Archive for July, 2017

Monday July 31st 2017

Monday, July 31st, 2017

Sunday morning, I chatted to Florian about the decision to postpone the WTC National Trial, at which time he informed me that they had a huge windstorm blow through the Revy area a couple of days ago which toppled a ton of trees both in Town and out on the trails. ( Plus Mr Trudeau was also in town so maybe that added to the “Big Wind”)

Many of these trails would have been used as part of our loop, so a work party from the Revy Riders club, has been out with hand saws to clear them. - We should know fairly soon about the new date for the Trial.

We urge everybody to act in a responsible  manner, and stay out of the bush, while this extreme hot dry spell is with us both in BC and parts of Alberta.  While we are still obviously open for business, our bikes are parked.
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In the meantime, my Sunday was spent watching first the formula One race from Hungary ( Ferrari finished 1-2)  - then it was time for the final round of the golf from Glen Abby in Oakville ONT.  - All in the air conditioned front room.
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Here are some results from the US World Round for Day #2

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Nice to see Kylee Sweeten take the win in the ladies T2 category - this is a lovely photo taken with her proud Dad, who acted as her minder.

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Sunday July 30th 2017

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

BREAKING NEWS: 

THE WTC NATIONAL TRIAL AT REVELSTOKE ON AUGUST 12/13 - HAS BEEN POSTPONED, DUE TO THE EXTREME FOREST FIRE CONDITIONS - WE WILL RESCHEDULE FOR SEPTEMBER.  PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER INFO:

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Most regular Trials people in the Shuswap/Okanagan, will recognize the smiling face of Marcus Buhrig from Blind Bay -  A long time supporter of Team Outlaw, Marcus stopped by on Saturday to pick up his new 2017 Evo 250.
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World Trial USA Saturday Results  - It was close - I’m thinking the club might be adding some difficulty for Sunday..
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This is a shot of the Beta pits in Arizona - nice to see the Euro Team riders doing well in all the classes.

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Saturday July 29th 2017

Saturday, July 29th, 2017

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT:

The WTC National Trial at Revelstoke, is now only two weeks away, and with scorching temperatures plus no rain in the long range  14 day forecast, we may have to make the difficult decision to postpone the event. -

Because of the Xtreme Fire danger in Central BC, we need to act in a responsible manner, and although we always take the utmost caution while riding in wooded areas, we must consider the possible ramifications for the Revy Riders club.
We will be in discussion with the Revy Club executive, this weekend, and have more news on Monday. - With many people already booked into both the local Hotels and camping spots they need time to change reservations.

Be sure to check the blog on Monday.

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Qualification positions for the USA World Round.

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28/07/17 - TRIALGP USA - BUSTO AND BRISTOW CLAIM POLE AT TRIALGP USASpain’s Jaime Busto - Repsol Honda and Britain’s Emma Bristow - Sherco will start tomorrow’s opening day of TrialGP USA, round six of the 2017 FIM Trial World Championship and round one of the 2017 FIM Women’s Trial World Championship, at the back of the field in their respective classes after topping qualification at Kingman in Arizona.Busto took his third qualification victory of the season in the TrialGP class while Bristow opened up her account on top in TrialGP Women as the ladies’ series got under way.

With sixty-six riders competing over three routes of varying severity on the steep, wooded hillside the action came thick and fast.

Although not the shortest it was certainly the quickest qualification section we have seen this year with the loose soil and imposing granite boulders providing a stiff test as riders threw caution to the win in a bid to post the fastest time without losing any costly marks.

After some impressive early results it was defending FIM Trial World Champion Toni Bou - Repsol Honda from Spain who looked to have his third consecutive qualification win in the bag with what seemed to be an unbeatable time of 0:33.25.

Then, with the large and enthusiastic American audience whooping their encouragement, Britain’s James Dabill - Gas Gas did the unthinkable and posted a clean ride just over one second faster.

The stage was set for yet another Busto show - stopper and the nineteen-year-old, the penultimate rider to go, rose to the occasion to make it a hat-trick of qualification victories with a barnstorming ride over a second faster than Dabill that sent the crowd wild.

“I’m very happy with my performance today,” says Busto. “I had to take some big risks because the section was very fast. The fans were very good and I enjoyed it, but now I must do the same again tomorrow.”

Spain’s Albert Cabestany - Sherco finally appears to have got to grips with qualification and was fourth ahead of compatriots Miquel Gelabert - Sherco and Adam Raga - TRRS.

Both female classes rode the same eased route and Bristow, who is going for her fourth consecutive TrialGP Women title, put in a Champion’s performance that combined pace and precision.

