Thursday August 16th 2018

August 16th, 2018

So this pretty much sums up things in BC.

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Sondre Haga (TRS) is the new Trials Champ of Norway.
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This is an old Heath Brindley shot from the Past Masters Trial at Hawkstone Park  in 2007.  - All brilliant riders, and now of course Steve Saunders is the UK TRS Importer, Amos sometimes works for Montesa, and Mark Colomer works for Gas Gas.
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Thumb’s Up to two great World Champs - Dougie Lampkin & Bernie Schreiber.

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Here is your video for today >>>  video

Wednesday August 15th 2018

August 15th, 2018

I think I should start by ” Welcome to the Smokanagan”  !! - Yup just like a lot of places in BC, we are under a thick cloud from all the fires burning ( now up to 600) - In fact we need to keep the windows closed as the air is so bad.
My day started by taking my van in to my local shop (Dunbar) they have looked after my vehicles for many years and treat me really well. ( Thanks to Shane & Chris that I was able to make it back to Vernon - “My Heroes”)
After that it was back home to sort out some of the stuff that I had unloaded into the car port the day before, - try to catch up on emails and send off pics to a lot of people from the trial.

Looking back at the Rocky event, I have to say that it was a great success, not because there were a ton of entrees, but because the people who were there, wanted to be there in spite of the crappy weather.  - The new riders that attended - Riley from Lethbridge, Colin and Brad from the Calgary area, all had a hoot - and that is what WTC Trials are all about  “FUN”

We met up with a number of old friends that we hadn’t seen for a long time and really enjoyed our weekend. - For me, to meet up with Walter Cukavac after about 30 odd years, was fantastic - He has a place near Stony Plain and is really into the Vintage scene ( both MX and Trials) so I’m sure that he will want to host some kind of Fun event at his place in the Future. - Like they say(  “One door Closes, another one opens)
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Ive never done any Flat-tracking - but check this out !!!! What a great photo.
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The TRS Brand is now in Thailand - Thought this pic was rather funny, the way they are posed - Like the guy in the riding gear !!!!
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One of the victims of the Bridge tragedy in Italy - Not a name we recognize but still a great loss - his name was Georgio

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Tuesday Agust 14th 2018

August 14th, 2018

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With so much news to report about the Rocky Trial - it was kind of hard to get things in order - especially as our trip home turned into quite an adventure. - After leaving Rocky we headed West on the David Thompson  hwy to Saskatchewan Crossing, where you take a left and head to Lake Louise. Everything was going smoothly, until I gassed the old GM van to pass a couple of  vehicles - as I always keep  a close check in my rear view mirror - I was suddenly shocked to see a big white plume of smoke behind my van !!  Holy SH**** - I had seen this once before in my life on the road, and knew that this could be a head gasket and a terminal problem.

Pulling over into a convenient spot  - but I was surprised to see the vehicles that I had passed, pull in beside me.  turned out these folks were from Utah, and knowing I had a problem, they pulled in to see if they could help ! Wow ! I was overwhelmed - Rick took me back to the Tourist spot at Sask/Crossing ( Nearest) - Oh ! Did I mention that there is NO cell service on this hiway !!!!

After bidding farewell - I checked with the Motel and was able to connect with BCAA  - BUT they said it would take about 2-3 hours before a tow truck could pick me up>   Hmmmmm -  Walking back out on the front deck of this Tourist Trap - I looked out at all the Chinese milling around and figured that maybe !! - with about $30.000 of bikes sitting in my van by the side of the road - maybe I should try to hitch a ride. -  So walking back down the road to the Intersection, I had all these things going through my head about my  situation.

At this hour - there was very little traffic - and they were doing work on a  new toll booth at the intersection - so I just hung out there - thinking well! somebody would pick me up and take me to my van where at least I could guard my cargo. - Here is where lady luck played a hand - along came Shane and Chris - ( I thought I had missed them) - So jumping in with them - we headed back down the hiway to where the Outlaw van was sitting with the hood up.

Now I knew Shane was a pretty good mechanic, but I had no  idea how good Chris was - I’m here to tell you that these boys did a fabulous job of figuring out the problem and fixing it - Shane underneath getting all grubby. - Chris with all the right tools and feed back  to Shane. - As luck would have it, it was only a heater hose problem, and while difficult to fix, without new one to install, my team McGiver figured things out.
We were soon on the road and headed to Mosquito Creek Campground - only to find it totally plugged - However we found a spot and Shane put up his awning on the VW Bus and we sat around his propane fire for a while, before turning in.

I left fairly early, because I get up at the crack of dawn - and wheeled my way back through Lake Louise then on to Golden -One eye on the heat gauge in the van, !!  Where I was finally able to get cell phone service.

