Archive for July, 2013

Wednesday July 31st 2013

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

The last day of a very hot month, and although the forecast is a “Tad” cooler for the weekend, it also calls for some thunder storm activity, which is bad news when the forest is so dry.

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On Tuesday, I got a call from buddy Jeff who now works down the road at the Yamaha/KTM dealership ( Which has really cut into his Trials riding time) - He asked if he could send a customer over to me as they were having trouble getting the rear tire up on the bead of his Mont 4RT. - No problem I said, and the  gentleman ( from Whistler) soon drove into my driveway. - He already had the wheel off, and left it with me while he went visiting friends in the area.

As most Trials riders know, the solution to beading tubeless tires, is having one of the “Trick” rubber rings that fit between the rim and tire while hitting with a blast from a compressor, so I soon had the tire fixed. - Chatting to the customer later when he stopped by to pick it up, he told me that he was out riding somewhere around Vernon, and picked up a nail, and while riding back to the truck, the Dunlop came off the bead. - Of course the solution is to always have a tire kit in your toolpouch if going on a long ride, we always carry a supply of the sticky plugs ( often called dog turds) and tools, plus a couple of the C02 cartridges.

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We were also pleasantly surprised, when Harold (Turk) Pereplkin *(spelling) - dropped in for a visit. - he was in town for a funeral, and it wasn’t long before we were swapping stories from cross country racing back in the 70’s - Turk still rides out on Vancouver Island and has a Beta Evo with the long range kit on it, but he also competes in vintage events Stateside on one of his IT 200’s, and in fact is going to a reunion next month to celebrate the first American ISDE, back some 40 years. I think he will be riding a Zundapp supplied by another Six Day legend, Helmut Clasen.
Turk still keeps in touch with other great riding buddies from the past, like Bob Underhill, and Al Perrot  - so it was  nice to reflect on some  of the old memories - Along with Danny Amor, these riders formed a big part of the Canadian Team effort in the 70’s. - Danny was without doubt one of the most gifted riders this country has ever produced, and his loss to cancer back in 1984 was devastating. - I had signed him up to ride on our Yamaha Team in the 1983 ISDE in Wales, when he found out he had the killer disease, and I still remember that he was the only person to meet us at the Vancouver Airport on our return, having finished 2nd in the Silver Vase Trophy class. - Our whole team were on a high after this achievement, the best ever, I think, by any Canadian Team, so although Danny was by this time very sick, he at least got to share the excitement, with some of our riders over a cup of coffee.

All too soon, it was time for Turk to leave, but for a short while, we were able to turn the clock back, and laugh about events from the past, - and that’s what old age is all about. -
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Tuesday July 30th 2013

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

The story that Jordi Tarres is “Stepping Back” from his JTG project, will have come as a shock to many people, including, I’m sure his Importers, who are selling everything they can get at the moment. - It appears the rift is between Jordi and his main investor, and as they say “Money Talks” - Hopefully this will all get resolved.

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The hot dry spell continues in the Valley, and Forest fires are in the news on almost a daily basis - we do have some rain forecast for Thursday, but we need a big storm to wet down the woods. - Naturally Dirt bikers are the first to get the blame if a fire starts , so if you do go out be sure to take care.

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I saw some pics on facebook showing Adam Hague & Jake Cook, practicing at Blackfoot Park a few days ago - seems their work schedule was changed due to  - believe it or not, wet weather - not sure if this means they will miss the ATRA Trial at Rocky next weekend or not. - must be frustrating for them having brand new Betas & no chance to ride them.

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Looking ahead to the weekend, the Moose Mountain race takes place at Fallen Timber, and I believe there will also be a trial on the Saturday. - Steve Foord is the man to contact for more info on this. - or click on to the SGC website.

I believe   ‘’The Moose”  has been going on since the 1940’s, and was originally a race to the top of Moose Mountain near Bragg Creek Alberta. - and it was the very first Cross Country race that I entered in Canada back in 1972  - The Calgary Motorcycle club, moved it to the Waiparous Creek area, and the great Jeff Smith ( World MX Champion)  rode it in 1976.

