Archive for October, 2021

Sunday October 31st 2021

Sunday, October 31st, 2021

Happy Halloween everybody - I took this pic 11 years ago, when I was out riding up on the Ridge at Bear Creek  with Barry & Pete - a fabulous day as you can see with all the sail boats out - Today is also supposed to be nice, so maybe  they will be there again.

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This pic just showed up on FB - Myself and Barry out at Bear Creek on my two Fantics - We had a great time and those bikes really were brilliant - As often happens - I sold them both - as my interest in riding the Vintage bikes took a bit of a “back seat”  - - Interestingly enough - the one bike is now owned by Walter Cukavac, after I bought it back from a customer. it was formerly owned by Steve Fracy, who sold it to me. - The other I sold to buddy Roy - who then traded it to Steve Richardson
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That is not my bike!!! ( This rider must have been 7ft tall) and with that combination plus the rear knobby  - the broken rear fender speaks for itself.
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The rider list for the so called Indoor Xtrial series has been announced by the FIM - Toby Martyn makes the cut.

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Answer to our Saturday quiz - was of course Lane Leavit - Debbie Evans - Geoff Aaron  and Bernie Schreiber. -                        Steve O’Rorke  was the first one in with the correct response.
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Saturday October 30th 2021

Saturday, October 30th, 2021

So our Telus land line  story continues like this - after buying a new phone and hooking it up with no result - I made the trip back into town and stopped at the Telus store. Explained my problem to a nice young gentleman who agreed with me that talking to a robot !! was a pain - However, he then got on his computer and contacted the Service dept ( maybe Vancouver) who said they would call me on my cell phone in 15 minutes - -This they did while I was driving home, so pulling over I gave the  foreign sounding guy the info as best I could, ( He was very polite)  and he said somebody else would be calling me in another 15 minutes by which time I would be at home - on checking my cell phone I found a text message saying  to stand by for a phone call at 2 50pm -  It’s now Saturday and I’m still waiting!!!!!!!!
Therefore PLEASE use either my cell phone #(250) 308-7307  email daverhodes@shaw.ca - or message me - at least  all those are working

I will post on here when our Home landline is back up and running. Sorry for the inconvenience.

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The world championship (TR2) winning TRS models for 2022 have now been released  - lots of pics on the web. - orders being taken now!!

And the other side of the standard model ( not estart)

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We will be expecting to get our first 2022 Beta Evo 200 next week sometime - so watch for the first pics of that.

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New digital Mag on the market >>>
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Quiz - Name all the people

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Trials used to be rider against a long loop, and natural sections  - A test of Stamina - and skill  plus machine reliability ( They used to be called Reliability Trials in the UK - seems this has changed in some Countries to Parking lot events and two or three helpers. !!!  I even saw one pic showing an old mattress placed below one impossible looking rock wall. - Think a lot of these riders should have joined the circus.
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Blast from the past > ( Walter Cukavac sent me this)  I don’t think that I was at this event , perhaps because I still had bad memories of the first XC the club put on in 1974. - I was on my new Yamaha Canada TY250 - and after checking out the start area - I found a sneaky trail that got me way out front when the shotgun went off. - The course went very straight along an old railroad bed ( rails were removed) so I could really “Pin it” - I figured the TY would do about 60+ MPH  in top gear, and that was what I was doing when all of a sudden the railroad came to a deep creek crossing that the bridge had been removed !! - needless to say  you don’t get much of a front wheel lift on a TY in those conditions,( although I tried) - I hit hard and woke up with all my buddies gathered around thinking I was dead. - Although thinking about it later, I should have let them get somebody to check me out  ( I had concussion and a few broken ribs) But instead I told them to carry on. I recall Bucky Johnson saying that he thought my bike was OK  ( but maybe that was the concussion) Anyway everything was quiet with nobody about, so I got up kicked the bike over ( without looking at it - I must have been right out of it) - put it in gear and it kind of lurched forward & stopped. - Turns out the front hub was broken, the rear hub & spokes broken and swing arm all mangled - one rear shock like a dog’s leg etc etc. -

I seemed to have a bit of a memory lapse because the next thing I recall was walking along this gravel road and being picked up by some fishermen - who asked me if I had been in that race?  - Well ! . I guess so I said!!! - Needless to say Yamaha Canada were not too impressed by having to do a rebuild on my bike, and I got a stern rebuke about the fact that I was not supposed to be racing!!!   Oh dear if only they and I had known what was to follow. - ( I did relent to never ever racing a Trials bike in a Cross Country after that) - Of course the following year I had the not small task of setting up the first ever FIM Canadian World Championship Trial. ( all done on the new TY 175)

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Re: the above report - these were great times riding with a really good bunch of guys, some of whom are still friends, although sadly some not with us anymore. - Thanks for the memories.
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Friday October 29th 2021

Friday, October 29th, 2021

Heads up. - Our land line has been acting up again ( Jeez Telus) our email, messenger and cell ph still working

UPDATE  WE have bought a new phone - but this needs 12 hours to charge the battery - so tomorrow we will know what the story is.
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The view from over the bars of the Beta - just love this shot and riding in the autumn leaves - hard to believe that only a short distance away  up from this spot - the trail is blocked off -  everything is black and burned.
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It’s Halloween weekend - and I wonder if any clubs are hosting a ” Halloween trial “  - I remember that the Lethbridge club in Alberta put one on back in the 70’s - the reason I remember it, is because I made the mistake of wearing a brand new pair of MX boots with SMOOTH soles. - This was the time when a few riders were switching over from the traditional rubber “Wellies” and before leather Trials boots became popular. - I recall that the ground was frozen and slippery in the sections, and I must have fallen down a dozen times while “walking” the sections - Those boots never made it out to another Trial!!

