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The 12th International Six Days Trial of 1930 was based in Grenoble, France and passed into the Italian Alps taking place over the 29th July – 3 August. With a total of 85 competitors 44 were from Great Britain including 7 women.
Although we have not seen any evidence of copies of the programme surviving the FIM recently provided us with a scanned copy of the Rapport des Commissaires Sportifs (Stewards Report) prepared October 1930.
We still have little information on this event but recently discovered articles from regional papers found in the archives of the British Library show that there was some controversy within the British Team and the de-selection of team Stalwart the Ladies rider, Ms Marjorie Cottle. This news was even found reported on the sports pages of the regional British Newspress. It appears she was dropped from the Vase team by the ACU because she was riding a 250cc bike which was considered small. She was placed by Miss Betty Lermitte who rode a Rudge 500cc. The final results show that Marjorie Cottle finished the event with a Gold medal and providing an identical performance to her replacement. The British starters for the event 44 saw just 26 finish 59% picking up 16 gold medals. The 7 women who started were all British and 6 finished, 3 achieving Gold Medals.
The International Trophy was won by the Italian Team of Rosolino Grana, Luigi Gilera, Miro Maffeis, with 2nd Great Britain and 3rd France, there were only 3 teams for this award.
The Silver Vase was won by the home nation France with a team made up of Sourdot, Debaisieux and Coulon. In 2nd was Italy and 3rd Holland. Britain was 4th with 8 teams entered.
Although this was the caption provided it would appear reading the Stewards report for this event that the picture if 1930 would be #15 CW Ramsdedt (Cotton) #49 van Hamersfeld (Rudge) and #8 H S Kershaw (Ariel) it is not likely to be 1930 on that basis but we’ll leave it here until some genuine 1930 images turn up to add a bit of colour.
And low and behold some images did turn up we found a rare copy of ‘the Motor Cycle’ for the 8th August 1930 on ‘eBay‘ so the Speedtracktales credit card was put into action and the resulting images can be found below and and we have prepared an online browsable copy of the article that can be read below.
On the Map!
Alas no route map yet but we can give the following daily itineraries for the event
- Day 1 Tuesday: Grenoble, Les Jarrands, Léoncel, La Vacharie, Col de Rouseet, Pont de la Goule Noire, Le Martinet, Grenoble. 183 Miles
- Day 2 Wednesday: Grenoble, Col de Cucheron, Chambéry, Col de Frene, Annecy, Aix le Bains, Novalaise, Chambéry, Col de Cucheron, Grenoble. 182 miles
- Day 3 Thursday: Grenoble, Vizille, Livet, Le Rivier, Col de Glandon, St. Colomban, St, Michel, Lanslebourg, Col de Mont Cenis, Susa, Turin, Ivrea, Stresa. 242 miles
- Day 4 Friday: Stresa, Iselle, Brigue, Sierre, Martingny, Chamonix, Mégéve, Bonvillard, Grenoble. 242 miles
- Day 5 Saturday: Grenoble, Rochetaillée, Col du Lautaret, St. Michel de Maurienne, Col de Glandon, Col d’Ornon, La Mure, Grenoble. 180 miles
- Day 6 Sunday: Grenoble, Le Mure, Agnieres, Lus de Croix Haute, Les Noniéres, Monestier de Clermont, Grenoble, Circuit de Dauphine (Speed test) 131 miles
What the Papers said.
‘the Motor Cycle‘ 8 August 1930 (Courtesy Morton’s Archive)
The above picture shows riders #20 and #29
The Final Score: Results
- Italy (15) penalty points
- Great Britain (400)
- France (420)
International Silver Vase
- France (14) penalty points
- Italy (38)
- Holland (349)
- Great Britain (415)
- Great Britain (500)
- Holland (634)
- Czechoslovakia (745)
- France (1000)
Speedtracktales wishes to thank Marc Pétrier of FIM Information Resources who has facilitated the scanning of the FIM archive of ISDT results material and is allowing us to make it available here as a public service. Download a copy of the original Results and Stewards Report at the link below.
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