Really classic sections

Back in December 2012 I prepared a list of the ten trials sections in longest continuous (or almost continuous) use for major trials, intending it to be used as one of Michael Leete’s Classical Gas Christmas Quiz questions. As it turned out, Michael found some better questions, but I thought people might be interested in the list anyway.

I’ve re-checked all the “first-use” dates with Cowbourne, so if anyone claims earlier use I’d like proof. There are, for example, lots of claims for earlier use of Nailsworth Ladder as a “test hill” but it doesn’t feature in any major trial until the 1933 Gloucester as far as I can determine.

The use of sections from the PreWar MCC Sporting Trial in the current MCC Edinburgh Trial is hardly surprising, but where would the modern MCC Exeter Trial be without the PreWar Brighton-Beer?

The Top Ten
  • Beggar’s Roost
    First use: 1922 MCC Lands End Trial.
    Last use: 2015 MCC Lands End Trial.
  • Bluehills Mine (Old Bluehills)
    First use : 1924 MCC Lands End Trial.
    Last use: 2015 MCC Lands End Trial (Class 0).
  • Fingle Bridge
    First use: 1929 B&HMC Brighton-Beer Trial. (1932 was first use for MCC Exeter Trial).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Exeter Trial.
  • Pepperdon
    First use: 1929 B&HMC Brighton-Beer Trial. (Not used for the MCC Exeter Trial PreWar).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Exeter Trial (Class 0).
  • Simms
    First use: 1929 B&HMC Brighton-Beer Trial. (1933 was first use for MCC Exeter Trial).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Exeter Trial.
  • Ruses Mill
    First use: 1930 MCC Lands End Trial.
    Last use: 2013 MCC Lands End Trial (Class 0).
  • Putwell 1 and Putwell 2
    First use: 1930 MCC Sporting Trial (Not used for the MCC Edinburgh Trial PreWar).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Edinburgh Trial.
  • Litton Slack
    First use: 1930 MCC Sporting Trial (Not used for the MCC Edinburgh Trial PreWar).
    Last use: 2013 MCC Edinburgh Trial. (The classic route at Litton is temporarily unavailable).
  • Waterloo
    First use: 1930 B&HMC Brighton-Beer Trial. (1958 was first use for MCC Exeter Trial).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Exeter Trial.
The next three
  • Darracott
    First use: 1933 MCC Lands End Trial (as Gooseham).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Lands End Trial.
  • Nailsworth Ladder
    First use: 1933 NWLMC Gloucester Trial.
    Last use: 2015 SDMC Cotswold Clouds Trial.
  • Windout
    First use: 1933 B&HMC Brighton-Beer Trial. (1937 was first use for MCC Exeter Trial).
    Last use: 2015 MCC Exeter Trial (Class 0).

Page updated and republished : 14 December 2015

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