Tuesday August 9th 2022

August 9th, 2022

This is a great shot from last weekend someplace in Europe - no idea  who the TRS rider is.
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From what we have read - the Trial in Ontario last weekend went very well, in rather warm temperatures  - quite a few pics posted on FB - including this one - not sure who these folks are.

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No question about the huge popularity of Vintage Trials in Europe - this pic was taken in the UK and shows a Triumph rider dressed in Wulf gear - a favorite  for the older crowd - but also sold by us, including the color seen here - give us a call - we have lots in stock - all colors & sizes.

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Not many of our readers will recognize the  name Bill Lomas ( although I have posted pics of him here) - As you can see he ran his own Motorcycle shop, just like many racers of that era - and he did ride some Trials as well in the winter months. - but for our quiz today, can anyone tell us what the bike parked out front is?
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Sorry to hear that Tony Down died last December - many of our group will remember Tony from when he came to our Outlaw Trial in Summerland, with his very big Motor home and a trailer filled with some classic bikes.

Tony was from the UK and served in the RAF - flying Tornado jets - He also rode the Scottish Six Days more than once. - Our condolences to Brenda and his family.

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Monday August 8th 2022

August 8th, 2022

Sunday the weather continued hot in BC - so we spent the day with our family up at the Shuswap, sitting by the lake. - Not really my “Cup of Tea” - but must say it was very enjoyable - our Daughter has a Trailer near Scotch Creek, which is really nicely set up  ( Camping in luxury!!)

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Below you see Todd Nordin acting as minder to Dean Wandler  at the 2009 WTC National, which we held at Summerland ( This was just posted on FB) - looks like Steve Day below,  in the background.
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Bad news for the UK and OZ  teams, for the upcoming ISDE - losing two of their top riders after the brutal event in Hungary last weekend

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Here are the results  from Day #2 in the Isle of Man - looks like they had a very good international turn out of riders - nice to see young Kaytlyn Adshead take another win - this time beating the boys!! - Alfie Lampkin grabbed 6th in his class.
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Now it’s time to check out the Forest Fire news on the morning TV

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Sunday August 7th 2022

August 7th, 2022

Young Kaytlyn Adshead took the win in the European Championship Ladies Class in the Isle of Man on her Steve Saunders sponsored TRS.

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Full Results posted as they should be - with all the information

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It isn’t just the Okanagan that has Forest Fire issues - this was Nanaimo on Saturday
Firefighters battle two separate blazes the same night on Nanaimo River Road property - Nanaimo News BulletinNanaimo News Bulletin

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Here is a memory from when we helped Jacek and the Ryon Young Training school in Red Deer - We were still selling Sherco back then, and supplied Ryon with a bike. - This was later autographed  and picked up by Aaron Brassard .

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Not a recent pic - but a nice one showing the TRS and Beta Trials bikes we sell. - Plus of course we supply everything you might need to enjoy the sport. - ( Just give us a call for info - open most days and evenings)
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Answer to the Saturday Quiz - Revelstoke in 1940 - nobody got that.

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Saturday August 6th 2022

August 6th, 2022

The latest issue of this mag is now available on line - email me if you would like the link forwarded.

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A couple of pics from the Last Rocky Mountain Trial - that we attended -  lovely private spot complete with creek  - riders are -  top Dennis Brumwell (Mont) from Yellowknife - below Ben Pospisil (Beta) from Edmonton.
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QUIZ - A 1940’s pic of a town in BC - but where is it???
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Not much local “Trials” News  - as it’s been too hot for most to ride and of course the woods are very dry, which in our Valley means more Forest Fire issues - after last year,  lots of people are on edge, watching the latest news reports ( including us)

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The European  Trials Championship  is in the Isle of Man this weekend  - we will post results when we see them - Of course much of Europe has been suffering with extreme hot weather and also Forest Fires.

