Saturday May 27th 2017

May 27th, 2017

The results are in after day #1 in Japan and as expected, the scores are high because of the mud and slippery conditions - Bou still ended up on top, but James Dabill came through ( as I thought might happen) to finish 2nd, while  Adam Raga struggled maybe due to his poor qualifying position. - The Brits had a good day in all the classes.

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Here’s an interesting shot - the Team Honda boys, helping a struggling TRS rider - not sure who.

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A very good result for the young TRS 125cc rider - on the podium in only the second time out on the brand new bike.

Check out this video of the event. >>  video

As a long time organizer, I feel a bit for the Japanese crew - because they will no doubt get some flak - but sometimes, no matter how hard you try, the weather man has the last say in how things turn out. - I’ve told many people about the first ever World round that I set up in Canada back in 1975 - after spending a year working on this, the rain came down, and completely changed the sections, so much, that I had to ride out front easing the degree of difficulty - I didn’t see one rider, ride one section, -  a shame really after so much effort.


Meanwhile in the world of Enduro - British Beta rider Steve Holcombe took the win yesterday in Europe

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In Formula One News - Kimi Raekkonen is on pole for the Monaco Grand Prix tomorrow - a good spot to start in this difficult place to pass.

Also in the four wheel category, the Indy 500 goes tomorrow - Fernando Alonso  will make his first start in this event. - He qualified on the second row.

Friday May 26th 2017

May 26th, 2017

The qualifying is all done at the Japanese World Trial, and the wet slippery conditions brought some surprises, with James Dabill (GG) at the top with the only clean ride, - here are the results, with Adam Raga facing an uphill task tomorrow, starting ahead of his main adversary Tony Bou. - it will be interesting to see how this all plays out.  ( Sorry  for all the added stuff on the post - don’t know how to delete them) - Here is an obviously delighted James Dabill with his Gas Gas Team.

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The uphill muddy section  caught out many of the top riders - here is a pic of Raga on one of the slippery rocks.  Check out this video clip > video

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In comparison, the GP 2 results show Welsh lad Iwan Roberts (Beta) also having a great ride, he will start next to last having had the second best qualifying performance.  Maybe the wet slippery conditions will favor the UK riders tomorrow.


Here is a flash-back pic from last weekend’s Outlaw Trial, showing Ross Rathbone on his Outlaw Beta. - A lot of familiar faces were missing at this event - Brandon Wince was out of town at a wedding, while other regular attendees had conflicting family stuff happening.
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I see Valentino Rossi has been injured riding a dirt bike,  - the flamboyant Italian, has a  dirt track on his ranch where he entertains his visitors from the Moto GP World.


I watched some of the game seven last night between Ottawa and Pittsburg  - a very close game that went into double overtime, but in the end it was a win for the American Team Captained by Sydney Crosby - the final will see them competing against Nashville for the ( Canadian)  Stanley Cup


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Thursday May 25th 2017

May 25th, 2017

The sun is already high in the sky, as I hit the keyboard today, I guess the long weekend took more out of me than I thought, but I’m getting caught up slowly.  - The van is pretty much unloaded & the bikes washed - the mud holes at Scotch Creek were something else - a lot of fun as long as you didn’t fall down.

Looking back at how the Trial went, I think it was one of the best ever, although the results don’t show it, we did have over 40 riders out in the various classes, some riding their first event, and while some failed to finish, everybody enjoyed the experience.  - I’m already getting calls on bikes, so there is no doubt that hosting the Outlaw for 30 years has attracted more people to “Traditional” Trials ( Although Brett Clark reminded me of the time I nearly called it quits, back many years ago, after only 13 riders showed up at the Vernon event)

The new TRS Tent, looked sharp, but our Beta Tent is showing it’s age, plus it is mounted on our old frame, because the original arrived broken after the “Rocks & Logs” - we do however have another one on order.

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The big storms and flooding in the Valley, have caused havoc in many places, maybe one of the worst, is Oyama - stuck between two lakes.


Sam called yesterday, after being out for a practice on the new TRS - he says he really likes it, and we discussed putting on some Trials schools in the Valley. - But the next big event is only a couple of weeks away at Ioco, with the “Super Stars” on June 10th, followed by the “Rocks & Logs” at Blackfoot Park in Calgary.


While we are having mixed weather, over in Japan, it appears the World Round riders are having to practice in the rain - this event has often been plagued with soggy conditions at the “Twin-Rings” location.

Qualifying goes tomorrow, and Welsh lad Iwan Roberts has his Beta all set up & ready to go - the new format appears  to be quite popular so far.

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There is no question, that the over-seas World rounds cost huge amounts of money, with Honda perhaps spending the most, here their Factory mechanics prepare the bikes for Toni Bou and the other members of the Team - Obviously Fujinami, has a big fan club in Japan, although he has lived in Spain for many years, clearly a crowd favorite, he never fails to put on a show.

