LDT

MECVC Series Rules & Guidelines

LDTs – what are they?
 

Long Distance Trials, which this club firmly believes should be a great day out. A route from
70 to 100 miles long, at least 15 observed sections and one timed (to act as a tie break). The
route will be rural lanes and unsurfaced tracks where ever possible. Some section may have a
restart – more of that later. All riders will need an ACU Trials Registration Card if the ACU
issue the event permit .
You can enter on any road legal bike shod with any road legal tyres. To keep the fun element
we have as few rules and regulations as possible, trying to provide an event that all can enjoy.
They are aimed mainly at trail bikes and older trials bikes to keep the sections reasonable,
and the rules are aimed at keeping these events accessible to all.
There will be an annual championship, with all entrants qualifying, and the first 3 in the four
main classes scoring 5,3 & 1 point. Other Clubs can apply for their events to count in this, a
full list of event is here abouts. If your bike specification doesn’t comply you can still enter
in the ‘Guest’ class. If you are road legal you are welcome! We use this to try to persuade
riders to convert to the main classes – for example, if you have a trail bike with enduro tyres
– please enter in the Guest class, but when they need replacing fit trials tyre (which are still
effective on trails).


Now, the RULES
 

GENERAL
1. All machines are to be road legal (unless public highways are not used) and the
entrants must conform with traffic laws. This is the entrant’s responsibility and any
not doing so will be disqualified and may have future entries refused.
2. Machines do not need to be fitted with lights. However, we recommend they are,
because if conditions demand the use of lights & none are fitted, the bikes not fitted
with them cannot proceed unless conditions improve.
3. All machines are to be fitted with ball ended handlebar levers. Pivoting footrests are
highly recommended even if the machine originally had non pivoted footrests fitted
(old trials bikes).
4. All entrants must have a current ACU Trials Registration Card. They are £12 per year
& the Club can give you guidance of how to get one. Doesn’t apply for AMCA events.
5. Marshals and other officials are valuable people and abuse of them of any nature will
not be tolerated. Entrants (or their entourage) who abuse officials (or the public) will
be disqualified and future entries may be refused.
6. Riders will be informed of opportunities to buy fuel on the route, but it is the riders
responsibility to ensure they can complete the course.
7. All entrants must inform the Club in writing, as soon as possible, of any damage they
may have caused, accidents or incidents they have been involved in or witnessed.


CLASSES:
A. All solo motorcycles with , plunger, sprung hub or no rear suspension
B. All solo motorcycles with twinshock rear suspension
C. All solo motorcycles with monoshock rear suspension, a wheel base greater than 1345
mm, weighing more than 95 kg. and no traction control.
D. All sidecar out fits – any shape & size
E. Guest class – every one that doesn’t fit in A to D


TYRES
All machines to have road legal tyres – some competition tyres are not road legal.
a) All machines in classes A-D to use trials type (or less aggressive) tyres, except
sidecars that may have an enduro tyre on the front wheel to aid breaking.
b) It is the entrants responsibility to ensure the tyres are suitable for their machine and
will safely last the event.

c) Large capacity machines fitted with a 17” dia rear rim as standard may use conti TKC80 or similar


SECTIONS
a) Will mainly be the sub-divide (or graded hill) type i.e. the further you get through the
section before failing, the lower your score. The score will be on the next marker past
your failure.
b) A failure will be when you (or your passenger) first touch the ground, tree etc, stop or
go outside the markers.
c) A rider must maintain continuous forward motion through a section. If it is not
maintained the rider will have failed at the point that forward motion ceased.
d) You must enter a section from a standstill at the section begins marker. There is no
footing allowed once you have started your attempt, it will constitute a failure.
e) Entrants may NOT inspect sections before tackling them
f) Entrants will tackle a section when called upon by the Marshall
g) Restarts will be marked by a flag both sides of the section with a R on them, the rider
must stop astride that line and when told by the Marshall pull away without sliding
backwards. Footing immediately after the restart will also constitute a failure.
h) Riders can foot as much as they like within a timed test.