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Friday August 5th 2022

August 5th, 2022

Fresh off the Press - details of the 2023 Beta Evo are now available - please contact us for more info - Here is a pic of the bike. - The most obvious new thing is the muffler guard, but Beta  say they have made a lot of overall improvements to the new model, including some weight saving in the engine. ( We can supply the full text if desired)

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Not Trials, but what a great shot of Don Galloway flat tracking in the States - We have known Don for a long time, and he did in fact work for Yamaha Canada for a while. - Don and Eddie McDonald (rip) started Cycle Works and the rest as they say is History.
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Another  “Not Trials”  but I always liked the look and the sound of the G45 Matchless  road racer - it never did succeed in beating the all conquering Manx Norton of that era .
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What a relief to have cooler weather and even some rain yesterday - However  the heat will return on Sunday.

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Thursday August 4th 2022

August 4th, 2022

I saw this post by Jon Stoodley on FB - Think it sums up the sport of Trials quite well. ( Many will remember Jon for his very good maintenance tips regarding Gas Gas Trials bikes)
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I didn’t have a huge ego investment in beating everybody else (o.k. maybe a little) but just to put in the best ride I could, a competition with myself to get better each time. I love to learn new skills. This is probably why Trials turned out to be my favorite form of competition for over 50 years. It’s a thinking person’s sport and you are all alone in the section, being judged both on your riding and your decision-making skills, on your own, nobody else you can blame for cutting you off in a corner. A simple, clean, straightforward test of skill and ability to make quick decisions based on lightning fast changing conditions. Plus, you get to ride in beautiful country for a long time and hang around some really cool people. Hard to beat that.

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A reminder that the latest shipment of TRS bikes is  in the warehouse - but this is all that is left - call me asap if you want one.

1 x 2021 TRS One R 280
1 x 2022 TRS One R 280 ES
1 x 2022 TRS One R 300 ES
2 x 2022 TRS RR 250
1 x 2022 TRS RR 300 ES
1 x 2022 TRS 300 Gold
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In addition we can still get a few of the 2022 Beta Evo models - you snooze you lose - one thing for sure ALL 2023 bikes will be up in price and hard to get - WE are not kidding
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UPDATE We do know of a very good 2019 Beta Factory 300 available in Alberta ( Sold by us) call for details.
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It looks like a busy month in Alberta for off road racing with at least 3 big events scheduled  - this is classed as a World Championship, so all the big names will be there.
Red Bull Outliers: Extreme Enduro In the Badlands of Alberta 🇨🇦
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We had a nice surprise  yesterday when Emily of Motorcycle Mojo Mag: stopped in  for a visit - we had not seen her for quite a while, so  we had lots to talk about, plus she dropped off some of the latest mags: -  this Canadian Publication has a ton of really good reading and is available at many local stores.
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Last night we had RAIN - yes finally - - hopefully this helped the Fire situation in our Province.
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Wednesday August 3rd 2022

August 3rd, 2022

The Vintage Moto Cross scene appears to be popular in Alberta, and Walter Cukavac is quite involved. He sent me this pic of a a high flying Suzuki at Calgary last weekend. ( don’t know who the rider is)
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The article below was recently featured in the local Shuswap paper, and sent to us by Celine Zanders,  - Mum of Christian, -  and a great helper/enthusiast at the Shuswap Trials events. - I remember chatting to the local reporter at the Outlaw Trial just before the Covid thing shut everything down. - Nice to see our sport and young Christian get some recognition.
By Sionna McTavish
Christian Zanders, a local resident and trials rider,
began dirt biking at the age of 6. When he was 11 years old,
Christian watched the annual Outlaw Trials in Scotch Creek
with his family and saw his sister’s friend compete at the
event organized since 1986 by Motorcycle Hall of Fame
inductee Dave Rhodes. Christian was so fascinated and
excited by the sport
that he exchanged
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learning to trial
ride, because he
said “ever since
then, I’ve been in
love with it.”
Motorcycle
trials, or referenced
in abbreviated form
as ‘trials biking’,

is a sport well-
known in Scotland

– where it is said to
originate – and the
United Kingdom,
while continuing to
rise in popularity
world-wide. Unlike
motocross or dirt
bike racing, the focus of trials is not on speed but rather
agility, balance, and machine control – skills that enable
the rider to navigate and overcome natural or man-made
obstacles without their feet touching the ground. No seat,
an elongated U-shaped frame, wide underinflated tires; all
are the primary distinguishing features of a modern trials
motor bike.
When Christian started trials, “I rode by myself a
lot” he explained, and had immeasurable help from Dave
Rhodes, local Riders, and Ross Rathbone of the North
Shuswap, who has trials courses set up on his property
and a “huge tent” that serves as an indoor riding arena for
winter training, said Christian.