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And then you visit the TRS pits and see the Boss himself helping put the bikes together !!

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The Squamish Trials club, have an event on this weekend - not too sure how many people knew about it, but the terrain looks to be good, as shown in this pic.

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Wednesday May 23rd 2017

May 24th, 2017

Michel Belanger (Beta) took the Expert win at the ATAQ Trial last weekend - not sure who the other guys are on the podium

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  And below, you see the results posted from the British Championship Trial in Wales - very close scores.
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We certainly had a big wind-storm last night - lots of damage & people without power ( I was keeping a close eye on the huge tree we have in our front yard, but only the pine cones got blown off

Glad this storm happened  AFTER the long weekend - supposed to rain today in the Valley, which will cool things off - we had a high of +31 in Vernon yesterday.  -  Still trying to get things sorted after the Trial - bikes need to be washed etc.

I guess our Vancouver area riders, had a long drive back, with an almost 8 hour delay caused by a truck accident on the Coq. - A huge “Thank-you” to everybody that drove to our Scotch Creek event from out-of-town - riders came from Edmonton, Sherwood Park,  Calgary, Medicine Hat, Vancouver and other places in BC, - I haven’t yet figured out the  points after round #2 of the Outlaw Series, and of course quite a number simply chose to ride one day, so they don’t get any points.

One important note for new riders ( we had a few of these)  If you decide to quit an event - don’t just pack up & leave without handing in your scorecard - this avoids the organizers worrying about if you are lost out on the course. - We only have “Sweep” riders at WTC National Trials.

Don’t forget you can see all the results by clicking on to Trials Canada.

And finally on the list, I can’t thank our Shuswap Team enough for everything they do for the sport.  - That’s five years now that they have been setting up the Outlaw.

=====================================>The stuff they are putting in Extreme Enduro these days is getting to be pretty radical to say the least 

- more like a World Trials section this one showing Paul Bolton..

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Sam was out practicing on his new Outlaw/TRS yesterday near Golden -

Note the Outlaw tool belt that holds both gas and water bottles.

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Tuesday May 23rd 2017

May 23rd, 2017

So here we are, the day after the May long weekend, tired, and with a few Mozzy bites, but overall, well satisfied with how things worked out.

The weather was of course brilliant, up at Scotch Creek, and everybody that camped out ended up with a bit of a sun tan - plus being well “Smoked” from the camp fire each night.

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Here is a pic I took of Sam on the last section - his final ride on the Outlaw Beta. -  as it turned out, I wasn’t able to catch up with the Experts much over the two days, as we had a fairly long loop with 28 sections - a very special course set up by Ross and his crew, to celebrate the 30th Anniversary.

To see the full write up and results, click onto Trials Canada.

A big thanks, go to all the people who made this event spectacular, we are very lucky to have the use of this property, which features such a great variety of sections. - The fireworks display on Saturday night, was a real surprise, everybody loved that, and as usual, Ross & Jake etc, did a fantastic job cooking  each night . - Suffice to say, that if you missed this one - you really did miss out.


In other Trials news, we are pleased to announce that Sam King, will be riding a TRS Raga 300, under the Outlaw banner, after three years on the Outlaw Beta - we managed to work out a deal for Sam after he tried out the new bike and was super impressed.

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The World Trials teams, are all heading for Japan this week so we will watching what happens with that one this coming weekend.


Chris Hrabb stopped by yesterday afternoon on his way home from competing in the local Robb Hett Memorial race - he did well with a couple of third places on his Husky. - He mentioned that he has his Beta RR 498 for sale now at a very good price ( Chris also has a Beta Trials bike)

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By now most people will have heard the sad news about Nicky Hayden, who died yesterday after being hit by a car while riding his bicycle in Italy. - The “Kentucky Kid” was World Champion in Moto GP back in 2006, and very popular with everybody involved in the sport.


Welsh lad Iwan Roberts (Beta)  had a great battle with young Jack Price (GG) at the British Championship  round in Wales at the weekend - missing out on the win by just one “Dab”

Friday May 18th 2017

May 19th, 2017

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Yes the Outlaw Van is pretty much loaded ready for the Scotch Creek Super Trial -otherwise known as -

                      “THE 30th OUTLAW ANNIVERSARY Trial”  -

Scroll down to check out the poster and directions - the weather forecast is great for camping.

Please Note : We have adjusted the rider fee to $20 per day ( down from $25)  Youth 12 & under $10. - Sorry but we do not take Interact etc - Cash or cheque only

Here’s a video from the recent World Round in Spain - the rules are “No stop” - or are they - watch the video.
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Naturally  the shop is closed for the long weekend, but if you need something leave a message & we will look after you order when we get back on Monday


Thursday May 18th 2017

May 18th, 2017

Here is the latest “Teaser” pic I posted on FB as a reminder about the Outlaw Trial this weekend.  I took this pic of Stan at the Ymir Trial a few years ago.

