Tuesday September 25th 2018

September 25th, 2018

Beta are the oldest European Motorcycle Factory - they started in 1904 -  Still family owned, they produce a full line of bikes for both competition and the domestic market - in fact their scooters are a number one seller in Italy.

This is a shot from the old days, - when everybody used open face helmets and the face guards - They worked great. and a lot of riders used these at the Scottish for the long road sections in the stinging rain.
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Another Beta shot, this time my 2018 Beta Evo 200 up above Okanagan Lake - While I’m sure many of you are fed up of hearing about my rantings about how brilliant these bikes are - I’m going to say it again - they will lug down so low but blast up all the steep hills, plus they are a pussy to start . - Yes I will be on a 2019 even though they haven’t changed.
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It’s going to be a great weekend at Malakwa - I was out there on Monday and Sam has everything under control for Sunday - If you plan on camping please call ahead to CKMP - (Carl Kuster Mountain Park) So they know when to expect you - (google their website)
The Sign up and awards will be held in the main building again, the same as the last Trial, so Julie and Judy can stay warm and keep everything dry in case we get rained on. ( But the forecast looks good)
This is the final round of the WTC National Series (West) so we will be figuring out who will be getting the number one plates for each class. - It’s a great place for people to watch and the trees look spectacular at this time of the year, - Any questions you can either call Sam at the CKMP or myself (250) 545-6139

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More Italian stuff to drool over.

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Monday September 24th 2018

September 24th, 2018

Sunday we spent a great day up at Silver Star Mountain, taking in the Hare Scramble - fortunately, the rain stayed away, and although the course was very slick, the 200 riders, had a super day, riding one of the Premier events on the Calendar . - I didn’t get to take too may photographs, as I was helping with flagging duties, but I certainly met a lot of old friends.

The pic below shows Andrew Christiansen giving the riders meeting. - This was the last event in the WEC Series for 2018.
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Not sure who these guys are.
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I had hoped to watch the final round of Golf , with Tiger leading on Saturday everybody was interested to see if he could get back to winning, after his recent issues. - However, Babsy filled me in with all the details when I got home, and yes Tiger did manage to hold it together.

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We heard that the CPTA Trials School went well at Ioco on Sunday - some pics can be seen on FB.

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The Spanish Trials Team won again at the TDN - that makes 15 times.  - The Brits were second & France 3rd.
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And here is your video for today - none other than the great Sammy Miller   post

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Sunday September 23rd 2018

September 23rd, 2018

Jordi must be selling a lot of bikes !!!

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In spite of the wet conditions on Friday - Lexi Pechout had a good turn out of riders for her riding school - the young Calgary lady has had an impressive career to date, just returning from a winning ride in Japan.  This ladies class is sponsored by David Chambers in memory of his late wife Gloria, a lovely gal who we lost way too soon.

Today the Hare Scramble goes with better weather in the forecast.

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With the latest trend to have Enduro riders compete on “Trials” type courses, I thought I would post this pic of Yrjo  Vesterinen competing for the first time in the Scott - Time and Observation Trial - This is a unique event, with the riders going against the clock on an 80 mile ( yes mile) course over the Yorkshire moors, with approx 70 observed sections - Riders lose points in the sections, plus on time based on the fastest finisher. - We ran a Scott Trial in Alberta for a number of years, with easier sections so that riders could use MX style bikes.

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The section above is called Orgate Falls - lots of points taken here, and an early bath for some.
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First lap scores at the TDN

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The British gals took the win at the TDN

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No surprises here with Spain winning the top class

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But this was a surprise the Czech team beating the much favored Yanks in the International Class

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Moto GP Podium  from Spain. today

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But not a good day for Jorge Lorenzo

Saturday September 22nd 2018

September 22nd, 2018

Team OZ ready to go at the TDN,
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Nice pic of the British gals who won the qualification round today at the TDN

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Back in the day - Most Trials events featured a lot of mud sections - always difficult because of the hard 4 ply Dunlop tires - here is Ex World MX Champ Jeff Smith on his factory  BSA, he won the event several times.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYpnfKmz9Rk

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Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will start Sunday’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon from P1 after sealing his third consecutive pole position of the season in style, snatching Saturday’s honours from teammate Andrea Dovizioso by 0.014 seconds as the Ducati duo overhaul Championship leader Marc Marquez (Respol Honda Team) in Q2

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Friday September 21st 2018

September 21st, 2018

As reported earlier on our blog - the recent happenings at the FIM World Championship - in Italy, were subject to a huge back lash in the Social Media. - At least this statement by Jake Miller shows that they are aware of the problem - As to whether Toby Martyn will now get his well deserved World Championship in the GP Trial 2 category, remains to be seen - lets hope justice prevails.

