THE EDINBURGH TRIAL

This year we celebrate the 120th anniversary of this historic event.



 

As Autumn approaches, the Edinburgh Trial is famously known as 'The Tough One'.

Packed into 200 miles are 20 of the toughest sections in any MCC trial. No other MCC event comes close to the Edinburgh's 10 sections before breakfast at dawn in the High Peak. 

As the day progresses, the sections get harder with Hob Hays scramble across the moor. This is followed by Corkscrew's rocks and hairpins before the climax at the blue riband section.

The Edinburgh is a tough trial, the sections are close together and there are no A roads between them to catch your breath.

The route takes in the barren high moors and dark dales of the Peak District.

You'll use unsurfaced, ancient graves roads and coach roads, disused railway lines, simple sheep tracks, fords and Irish bridges. Plus it always rains at some point!

The Edinburgh is tough on bikes, cars and competitors. If you want to compete but your last trial was too hard, if you're new, have a precious car or bike, or age is taking its toll, then opt for class O.

We've eased the challenge and removed the roughest, steepest bits but you'll still have 175 miles of great roads and fabulous sections to negotiate.

For those with limited time, the Derbyshire daylight class starts at 8.30am Saturday morning and offers 10 hard sections on the same route as everybody else.  

This year, the Edinburgh celebrates its 120th anniversary. No other motorsport event in the world is this old and yet still attracts the very best riders and drivers to test themselves and their machines against a combination of the hardest sections, toughest terrain and often the worst weather.

Early origins

The Edinburgh Trial was the first of the club’s big three trials.

Starting out from central London in 1904 motor cyclists had just 24 hours to reach Edinburgh city centre.

Whilst officials took the night train to keep ahead of the pioneers on their motor cycles, they faced a 400-mile challenge following the great North Road to Harrogate. They then criss crossed the dales and fells of Northern England, onwards through the Scottish Borders before racing into Edinburgh. This a decade before The Great War, when tarmac had only been patented in 1902, Orville Wright had not yet flown a powered aircraft and the Taj Mahal hadn’t even opened!

Despite these hardships the MCC only took a couple of years before claiming that London to Edinburgh was too easy, so doubled the length and made it London to Edinburgh and back to London, in 48 hours. After that cars were then allowed to enter, and the die was cast.

Many years later the Edinburgh trial is still a worthy sporting challenge to the hardy motorcyclist or car driver. In 1967 the MCC amalgamated the popular Derbyshire trials weekend and the MCC Sporting trial with the Edinburgh run.

Today the route takes in the glorious Peak District National Park, as well as parts of Staffordshire and Cheshire. The deserted minor roads and outstanding views across the White and Dark Peaks in the National Park set the trial apart from all others.

The modern day event has a unique place in motorsport history.

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