Monday March 19th 2018

March 19th, 2018

Ducati Dovi did the job at the Qatar Moto GP season opener, with Marquez 2nd & Valentino 3rd

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I like this old pic of Big John Moffat’s Dad riding at the 1954 Scottish.
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I watched some of the golf Sunday - good competition and a nice win for Rory McIlroy - Tiger put on a bit of a charge part way round the back nine, but came up short.


An interesting photo from Ioco on Sunday showing a nice new Beta with the power plant and harbor in the background. ( Pic courtesy Shawn Watson)
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Alex Walton (TRS) took a narrow win in the Expert Class at Ioco, beating out Sean Bird (Scorpa) by just one point.

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Another pic  by Ron Walsh from the Ioco Trial sponsored by TRS Canada - Sean Bird hamming it up for the camera.

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We have heard from Gord Rinke, who was at a Trial South of the border this past weekend, He says that he felt so confident on his new TRS that he decided to enter the Expert Class, finishing in 3rd place. We hope to have a couple of pics from the event later. ( Gord lives in Priddis Alberta)


Sunday March 18th 2018

March 18th, 2018

As expected, Tony Bou did not win the X Trial in Paris on Saturday, but neither did Adam Raga, who has been playing bridesmaid for the series to date.  - Adam was 2nd again, this time to Busto, who took his first win for Gas Gas.  ( Like Bou,-  Raga is also recovering from injury)

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Despite the intention of the FIM and 2Play to add a new date to the FIM X-Trial World Championship calendar to replace the cancelled X-Trial Seville, this has not been found possible.

As a result, the calendar is reduced to seven events, rather than the eight initially anticipated.

With two rounds remaining, the gap of points regarding the second rider in the standings and the fact that the regulations discard the worst result of the season, this therefore means Toni Bou has achieved his twelfth consecutive FIM X-Trial world title.

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Photos courtesy Trial Mag: UK

We have not seen much posted from the Daytona 200 so far, and the first round of the Moto GP goes today in Qatar - that one should be interesting, with maybe a few surprises. - more on this later.


Alberta has more snow today, and Blackfoot Park is closed - but the Snow-bike event in Revelstoke is once again attracting a lot of people. -

While most keen Off Road riders in the Valley patiently wait for the snow to melt, share a thought for the folks in the UK, who just got another dump of the white stuff - very unusual weather, and this shot from Somerset, shows it white over in an area that has not seen snow for five years. - Lots of Motorcycle Trials cancelled - due to bad road conditions and parking areas in poor condition.  - The North of England and Wales got really dumped on, more like what we see in Canada.
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Here is a great shot of local lad Malcolm Hett at the Revy Snow-bike races. He finished 3rd, while the winner was Ian McKill of Vernon.
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Saturday March 17th ( St Patrick’s Day)

March 17th, 2018

A very Happy St Patrick’s Day to all my friends out there in Cyber-land !!

The picture below, shows one of the greatest Motorcycle Road racers ever - Giacomo Agostini  -He raced at a time when the bikes were a lot different than today.
Now this Italian hero, is questioning all the latest technology with regard to Moto GP - Ago thinks it’s all a bit “over the top”
Maybe the old days were the best ?  - look at the skinny tires and ask yourself - would I really push the limits that these guys did rain or shine?  - Hero’s are made all the time, but these guys were “The Ultimate”

The 2018 Moto GP ( as it’s called these days) kicks off this weekend in Qatar - seems to be a lot of competition out there for Champ Marquez this season.

Great Britain will not field a Trophy team in this year’s International Six Days Enduro in Chile next November.

Making the announcement today, March 14th, the Auto Cycle Union (ACU) officially withdrew Great Britain from the World and Junior World Trophy categories.

The ACU cited numerous reasons for the decision including logistics and lack of names coming forward to field the teams.

The ACU will continue to support any British Club team riders entered in this year’s race.

Official statement issued by ISDE:

No ACU Trophy Teams to Compete at the 2018 ISDE in Chile

At the ACU Trials and Enduro Committee meeting held on 12th March it was agreed that due to a number of factors, in particular the lack of names coming forward from potential Trophy Squad riders, and the difficulties with logistics co-ordination, the Committee would not be supporting the entries of Trophy teams at the event in Chile this year.