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This section will be in for the Outlaw - great stuff - thanks Ross.

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I had to make a quick trip to Kelowna yesterday to pick up some printing - stopped by to visit Shane at the Airport, then made an oil delivery before heading back  North - I can honestly say that I have rarely seen so many bad drivers in a single day ! -


Later Josef came over to pick up the 250 TRS that he will keep as a spare for when his European friends visit, which means he now has two of the Jordi bikes in his stable.


Today will be “Load the Van” day - trying to remember everything to take to the Trial - if you need anything specific - email me NOW.


This old pic just popped up on FB memories - it shows Steve Foord at our WTC National back in 2009, when he was riding an Outlaw Sherco - that’s me with my arm up helping Pete check the section at the top of the shale climb.  Beautiful sunny day.
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Sad to hear about Nicky Hayden’s accident in Italy - hit by a car while out riding his bicycle - sounds very serious.  I know exactly where that happened as my wife and I traveled that road near the Beach in Rimini on the Adriatic coast.

Good news from Dave Fair, that the Victoria club  wish to include Round #4 of the 2017 Outlaw Series in the Rick Wells event in October.  - more news on this later in the year.


Here is a pic of the new TRS 125, which made it’s debut at the recent Spanish World round.

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Wednesday May 17th 2017

May 17th, 2017

As we head into the long weekend - I’ve been posting a few “Teaser” pics on facebook to remind people about the Outlaw Trial - here is one I took of Kevin last year while we were out playing at Bear Ridge.

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Glad to say the weather forecast is looking good for the weekend, and we are getting a lot of emails from new folk wanting directions. - quite simple really - drive through Scotch Creek (North Shuswap)  up the hill turn left on LEOPOLD - then left again on ALLAN - follow all the way until you go through the farmer’s field to the LARGE campsite. - if you have questions phone me on my land line (250) 545-6139 I am very busy this week - but if you leave a message I will return your call.


The 2nd round of the British Championship goes this weekend and  Dec Bullock will be there - he is just one of the young riders who travel Europe to compete - all with the support of the family - no big sponsorship funds - nice to see this dedication and passion for the sport.

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Here is a nice pic of the Norton corner at the Sammy Miller museum - brings back memories of my  “Dominators”  ( I had two)

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And here is a ” Blast from the past”  Johny Giles (Triumph) leading Jeff Smith(BSA) at a TV Scramble

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Tuesday May 16th 2017

May 16th, 2017

Well after yesterday’s hiccup ” - we will try to hit all the right keys today>

We are approaching a weekend  Trials milestone - with the 30th Edition of the Outlaw Trial.  - This is all on Private Land ( Thanks to Tom & Peggy Zinck and Dan & Helena Roane) - no Off road registration required.
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Ross and his Team, have been working extremely hard to make this event really special, with lots of the old sections back in, and a full weekend of fun planned. - It all kicks off at 8 am Saturday morning with the vintage Trial - we will be up at Camp on Friday, and will be starting sign up at 6pm ( at the Outlaw van)  - Please email or phone if you need parts as my van will be packed on Thursday.

-  We will have both Beta and TRS bikes for demo rides to interested buyers.

Please remember that this is Labor Day weekend, lots of traffic so drive carefully and be aware that the cops like to have radar on the Scotch Creek road ( especially if the sun is shining !)

The pics and videos are still being posted from last weekends FIM World Trial - being called a “Trial of Two laps” because of the big storm that hit the area in Spain, making some sections virtually impossible ( even for Toni)  - it certainly showed which riders had the best throttle control.

Here is a pic of Raga, showing just how difficult most of the sections were - However looking at the videos, I thought they looked to be very well set up, and in keeping with Traditional Trials techniques.

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We have seen some reports from the Hare Scrambles last weekend, with some riders commenting that the Alberta event on Saturday, was like a “Walk in the Park” compared to the Silver Creek BC Sunday ride - lots of DNF’s at this one with mud everywhere.  - Beta rider Melissa Harten was the only Lady Expert rider, and she managed to finish after five very difficult hours out on the loop.  - Bobby Prochno (Yam) took the Expert win, while Steve Foord (Beta) finished 2nd in Vet Expert.

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This old pic just popped up on FB - It shows Pete on one of the Outlaw sections from a few years ago at Summerland - he had hiked up to the top of the hill to put in the “End” cards - but the stapler I gave him was out of staples !! boy did he give me a hard time !!.  ( The tricky part of the rocky climb was at the top)

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Monday May 15th 2017

May 15th, 2017

OK so I guess I pressed the wrong button, and all the Monday blog went off into cyber space !!! argh !!

So here is a pic of Florian practicing on his Outlaw Beta

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