Long Distance Trials (LDTs) involve road legal motorcycles (trail and enduro bikes) using as many Byways as possible, joined up with lanes and roads. The route is carefully planned and submitted to the RAC Motor Sports Association, Kent Police and Kent County Council Rights of Way Department.
The Trial starts and finishes at the same place, so bikes can be brought in vans and on trailers. The route is between 80 and 100 miles, but no time or speed schedules are set - it is definitely not a race!
At ten or twelve places around the route we set up trials sections to be ridden and scored by the section observer. Sections are planned with the enduro/trail bike in mind and are not 'Dougie Lampkin' type sections.
Either somewhere on the course, or back at the start/finish, entrants ride a Special Test - normally a short speed test. This is to resolve any ties from the section marking.
For an information sheet on how to read the Roadbook, click Here.
For a few years the Sidcup & DMCC ran two Long Distance Trials each year; the Sidcup LDT in aid of the Kent Air Ambulance Trust in April or May, and the Timber Woods LDT in July. Now we just run the Timber Woods LDT, which together with the Witley MCC's LDT in the autumn, the Redhill Reigate and North Downs (RRND) club and Eastbourne Club , make up the four round South Eastern Centre Long Distance Trials Championship.
In the five years of supporting the Kent Air Ambulance Trust, we have donated over £5,000.
The ACU South Eastern Long Distance Trials Championship for 2017 will consist of four events. The dates, clubs and areas will be here as soon as they are known:
In addition to Long Distance Trials, Sidcup club members arrange ride outs around Kent and twice a year (3 in 2016) trail riding trips to Northern France or the Dordogne area. For more information these, contact Peter Burrell.
The 2016 Timber Woods Long Distance Trial, FINAL RESULTS are HERE.
The 2015 Timber Woods Long Distance Trial, FINAL RESULTS are HERE.
The 2014 Timber Woods Long Distance Trial, FINAL RESULTS are HERE.
The 2013 Timber Woods Long Distance Trial, FINAL RESULTS are HERE.