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Anybody remember this shot of Jordi being crowned King??  We were still selling Gassers back then.
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And another great shot of Jordi   when he won his first World Championship on the Beta TR34

And another famous rider from many years ago - Steve Saunders on the Screenart Beta.  - I remember seeing both Steve and Rob Crawford on these neat bikes. - Steve now Imports TRS into the UK and sometimes competes in the sidecar class.
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Thursday was a wet day as forecast - but we did get a surprise visit from Max and Britta, whom we haven’t seen   for at least a year - they now have a bit of free time for riding, so Britta picked up some new Wulf boots and Max a bunch of Opti

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Remember when Walt had some neat adverts put out by his Advertising agent  Dennis Bonham (RIP)  - back in the 70’s  - Dennis had an old Railroad car - converted to a summer holiday cabin  in BC near Invermere. - ( Stan had this in his memorabilia)

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This is a pic from a stadium Trial we did in Radium many years ago and it shows Siggi Pechout looking pretty good on one of the obstacles. - However the lead up to this event was perhaps of interest -   I was approached by a local promoter who really wanted a Trials demo at their local big “Fair” day in Radium - so working on this for a while - we ( Barry and myself) came up with the idea of what obstacles would be needed to do the job and please the spectators. - Barry drew out some designs and I got them to the organizers - so everything was looking good. - We had  enough riders booked - rooms at the hotel and a big plus the wives & girlfriends were coming.

Arriving on the Friday night ( The show was on Saturday) Barry and myself visited the local shop where the big ramp had been built - much to our surprise !! this was REALLY big in fact it’s doubtful if any of our guys could have made it up - SO after a nervous  chat with Barry, we elected to cut about a foot or so from the bottom of the ramp - I should add that after riding up this the riders had to drop down onto a flat deck truck. - -    The evening went on and Barry looked after the modifications, before we moved everything to the site ( located alongside the main Hiway)  - As Barry and myself were up top checking things out  - Siggi decides to give it a “go” and with rain falling at the time the result was likely obvious!!  - As it turned out, we had a fantastic show - big crowds and everybody had fun. - We did many more - but that’s for another time. ( Pic by Babsy)
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Thursday October 28th 2021

Thursday, October 28th, 2021

Wednesday we had a great ride over on the Westside, where the big Forest Fire roared through earlier this year - we explored more of the devastation via the long fire break that the workers bulldozed up above the Ewings landing and Killiny beach areas - of course while the fire break helped, nothing could stop the fire which burned a lot of properties lower down the hillside. - it’s a weird experience riding through some of the blackened forest, still smelling of charcoal. - I was out on my 2021 Beta Evo 300 SS - a bike I really enjoy riding - so smooth.
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This time last year everything was white over with a foot of snow in our yard over on Pleasant Valley road. - Any riding we manage at this time of the year is a bonus, as we head into November next week.
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We heard that the  cops found Mat Bailie’s truck - out on the Indian reserve near Kamloops - no report yet of the condition, but it was out of gas!!!
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Not much news to report today, so how about a nice Spitfire pic?

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Wednesday October 27th 2021

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

We had a call from Gerry Jamieson on Monday - which came as a surprise, as we have not heard from the big guy for a few years now. - Gerry lives in Prince George, and first bought a Beta Trials bike from us many years ago -(Techno)  I remember it well, because it was around Christmas and our house in Kelowna had so much snow in the yard, that  it was an effort to open the shed door. -

So Gerry drives down from Prince George, has a look at the Beta, and says he wants it. - Because of the winter conditions, I couldn’t help asking - but where are you going to ride it up North - you will be snowbound for months. ?  - Oh I’m going to ride it in the house !! he said. and indeed that is what he did. -   Gerry bought a Sherco 4T from us later and then a new Beta Evo 300 -  which we test rode on yet another snow day at Bear Creek.  ( I’ve got pics of that day someplace)
Turns out Gerry now has a used TRS 300 which he picked up while on vacation on the Island, so needs a  few parts. -We are glad to hear that he still has “The Bug” -  I wonder if he will be practicing with that in the house over the winter?