In later years, the format has changed to more of a Hare Scramble type of event, not the bike & body killer of the 70’s - but it is still very popular.

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Hemingway joins Dec in Penrith

World Championship Round 7 Great Britain: 27th – 28th July 2013

On an excellent weekend of trials action near Penrith in the North of the country the two days were very contrasting. On day one it was exceedingly hot and on day two heavy rain welcomed the competitors before the sun shone through. Three laps of twelve hazards were attempted each day

“It was a change of scenery in the minding position as the experienced Ben Hemingway was welcomed to the team. After a tough practise period with Ben giving the instructions I soon settled down. My elder brother Sam still contributes immensely as the third member of the team”.

Ben Hemingway and Dec Bullock

“I have ridden well on both days but with the scores very low I knew each mark I parted with would count and I missed out on sixth position on Saturday on the tie break decider which made me even more determined for the following day’s action”.

“Maybe I was trying a little too much to clean the hazards on Sunday and as it’s such a fine line between failure and success at this level of riding I parted with three very poor five mark penalties which removed any chance of me achieving my goal of a top five position at the close of the action”.

“With Ben minding all week-end it has been very much a case of learning from his experience on how to attempt world championship hazards. I am confident that in the closing round in France I can reap the rewards of the hard work as we continue to train to achieve the results I feel I am capable of”.

“The Roundhouse team have worked hard for me once again at the event and I would like to thank them and all my sponsors for the massive home support”More news as it happens >>>>

Monday July 29th 2013

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Lots of news to report today - first of all, we had a really good ride yesterday - it wasn’t too hot, and my son Steve did well considering he hasn’t been on a bike for many years. - no crashes, not even a tip over, and by the end of the day I had him practicing some sections on my Evo. - We rode part of the loop that we had planned for the cancelled May Trial, and I did a few of the new sections which hadn’t been tried before - all challenging but neat stuff. - We showed Steve “The Devil’s Staircase” - then went on the horse trail along the gully to “Adrian’s Wall” and back down to Brett’s Wall, before calling it a day, - a great ride and we all enjoyed it.

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Toni Bou won the second day at Penrith, but had a bad crash on section #7 on his final loop, that left him with a bad gash in his stomach from a sharp rock, However he carried on to take the win, but couldn’t attend the Trophy presentation. - It   was a big day for Welsh lad Iwan Roberts (Beta) who won the youth class in only his second World event. - Pol Tarres (Sherco) took the Junior Class. - Here is the report by Jake Miller >

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Bou wins again after late scare on Day 2

Pro Class Results

Bou survives late scare to win again

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa survived a late scare to take his second win of the weekend at round seven of the 2013 FIM Trial World Championship held at Penrith, Great Britain. Bou crashed heavily in section seven on the third and final lap and sustained an injury to the lower right part of his stomach that required immediate medical attention at the finish, which in turn prevented him from taking part in the podium ceremony. Adam Raga – Gas Gas for the second day in a row managed to salvage a vital second place after a poor opening lap. Jeroni Fajardo – Beta beat Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa by a single dab to complete an all Spanish podium. Bou now heads Raga by ten points in the general standings with just one round remaining.

The second day of the British Grand Prix could not have not been more different to day one, with the sunshine of Saturday being replaced by torrential rain as today’s action got underway. Several modifications were made to the sections to allow for the rain that had fallen heavily throughout the night and for most of today’s first lap. Bou was amongst many who were to fall foul of the difficult conditions as he handed Raga an early advantage when he fived section two this morning. However the reigning champion was soon to recover and was never behind from the end of the first lap onwards. Bou was cruising to his second win a row when disaster struck in the seventh hazard on his final visit. His heavy fall saw him land on sharp rock that punctured his right side leaving an open wound several centimetres in length.