The third rider in her class away, she was always in control and her clean ride in a benchmark time of 0:37.02 gave her victory by 0:00.78 over Spain’s Berta Abellan - Beta with another Spaniard, Sandra Gomez - Gas Gas, third almost a further half-a-second adrift.

“The fans were great - really supportive - and it was a fantastic atmosphere, but I’m relieved to be honest,” says Bristow. “It’s the first time the women have had to do qualification and I think everyone was quite nervous.”

“Obviously you want the clean which is the main priority, but you also want to go fast and I did both so I’ll start at the back tomorrow which is important, but I’ve still got to produce the goods.”

With fifteen riders staying clean in a close Trial2 contest on their own eased route it was Britain’s Toby Martyn - Vertigo who defied team orders and hung it out for a time of 0:27.42.

Hakon Pedersen - Gas Gas from Norway and Spaniard Francesc Moret - Montesa were both within 0:01.14 of him in second and third as championship leader Iwan Roberts - Beta played it safe, ending the session eighth with a time of 0:32.00.

In the Trial2 Women class Spain’s Neus Murcia - Beta stayed clean and posted a fastest time of 0:42.47 to qualify first over five seconds ahead of Jule Steinert - TRRS from Germany.

Some of the biggest cheers of the day were reserved for home heroine Maddie Hoover - Gas Gas who was a fighting third a further six seconds behind.

With qualification over, the American fans can now look forward to two days of pure Trial action that you can follow section by section by downloading the free TrialGP LIVE app on both the App store + Google play.

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No this is not my van - it belongs to Heath in the UK.

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Graeme Jarvis took the win at the 2017 Red Bull Romaniacs - 2nd was Mario Roman and 3rd  Paul Bolton.

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Friday July 28th 2017

Friday, July 28th, 2017

Checked my emails today & found this pic of Jordi & Gary, sent by Stan from the World Round venue in Arizona.

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The weather in Arizona is very hot and could be a factor for the riders competing at Kingman, even though the Trial is being held at at quite a high elevation. - No shortage of big rocks, by the look of things.  -  Dougie Lampkin posted the video of his Jitsie pre-ride of the qualifying section, which saw him have an unusual “Get off”

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DucatiThere doesn’t appear to be a shortage of potential buyers for Volkswagen-owned Ducati.Ducati’s parent company, Volkswagen AG, is taking expressions of interest in Ducati as part of a wider asset sell off to recoup billions of dollars in fines leveled at the Volkswagen Group—Europe’s largest carmaker and one of the largest corporations in the world—following the Dieselgate scandal of 2015, where the company was found to be cheating on vehicle emissions testing.

According to Reuters, the Benetton family—which has business interests in a wide range of industries including fashion, transport, and hospitality—has valued Ducati at $1.2 billion via the family’s investment vehicle, Edizione Holding, after Ducati’s 2016 revenues totaled 731 million Euros.

The Benetton family might be a romantic place for Ducati to eventually land, but there are plenty of other companies vying for Ducati’s hand in financial marriage. The most publicized of which has been Harley-Davidson, however, according to the Reuters report, they have pulled out of the race to own Ducati after balking at the valuation, which Reuters sources say has reached $1.4 billion in some buyout funds.

There’s still U.S. interest in Ducati, with Polaris reported being keen in picking up the brand after winding down their in-house owned Victory Motorcycles earlier this year. U.S. buyout fund Bain Capital, who owns a stake in Ski-Doo snowmobiles maker BRB, has also been touted as a potential buyer.

The booming Indian motorcycle market has produced two possible candidates for Ducati in Bajaj Auto and Eicher Motors. Bajaj owns 47 percent of KTM and produces small capacity motorcycles, scooters, and rickshaws for the Indian market, while Eicher Motors owns one of the oldest motorcycle manufacturers in the world—Royal Enfield—with production beginning way back in 1893.

Chinese concern Loncin Motor initially showed interest in Ducati, however, they have remained quiet on the subject for some months.

One person who could mount a spirited charge for Ducati is former owner, Andrea Bonomi, founder of the Italian private equity fund Investindustrial. Bonomi sold Ducati to Volkswagen back in 2012 for a reported $860 million and is serious about taking control of the reigns once again, according to Reuters.

There are other private equity funds interested in Ducati, namely CVC Capital Partners—the former owners of Formula One, having recently sold their interest to American’s Liberty Media Corporation.

Any sale of Ducati, however, would require the go-ahead from Volkswagen’s influential labor unions, who control half of the 20 seats on the VW supervisory board. According to Reuters, these unions are vehemently opposed to any sale of the Ducati brand—so even the just the sale, let alone who will get Ducati—is still very much in the air.

