Long distance Trials LDT's in the UK

Discussion in 'Trials' started by 45grum, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. 45grum

    45grum Shed Head

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    New to this forum so sorry if its been done before
    Over here in the Uk we have a series of events known as long distance Trials or LDT's (sometimes called "Classic relibility trials")
    These are events that cater for anything from road legal trials bikes to multi cylinder sidecar outfits and cars ranging from 1920's classics to homebuilt specials (only 2 wheel drive cars allowed)
    The most famous is probably the "Land's End Trial" which runs overnight over a distance of several hundred miles and including 20 or so off road observed sections.
    I have never done this event as it covers a lot of road miles and I am in it predominently for the off-road aspect so I stick with the shorter 5 to 8 hour events that cover 60 to 120 miles.
    Anyway the bike I use is a Gas Gas Pampera 250 which is a hybrid Trials/Enduro cross breed which has found it niche in the world of Long Distance Trials with its blend of light weight, Punchy Trials engine and enduro looks it is a great all rounder that would be perfect if it had a bigger tank (5 litres gets you about 50miles)
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    These events are great fun and a lot less stuffy than the club trials, here the LDT riders enjoy a good laugh and a long day in the saddle seeing some of the best scenary that the country has to offer going places that you are not normally allowed (special permission from land owners).
    This is me scoring the winning 2 points at last years "Ten Tors" LDT in Devon.
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    and a second later bailing out for 2 points.
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    I managed a final score of 5 points that day which was enough to secure a win out of a field of over 150 entrants, my best result to date.
    Some other good LDT's are
    The Wyegate
    The Jubilee
    The Moor to Sea
    The Sphinx
    The Exmoor
    Have a go if you get the chance entry usually costs about £15 and you get a good days riding for your money.
    Cheers Graham.
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  2. Brunow - 007

    Brunow - 007 Bantam Fever

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    Cool! Looks like a hack of fun! :-)
    Got some website's with info?
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  3. roadholder

    roadholder Long timer

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    Interesting.
    This appears to be close to what observed trials was back in the early days of the sport before tricks and stunt riding... when just getting cross country on the machines of the day was a feat! :eek1

    No doubt a little more "extreme" terrain used today!
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  4. Ian640

    Ian640 Been here awhile

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    Indeed the Land's End Trial was first run in 1908, with an earlier similar event (still running) the Edinburgh Trial first run in 1904. Details here.

    Severity varies greatly, with the overnight events being technically on the easy side, but it's too easy to make a mistake at 3 a.m.....

    Lots of reports on LDTs here.
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  5. Ian640

    Ian640 Been here awhile

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    Hi Graham, seen you around a few times at the LDTs (I ride a red Alp).

    Congratulations on the Ten Tors win. That looks like the last section, the rather unpleasant graded hillclimb. If so, it's steeper and more slippery than it looks.

    Next one for me will be the Exeter trial in January, hopefully less cold than this year (ice was on both sides of my visor....). Still shiver at the thought of it....
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  7. Ian640

    Ian640 Been here awhile

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    No such thing in an MCC event, anyone can win a medal, and anyone can blow it....concentration is the key.

    The :slurp after the Exeter always tastes nice....see you on the hills if you're in it.

    Heated gloves and maybe vest will soon be on order.

    Cheers.
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  8. 45grum

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    Hi Ian
    Yes that's the graded climb which is usually cleaned by some of the enduro boys as it takes speed and commitment to get to the top (and I dont seem to have enough of each), say hello if you see me out and about (I will keep my eyes peeled for a red Alp, not too many about).
    I am not riding the "Ten Tors" this year as it has clashed with something else (not trials related) which is a shame as it is one of my favourites.
    I had another win a couple of weeks back when I was the only clean sheet in the North Devon MC "Tarka" trial.
    Not sure what event is up next? I might try and get a late entry for the "Neil Westcott".
    Cheers Graham.
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  9. ferret2

    ferret2 Been here awhile

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    Hi
    these LDT sound like fun, i compete in pre 65 trials on a 64 tiger cub and also do a bit of greenlaning on a ccm 404 and bmw x challenge, is there a specific website for the LDT s, where would be the best place to find out where and when they are on, i see there are a few links been posted on here for certain events but what about the rest, i fancy having a go at one of these,
    thanks

    ferret:clap
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  10. 45grum

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  11. ferret2

    ferret2 Been here awhile

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    excellent, thanks

    ferret:rofl
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  12. STROMVADER

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    Cool rig and interesting too!
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  13. John K

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    Definitely lots of fun :D

    There doesn't tend to be much information about them on line so it's generally best to contact the organising clubs directly.

    A couple of my trip reports here:

    Long Distance in Wiltshire, UK
    The Timber Woods Long Distance Trial, and associated tribulations

    I've sold the WR, so it's just regular trials on the Beta for me now. I've actually started trying a bit harder rather than just playing - a bit of competition works wonders for keeping your feet on the pegs! Wish I had somewhere at home to practise - very jealous of everyone in the backyard thread . . .
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  15. motobene

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    Interesting venue.

    Several of us over here in the US have contemplated the trials bike-based small 'dualsports' but have yet to find a reason, a venue, to buy them. Not that they would not make a good dualsports, but we generally already have the heavier mid-size dualsports, which are pretty good for 150 miles a day :ear
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