Focused on finishing the job in hand, Bou’s team applied a temporary bandage to stem the blood loss, which proved to be sufficient for him to ride the remaining sections and to secure another important win. Raga watched on in hope, but had to be happy with his second place, which may prove to be just enough to keep his title hopes alive.

Pol Tarres – Sherco kept the race for the Junior class title alive as he won the second day of the British round. Despite trailing class leader and eventual runner-up on the day, Jorge Casales – Gas Gas on the opening lap of three, Tarres produced the best two closing laps to win by seven clear marks come the finish. Jonathan Richardson – Ossa equalled his best result of the season to date as he claimed third spot at his home GP after he defeated Francesc Moret – Gas Gas on a most cleans tie break. Although beaten into second position today Casales still holds a healthy lead in the championship table as he heads to the final round in France and remains the favourite to lift the title barring an absolute disaster. Moret has now moved within a point of Jack Sheppard – Beta in the tussle for third position in rankings as the British rider endured a tough day and could only place eighth.

The Youth class welcomed a new winner today, as sixteen year old Iwan Roberts – Beta followed up yesterday’s fourth place with an outstanding victory in only his second ever Grand Prix. The youngster from Wales went clean on his final lap to snatch a single mark win from fellow British rider Jack Price – Beta. Again this was Price’s best ever result in only his second ever GP. Series regular Bradley Cox – Beta rounded out the podium as home riders filled all of the top three positions. Newly crowned 2013 FIM Youth Trial World Cup winner Quentin Carles de Caudemberg – Beta had to settle for fourth place on this occasion having never previously been off the rostrum this season. Gabriele Giarba – Beta completed the top five to maintain his second place in the general standings just ahead of Cox with one round remaining.

The final round of the 2013 FIM Trial World Championship will take place in Isola 2000, France on 31st August / 1st September.

Photo Credit:- FIM/G2F Media

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It appears that all is not rosey at Jotagas, as Jordi has posted a press release saying he is stepping aside from the business because of partnership issues  ( I can certainly relate to that) - He goes on to say he hopes things can be resolved.

Statement from Jordi

Jordi Tarrés.

Dear friends,

I Just wanted to write some words due to the latest rumours that started to appear regarding my situation towards Jotagas. So that, it is me personally who is in the position to administrate those words.

True,

I decided to move away from the company temporarily, but not from the project; the reasons, I prefer not to go in to much detail over these, but it is a reality that some differences of opinion regarding how to run the business, this is towards the actual person administrating/ owning it have appeared. I do not want to continue being part of the business element. until those are solved. Honestly, from my deep hart, I hope this situation will be solved soon, based on a path on which I feel myself comfortable.

For further information do not hesitate to contact me.

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Sunday July 28th 2013

Sunday, July 28th, 2013

Morning Trials fans - a bit cooler today with forecast of only +28 !!! - The quail are calling as usual outside my office window as the parents gather all their chicks for the early “walk about”. - Formula One is on the box with Hamilton leading at the moment.

It will be quite a historic day for me, as I’m taking my son riding for the first time in many years, - Steve was a good Junior Cross Country rider in his youth, before getting blinded in one eye in a race when he was 15 years old. - he is now 46 and hasn’t been on a bike for a very long time, but I’m sure he will do alright as he has a natural talent - I checked over the Beta Alp yesterday - started 2nd kick, even though it hasn’t been fired up since last year - although it’s heavy by comparison to the new models, it works very well and is in almost like new condition. - I plan on taking him around the Outlaw loop at Summerland, and we will meet up with Pete at 9am. - watch for some pics later.

Saturday July 27th 2013

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Latest news from the World Round in the UK, shows Toni Bou with a commanding lead after two loops - here are the scores Bou 4 - Fuji 20 - Cabestany 24 - Raga 24 - Fajardo 26 - Dabill 36. - Check back later for the final Tally.