Any Club teams who have committed to enter will be supported in the normal way with admin via the ACU office.

The ISDE takes place in Viña del Mar, Chile from November 12-17.


This old pic just popped up on FB -  it show a very young Arthur Lampkin ( Dougie’s Uncle) on the front page.

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Friday March 16th 2018

March 16th, 2018

Honda have announced that Toni Bou will ride the X trial in Paris this weekend, in spite of his statement that he has only been on the bike once in the past month since his serious injury.  This is Round # 6 and having won the first 5 rounds - Bou could wrap up yet another title even if he doesn’t win - which he says is unlikely. - My question has to be “Is one more Title really worth chancing ending up in a wheel chair?”   As a Champion he obviously has the desire, but I hope it doesn’t all go horribly wrong.

The other thing that springs to mind is that if Raga or Bincaz etc win - people will say - “Well it’s only because Bou was injured” - In reality the guy that should be invited to ride is Cabestany.  ( I’m betting that Honda have already got a contract ready for Bincaz to sign)

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We had a call from Sam King on Thursday & chatted about the events planned for Malakwa - The date for the 3rd round of the Outlaw Series will now be on June 10th (Sunday) because of a conflict on the previous weekend with a race at Panorama. - Watch for posts on Trials schools and other activities that they have scheduled for this year.


The caption for this photo says “Ten years ago - they were few, but now getting more”

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What this means, is that the sport of Trials is now  getting more popular for the ladies - at least in Europe, and while we don’t see many gals out at our events, we do encourage them to give it a try. ( the WTC now have a #1 Plate for the Ladies class)


Last week we were out riding in an area with no snow, but lots of cactus - unfortunately, I made the mistake of kneeling down to take a pic of Shane and yes put my knee and my hand in a Cactus patch. - While the prickly spikes came out  of my pants OK - I got one in my thumb ( through my glove) which is still bugging me although I’ve been trying to get the pesky thing out all week.  - These sharp needles also love the tires on your bike, and if not pulled out, can work their way through the soft rubber & cause a puncture. ( A set of needle nose pliers is the best solution)


Although personally, I’m not much of a fan regarding Electric Trials bikes, I do think they are great for the kids, and have supplied a few of the little Betas. Here is a shot of Jordan Szoke adding the finishing touches to a little Oset on display at the Montreal Motorcycle show.  Jordan has his whole family involved in doing Trials demos at the Eastern shows.
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Thursday March 15th 2018

March 15th, 2018

This is Gord Rinke of Okotoks Alberta , posing with his new Outlaw/TRRS - With still a ton of snow back home, Gord is down South of the border to make his debut with the bike this weekend at a Trial in Colorado. - Yes he is very excited, to be riding his new bike.  ( I see they have another big dump of snow forecast for Alberta this weekend)
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More Trials results from the UK. - ( Pretty low scores)
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Daytona race week is in full swing, and Vintage Flat Track is a big part of that - Don Galloway of Edmonton pulled off a bunch of wins and podiums to bring home a pile of trophies.  Don is one of the owners at Cycle Works, and also a Director of the MCC.
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It was nice to see some rain in the valley yesterday - we need more of that and warmer overnight temperatures to get rid of all the snow.


A reminder that the CPTA have a Trial on at Ioco this Sunday, sponsored by TRS Canada  - not sure if anybody will be going from the Interior, but the hiways should be good.


Today we have to ship out more Opti Snowmobile Oil to the guys at Toby Creek Adventures located in Panorama BC.  - At least the heavy snow pack has been good for their business - they have around 60 sleds that are rented out for guided tours.

Speaking of sleds, I saw a short video clip of Sam King riding the TRS over a bunch of  high priced units at the Carl Kuster venue, where he is now back working ( some job he’s got!!)


