With Regret, the Neath Motor Club has had to make a tough decision this year and cancel the Fred Rist long distance trial. For the last few years, Rider numbers have been in decline for our round of the Trail Bike Championship, with this year, only having 35 entries 1 week before closing. A lot of work goes into running this event from a club that is vastly Trials rather than Trail Bike orientated, however seeing a high number of riders in previous years has made it all worth while – this year we have had to make a stand and cancel. This trial has been running for many years, with its roots in the Sammy Miller round progressing to the Fred Rist as a British championship event.

Looking forward, Next year the Neath Motor Club will publish our intent to run the Fred Rist, however with a closing date approximately 2 months before the event date. This will allow us to set a minimum entry, to ensure financially we do not loose out, and our members get the satisfaction of running a well-entered trial.


This trial is for road legal trail and enduro motorcycles, the course will be approx. 85 miles long with at least 26 sections suited to the type of machine and rider entered.

The route starting from Resolven runs on and off road through the Neath and Avon valley`s in two loops am and pm and covers some of the routes taken by the old St David`s trial. The off road sections on a clear day offer spectacular views across the South Wales country side.There are a number of vantage points were you are able to observe the sections mostly in groups of two. A map of the event and advice can be seen at the start, along with the times.

Fred Rist a BSA works rider and member of the Neath Motor Club was an exceptional all- rounder in the motorcycle world, in the 50`s he won a number of award`s in the ISDT and due to his international experience he was chosen to captain the British Team at Italy in 1951 on a works A10, gaining a gold medal and again another in 1952. Riding for the Birmingham MCC he was in a team which won the Maudes Trophy, a 3000 mile tour across Europe. With this background it was only fitting that the Neath Club named this long distance trail in his memory.

Fred Rist c1950
Fred Rist c1950

We would be grateful if anyone would like to assist us in marking out prior to the event and on the day observing and riders to close the course, please contact Steve Maclean on 07831 567162.

We will publish a photo gallery of the event – however this is going to be a big one and I could do with some other folk talking a few photos and sending them in (will put your name on the photos too!) If you happen to have a camera, or decent camera phone and get a few photos can you drop me an email kev@neathmotorclub.com


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