As a final statement on this rather strange weekend - I would like to say that - Yes it was worth me going, because I got to meet my old friend Walter Cukavak - who is now involved with the Vintage scene, and yes, I got to visit with so many old and new friends who enjoy the sport of Trials. - What a great bunch.
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Monday August 13th 2018

August 14th, 2018

So finally, we are back in Vernon after quite an eventful weekend in Rocky - The trip out went fine - nice to get out of the smoke for a while but not completely - felt sorry for the Tourists trying to see the Ice Field Glacier through the haze.

On arriving at Bernie’s place - I noticed that it was much cooler ( which I didn’t mind after the heat in the OK) but then Doug mentioned that a storm was forecast for later that night and also through the weekend - ( I was not happy to hear that)

Sure enough we were treated to a big thunderstorm and some hail over the three days - but fortunately , this did not spoil the fun. - It was nice to see some new faces show up from Calgary & Lethbridge - PLUS King Kenny made an appearance for the first time in a couple of years.

The heavy rain, obviously effected the sections , and the scores ( which I hope to post pretty quick) were quite high - but the nice thing about all these ATRA Trials, is that they are very family friendly. - Kudus go to Harold who showed up on an Enduro bike, on Saturday after having a Truck problem somewhere Stateside - with no sleep for 26 hours - he got stuck right in and organized the Trial with his two boys and buddy Doug.  ( Plus Taff was down the week before)

This is Colin Bennett from Calgary - riding his very first Trial - he did well and really enjoyed the event.
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Shane made the long 9 hour drive from Kelowna to ride the advanced class. - This was a neat section.
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Chris was there from Sorrento BC - full of jokes as usual to keep everybody laughing.
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So much to report that the rest of the story has to go Tuesday >>

Friday August 10th 2018

August 10th, 2018

By the time most of you read this today - We will be on our way to Rocky Mountain House - takes about 9 hours. But with most of the Bush shut down in BC - It’s worth the drive.
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Managed to get everything loaded, in spite of the +34 degree temperature - first in the “Arc” was the beautiful TRS “Goldie”   - maybe somebody will bring their cheque book  to buy this very limited edition ( only 5 in Canada - 150 World wide)

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Nothing to do with Motorcycles - but if you are interested in the history of Speed records - check this out >>  video

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Have a great weekend everybody  - the blog will be back up on Monday with lots of pics from the Cow Patty and other news.

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Thursday August 9th 2018

August 9th, 2018

This just in regarding David Knight>

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So, while out training yesterday on Jurby beach in the Isle of Man, I suffered a big crash which has resulted in back injuries.
During the final lap of my second moto, my rear wheel hit a rock in the sand coming off a ski jump. I landed sideways and was spat off, head first. I didn’t lose consciousness but did lose feeling in my legs for a very short time and was very badly winded. After a very long two and a half hours getting me off the beach, I made it to hospital by ambulance where I had CT scans etc.
I have two broken vertebrae in my back, a few broken ribs and a very sore neck, which thankfully they are very confident is clear.
I’d like to thank Nathan Cafearo, who luckily was down with me riding, my brother Juan and the ambulance crew for getting me off the beach, which wasn’t easy at all. All the medical staff here at Nobles Hospital have done a great job, especially my surgeon Ross Barker who knows me very well and has been very reassuring. It’ll probably slow me down for a bit but I’m fully motivated to get back and be as strong as possible for Weston.
Obviously, I’m disappointed this has happened when I have felt so strong and motivated but most of all I feel very, very lucky that I’ll make a full recovery as it could easily have been a very different story. Also, a big thanks to Bell Helmets as mine has done a great job where many helmets wouldn’t have and Alpinestars for the best protective gear available. Thanks to Emma Corlett and Denise-Ste Corlett and my 2 baby’s for being here with me.

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Team Beta taking a break from practicing - not sure where but it looks smoky - Steve Holcombe, James Dabill and Albert Cabestany are in there, with another couple of riders.
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More Beta News  - Young Marc Piquer Evo 125 - is the new Spanish Champion.

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And here is a pic showing Chris Hrabb’s snack food, while flying the Selkirk Helicopter on Fire patrol - A big “thanks” to all the people on duty fighting the Forest Fires, either on the ground or in the air.

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In other news - We just heard from our buddy Mike King from Tatla Lake BC - He owns White Saddle Air, and said he was just off to battle a new Forest Fire in the region. - He invited us for a visit to see his large collection of Vintage Motorcycles - but not until the smoke clears.  - Barry and myself put on a Trials school up there back in 1995.  ( Mike was also asking about  an Opti product that unfortunately is not available any longer because of High Production cost & low sales.)