BREAKING NEWS - FIM making Parachutes mandatory for all World Championship Trials.             Effective April 1st


Wednesday March 14th 2018

March 14th, 2018

With the warmer temperatures, comes more enthusiasm for spending time in the shop, and so now I have more room to move around in there, I decided to fire up the TRS Raga 250, which had not been started since last October. - Happy to say it only took two kicks to get it going ( Love that bike)

RACING legend and ‘King Maker’ Neil Tuxworth has been confirmed as the guest of honour at the 38th Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show on April 21-22 at Stafford County Showground. Tuxworth is a racing legend – from his first track outing at Cadwell Park, Lincolnshire, in 1969 aboard a humble BSA Bantam to racing in British National and International meetings scoring podiums and wins. With a love of road racing it was inevitable he would be drawn to the greatest challenge in motorcycle sport – the Isle of Man TT – racking up a Manx Grand Prix win, a runner-up spot in the Formula 2 TT and five third places.

Neil followed the Continental Circus as much as possible, scoring Grand Prix World Championship points in the UK, Austria, and Finland, and his desire to race anything with two wheels that saw him compete in motocross, sand racing and even ice racing during the winter months.

In 1986, he came very close to paying the ultimate price for his sport. A huge crash at Aberdare Park had medics and Neil’s family initially fearing for his life. He battled through, only to be told he may never walk again.

Malc Wheeler, Mortons Media Group associate director and a friend of Tuxworth’s, recalled how he witnessed his fight back to fitness: “Believe me, inside the pleasant, well-mannered man you’ll see on stage at the show is a true man of steel. Obviously after a warning like that you hang up your leathers? Not Neil. It’s going to be fascinating listening to all the stories at the show, I’m sure there are some I haven’t heard!”

In later years, Neil is most widely known for managing many of Honda’s racing efforts. He was the mastermind behind household racing names such as Joey Dunlop, John Kocinski  and Colin Edwards to name but a few, giving Honda multiple World and National championship titles.

It’s guaranteed that Neil’s time on stage at the show will be entertaining. With so much achieved in all aspects of racing and race management, his stories are sure to captivate.

The Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show at Stafford is the biggest classic bike show in the world. It’s packed with thousands of classic machines and is the natural home for bike clubs to meet and show off their motorcycles. It boasts the largest autojumble anywhere in the UK too – so with hundreds of traders selling everything from bikes to books, you don’t need to be crazy about motorcycles to enjoy a great day out.

You might just need to come both days to see everything though!


Tuesday afternoon was absolutely glorious in the Valley, so what better to do than get out for a ride with Hugh on his new Beta 300 -now Hugh has been off the bikes for quite some time, so it’s going to take him a while to get used to the latest iron, but suffice to say, just to be out on the ridge in the fresh  air, was a tonic for us both.

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Just had to post this shot of Brecon in Wales - That is where the 1983 ISDE was held and as you can see - they do get some some snow.

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Tuesday March 13th 2018

March 13th, 2018

Here is Hugh Simpson picking up his new 2018 Beta Evo 300 yesterday - Hugh has decided to get back into riding so we are looking forward to getting some “Mid-Week” days out.  (Old retired guys!!)

Actually fast forwarding on that, we are going out later today, so I will take the camera along.

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This is a video of the Colmore Cup in the UK - it is one of the old style long loop events with traditional style sections  - Obviously you will notice that most of these young lads like to hop a bit - but watch Dan Thorpe on the tricky left corner where many just got into trouble by trying to do all the trick stuff. - And remember that at the James Dabill school at Ioco last Fall, one of his first lessons was riding around tight turns without hopping.


Most Off Road enthusiasts who have been around for a while, will know the name Bob Hannah  - This is an interview with him being questioned on winning - at MX - but it’s the same in all sports.  - Check it out.

I met Bob back in the 70’s when he was racing for Yamaha, and the subject came up about brand loyalty - Bob’s reply to me was “Money can buy anyone”  ( He was just a young guy back then)


I like this Classic photo of the late Claude Coutard ( Father of Charles Coutard) - There is something about the old bikes and times that are very special.  The Earles type front suspension was originally rubber mounted, and although very successful at the time, was replaced by the shock system shown in the pic.  ( I could never get used to this design )


And check this post out from Todo Trial  - (translation)

- Modern trial? Classic trial? All of them are TRIALS!!! There is a place for everyone but trials competition must to respect the image and origin if the Sport and not to became a different sport like Biketrial… What do you think?