UPDATE FINAL SCORES -

World-Pro-Podium

Bou wins to take control of championship

World Pro Class result

Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa took an important step toward securing the 2013 FIM Trial World Championship when he won the opening day of the British Trial Grand Prix held at Penrith. Bou has now opened up a seven point advantage at the top of the table, the biggest lead he has enjoyed so far this season as his team mate Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa helped his cause by coming home in second place. The two Repsol riders finished well clear of the chasing pack with Adam Raga – Gas Gas eventually taking third spot, but with a score more than double that of the leading duo. Raga can count himself fortunate to have clawed his way back onto the podium after a disastrous first lap placed him down in sixth position at that interim point in the competition.

Jeroni Fajardo – Beta just missed out on a top three placing as he finished on one mark more than Raga after both riders recorded their worst performances on the third and final lap. Albert Cabestany – Sherco closed out the top five as he too suffered a poor end to what at one point looked like a potential podium result. In terms of fading performances, it was James Dabill – Beta who was most evident in this regard. Dabill thrilled the home crowd on the opening lap as he rode himself into an intermediate second place behind Bou, but then saw his day fall apart over the next two laps to end the first day of his home GP down in sixth position.

The British summer continued at the Nord Vue venue with the riders facing a series of dry and dusty sections that proved to be a tough test for the World Pro riders in the hot temperatures. The mainly man made hazards were unforgiving and punished any small errors as Raga was to discover as early as the second section of the day. Another five two sections later was to pretty much seal his fate, and may prove to be costly as he tries to keep in contact with championship leader Bou. Fujinami produced a single dab, closing lap to equal Bou’s performance on lap two, and to move back ahead of Cabestany in the general standings.

Jorge Casales – Gas Gas further extended his lead at the top of the Junior standings as he recorded his fourth win of the campaign. Casales put himself out in front on the first lap with a one mark loss in the initial twelve sections, and only came under pressure on lap three as his title rival Pol Tarres – Sherco closed within a mark of him. Tarres recovered well after a first lap five to finish as runner up on the day and to strengthen his second place in the overall standings as Jack Sheppard – Beta finished down in fifth place on day one of his home GP. Francesc Moret – Gas Gas rounded out an all Spanish Junior podium and in doing so has moved closer to Sheppard in the fight for third spot in the series.

Quentin Carles de Caudemberg – Beta sealed the 2013 FIM Youth Trial World Cup in true championship winning style by taking his sixth victory of the series today. Even with three counting days remaining the eighteen-year-old French rider cannot now be overtaken in the general standings with the title being decided on the best eleven results. Carles de Caudemberg went clean on the opening two laps before dropping six marks on his closing lap. This saw him finish just three marks clear of Gabriele Giarba – Beta who continues to hold second spot in the championship table. Kenny Thomas – Beta rounded out the podium, as series regular Bradley Cox – Beta was demoted to fifth on the day by his compatriot Iwan Roberts – Beta who recorded his best ever result at this level.

The second and final day of the British Trial Grand Prix will take place tomorrow, but maybe in much different conditions if the heavy rain that is forecast actually materialises.

Photo Credit:- FIM/G2F Media

World Junior Class result

125 Class result

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Just taking a quick look at the overall points from the WTC Championship Series to date - and using the best 4 out of 6 results - It appears that we already have some classes decided, although this is unofficial at this point

Champ Class - Thomas Cordner (GG) - total 115 points - ( 3 wins one 2nd)
Expert Class - Andrew Watson (GG) - Total 102 points     ( 2 wins two 3rds)
Advanced Class - Tanner Nordin (Beta) - Total 111 points   ( 3 wins one 3rd)
Intermediate Class - Graeme Herman (Beta) Total 115 points  ( 3 wins one 2nd)
Sr Intermediate Class - Ross Rathbone (Beta) Total 85 points  ( 2 wins one 2nd)
Junior Class - Ken Knight (Sherco)              Total 81 points.    ( 2 wins one 3rd)

Of course we don’t know if any Western riders will compete in Quebec at the last two rounds - but with my reckoning it looks like the series has been pretty successful for the BC and Alberta riders. - I leave it to Bob Johns to do all the final positions later in the year. - Congratulations to everybody.
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I see that Lewis Hamilton is on pole for the F1 race in Hungary tomorrow ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Grosjean.