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Thursday July 27th 2017

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

A couple of people correctly guessed that the photo yesterday, was of John Britton - the guy who, together with a small team, built a World beating Superbike, at his home workshop in New Zealand.  - I have the VHS video of this story, which unfortunately did not have a happy ending, when Britton succumbed to cancer, likely caused by breathing in too many toxic gasses, while molding his carbon fiber machine in very primitive conditions. - Fellow Kiwi Gary Goodfellow, raced the Britton in Canada, but it was perhaps at Daytona, that the small team had it’s finest hour, when only a bad battery, failed them beating the Factory Ducati bikes.. - I love these “David versus Goliath” stories, perhaps that is why, I’m so impressed with the Jordi Tarres TRS -

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Here is an unusual photo that I saw today - which brought back memories of Wales - this Aqueduct  was built in 1785 and takes the River  across the “Dee” valley  on the road to Wrexham.  - We passed by this spot many times, but never did venture  along the tow-path, -  it is still used by the narrow canal boats, although these days, they are only used for pleasure.
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Another Forest Fire North of Vernon near Monte Lake on the road to Kamloops - not sure how this started, but Hiway 97 is closed.

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The Extreme Romaniacs is on right now, but already two of the top contenders are out after crashes - Graham Jarvis is leading the multi-day event.

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Going to Kelowna today - maybe catch up with Sam as he is in Town at some big concert, doing a demo ride along with some free-style guys - have not seen anything about it on the news.

I did see the Red Bull Rocks & Logs video on the local Kelowna TV channel yesterday - pretty good coverage.

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And finally - I forgot to mention, somebody left a message on my phone around 10 pm last night, wanting me to send them parts to the World Round in Arizona  - Sorry I missed your call !!!! ( Sounded like it was made from a bar some place)

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Wednesday July 26th 2017

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

I wonder how many people will know who this guy is in the photo ?  - email your answers to daverhodes@shaw.ca  - We will tell the story tomorrow.
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We had a customer stop by yesterday to pick up a used Beta we had in stock - the vehicle he was driving was certainly unique, being a heavily modified truck/camper painted bright red - in fact when I saw him slow down by my driveway, at first I thought it was a fire truck !!  - Andrew comes from Winlow in the Slocan Valley, but he has been doing a lot of trail clearing in the Castlegar region and is keen to have a bunch of us go down there in the Fall to check it out - He already knows a few of our buddies from the area - interesting chap, and obviously hooked on Trials.

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The World Trials Circus is in Arizona this weekend, with a lot of the European Teams, already arriving ( some without their luggage - Ben Hemmo) - This reminded  me of a time when the airline managed to lose my bag on a direct flight from Calgary to Vegas.

It would appear that a lot of Cannucks, are making the trip to see the Super Stars in action, but I think the Yanks will all be rooting for Pat Smage - he certainly has a lot of talent, being the multi time US Champ.

Here is the article courtesy Cycle News.  -

Coming To Kingman: FIM TrialGP Championship

Coming To Kingman: FIM TrialGP ChampionshipRepsol Honda’s Toni Bou leads the 2017 FIM TrialGP Championship coming into the Arizona round this week. Photography by Repsol HondaThe U.S. has enjoyed a long and rich association with the sport. This history stretches all the way back to the final year of the European Trial Championship in 1974 when Alan “Sid” Lampkin—Martin’s brother and Dougie’s uncle—took a five-mark win over Malcolm Rathmell at Saddleback Park in Orange County. Up until then no rider from the USA had ever even contested a round. Five competed at Saddleback.

In 1975, for the inaugural FIM Trial World Championship, TrialGP USA was included in the calendar at Stepping Stones Ranch in New England and this time around there were nine U.S. riders taking part.

The history books show that Lane Leavitt—winner of the first U.S. National Trials Championship in 1974—was the best-performing of the home heroes in ninth and his score of 70 was only four behind Martin Lampkin, who would go on to win that year’s FIM Trial World Championship.

With interest in trials growing Stateside, the 1976 FIM Trial World Championship travelled to Gold Bar, Washington, for round eight where 18-year-old Marland Whaley—a North American Trial Council Hall of Famer—finished a sensational second just six marks behind Martin Lampkin.

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That year 11 American riders competed in their home round and by 1977 the number had swollen to 15 with Whaley again finishing second, this time behind fantastic Frenchman Charles Coutard at Port Huron. It is also worth noting that although he finished out of the points in Michigan, top American performer in that season’s FIM Trial World Championship was Bernie Schreiber in seventh.

Schreiber was back for more in 1978 when he made history as the first American winner of TrialGP USA at Roaring Branch in Pennsylvania and he repeated his victory the following year at Pueblo on his way to taking the FIM Trial World Championship title.