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Wednesday August 8th 2018

August 8th, 2018

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This Fire is on Leopold Road - Scotch Creek - and is the road we used to take to get to the top pasture used for the Outlaw Trial - Our Buddy Jake Wideman lives in this area, so hopefully it will not spread. We have no news on whether they managed to get this out.
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With scorching temperatures all week in the Valley - we have been staying indoors most of the time - only doing light chores in the mornings, before  things heat up..

Looking forward to the weekend, and the Trial at Bernie’s place near Rocky Mountain House - should be a good one, and it’s always a bit cooler at night in Alberta,  Don’t forget - if you need something put on the van - email me TODAY.

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Tuesday August 7th 2018

August 7th, 2018

Two great Multi-time  World Trials Champions  - Dougie and Jordi - Still riding - but also still very involved and giving back to the sport.
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This is another video from the Arisonal 2 Day - Brilliant section right in the middle of town.

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And be sure to check this out - more like the stuff we like to ride - no wonder they had 300 riders.

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We hope everybody had a great August long weekend -  it was too hot for us to go riding, so we just did some chores around the place & kicked back - nice BBQ last night.

The extreme hot weather is supposed to last all week - not much relief for the Fire Fighters  - there are now over 450 Wild Fires burning in BC - the latest is near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.

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More news as it happens >>>>
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Monday August 6th 2018.

August 6th, 2018

This was posted by Jordi on the Social media yesterday >>>

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It’s been an amazing weekend!! 2 days of Arinsal with more than 300 riders and More than 200 followers.
for us TRRS Motorcycles the confirmation that we are a reality😃 with a lot riders in all categories, getting great results, including mine😜
but of all the best thing is to have shared these two days with my son😍
this is the true trial🤔😉🔝
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1P Dougie Lampkin
2P Sam Obrado TRRS
3P Eric Miquel TRRS


category red:
P1 Jordi Tarres TRRS
2P Ivan Rovira
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blue category:
1P Miguel Jimenez TRRS
2P Ricard Alcaraz
3P Claudi Obrado TRRS
@ Arinsal Andorra

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Results from the European Trials Championship at the weekend.

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And looking ahead to next weekend >>>>>>>

This WTC-sanctioned Trial will be at Rocky Mountain House, AB. - Everybody Welcome .

 

Map to Alberta's Cow Patty trial
Map to Alberta’s Cow Patty trial
Event goes Sunday August 12th with a 10:30am start time.$20 entry fee plus club membership if not already obtained. ($10.00 for the day) -  All classes will be included,This is private land, so no registration or insurance required

  • Camping is permitted and encouraged as it’s a beautiful grassy area, very similar to Falun.
  • There is a top quality, clean outhouse on site
  • Sections are very spectator friendly, all within walking distance, and they provide great entertainment. They are much improved, with heavy equipment many labor hours to sculpt and develop the area in the last two years.
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  • Check out this and the other pics posted by Richard Lawrence of New Hazelton BC - Richard bought our first TRS 300 back in 2016, and uses it to explore the high Country. - I only I was about 30 years younger, I would be up there in a heart-beat.
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  • It’s been another TV weekend at our place, although we did manage to get some chores done - we watched some of the Championship LPG golf from the UK. where a brilliant young 22 year old from the home Country, came from behind to post the first win by an English golfer for many years - her name is Georgia Hall and she beat out a gal from Taiwan - while most of the golfers seemed to be from the Orient - a Canadian gal  named  Brigitt Henderson - finished in 11th.
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  • Sammy King took the Expert and Trials class wins at the Popkum Enduro on Sunday. - Well done Sammy.
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  • This pic just popped up on FB - It was taken at the Red Deer Ryon Young School, which was put on by Jacek - We supplied Ryan with a Sherco - Then sold this autographed model  to Aaron - although he seems to have dropped out of the trials scene at the moment.
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Sunday August 5th 2018

August 5th, 2018

Jordi Tarres came out of retirement after 21 years to take the win in the over 50 class at the Arinsal 2 Day Trial in Spain this weekend.

The sections look very natural and not easy - you will note that they are still able to utilize a lot of creeks in Europe.

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Meanwhile in Quebec - the TRS Team had two bikes on the podium at the ATAQ Championship Trial - We have not seen any other results as yet.
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Sam King still has his TRS 300 for sale and is open to offers. -
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It was a Ducati 1-2 at the Brno Motor GP, with Dovizioso  leading Team mate Lorenzo over the line with Marquez 3rd and Rossi 4th.

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Another hot week forecast in the Valley, so I can’t see us going riding at all - the Wild Fires continue to rage all over BC

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Here is a video tribute to William Dunlop , who was killed recently in a road race in Ireland. - > video