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SPORT7 STATEMENT REGARDING EVENTS AT TRIALGP ITALY

As a result of events that occurred during the closing stages of TrialGP Italy last Sunday, Sport7 as the promoters of the FIM Trial World Championship has made the following statement:

Sport7 is fully aware of the events that unfolded at section fifteen on the second and final lap of the TrialGP Italy event held at the Metzeler Offroad Park at Pietramurata Di Dro last Sunday 16th September and that have been widely reported post event.

Sport7 is also aware of the consequences of this event that ultimately determined the outcome of the 2018 FIM Trial2 World Championship.

Having now fully reviewed the circumstances that surrounded these events and supporting evidence, Sport7 have referred the matter back to the FIM for urgent and further investigation to ensure that the correct processes were duly followed.

Sport7 would like to clarify that members of their staff who witnessed the incident first hand along with many other bystanders, are in no doubt that an event official was subjected to external influences. As a direct result of unauthorised interventions the official latterly decided to alter what was originally a proper and correct sporting decision that was consistent with his previous decisions throughout the event, without real reason to do so.

Sport7 can in no way excuse or ignore what has occurred and it is clear that outside influencing of an event official is one of the most serious matters that can take place inside any sporting event.

Whilst Sport7 is not directly responsible for sporting matters, they will not tolerate such behaviour as it has put the overall integrity of the series in question and tarnished the image of the same, despite having worked tirelessly over the last two seasons to deliver a professional and unprejudiced championship.

Sport7 is totally committed to supporting the FIM in their investigation, and therefore will not make any further comment until this process has been completed.

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First bike to make it to the top of this peak in Morocco.

Challenge achieved! We are 4.167 meters high.

As we climbed the walkers said we would never get to the top. And here is the first bike that crown the toubkal, the highest peak in Morocco

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We were out for a ride up on Bear Ridge Thursday.  - still very dry, but we had a hoot.  - Followed the trail up to the top of the Mountain, then came back down the Fire Road - My first time out for quite some time, so it was tiring. As usual the Evo 200 worked flawlessly.
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It looks like it is going to be a wet weekend, for the Silver Star “Rev Limiter” - today Foordy and Lexi are putting on riding schools - then tomorrow the Endurocross takes place - ( Those logs are going to be real slick)  - I talked to Andrew and he says the entry list looks good, so it should be an exciting time up on the hill - spectating is free, but be sure to dress warm. Sammy will be competing on his Gasser, we wish him luck. - I plan on going up to take a few pics.

It appears they are having an early winter in Alberta with 10-20 cm of snow forecast for the Edmonton area - that will make Taff happy!
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Here is an old shot of Kent Howerton “Stylin” for the crowd.

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Thursday September 20th 2018

September 20th, 2018

This is another old pic that popped up on FB - It shows a bunch of the lads at an Alberta Trial held near Chain Lakes. -Not sure what year this was, but what a great time we had - I think there were about 40 riders that day.  The ATRA held a few events there, with Chris Wilson, from High River, doing a wonderful job on the sections. Always a great turn out of riders -  Unfortunately, this area (like so many) has been lost for riding.  - I only recognize a few of these guys - Brian Marshal, Steve Richardson and myself in the Clice gear. - old age makes us all forgetful. ( Maybe somebody can fill in the blanks)
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This is a link to a video called “An introduction to Trials”  - quite interesting.
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And followed by this one of how things sometimes go in Modern World Trials >>>> video

And here is a Mountain Bike clip - from Wales !! - Crazy stuff. - But I remember the muddy trails >> video

And this is a “Must” watch of Graeme Jarvis >> # megawatt111

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Canada has always produced a lot of great Off Road riders - here are a couple from Quesnel BC - The Boos brothers pictured with their WEC number plates for the Series.  - They will likely both be at Silver Star this weekend. ( They also have Trials bikes)

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This afternoon, I’m going to play “Hooky” and go for a ride with a buddy - I haven’t been out for a few weeks, so I’m looking forward to getting out on my Beta Evo 200 - they are an amazing bike - this one will going on sale right after the WTC at Malakwa and is immaculate.  Call me if you want to get in the line up of buyers.