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More updates from the UK later :

Friday July 26th 2013

Friday, July 26th, 2013

We have now received the full official results from the WTC Championship rounds held at Ioco last weekend, thanks to Christy for this - now I have to try and figure out how to post them, as I’m not too swift when it comes to transferring files. At least Bob from Trials Canada will soon have them up and also the current standings for the series to date.

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Looking back at the event at Ioco, one of the best parts, was kicking back with the guys from Washington State, and swapping stories from the past, the old saying of “the older I get the faster I was” springs to mind, but relating funny experiences at camp outs, has to be one of the best parts of motorcycling. -

One story that I recalled, was the time I drove out from Calgary,to a National trial at Ioco, the year was 1975, and I towed a trailer behind my Yamaha Canada Station wagon with four bikes aboard. - Our team included Murray Nutt, Gord Lalonde and the Lang brothers, while I was the unofficial team captain, - After the long drive we booked into the Port Moody Inn, and being thirsty, we soon settled in at the Stripper bar, where Murray took his chair to front and center to get a better view. -The night was long and the hang-overs next morning were ugly, -  so much so, that Murray only rode a couple sections, before grabbing a cab to the airport and heading home. - I don’t remember how the other lads did, but I can still recall the drive home on icy roads, through Banff National Park.
At that time, it was normal for my sales manager to phone me on a Monday morning to find out how the Sunday competitions went etc, and on this particular day he asked how my new hot-shot Alberta Trials rider had performed at the Nationals. - Well, as you can imagine he never got the true story, as I told him how poor Murray had come down with a bout of food poisoning !! -

The sport of Trials, brings together young and old, in a friendly environment, that is family oriented. - Of course the increased cost of travel, has cut into many riders plans to compete in other areas. - However, summer holidays, can sometimes include a chance to ride at different locations, and maybe a chance to relive some of those priceless memories around the campfire.
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In other news, the Formula One Teams are in Hungary this weekend, where the Red Bull drivers of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber have been fastest in the early practice, followed by Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

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We will keep monitoring the Trials news from the UK World round so don’t forget to  check back. >>

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Super Stars- Saturday July 20, 2013

 

Champ Class  

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Thomas Cordner

Gas Gas

Victoria, BC

13

9

16

38

2

Alex Walton

Sherco

Mission, BC

24

28

34

86

3

Brandon Wince

Gas Gas

W. Kelowna, BC

32

33

41

106

4

Matt Fracy

Beta

Shawnigan Lake, BC

33

33

46

111

 

Expert

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Bill Sparks

Beta

Port Moody, BC

6

17

5

28

2

Todd Nordin

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

10

7

12

29

3

Stan Bakgaard

Sherco

Yale, BC

16

5

14

35

4

Andrew Watson

Gas Gas

Victoria, BC

12

21

8

41

5

Steve Day

Gas Gas

Coquitlam, BC

19

19

22

60

 

Senior Advanced

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Don Doerksen

Scorpa

Mission, BC

19

13

18

40

2

Bill de Garis

Gas Gas

Port Moody, BC

15

14

17

46

3

R.W. Clark

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

13

13

23

49

4

Guy Smeeth

Gas Gas

Vancouver, BC

18

21

13

52

 

Advanced

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Christy Williams

Montesa

Maple Ridge, BC

3

1

2

6

2

Andrew Allen

Gas Gas

Delta, BC

10

11

10

31

3

Tanner Nordin

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

10

11

12

33

4

Carl Muller

Beta

Surrey, BC

11

18

8

37

5

Ben Pospisil

Beta

Edmonton, AB

13

8

18

39

 

Senior Intermediate (Sportsman)

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Brett Clark

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

4

1

1

6

2

Ross Rathbone

Beta

Magna Bay, BC

6

1

0

7

3

Steve Dufault

Gas Gas

Coquitlam, BC

2

6

1

9

 