Since then no American has ever won his or her home round or indeed the FIM Trial World Championship again, although the U.S. has appeared regularly on the calendar with venues including Donner Ski Ranch, Watkins Glen, Duluth, Sequatchie and Stepping Stones all featuring multiple times.

Kingman, Arizona, will play host to the TrialGP USA for the first time, with all the male riders looking to add their name to the famous Wagner Cup that has become synonymous with this event. The mountain venue will also welcome the opening round of the 2017 Women’s Trial World Championship, which visits the USA for the first time in its almost 20-year history.

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For Road Race fans - there is a big event happening at Mosport Ontario, on the same weekend we have our WTC National at Revy.

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Tuesday July 25th 2017

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

WTC NEWS.

The days of the month are ticking by, and in no time at all, it will be “Revy time”  -  While chatting with Florian on Sunday, I suggested that we host a “Guided Tour” ride on the Friday evening - We both agreed that this would add to the weekend, and could include different groups checking out the neat trails in the area - they all have names ( my favorite is the Klim trail as it goes through the old growth forest - easy riding full of scenic water falls etc,) - the more ambitious riders, could take on “Rowland’s Revenge” or Squirrel City - then everybody could finish off the night either around the campfire or in the Glacier Pub.

There is still a chance that Sammy might put on a Trials School over the weekend, although we have not firmed anything up at this point.

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The good news on the Technical front - is that now I have sorted the CP issue ( thanks Paul) - the posts for the missing week are all  available by scrolling back. - Glad about this as I posted some rather neat photos.

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For a lot of folk - the chance to take in a World Round Trial, comes up next week, in Arizona. - Although I won’t be attending this one, it will be an unbelievable experience for anybody that has not seen the skill of these European riders before.  - For me, I was introduced to this back in the UK as a young lad, when Factory riders would enter many of the same events that I was in. - In those days, everybody rode the same line, so you learned very quickly how good these guys were.

Thinking about how the sport has progressed ( or digressed  according to some) - I can only say, that I admired the skill of the riders in the 50’s just as much as I do today. - Sammy Miller once said that you can’t “Go Backwards” -  what he referred to was, you can’t ever turn the clock back. - For Sammy, at age 84, I can’t imagine the memories he has of a fantastic career in both road racing and Trials. ( I’m proud to say I rode in a Trial that he won)

eg: We imported Sammy Miller accessories for about 30 years. before he sold out.
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As most people know, our WTC Trials Score keeper Julie and buddy Martin, live in the Shuswap, as do other friends, Ross, Jake, Ty, they are very close to the fire that seems to grow up above the lake -  Our fingers are crossed that they get this under control soon.

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How about this for a World Round Section ?  - Italy 1987 - the rider is Jordi Tarres on the Beta

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Check out this video >>

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Monday July 24th 2017

Monday, July 24th, 2017

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Here is the pic that I took of Rich Forsey on Saturday, after he loaded his new TRS 280 - Have now fixed the Download issue I had, after some advice from my Computer guru, Paul Throssell

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Yesterday, I headed to Revy at 7 am, to meet up with Florian - traffic wasn’t too bad at that time in the morning, but I did see one “Close call” when an impatient “Red Plate” driver nearly caused a serious accident trying to pass before 3 Valley gap. -

I noticed that the road was wet in places, after I turned for Glacier House, but it seems they only had a brief shower, just like we had in Vernon.

We managed to figure out section #1 which will be located near the lodge, but Flo will need to hack some of the bush  out before we can tape it. - We then went up the road ( I was on my trusty Evo 200) and I was able to plan where we will have the #1 Junior/Inter section. - We then turned into the first quarry and  spent the rest of the morning  taping & clearing some undergrowth for sections - by this time it had become very hot (+30) and I was starting to feel the heat ( old age sucks) so I had to leave Flo carry on with our plan for the loop. ( I must remember to put a cap in my back-pack next time) - I needed to sit in my van with the air conditioning on for a while, before heading back to Vernon.
Here is a pic of part of #2 Expert/Advanced - Flo is over 6 ft tall, so you can get an idea of the degree of difficulty ( I’m sure Sammy will love that) -

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Just saw this old pic that I took of Tanner Nordin at the Super Stars a few years ago - he had just managed to “Save it”  after getting out of shape on the previous big step at Ioco.

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I sounds like they had a a good turn-out at the Vega/WEC race in Alberta yesterday - not sure of the results, but Steve Foord (Beta) took the win in his class.

