50-50 Triple Challenge: Winners On The Way!

On 26th January, the year-long 50-50 Challenge results will be announced by organiser John Young. To celebrate 50 years of the BSA Rocket 3 and Triumph Trident in 2018, John organised this worldwide event to ‘get triples out of garages and on the road’… and raise a shedload of cash for charity.

Participants based anywhere in the world competed to complete tasks in the 50-50 handbook, ranging from short rides, photo-evidence of visits to sites of triple history such as Umberslade Hall or Meriden, through to door-stepping triples celebrities like David Aldana or Alex George for autographs.

Some serious long-distance challenges happened too, with 10 new members to the Iron Butt Association UK following a 1000 miles-in-24-hours trip to Scotland and back, led by John, one of the world’s most accomplished long-distance riders. Yoram Broniki  flew from the USA, got on a bike, rode the 1000 miles and flew directly back!

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Of the 50 challenges, only two weren’t completed; the two racetracks in South Africa most closely associated with the triples. During 2018 the leaderboard for top points changed hands several times, with a Brit, a German and an American vying for the number one position.

The photos hereabouts show various 50-50 Challengers completing different tasks; Richard and Nic on their way to Meriden and Small Heath, Col McAndrew’s Trident clocking up some miles on his 50/50 adventures, and Tim Riley’s Rocket 3.

The Challenge’s nominated charity is the Donna Louise Trust, for children’s hospice care, which has received £17,000. This was raised from entry fees, donations at John’s triple-talks, and visitors to John’s triple collection. At the latter there were points up for grabs for riding an NVT Easy Rider, one of John’s more bizarre passions!

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Participants declared that this initiative has helped to put triples back on the map, and put many more miles on their odometers than they’d ride in a normal year. Coupled with the cash boost for the Donna Louise Trust, that makes it a 50-50 win!

The 50-50 Challenge can be found at Facebook

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Words by Morgan Rue

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