Intermediate   

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Graeme Herman

Beta

Kamloops, BC

4

5

4

13

2

Grant Breton-Stiles

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

5

5

4

14/21

3

Wyatt Pospisil

Beta

Edmonton, AB

6

3

5

14/19

4

Craig Parfitt

Beta

Sherwood Park, AB

5

6

4

15

5

Jay Colley

Beta

Ymir, BC

9

4

5

18

6

Jake Wideman

Beta

Scotch Creek, BC

7

9

6

22

7

Dean Seaman

Beta

Sorrento, BC

3

11

9

23

 

Junior

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Ken Knight

Sherco

Okotoks, BC

8

10

7

25

2

Matthew Reading

Beta

Vernon, BC

26

20

19

65

3

Chris Briggs

Sherco

Sorrento, BC

DNF

 

 

 

 

 

Super Stars- Sunday July 21, 2013

 

Champ Class  

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Thomas Cordner

Gas Gas

Victoria, BC

1

12

0

13

2

Alex Walton

Sherco

Mission, BC

18

11

13

42

3

Matt Fracy

Beta

Shawnigan Lake, BC

19

15

16

50

 

Expert

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Bill Sparks

Beta

Port Moody, BC

9

4

5

18

2

Stan Bakgaard

Sherco

Yale, BC

9

8

3

20

3

Todd Nordin

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

12

6

4

22

4

Andrew Watson

Gas Gas

Victoria, BC

16

6

9

31

5

Steve Day

Gas Gas

Coquitlam, BC

DNF

 

 

 

 

Senior Advanced

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Don Doerksen

Scorpa

Mission, BC

6

9

10

25

2

Guy Smeeth

Gas Gas

Vancouver, BC

8

17

15

40

3

Bill de Garis

Gas Gas

Port Moody, BC

21

11

19

51

4

R.W. Clark

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

35

31

35

101

 

Advanced

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Tanner Nordin

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

7

10

9

26

2

Andrew Allen

Gas Gas

Delta, BC

14

5

11

30

3

Ben Pospisil

Beta

Edmonton, AB

14

22

15

51

4

Jay Colley

Beta

Ymir, BC

43

38

38

119

 

Senior Intermediate (Sportsman)

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Ross Rathbone

Beta

Magna Bay, BC

12

3

2

17

2

Brett Clark

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

DNF

 

 

 

3

Steve Dufault

Gas Gas

Coquitlam, BC

DNF

 

 

 

 

Intermediate   

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

1

Wyatt Pospisil

Beta

Edmonton, AB

7

9

4

20

2

Graeme Herman

Beta

Kamloops, BC

8

9

4

21

3

Grant Breton-Stiles

Beta

Coquitlam, BC

7

12

6

25

4

Dean Seaman

Beta

Sorrento, BC

21

8

2

31

5

Craig Parfitt

Beta

Sherwood Park, AB

11

12

10

33

6

Jake Wideman

Beta

Scotch Creek, BC

13

16

15

44

 

Junior

Place

Name

Bike

Home Town

Loop 1

Loop 2

Loop 3

Total

 

Thursday July 25th 2013

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

So here we are again heading into another scorcher of a day, looking desperately at the weekend forecast for some relief from the heat. - Of course it’s great for the folks on holiday with the local beaches crowded, but traffic in the Valley is also another problem. - Ah yes the sounds of Summer - police and medic sirens going down the hiway, on a regular basis.

