Poachers Pre 65 Classic Trials Club are proud to co-ordinate the Championship and originally the series has enjoyed sponsorship from PJ1 Oils and Old Bike Mart. In 2008 OBM passed over the sponsorship and media coverage to Classic Dirt Bike magazine who report on the progress of each of the rounds which covers some of the best classic trials in the North of England.
Each round consists of a single lap of approximately 25 miles with approximately half “off road”. The lap usually would have an average of 30 sections which have dual routes. All rounds scores count to the final Championship Positions and 2010 saw six new class winners with some very close finishes.
Poachers Bag Trial
The 1st round of the PJ1/Classic Dirt Bike Northern British Pre 65 Championship is organised by the AJS Matchless Poachers Club and held around the Lincolnshire Wolds centred around the small farming village of Withcall, 2 miles North of Cadwell. The road based trial starts from Smiths Farm and consists of a route around the hills, valleys and streams of the large farm estate, with a little road work to take the competitors to four other groups of sections at Biscathorpe, Pit and Park, Welsdale and Benniworth Haven making a total length for the event of 28 miles covering 35 sections.
With Spring now firmly with us the Championship moves across to neighbouring Derbyshire for Midland Classic Clubs Derbyshire Trial which sets off from Chesterfield and covers a figure of 8 route around the picturesque countryside of Chatsworth and surrounding areas. Over the last couple of years Mike Worthy and his team have found some interesting new venues that produced some excellent sections.
Junes sees the Championship staying in Derbyshire for the Reliance Cup Trial hosted by South Liverpool Motorclub and set in the High Peak starting above Buxton. The Trial visits some of the best known Northern hazards such as Hawks Nest, Manor Steps and Hollings Clough famous in the 50’s and 60’s many still used today, this year sees “The Reliance” reaching 100 years, we are sure the centenary will prove to be as special as ever.
West Riding Trial
Yorkshire Classic hosts the 4th Round, 30 excellent sections set in the heart of Bronte Country the trial sets off from the Guide Inn and takes in sections in Luscombes, Lumb Waterfall and Cowling Beck. A good run round on a sunny day finishing back at the guide for pie and peas and pint of Yorkshires finest.
Croesi’r Ddyfryn Dyfrdwy Trial
This year will be the Llangollen’s 4th year hosting the Welsh round and previous winners of the Best Round Award. The Club continues to find new and interesting pockets of land that just lend themselves perfectly to Classic Pre 65 Trials sections. The trial is often compared to ‘one day of the Manx Classic’ with its great hospitality and its popularity is definitely growing, don’t miss it this year!
All good things must end and usually with an excellent final round in the heart of Lancashire from Red Rose Classic Club, as expected in October the weather can play an important part in the days trialling set high above Todmorden, wet or dry this is event is usually the trial that decides the final positions, many of the sections have a sting in the tail in some cases right up to the final group.
The Northern Championship tries to offer a variety of conditions and terrains over all of its rounds which go to make a truly varied competition. 2010 saw an average of 80 plus riders for each round all on British Trials Bikes. It’s fast becoming the most popular classic championship and a ‘must do’ series.