Check out these results from Texas last weekend - Only one KTM in the top ten.

Norman Tops Texas National Hare & Hound


  1. Kendal Norman (Hon)
  2. Nick Burson (Yam)
  3. Tyler Lynn (Yam)
  4. Clayton Gerstner (Hus)
  5. Chance Fullerton (Beta)
  6. Eric Yorba (KTM)
  7. Joseph Wasson (Beta)
  8. Dalton Shirey (Hus)
  9. Ryan Smith (Hus)
  10. Daemon Woolslayer (Yam)
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We haven’t seen any news or pics from the Fun Event at Ioco last Sunday, which was an introduction to Trials, and free Instruction for the lower classes. However this coming weekend is the TRS Trial at the same venue, and with the warmer weather, maybe it will attract some riders from the Interior.


Finally - Did you know that on this date 80years ago, Eric Fernihough set a world speed record of 143.39 mph at the Brooklands Race Track in the UK on a 996cc Brough Superior


Monday March 12th 2018

March 12th, 2018

Sunday was a sad day for the hundreds of people who packed the Vernon Lodge to say goodbye to Gloria Miller.  - Known affectionately  as ‘G” to her close friends, she left behind wonderful memories for all who met her

I was lucky enough to meet G, when she decided she would like a Trials bike, and spent time with her at  Chambers Mountain , teaching her how to ride the Beta Evo 200.  - I will always remember her radiant smile and bubbly personality - she was really excited to actually have a Trials bike of her own.  - Goodbye “G”

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We often talk about tire pressure on our Trials bikes, and the rubber compound has certainly improved a zillion times since we used Dunlop 4 ply back in the day. But check out the rear on Iwan Roberts TRS as he slams into the concrete step at the British Championship on Saturday. - Iwan has been unwell for a few weeks and had to retire from the event - he will be seeing a specialist this coming week. - pic courtesy Heath Brindley.
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Another nice morning in the Valley and more expected for tomorrow - followed by rain on Wednesday & Thursday - which is good news because it will melt some of the snow.  - We have heard from Dale in Summerland, and there is still a ton of snow up around the “Bird-Bath” - We will monitor the situation over the next couple of weeks with regard to the Easter weekend.


As expected, the used TRS 280 in Alberta didn’t last long, and is now sold to Nigel Thomas from New Denver - I rode with Nigel and Tom a few (quite a few) years ago. - He hasn’t had a Trials bike for a while and is looking at getting back into it.  With fantastic Mountain riding out of his back door I’m sure he will have fun.

-  The previous owner, Mitch in Wainwright AB - has a new Beta 300 4T on order, and while he loved the TRS he wants the Beta advantage of the long range kit which is available. - His young son Bodi also has a Beta 200 with one of these kits. - Some people might remember Bodi for his trials debut winning ride at the Malakwa National last year.
Another “Born again Trials Rider”    will be stopping by this morning, to pick up a new Beta Evo - I will try and remember to take a photo.


While we have seen a lot of riders making the switch from World Trials to the more lucrative Hard Enduro scene over the past few years, here is one former top rider who is dropping down to the TR2 Class for 2018 - It will be interesting to see if he cleans up, or if the young upstarts will show him the door. - Here is a pic of Loris Gubian on the Beta, although he has now got a ride with Gas Gas.

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And finally - Gotta love this shot of James Dabill in a mud section last weekend.

Sunday March 11th 2018

March 11th, 2018

So did everybody remember to set their clocks one hour forward before going to bed ??  - Well I didn’t and as I had been out in the fresh air all day  ( and missed my power nap) I hit the sack at 9 pm - only to be wide awake at 2 am - except that is now 3 am !! -  very confusing.

