The woods of Rhode Island will come alive during the 5th Annual New England Vintage Trials Championship at the Rhode Island Trials Club facilities on Escoheag Road in Exeter, RI on Saturday September 25, 2010. The event gets more popular every year, and almost 30 riders competed on the slippery rocks in 2009. Veteran Wayne Galvin lost out in a close battle with former New England trials champion Danny Allen; both riders were on Bultaco Sherpas.
The first US round of the World Trials Championship was held at the same location in 1975, and much of the same rocky terrain will be incorporated into this year’s event. The 1975 event was won by Malcolm Rathmell on a Montesa, who finished third in the world championship that year behind the Bultacos of Martin Lampkin and Yrjo Vesterinen. It was a magical time for the sport of trials, and the sport reached unparalleled popularity in both Europe and the US. The September event at Exeter will try to recreate the spirit of the period.
The event starts at 11:00am, and riders will ride eight sections over three loops of the course. Three lines will be offered in each section—an easy, beginner’s line; a novice line for riders with some experience, and an expert line for the more skilled riders. Entry for the day is $30, and the entry fee includes a free event t-shirt. You must be an AMA member to ride.
Classes are offered for a variety of vintage trials bikes, but most riders compete in the Classic Twin Shock class which is open to Yamaha TY, Honda TL, and Suzuki RL trials bikes as well as the Spanish trials bikes from manufacturers like Bultaco, Montesa, and Ossa. Bikes must be fitted with trials tires to compete in the event; knobbies are not allowed. More details are available from Dave Allen at (508) 285-6074. The vintage rules are posted on the club’s web site at: www.ritrialsclub.com/vintagerules.htm. Camping is not allowed at the site of the event, but camping is available along Escoheag Road.
A modern trial will be held at the same location the following day, September 26, sanctioned by the New England Trials Association (www.newenglandtrials.org). Vintage bikes are welcome to compete in the Vintage Twin Shock class (three lines available) and in the Beginner’s class