Anglo Dutch event - 2017
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The A/D International Reliability
(Internationale Betrouwbaarheids Rit, in Dutch) for this year, was
based at the Royal Agricultural University, in Cirencester. This was
our first visit to the RAU and a lovely complex and
base for the event it is. There were 16 Dutch
and 16 Brits entered. The event
gathering started on the Monday, when everyone arrived from noon
onwards. Then, from Tuesday, there were two social riding days,
with a fourth day being another social ride on Friday. Tim Penn
undertook the chief marshals job and our Bruce and Di helped in that
respect. The event was ably organised by Dave and Christine Pritchard.
I was riding my 1908 Triumph in solo form - no sidecar for this year.
There were several reasons for riding solo with the main one being that
my Triumph would climb most hills without the chair. Add to that the
reason that the basket was being re-made by a basket weaver in Ogmore,
as it was 40 odd years old and was breaking up. Not to mention the
woodworm that it had. I was becoming a little worried as each time that
Jean got in the sidecar it puffed out quite a bit of dust. So, it was
a case of re-making the basket before Jean fell through it and I lost
all my brownie points. We'd arranged for Jean, along with two other
ladies, to follow the bikes in Sue Hanson's car, so she wasn't left
- day 1
This was a social run around Gloucestershire and we were set off at
intervals from 09.30. Turning left out of the University complex and
then branching off towards Coates and into the countryside we were soon
riding on some lovely back roads that were not too busy. The weather
was quite good with nothing but a few wispy clouds
The morning coffee stop
was at the 'Slaughters Country Inn' with an option to visit the Old
Mill Museum. We then headed on to Bourton-on-the-water for lunch at the
Royal British Legion.
the lunch stop, and whilst eating, the
weather decided to break and there was a bit of a downpour that
had luckily cleared up by the time we exited the Legion hall.
was taken by many to visit the Cotswold Motor Museum but having visited
a few times previously, I gave it a miss and was soon off on the
Triumph again, for the afternoon run.
The afternoon tea stop was at the New Inn in Coln. Then it was back to
the RAU for a clean up before the evening meal and retirement to the
A very successful day despite my Triumph carb getting blocked with the
leftovers of the Petseal that I had previously removed. A problem that
plagued me from time to time for most of the week. By the end
the week I was becoming quite adept at removing the carb float chamber
and main jet and clearing them.
- Day 2
The second social run day turned out to be a bit damp as we all set
off, again at 09.30. The morning coffee stop was at the Malmesbury
Garden Centre and I was one of the first to arrive, so was able to
watch some of the others arrive. The sky was certainly overcast
with the rain
too bad, although the drizzle still seems to soak in. After leaving the
coffee stop it was on to the Castle Combe race
circuit. Must say that I managed to get lost on this leg, but managed
find the circuit quite easily, after all it's big enough, although I
did enter through the wrong gate.
Dave had arranged for us to ride a lap of the track behind a pace car -
if you wished to, of course. I gave that a miss, as I was quite wet by
time in the day and have been around the race circuit a few times
The afternoon route took in a rest halt at the Three Crowns Inn, but as
I was soaked from the rain, inside and out, I decided to straight line
it back to the RAU. Bruce and Di travelled with me for company, as I
on quite a busy main road. At one point the bike ground to a halt -
another carb clean was needed, plus a plug change. I was very glad to
make it back to the University and get off my wet clothes - all part of
motorcycling, of course.
- day 3, the Trial day
We were religiously flagged off at minute intervals, as this was the
Trial day. Morning coffee stop was at the Chedworth Farm shop and
whilst downing a welcome cuppa it decided to rain. After the
compulsory 30 minute break the rain had stopped and the sun was out, so
it was on to lunch at 'The Riverside' in Lechlade. We
provided with a super buffet lunch by the banks of the Thames. Getting
out of The Riverside wasn't easy, so I walked the Triumph up into town
to find a flat piece of road the other side of a set of traffic lights.
Jeannie gave me a push to get the bike going and I was soon on my way
The afternoon 30 minute stop was at the 'Crown of Crucis' pub in Ampney
Crucis. I had a slightly exciting ride just after leaving the tea stop.
I was riding slightly up hill and saw in front a tractor that had
pulled over to the left, whilst a BMW and another car were coming down
lane towards us. Not wishing to stop and have to restart on the hill I
for the gap to the right of the tractor and the left of the BMW that,
luckily, had stopped when the driver saw me coming. I shouted thanks to
each as I shot through the small gap. No further problems and I arrived
back at the RAU feeling quite pleased that I had more or less completed
the trial on my 20mph schedule. Time card handed in and it was then a
case of cleaning up for Dinner.
On our dinner tables were notes that said "songs and jokes by Bruce of
Barry in the bar after dinner". We did retire to the bar but by the
time that Bruce, who had forgotten his ukulele, was due to perform,
there were very few
people in attendance, so Bruce's show was knocked on the head.
- day 4
The final social run today started at 10.30 and was short at 60 odd
miles, with the weather looking quite good, for a change. No morning
coffee stop today.
was going well until I reached an instruction that read "Steep
downhill, then long uphill" I cautiously wound my way down into Avening
but just had to give up on the 'long steep uphill'. As I was asking
a couple for the shortest route back to Cirencester and the RAU, Dave
Christine appeared in their van and offered me a lift with the bike up
the hill. That was very welcome, as it was a hill that I would have had
to push up and that was a real heart attack territory. I was dropped
at the coffee stop at the Hunters Hall Inn for lunch - thank goodness.
After a welcome coffee and some good sandwiches it was back on the bike
for the short run to Newark Park, a National Trust House. We had two
hours here and Reg Eyre undertook to look after us, as he is a
guide. I was one of the last to leave and have to say that the riding
was beginning to tell on me a bit. Luckily the bike just kept running
and I was becoming quite adept at stripping and cleaning the carb of
the petseal remnants.
The afternoon coffee stop was at the Potting Shed Pub on the A269, but
feeling quite dun-in, I gave it a miss and powered(not sure that my
Triumph does that, but it sounds good) on by, as Gill and Ernie pointed
to the pub car park. "Heading straight back" I shouted, and gave them a
wave as I went by.
The results were announced at the evening dinner and the home team won
with a total loss of 56 to the Dutch loss of 85. My score was a loss of
8 points, which was not bad and it put me in the team results, However,
I was excluded for having a lift up the Avening hill, which was on the
Friday during the social run and not part of the trial. The rules state
that you have to ride all days and all on the same bike, which I did.
Seems that a new rule has been invented, which left a bit of a
sour taste in the mouth after an enjoyable week.