Now at 15 years of age, Christian has experience com-
peting in the local Outlaw Trials each year that draw riders

from across British Columbia and Alberta. A “family feel”
reverberates at Outlaw Trials because everyone “helps” and
“cheers” for one another.
Christian has attended a trials event in Ioco – an area
of Port Moody, and described trials terrain on the Coast as
mostly “wet and rocky”, compared to the drier conditions
he is accustomed to in the Shuswap – a good opportunity to
expand his capabilities and technique repertoire. As well,
Christian is currently on his way to Edmonton for the Ride
the Vibe bike show, where he will perform dirt bike stunts.
Rathbone designs trial courses with sections marked by
flagging tape and coloured arrows, a route for each ability.

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A cloudy morning !!! what a relief - but likely won’t stay that way for long - the heat has been almost unbearable for us old timers in the Valley, and now of course we have the Forest Fires to worry about. - Hopefully the Apex Mountain resort will survive  - brought back memories of when we put on a Trials display there,  at the “Hog” Rally a number of years ago - We loaded a trailer with a big bunch of obstacles and Luke drove it down - Stan was in from the coast, plus Krash, Barry and others. - The Hog Riders really appreciated the show s they sat on the porch of the lodge supping their beer. -  Good times for sure and I know I have pics somewhere .

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There will always be debates about which gets the best traction - 2 or 4 stroke.
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Tuesday August 2nd 2022

August 2nd, 2022

The young British lads are doing well - Harry Hemmingway  (Beta) 1st,-  Jack Galloway (TRS) 2nd - Alfie Lampkin (Vertigo) 3rd
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Rumor has  parachutes as optional equipment for World Trials in 2023!!!
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This is more like it - deep mud for the World Enduro last weekend - Steve Holcombe (Beta) finished 2nd
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We were contacted by Kirk Mayfield from Stateside, who asked about a photograph that I took of Mike McCabe at the Scottish Six Days in 1972 - Kirk was at the event helping his friend, possibly  the first American to ride the Six Days - Kirk was too young to enter himself, but later went on to have much success, and even rode an Ex Mick Andrews Yamaha in the 1974 event.

The pic below is a copy of the original which was in the article we had published by the US Magazine “Cycle Illustrated” - ( I might have the original somewhere and promised to send it to Kirk if I find it)
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And here is one of Kirk at the 1974 Scottish.

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Nobody got the answer to the last quiz - The bike pictured is a “Tandon”  - they were built in the early 1950’s, but were never as popular as the DOT -James or Francis Barnett.

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Monday August 1st 2022

August 1st, 2022

Sammy King  was in Edmonton last week, putting on a show with some of the BC Trials lads at the K Days  -
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When it mattered the most the defending ACU British Trials Champion Toby Martyn (TRRS) showed his strength as Great Britain’s number one trials rider as he took the lead in the penultimate round of the 2022 ACU British Trials Championship with an emphatic victory over Jack Peace (Sherco) in North Yorkshire at round seven.
The 2022 championship uses the unique ACU Trial GB marking system introduced in 2020 which includes a one-minute time allowance for each section to be traversed, competitors may stop, go sideways or reverse without penalty. However, going backwards whilst footing will incur a five-mark penalty. An additional championship point is awarded to the best performance lap of the trial to all four classes. The introduction in 2022 of the reverse order for the start positions in the main ACU Trial GB category, whereby the winner from the previous round will be the first rider to start in this class continues.
Heavy rain greeted the riders for the start of the days action, but it had subsided once the Trial GB riders arrived at section one. Toby Martyn knew he needed the win at round seven and started very confidently by keeping his feet firmly on the footrest until section five where he took a much-needed single mark. Jack Peace had parted with an early two-mark loss on the second section as he fought to keep the championship lead, but two stops put him on the back foot as the opening lap closed with Martyn on 13 marks lost, the best of the trial, and Jack Peace on 17.
As the 12 sections bedded in after the opening lap it was Martyn, riding at the front of the entry who moved his riding level up a gear over the next two laps as Jack Peace, the younger of the two brothers, had no answer to his rival’s consistency. By the close of the last lap the winning margin had opened up to a 23 marks, such was Martyn’s solid riding. This leaves the championship still very much for the taking as Peace trails Martyn by juts a mere two points with just one round remaining as the action moves to Wales in October