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A reminder that the WTC National (West) Round #2 goes next week at Malakwa  - We don’t need checkers !! - Sam is doing the set up once again, and also has this nice TRS 300 for sale - call me if you are interested.

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If you thought that Spain were only good at Trials & Road Racing - Check this out >>>>>

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Wednesday September 19th 2018

September 19th, 2018

Lots happening this weekend, both locally and across the Country .
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The CPTA are also holding a Junior/Inter - Trials school at Ioco this Sunday. check out their website for further details.
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Now we know why they get a good entry at the Corduroy Enduro !!!

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Here are the results from the WTC Nationals (East) held in Quebec last weekend - Beta riders did good.

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Tuesday September 18th 2018

September 18th, 2018

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Jordi and Beta - they were the Team to beat back in the day   !!

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It won’t be long, before the new 2019 models start to arrive from both Beta and TRS - This pic just popped up, from 2016, and my first ride on the new 250 TRS. - Glad to say that these bikes have been very successful  in competition and have stood up very well - in fact as a dealer, perhaps the only complaint is that we don’t sell many spare parts.  But for customers that is a good thing, although we do of course stock lots of stuff.
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Here is another great shot - it’s the last day of Forest Fire duty for Chris Hrabb and the Selkirk Helicopter - What a summer it’s been for us in BC.
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Looking ahead to the weekend . The Silver Star “Rev Limiter”  is happening in Vernon, with riding schools on  Friday, by Steve Foord and Lexi Pechout  - followed by the Enduro X on Saturday - then the WEC Hare Scramble on Sunday. - Spectating is free.

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The Cascade Iron Mountain Trial last Sunday, was won by Alex Walton, (TRS) in very wet conditions  -  2nd Expert was Sean Bird -(Scorpa)  back riding again after injuring his knee - with Stan Bakgaard (Scorpa) in 3rd. - A full report and results will be up shortly on Trials Canada.

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THE TDN goes this weekend - read on >>

The FIM Trial des Nations, which takes place this coming weekend at Sokolov in the Czech Republic, is widely regarded as the Olympics of Trial with teams from an incredible twenty-three different countries coming together to decide global bragging rights across three classes.

It is hardly surprising given their dominance of the modern-day sport that Spain reign supreme in the premier Men’s World Trophy category. In fact, in the event’s thirty-four-year history the Trial powerhouses have won on no fewer than twenty-four occasions and are looking to stretch their current win-streak in the competition to a fantastic fifteen.

It was not always the case however and when the Trial des Nations launched in 1984 in Poland it was the four-man French squad of Philippe Berlatier, Gilles Burgat, current FIM Trial Director Thierry Michaud and his older brother Fred who came out on top. Winners again in 1985 and 1986 in Italy and Austria with a largely unchanged team – only Fred Michaud had been replaced by Pascal Couturier – the hat-trick cemented France’s reputation as the leading Trial nation on the planet.

Italy claimed their sole TDN victory in Finland in 1987 with Diego Bosis, Renato Chiaberto, Carlo Franco and Donato Miglio before France bounced back the following year with Thierry Girard joining Berlatier, Couturier and Michaud on top of the podium.

Incredibly, Spain had to wait until 1989 to take their first TDN title with Jordi Tarres – who had just secured his second FIM Trial World Championship – leading Amos Bilbao, Andreu Codina and Gabino Renales to a landmark victory in Belgium. The French struck back on home soil for their fifth and final TDN win in 1990 with Berlatier, Couturier, Girard and Bruno Camozzi, but after that it was Spain all the way with the red and yellow Rojigualda flying high above the podium for the next six years.