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This weekend will also bring the big test for Graham Jarvis and his crew, as they keep fingers crossed hoping to have got the sections right at the UK World Round.  -

Fajardo

Top two riders remain locked in battle heading for Penrith

A mere two points separates the top two riders in the 2013 FIM Trial World Championship as the series heads to Penrith, Great Britain this weekend for the penultimate Grand Prix of the current season. Reigning champion Toni Bou – Repsol Montesa holds the slight upper hand, but will still be raw from the defeat that his fierce rival Adam Raga – Gas Gas inflicted last time out in the Czech Republic. Both riders have recorded four wins apiece and have never been split by more than five points since the 2013 campaign began in Japan back in late April. The sandstone boulders of the Nord Vue venue are sure to provide the perfect stage to continue this intense battle in front of what is expected to be a large British crowd.Behind this leading duo, another war is raging with three riders intent on claiming at least third spot in the series when it comes to a close in France in early September. Albert Cabestany – Sherco finally nudged ahead of his equally experienced Japanese counterpart as Takahisa Fujinami – Repsol Montesa endured a day from hell at the last GP. Cabestany’s advantage over Fujinami after his third place in the Czech Republic is just a single point, with Jeroni Fajardo – Beta continuing to pose a threat to this established pairing as he sits only six points further back from Takahisa despite a recent dip in form. All riders will want to be on the podium on both days at the British round as an absolute minimum, to keep their respective challenges alive.

One rider with thoughts of crashing their potential party will be home favourite James Dabill – Beta who achieved his career best result at the British GP last year, when he placed third to close out the 2012 season on a real high and much to the delight of his many fans. A fourth spot at the previous round two weeks ago will see Dabill in confident form as he once again looks to book his place on the rostrum in order to give himself any chance of a top five placing in the final standings come the end of the series. Other British hopefuls will include Jack Challoner – Beta and Michael Brown – Gas Gas who will be hoping that some solid home support will put them above the likes of Matteo Grattarola – Gas Gas and Loris Gubian – Gas Gas to mention two of the regular top ten contenders.

Spains’ Jorge Casales – Gas Gas will bring a thirteen point lead to Great Britain despite having not won a GP since the round in Andorra. No less than six different riders have tasted the winners champagne in the highly competitive Junior class this season, Maxime Warenghien – Sherco being the latest of these victors in the Czech Republic. Pol Tarres – Sherco moved into second spot in the series ranking after the last Grand Prix, and moved three points ahead of Britain’s very own Jack Sheppard – Beta whose recent run of form has been far from impressive. He is sure to relish the opportunity of his home GP to turn things around and to close back in on the two Spanish front runners. Francesc Moret – Gas Gas remains fourth in the general standings, ten points behind Jack and is another rider whose form has dipped at the last two rounds, although he should still not be counted out of the overall equation in a class where the unexpected is quite usual.

French rider Quentin Carles de Caudemberg – Beta will make the relatively short trip across the English channel carrying the knowledge that he can wrap up the Youth title if the results go in his favour over the two days of competition at Nord Vue. He currently enjoys a thirty seven point gap over Italy’s Gabriele Giarba – Beta, with the final championship positions being determined from the best eleven out of a possible thirteen counting days. Quentin’s compatriot Kenny Thomas – Beta was the winner last time out, although his margin of victory over Carles de Caudemberg and Britain’s Bradley Cox – Beta was only slim. Cox like his compatriots will be hoping that its his national anthem that will be playing at the close of both days in Penrith, as he looks to kick life into his campaign which has failed to shine thus far.

Photo :- Jerome Fajardo – Beta

credit FIM / G2F Media

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Wednesday July 24th 2013

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

The extreme hot summer weather continues in the Okanagan Valley, making it tough to work, especially hard on the old folks without air conditioning. - Of course the other issue is the forest fire hazard, as everything in the woods is like tinder. - Naturally we all tend to complain about the climate - too cold,- too wet - too hot etc, but for me, I can’t wait for the cooler temperatures of September/October, when riding in the Forest is at it’s best.

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I just read the report on Cycle News, about the Lazer incident at the Washougal Moto X - seems somebody from an opposing team used one of these lights to try and  upset Ryan Villopoto on the starting line - the offending person was found and heavy fines were issued. - Makes you wonder what devious tricks are next.

