OK, so the ACU Six Days Trial was tough on machine and rider alike. But a Motor Cycle staffer didn’t mince his words: “A gold medal won in the Scottish Trials is worth a great deal more than one gained in England.” Rocks, mud, precipices, breakdowns, crashes—and women riders to show the chaps how to do it. It all awaits you in the 1913 Features section.
The 1913 Six Days’ Trial was actually a five days trial followed by a day’s post-mortem. The event was tough enough for competitors to stage a strike meeting and following the trial complaints flew thick and fast. But the presence of a French team (which only survived for two days) justifies calling this the first International Six Day Trial. Read all about it…
Here’s a poignant tale of a motor cyclist at the front and his dream of home.
Three additions to the 1909 Features section today; the glorious Wilkinson TAC as tested by the Blue ‘Un and the Green ‘Un; a very-far-from-serious peek into the futuristic motor cycling world of 1999; and a collection of TT yarns including an Ixion description of a lap that is truly wonderful. While you’re at it, take a gander at the England Invaded yarn—can motor cyclists defeat the dastardly invaders?
If motor cycling was to flourish it needed practicable machines and enthusiastic riders. Those riders quickly realised that they needed to act in concert to overcome draconian legislation and prejudice. They also needed the right organisations to develop sporting and social activities–it’s fair to say the discussions were intense.
The ACU’s open hill-climb was a major event in the motor cycling season; in 1908 competitors tried theior bikes and their skill on Sutton Bank in what our Yorkshire friends insist is God’s Own County.
In those pre-Tarmac days a ride from London to Edinburgh was not to be taken lightly. But by 1908 some hardy souls were entering the MCC’s London-Edinburgh Trial for fun; a few even hardier souls were also completing the round trip against the clock. Read all about it!