centre visitor Rob Faulkner is making a habit of winning our trials and was the only rider to stay clean all day.

The farmer and land owner Michael Abbatt has very generously waived his charges for the use of the land and also the ACU will waive some of its fees to this worthy cause.

No awards will be given and rider's entry fees will be donated to Help for Heroes. The two laps of 20 sections were made reasonable easy and this suited the entry and this type of trial, but plenty of marks were lost. The tricky nature of the course with loose marble like going required a steady throttle and good balance.

Scottish Pre 65 veteran Dave Eeles displayed good control to convincingly win his class, Tim Wheeler and Martin Wilmore had their usual battle in the Twin Shock class.

Welcome visitor Peter Gaunt unfortunately went away with bruised ribs after a down hill spill on the very tricky section 20. Many thanks to the loyal band of regular CHG observers and all those that made donations.

STOP PRESS: No excuse not to ride now - entries will be taken on the day, and there will be 2 routes. An additional easy (and we mean easy) route wil be laid on. (Ed.)

UPDATE: Mike Clarke has given our riders and observers an extra hour in bed - the trial starts at 10am. Although it says 9am on the supplementary regulations, they can't be changed once they've been issued but it's definitely a 10am start. (Ed.)

UPDATE: The trial is for anyone on any bike and won't be too hard or tricky. And if that's not enough while you are having fun on your pre-65, twinshock, air cooled mono, modern bike or just about anything else with 2 wheels, you'll be raising money for the Help for Heroes charity too!

Cheltenham Home Guard MCC are to once again run The Barratt Trial an open traditional type trial in aid of "HELP FOR HEROES" on 29th May 2011.

The venue is Langley Hill Winchcombe well known for past national events with good old fashioned type sections. This year the event will be a charity trial, with all proceeds going to "Help for Heroes".

Hopefully if successful this will become a fixture on the national calendar next year. 2 laps of 20 sections are planned with no road work and all competitors riding a single route.

No stop rule applies. Classes for Over40-50-60 (on modern bike), Pre75 British bike, Twin shock, Air-cooled mono, Open class (Any rider on any bike).