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Yesterday I spent a couple more hours editing pics from the WTC Trial at the weekend, and posting on my gallery - anybody wishing copies of any shot in the large format can email me and I will send out free of charge.
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Emma Bristow continues to impress with her performance in both UK and International Trials - here is a post on the Reeth Three Day Trial, courtesy Trial Magazine, >

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Emma is best lady in Reeth

National Reeth Three Day Trial 19th – 21st July 2013

Once again this superb event held around the market town of Reeth in North Yorkshire attracted a quality entry of just over 200 riders to compete over the three days. MRS Sherco team rider Emma Bristow rode the event showing her capabilities amongst her fellow male team riders finishing in a respectful 23rd position overall and in the process taking the award for the Best Lady competitor.

Emma Bristow – Sherco

Emma Bristow: “I have really enjoyed the three days of trials riding on some of the most testing terrain in the world. I have ridden well using my growing experience to help me on the way to finishing in the top twenty five riders”

“The MRS Sherco has once again run like a dream with very little maintenance required over the course of the event allowing me to focus on my riding. Each day included a different route which offered different hazards and it’s also nice to ride some parts of the course from the tough Scott trial held later in the year.”

“As always the club put on a first class event and I would like to thank all the observers, officials and club members who allow us to ride in such an enjoyable competition.”

“Once again it’s a big thank you to all my sponsors and supporters who provide the support to allow me to compete.”

Tuesday July 23rd 2013

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Well I managed to post the pics from the first day of the WTC Championship on my gallery - but it takes for ever to edit  so many shots ( over 450) - However, I have managed to wade through most of the Sunday stuff, and will put these on a separate album later today. - Lots of people have commented on the sequence that I got of Alex Walton on “Rock Awesome” luckily he didn’t get hurt, except for a burnt hand trying to shut down the Sherco which was revving to the moon after landing up-side-down. ( Something to be said for the new FIM rule that requires tether switches) - Alex was riding really well at the weekend, as were all the young guns.

As you can see from the results now posted on Trials Canada (Saturday only) Our Shuswap group performed well, as did the lads from the ATRA - Taff ended up with a new Evo 250, after I sold his other one to an old buddy from way back in my Yamaha days. - George Imada from Vancouver stopped  by the booth to chat and ended up with a Beta.

The camp out at the Ioco site turned out to be very enjoyable, we swapped stories with the Washington State riders, and listened to Kenny Knight’s account of the big Alberta floods. - Maggie and her boys (Ben & Wyatt) hung out with us, and Taff cooked some great steaks for us on Friday night. - With four of the six WTC Championship events now in the history books, it’s now time to kick back for a couple of weeks, before heading to Rocky Mountain House on the August 11th weekend.

One of the neatest bikes we saw at the Vancouver Trial, was the immaculate Fantic 200, which Steve Fracy rode to a convincing win in the Saturday Senior Inter class - beating all the modern bikes. - Another funny thing, was when the lads all lined up their bikes in front of my booth before heading into town for the night - I think there were 9 or 10 Betas and Steve’s Fantic, making for an all Italian line up.
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In other weekend news, I see that Mark Marquez won the Moto GP race at Laguna Seca, ahead of Valentino Rossi and Steffan Bradl. - Cycle News have a good good write up on the race.

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Looking ahead to the weekend - the Trials circus moves to Penryth, for the UK round of the World Championship - Graham Jarvis is Clerk of the Course, and it should be an interesting event, with James Dabill hoping to get on the podium.

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Monday July 22nd 2013

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

What a great weekend we had at the Ioco WTC Nationals, - Taff and myself got to the site on Friday around supper time, and set up camp, before a lot of the other regular riders showed up. -

Saturday was Round #3 of the Series, with lower classes riding in the morning and the top guys in the afternoon, using the cross check system. - Although I don’t have the full results as yet , I know there were around 58 riders on Saturday, with good representation from Alberta, BC, and Washington. We took over 450 photographs, and will edit these later today, after we get the van unloaded, so that Taff can head home to Sherwood Park. - The weather at the Coast was hot, so we did get a bit sunburned, but not as hot as the OK Valley. - We chatted to a lot of old friends and met many new ones over the course of the three days.

Watch this space for much more on the event>>>>>