Results from the British Championship - Toby Martyn wins again
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Welsh lad  Iwan Roberts won the Trial 2 class
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Quiz for the first day of the month >>>   What is this bike????  Hint they also made a two stroke twin model with a Anzani  engine.

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Sunday July 31st 2022

July 31st, 2022

The last day of the month and we are hoping cooler weather will start us into August. - Although we have had these very hot weeks in previous years, it seems to be worse for us with advancing years, - I have always said that September is my favorite month ( except that this also brings another birthday!!)

This would seem to apply to me as well as other old farts.

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Definitely  one of the best times for riding in the woods, but of course if you are planning on any Mountain rides, be prepared for snow !! - We have experienced this quite a few times and I was always glad to be on a Beta, which had lots of torque and could pull 4th gear. ( I think I surprised Stan one time when he asked the question)
Here are a couple of shots from 2007 up on Joss in August !! - top is of Taff - below is myself. having a banana break - not sure what Bob Clark is having. -

I remember chatting to our guide Mark Thompson in 2003 during our first time up the Mountain, when he told me that there was a very narrow window, when it was possible to reach the Summit, because of the snow. — We got lucky with the weather some years but not always..   -      ( Also remember that I was 66 years old that first time I went up Joss - and It was likely the toughest as we had to go up around some avalanches and it was so overgrown on  some of the trails it was a case of putting your head down and bashing your way through - we also had to traverse some pretty deep snow drifts that year)
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Below is a pic of Mark and myself at the Lookout in 2008 - You will notice that my right hand is taped up with electrical tape as I caught a branch on the narrow pack horse trail. — However I still managed to hold my cold beer which I had packed along. -  The message here is Always be prepared, if you go riding in the Mountains, and NEVER go alone.
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On top of the World - what a great feeling. ( And a good commercial for Coors Lite!!)
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Note : Looking back at these photographs I find it hard to believe that I was able to do this in my declining years.. - As perhaps I have mentioned before , the Forestry people put a new roof on the Lookout in 2007 and also installed windows - plus a visitors book -  all of this I think because of the huge Mountain bike influx into the area ( not good IMHO)  -

Anyway - the Mountain is now closed to “Motorized Vehicles” - ( At least I know I have got my name in the Visitors book as the oldest Trials rider to make  that climb up to the clouds) - ( My last trip up the Mountain was on my 75th birthday with Stan Bakgaard and yes it was likely the most difficult for me out of all the trips.) - Thanks Stan for making me do this and for the help along the way.
It should be noted that this lookout trail was built using pack horses   in 1920 -  but the actual Lookout was never used because they found a better one ( Sounds like a government decision similar to what happens these days)
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This old pic cropped up from when Sammy first came over from OZ and I took him to Silver Creek for some practice as it was bloody hot!!  we found this neat waterfall to cool off.

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Saturday we watched the last day of the Red Bull Romaniacs on You Tube - this showed a lot of the difficult terrain that the riders had to tackle on the final day - As mentioned Graham Jarvis took the win and our own Cannuck Trystan Hart finished 4th - the weather was hot and dusty  so not easy. ( likely impossible for many)

May be an image of 6 people, dirt bike, motorcycle, tree and outdoors
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