With Tarres, Bilbao and Marc Colomer forming the nucleus of their triumphant team – supplemented by Renales, Joan Pons, Angel Garcia and Marcel Justribo – the Spanish looked invincible, but then – on an emotionally-charged day on the Isle of Man in 1997 – Great Britain’s Dougie Lampkin, Graham Jarvis, Steve Colley and Dan Clark ended Spain’s run of victories.

Spain struck back in Italy in 1998 with Jordi Pascuet replacing the recently retired Tarres before Britain returned to the top in 1999 with Martin Crosswaite taking Clark’s place on the victorious team as the two great Trial nations went toe to toe.

The new millennium was marked by Spain’s ninth TDN victory as Albert Cabestany got the call-up for the first time alongside Colomer, Justribo and Marc Freixa and in 2001 – with Justribo dropped in favour of team newcomer Adam Raga – they retained their title.

Britain fought back in 2002 with Lampkin, Colley, Jarvis and Sam Connor taking a one-mark win from Spain in Portugal and the following year, with Ben Hemingway replacing Colley, Britain claimed another one-mark victory over their fiercest of rivals.

Since then the Spanish Armada has dominated the TDN with Toni Bou, Raga and Cabestany forming the backbone of a dream team every year since 2005 with teenaged talent Jaime Busto getting the call up instead of veteran Cabestany last year..
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Monday September 17th 2018

September 17th, 2018

This is how close the battle was in the World GP 2 class this year - a young Toby Martyn from the UK just losing out due to the tie break on total  points. - Now here’s the deal ! - Grattarola was riding the top class up until last year, but decided to drop down this year - obviously this was allowed by the FIM, but where do they draw the line?  the GP2 class is supposed to be for the young riders, coming up through the ranks. - Personally, I think Toby Martyn was robbed of the World Title, as there was at least one clean that was altered to a five, on Toby’s score card - bit of home country help for Grattarolla.
Who knows who else will decide the top class is now too difficult for them and drop down?  - Fujinami - Dabill, - Cabestany ? they are all getting up there in age, as of course is Adam Raga. - A difficult decision for the ruling body.  ( The former class was for 21 or under riders) .  - Check out all the comments from the UK on this link.
http://www.trialscentral.com/forums/topic/67470-toby-martyn/

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There were a couple Factory Yamaha’s in Italy - to me, these look like big heavy lumps with a very strange exhaust design. - (However they seem to fly pretty good)

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Just for a change of pace - check out this video of vintage road racing at Goodwood in England - watch how Troy Corser reaches over to the hand shifter on the right side of the tank, so he doesn’t have to let of the gas !! unreal. and all rigid frame bikes.

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Sammy sent me this poster for the upcoming WTC National Trial - The Normal poster for our events, is already up on Trials Canada etc - Sam just wanted to let people know that there will be a lot more going on that weekend.
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The kids ride put on by the Vernon Off Road Club on Sunday, went over very well, with the rain staying away for most  of the day, and all the youngsters enjoying themselves.
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Sunday September 16th 2018

September 16th, 2018

Saturday was a fairly quiet day - I watched the qualifying live video from the World Round, which was held under lights at night, for the first time ever. - Although I’m not sure where this theme is all going - I have to say that it was quite exciting to watch as the riders battled against the clock, for top starting positions today. - Simply put, the fastest rider in each class, gets to start last, which may be an advantage - but only if it doesn’t rain and mud gets dragged onto the huge boulders in the sections.

Not sure what the riders think of this new qualifying format, but it certainly seems popular with the paying spectators ( see video posted late yesterday on my blog)
Tony Bou was once again the top dog in the GP Class, but Adam Raga scored a five, which had him starting pretty much at the front of the pack. - However on checking the first lap scores, today,  this doesn’t seem to have effected him much ( see below) - although he did get three “5’s” - on the other hand - Cabestany was second fastest in the qualifying so he started 2nd to last - but still got punched five “5’s” -  As usual it would appear that the scoring by the checkers, on some sections, will be questioned. -
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One early result - shows young Billy Green from the UK, winning the 125cc World Championship for Beta.

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Update:  Looks like Bou won - subject to official results coming later.

And here we are >>

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