Archive for August, 2018

Saturday August 4th 2018

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Valentino Rossi showing good form in Free Practice at Brno Czecho on Friday. - Dovi ended up on pole for the race on Sunday.
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Details have been released about the Sheffield Indoor for 2019, which will now be called “The Martin Lampkin Trial” ( details courtesy Trial Mag: UK)
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Toni Bou (Repsol Honda-ESP) Picture Credit: John HulmeThe Worlds No 1 Indoor Arena Trial returns back to the FLYDSA Arena in Sheffield on the 5th January 2019. Has expected we’ll have the very best riders from around the World, including the cream of our British talent. We’ve been running this event since 1996 when a fresh faced Dougie Lampkin took the spoils in front of a delighted capacity crowd. We’ve witnessed some incredible thrills and spills at Sheffield over the last twenty some years and with new sections being constructed for 2019 the riders will be facing some amazingly difficult new challenges, it’s going to be another fantastic night at Sheffield.

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This is a great shot of Bernie Schreiber (courtesy Len Weed) - These were the days when Off Camber turns on rocks were popular.

( Len weed and his buddies used to ride our Calgary Trials back in the 70’s on Hodaka’s)
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Video for today - Jordi rides again >>>> video


And he was riding the hard line after being retired for 21 years. Way to go Jordi

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Friday August 3rd 2018

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

The Hot Summer months are a chance for riders of all abilities to get involved in “Water Sports”
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I saw this posted, with the caption being - ” Remembering how we got started in Dirt biking “  - It goes on to say, that it was a cold rainy weekend out in the woods, but with a few good buddies, plus a tarp and campfire, it was one of the best times ever.  - I’m sure a lot of Trials riders can relate to that experience.

I can certainly recall a lot of weekends, especially back in Alberta, where we didn’t have any big fancy trailers or motor homes  - the kids were small, and no matter what the weather, roasting marsh mellows around the camp fire, and having just a great time.
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We had a short rain storm, come through the valley late yesterday - it was nice to smell the the fresh moisture in the air - but we heard that the lightning started another 22 wild fires - now over 300 burning in Central BC.

Of course, being a long weekend, a lot of people will be wanting to get out on their bikes - not sure if there are any bush closures, but suggest you check with BC Wild Fires. before heading out.

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Yesterday we had to make a quick trip to Kelowna to deliver Opti Oil - and yes the traffic was brutal, with a ton of red plates heading into the Valley.

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Here is your Trials video for today >>  post

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And here is a “Neat” Natural section from Europe.

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Another great shot of riders in the Spanish Mountains  - it’s called “Follow the leader”

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Thursday August 2nd 2018

Thursday, August 2nd, 2018

Strong smell of smoke coming through the office window early this morning -  I saw on the news last night that there were lots of new fires started by lightning - and the unstable weather all over is certainly cause for concern, as we head into the long weekend.

If anybody wonders where we live - it’s across the lake from this campground on Swan Lake, on the North side of Vernon. - I remember Brett Clark camped at this spot a few years ago and it’s very nice.

We have not heard of any Forestry closures so far - something that happened around this time last year, and the reason we don’t plan any Trials for the Summer months.
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We have heard from the ATRA, that their Cow Patty Trial at Rocky Mountain House next weekend, is going ahead as planned, as it’s on Private land - Entry Fee is a total of $30 for the day.  - We are looking forward to meeting up with old friends at this great location. - Please contact me or check out the Trials Canada website for further info.

We will be taking the gorgeous limited Edition TRS   for folks to look at - This is straight out of the box and has not been started.
TRRS Gold Edition

We will also have our 2018 Beta Evo 200 and another 2018 TRS Raga 300,  available for demo rides  ( where I can see you !!!)

As always, if you need specific parts put on the van, email asap. .
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I saw this pic posted on FB, from a Euro Trial, and was thinking how strange our sport must appear to the average person, who doesn’t understand what it is all about.

I thought the caption “I wonder what they are looking for” - could be posted on this one.

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We just read the monthly Newsletter on the Victoria Club website, put out by Roger Boothroyd ( You will see his name misspelled  on the results of the 1975 FIM Trial posted yesterday.  )  - Roger told me that he came to the Trial with his buddies, just to watch - but I talked them into entering. - I urge anybody interested in the History of the VMC to click onto the site as it’s always full of interesting stuff.

I especially like reading the story on “Boomer” - What a character he is, still has his Aussie accent.
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Wednesday August 1st 2018

Wednesday, August 1st, 2018

An old friend sent me a bunch of pics that he took at the 1975 FIM Trial  held in the Bragg Creek area. - While this was a long time ago , the event is still quite fresh in my mind, as it took me the best part of a year to plan and set up the long 69 mile loop and 40 sections.  - It  was nice see many top riders, post on FB, that they thought it was a great Trial.

Here are a couple from the album - The top one, shows Terry Healy (standing) not sure who is next - then you see Murray Nutt, Manuel Soler, Mick Andrews and Martin Lampkin.

The pic below is of the late Kelvin Marshal.  - Note the number of Canadian riders in the results. - Today there are none competing at the World level.
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This is a nice shot of Tommi Ahvala and the Aprilia, on which he won the World Championship one year.
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And how about this nice pic of the Mike Hailwood Replica Ducati, now owned by Steve Troupe

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Another smoky day in the valley as we approach the long weekend - forecast is for cooler weather which is good for the fire fighters

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