James Dabill took the win at the first round of the British Championships on Saturday, a very good start to his season after rejoining Team Beta. (Great photo by Heath Brindley)

Here is a video of Chris Stay who finished 3rd in his class



Well !  Gord Rinke has got his new Outlaw/TRS, but the snow in the fields of Alberta is deep - SO you find a quiet Country road & practice sit down wheelies !! - Gord heads South of the border tomorrow to ride a Trial next weekend.  - We wish him luck.
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This is Chris new to Trials and in fact to motorcycles - he is riding Shane’s old Monty and doing very well on it - He is a fast learner and adapted quickly to instruction on some of the basics.
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Here is Shane in the “Rock Garden”  a very difficult and long section.
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Here is a nice little video of a Vintage Trial in Europe.



2018 Daytona 450cc Supercross ResultsJustin Brayton led every lap of the Daytona 450cc main event to take his first-ever main-event win, while also setting a new record for the oldest racer ever to win a supercross main event at just shy of 34 years of age. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY


As most local people know, today is the Memorial Service for Gloria Miller - It is being held at the Vernon Lodge at 2 pm.


Saturday March 10th 2018

March 10th, 2018

Well it seems that the FIM have responded to the recent accident by Toni Bou, with new regulations for 2019

For the FIM, riders’ safety is paramount. Protective devices have been a major focus of its work in recent years, with valuable input from the FIM Technical and Medical Commissions.2019 will be a landmark year for improving trial riders’ safety. Since 2016, riders have been strongly encouraged to wear back and chest protection. From 2019, back protectors will be mandatory for all classes in both Trial and X-Trial. Use of chest protectors remains encouraged and may become mandatory in the near future.In order to prepare the riders for the new rule, a “Safety camp” will be organised in connection with one World Championship round. Riders will be able to test available back and chest protectors, thanks to the participation of protective device manufacturers. More than 10 manufacturers have already been contacted with a view to future cooperation.The ultimate aim is to draw up a list of product manufacturers and device models that are certified according to international standards and among which men and women riders will be able to choose.Another important measure is the creation of a “Trial Sections and Safety Working Group”, bringing together experts from the FIM Trial, Technical and Medical Commissions, manufacturers and riders’ representatives.


First loop scores at the British Championship Trial today

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The weather was very nice in the Valley yesterday - just the right day for old buddy Hugh Simpson to stop by and buy a new 2018 Beta !! We look forward to getting in a lot of rides with Hugh this summer. - Many people will recall that Hugh put on a number of Trials at the Peachland Antler Beach area, back a few years ( Before they shut it down) - He got the Trials bug again after checking for us at Malakwa last year.

It’s -4 this morning, but supposed to go up to +7 this afternoon, so I plan on meeting up with Shane for a short ride on a bare spot he has found in the Valley !! - This will be the first time out for me this year. ( Will try to post a couple of pics later)


This weekend kicks off Daytona Week, with the action starting tonight - The last time I was at this venue was in 1979, when I was lucky enough to be in the pits with Bob Work. - Like many of these famous races, it’s very special to be up close to share the excitement . Yamaha Canada had a 920 running in the Battle of the twins race.


Vee Two Hailwood Ducati | Remembering Mike the Bike

One Australian concern is going to ensure one of the all-time great motorcycle comebacks is never forgotten.

Vee Two Hailwood Ducati The original, in all her glory. The 1978 900 F1 racer, as piloted by Mike Hailwood, and the machine that will form the basis of the 12 replicas to be made by Vee Two.This year’s Isle of Man TT will mark 40 years since Mike Hailwood’s legendary comeback victory in the 1978 TT, following an 11-year break from racing there while he pursued a car racing career in Formula One.

And to mark the milestone, West Australian-based Vee Two Australia, the world’s leading specialist in bevel-drive Ducati engines, is producing 12 exact replicas of Mike the Bike’s victorious Ducati 900 TT F1 race motorcycle, the production run quantity commemorating Hailwood’s victorious #12 TT racing number

The Formula One Teams are in Australia for early season testing - Alonso surprised everybody with some fast times in the McLaren ( I’m not keen on the new color of the car)

Fernando Alonso sorprende con el segundo mejor tiempo de los entrenos


A reminder that the CPTA have their annual “Learn to ride” clinic on tomorrow at Ioco - everyone is welcome.


Also, don’t forget to put your clocks FORWARD one hour tonight.


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