Reliability Trials

Every winter we run the popular Bournemouth Jubilee Wheelers Reliability Trials.

Once a month, starting in November with a 50 mile route, building up to 100 miles in February (you can alternatively opt to ride 100km instead of 100 miles in February).

All 5 routes use mainly quiet minor roads and are a good test of rider and machine. We use the same routes every year – alternating the routes in Clockwise and Anticlockwise directions.

The term reliability trial dates back to the early years of the 20th century when cycling equipment was not so reliable, road surfaces were poor, sign-posting was even worse, and mobile telephones had yet to be invented. Reliability trial riders needed to be resilient, able to navigate, capable of dealing with minor mechanical problems, and fit enough to complete the course.

Although not a race there is a (generous) time limit to complete all of the courses within.

50 miles 3-4 hours
100 km 4-5 hours
75 miles 4.5-6 hours
100 miles 6.5 – 8 hours

Successful completion of the 50 mile, 100km, 75 mile and 100 mile BJW Reliability trials within the time limit entitles the rider to a medal. The rider must sign in on completion of the event. No exceptions.

Medal

This winter (2018/19) we will be riding in the Anticlockwise direction.

Anticlockwise Routes

50 Miles Sun 4th Nov 0830 Routesheet Garmin Course Ride With GPS
100 KM Sun 9th Dec 0830 Routesheet Garmin Course Ride With GPS
75 Miles Sun 6th Jan 0830 Routesheet Garmin Course Ride With GPS
100 Miles Sun 3rd Feb 0800 Routesheet Garmin Course Ride With GPS
100 KM Sun 3rd Feb 0800 Routesheet Garmin Course Ride With GPS

Garmin route provides a ‘breadcrumb’ trail to follow. Possibly better on the Garmins with mapping. Ride With GPS will provide turn by turn cues on a Garmin 500. Export the TCX file and copy to the new files directory on your Garmin. If you need a hand let Webmaster know!

Sign on, depart and finish at Merley Community Centre BH21 1XE. Plenty of Car Parking and places to lean your bike. Please stop for a cup of tea and slice of cake when you sign back in.

Cost is £1 per trial for members.

Members of other affiliated clubs £2 per trial.

Non affiliated riders pay a one-off fee of £10 which includes advance entry for all 4 trials (£4), Associate club membership (which allows you to ride Reliability and Club Rides, but not race) and 3rd Party Insurance.