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This photo of Geoff Duke ( courtesy Charlie Watson) shows the World Road Race Champion getting a hand to push his Ariel 250 out of a Scott Time Trial section.  - Like many of the road-racers of that time, Geoff regularly competed in Trials during the winter months.  - I remember he passed me in a Time trial called The Picton - held near Chester in North Wales - It was likely the muddiest event I ever rode in. Duke went on to take the overall win - our Oswestry team - Don Morris, Brian Morris, Bernie Blomer and myself, managed to win the team award.

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Ironically, The Enduro scene is now all about riding really difficult terrain.  - Trials at World level has become  a circus act, but at least we have new kids being introduced with the little Electric bikes.
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Some sad news to report - Jeff Golden died of a heart attack, while competing in the Parry Sound Cross Country race - he was the elder brother of  Tom Golden, who used to ride a Fantic in Trials -

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Steve Holcombe continues his winning ways - the British Beta rider won again in Portugal>

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Sunday July 23rd 2017

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017

Only +17 this morning at 5,30 as I switched on the TV to checkout both the weather and the golf from the UK Open.  - this is coming from a place called Southport, which is located just north of Liverpool on the coast - we used to go there sometimes as it is a popular holiday spot, although most of our day trips were to the sandy beaches of North Wales.

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Here is a link to a neat video for some Training ideas >>
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Well, Rich Forsey arrived early yesterday, with his new bike trailer hooked up to his car, and ready to load his new TRS 280. - We met Rich a few years ago, when he had a Gasser and was brand new into the sport, so now having bought a new house in Penticton close to where he has his Automotive Shop, the next step, after test riding one of our bikes a few weeks ago, was to take the plunge and get back into the Trials game.  - I did take a nice pic of him with his new toy, but as my computer skills are limited, I was unable to download it.

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The USA World Round takes place next weekend, and will include a Woman’s Class, with everybody looking to beat Emma Bristow, however that is going to be a very tough task, as the pretty young British Gal, is on top form, with a brilliant performance at the Scottish

The battle for supremacy in the Trial GP Women class gets under way at the forthcoming and next round of the FIM Trial World Championship at Kingman in the USA on 28-30 July and Britain’s Emma Bristow – Sherco is the rider everyone is hoping to beat.

The twenty-six-year-old will be gunning for her fourth consecutive World crown and the bad news for anyone aiming to cause an early upset at Trial GP USA in the arid state of Arizona is that she feels on top form.

“The first round is starting quite late so I’ve been training hard and feel confident and ready,” says Emma. “I’m riding well and feel on form. It’s going to be hot in America so I’ve been working on conditioning my whole body to make sure I’m fully prepared for the heat.”

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Trials Canada Editor and WTC Director, Bob Johns was recently on holiday in England, and stopped by Sammy Miller’s Motorcycle Museum.  - Here is one of the fantastic machines on display, all immaculately restored.  - This is the bike that Gordon Jackson won the 1961 Scottish on - when he lost just a single “Dab” for the whole week.  - Dougie Lampkin managed to tie this incredible performance this year, but on a machine that is likely half the weight of the big AJS Thumper.

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Saturday July 22nd 2017

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

So here we go again - an early Saturday morning, and still wondering what the hell happened to last week’s blog!!. Hopefully some readers saw it before it went off into Cyber-space.
Anyway the cooler weather is a good sign  and if we get some rain the thousands of evacuated people should be able to return home soon.

A rainbow looking South from my office window at 5.30am this morning - but no rain here, maybe Kelowna are getting a few showers. UPDATE :  None of the pics are now showing for some reason. !!!
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I see the British Open Golf is on this weekend - typical UK weather with everybody wearing rain gear - looks like the Yanks are filling the top spots so far.

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Today we have a customer coming to pick up a new bike - will try to remember to take a pic.

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Tomorrow, we will head over to Revy, to meet up with Flo & start to tape some sections - he has done a ton of work already, clearing some new trail for the upcoming WTC National ( Scroll down to see the poster)  I should mention that the young riders will get a 50% discount for the weekend - We still need checkers, so if you can lend a hand for either day - please contact me. - Checkers meeting will be at Glacier on the Friday night.

The Revelstoke area is fantastic for all sorts of tourist activities - the surrounding mountain trails are great for hikes, as well as other activities such as Mountain biking.  - We are thinking of having a guided tour through some of the old growth forest over the Trials weekend - will post more on this later.

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Here is our “Blast from the past” pic today, which shows Sammy Miller in the 1959 Scottish  - looks like this was up on “Grey Mare’s Ridge”  magnificent scenery. - He is mounted on his famous Ariel GOV 132.

Pic has “Zipped off” into cyber space. - So here is another of Martin Lampkin.

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