EAST MIDLAND CENTRE A.C.U. Ltd
1. General Rules
1.1. The names of the parent club and the status of the
competitor must be declared on the entry form for all Open to Centre events.
2.1. One copy of the results of all trials must be sent
to the Permit Secretary and one copy to the Trials Recorder within fourteen days of the event. The Permit Secretary and the
Trials Recorder must be informed of all cancelled trials. Results of competitors using alternative routes must be shown separately
from the results of the main event. Riders’ grades should be included in the results.
3. Trials Grading
3.1. Expert - One who has finished in the first 15% of finishers, with a maximum of 15 if
more than 100 finishers, on three separate occasions during two calendar years ending 31 December. Additionally, a rider who
wins or is second in the Centre Intermediate championship shall be upgraded to Expert with effect from 1 January the next
year. Expert grading is valid for two years only and a rider could revert to Intermediate.
3.2. Intermediate -
One who has finished in the first 50% of finishers, with a maximum of 50 if more than 100 finishers, on three separate
occasions during two calendar years ending 31 December. Additionally, a rider who wins or is second in the Centre Novice championship
shall be upgraded to Intermediate with effect from 1 January the next year. Where there is a choice of routes in a trial a
rider winning on the easier route three times in any twelve month period shall be upgraded to Intermediate with effect from
1 January the next year. With effect from 1 January 2007, any rider who is graded as Expert or Intermediate may not revert to Novice.
3.3. Novice - One who has not qualified as
Expert or Intermediate.
3.4 All trials, Open, Closed or Restricted, will qualify as grading events as will alternative ( easy, clubman, beginners
etc. ) routes in which the top 10% of Novice finishers will be awarded points towards upgrading to Intermediate. Over 40 Class and Intermediate grade competitors competing on the alternative route shall not qualify for
further upgrading points.
3.5. Provisional results
should be printed in descending order of merit.
3.6 Competitors’ residing outside the
East Midland Centre will retain either the grading of their own Centre or that of the East Midland Centre, whichever is the
3.7 An adult rider may opt to ride in a higher class than
that in which they are graded, however, having done so they may not revert to the lower grading in that same calendar year.
4. Centre Championships - General Rules
4.1 The championship year runs from 1 January to 31 December.
4.2 All Centre championships are open to competitors who
are resident within the boundary of the East Midland Centre or its optional zone and who are members of an East Midland Centre
club except where other provisions are made in the specific rules for a championship.
4.3 In all the championships, both individual and team,
points will be awarded as follows
1st. 15, 2nd. 12,
3rd. 10, 4th. 8, 5th. 6, 6th. 5, 7th. 4, 8th. 3, 9th 2,
In the event of a tie that is not resolved under A.C.U. Standing Regulations championship points applicable
to that position will be awarded to all equal competitors or teams.
4.4. All Centre trials championships shall consist of
a minimum of ten separate sections and the total number of sections for the event shall not be less than thirty.
4.5. Regulations shall be published and distributed to
Centre clubs a minimum of six weeks prior to the event.
4.6. If a tie occurs in the final total of points awarded
in any championship it will be resolved as follows :-
a) in favour of the rider / club with the greatest number of wins.
if not resolved, the greatest number of second places etc., down to tenth place.
c) if not resolved, by the rider / team with the best performance in the final event of the series.
4.7. On the dates that any Centre club hold trials exclusively
for British Bike and/or Classic machines which are Closed to Club, or Open to Centre, Private Land events, no other club will
run these classes in their events if it is within a 50 mile radius of that event.
5. The John Bull Trials Team Championship
5.1. The championship will be run over a single round.
5.2. The teams shall consist of up to four nominated competitors, of any grade, who are resident within the
boundary of the East Midland Centre or its optional zone and who are members of an East Midland Centre club. A club may enter
any number of teams in the competition.
5.3 The individual scores for the best three riders in each team member
will be added together and the team with the least points being declared the winner. A
special award will be given to the best team comprised solely of Novice riders.
5.4. The course shall consist of a single set
route for Expert and Intermediate competitors and an easier route for Novice and ungraded riders in the event and will be
of a minimum of 15 separate sections.
5.5. The competition will be divided into two
groups with Expert and Intermediate riders on the harder trial route and Novice and ungraded riders on an easier route. The main John Bull trophy to go to the best team on the harder route and the runner-up
trophy to the best team on the easier route.
5.5 Team nominations may be amended up to fifteen minutes
prior to the start of the event.
5.6. The Centre will give preference in the allocation
of each years dates to clubs who have supported the series.
5.7. Each team entered will be required to provide one
observer for the event if so requested by the organising club.
5.8. No rider under 16 will be eligible to ride as part of any John Bull Team.
6. Solo Individual Trials
6.1. The championship shall be run over a maximum of five rounds.
6.2. The series shall
have separate championship classes for Expert, Intermediate, Novice, and Pre-1990 Air cooled Monoshock machines.
6.3. The grading of a competitor on 1 January of each year shall determine his status for that years championship
events. except that a Novice rider who has been graded as an Expert or Intermediate in any previous year will not be eligible
to score points in the Novice section of the Championship series.