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Here are some of the zillion pics we have posted over the past year >>>>>
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The question of Ethanol in the fuel cropped up again recently, and I thought I would remind our customers that the Opti  2 which we Distribute, comes with a “Built in”  fuel stabilizer. - However, we always recommend using Chevron 94 if possible,

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Sometimes you see a pic of a bike that just “Looks right”  not sure what this vintage model is, but I’m sure the owner spent some big bucks on it in Europe.
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We always keep a check on the weather forecast - especially at this time of the year, when getting out on a nice day is a real plus. - Today looks like it will be “One of those Days” - and I will head over to the Westside  for a ride with Roy. - I’m really looking forward to this as I’ll be out on my Beta Evo 300 SS - one of my all time favorite Trials bikes.  - Watch for a few pics tomorrow.

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Last night I  read an article in Trial Mag UK on the rise and fall of the “New” Ossa - with some interesting and candid comments by Nigel Birkett - who was quite involved with the project.  - This magazine always has really good coverage of everything to do with the sport of Trials, and I enjoy the excellent photographs and stories.

Here is one such great pic by Editor John Hulme, of Brad Bullock (Beta) who did well in the British Championship this year.

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Here is another very good Mag from Stateside, which you can check out on line >>

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More calls yesterday from people looking for bikes - the TRS Xtrack seems to be the most sought after, and we already have orders for the 2022 models. - However, we are very concerned about short supply and delivery of “ALL” bikes and also accessories - we have been waiting for about 6 months for some stuff from the UK, with Steve Saunders telling us that the “Brexit” deal   really threw a “Spanner in the Works” ( That’s an expression for all our English friends)

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Tuesday October 26th 2021

Tuesday, October 26th, 2021

UPDATE - Dark green -  F350 Truck stolen from Bear Creek area - property of the folks that run the Trail network - keep an eye open.

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And just like that - They were gone to new homes!!  - roll on 2022.

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In other TRS news - here is a shot of an old buddy riding in a Trial “Down-under” - Darryl used to live in Cochrane AB, and was very involved in setting up events back in the day, including one of the World Rounds. - He moved to Australia a few years ago, but paid us a visit about three years back.
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Reflections.
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The answer to our Monday quiz - Mick Andrews - We met Mick’s Dad back in 1972 at the Scottish when he was staying at the same Hotel in Fort William as my brother and myself - he told us that he knew the Competition manager at AMC really well, and managed to get young 16 year Mick a Factory AJS - a wise decision by them.  We had some good chats over a brew or three in the Hotel bar.  - You can read more about Mick in this link to the Trials Guru site. ( We got to know Mick and his wife Jill quite well in our Yamaha days)
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Below is a pic of a work party from the Vernon Off Road Club. who were up on Vernon Mountain Sunday clearing and fixing up some of the trails, plus erecting some really nice signs. (The Revvy club also have these,)

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The Nanaimo club seem to be quite active and are planning this event
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Looking ahead >>>> taking a flying “Dab”  - Telford was a brand new town built about 30 miles from where we lived on the Welsh border, I think that would have been around 1960.

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Neat old pic of Bert Irwin as a young guy on what looks like a homemade Trials bike!!! ( checkout those bars !!)  - Bert was a great guy who did a lot for Canadian Motorcycling - Bert was a very good rider and later he managed the1983 ISDE Team effort in Wales. - He was a Hall of Fame inductee  in 2015. - His son operates an ATV Adventure tour business in Ontario, and daughter Kellee is very active on the board of the MCC.
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And finally - a nice pic of young Christian Zanders riding his first Trial at Ioco last Sunday - Chris is from Scotch Creek and is learning fast, and already riding in the Advanced Class.-  The bike he is on was one of the very first Evo 290’s we sold back in 2009.

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Monday October 25th 2021

Monday, October 25th, 2021

We sell bikes  - even on Sunday’s  - Bruce now has a TRS Xtrack - seen here in stripped down Trials mode. - so that was definitely a TRS weekend - two more - out the door.  - Bruce plans on spending a couple of months down in Mexico riding with Stan - and the  Xtrack model - which can be converted quickly from one day Trials mode with a large gas tank and a seat - really appealed to him. -  - Bruce already has a Beta Evo with a long ride kit  - but as we both agreed, this “Add on” leaves a lot to be desired cosmetically -

We are now sold out of new bikes except for my Beta Evo demo - the first 22 model Beta’s arrive next week. - we already have some orders for new models, which might be scarce - so if you are thinking of buying - better let us know.
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Quiz - Who is this Trials rider on the big Thumper.
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A good pic I took of a young Colten Morrison on the Beta Evo 200, a  few years ago -  wearing the nice Wulf gear -  ( Some of the best quality and long wearing Trials clothing out there - yes we have everything in stock ).
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Congrats to Toby Martyn - and Team TRS UK -  2021 World Trials 2 Champion and now 2021 British Champion.

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The young Brits - on the podium at the Last Championship round on Sunday  - there are quite a few who look exceptional if they decide to stick at it. Of course this is more than likely, as they all come from Yorkshire, where Trials riding is “A family affair”   - Alfie Lampkin finished 6th on Sunday.  ( Note!! Wulfsport are a big supporter of British Trials)

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Still on the youth theme - we have been watching this young lad from Stateside - who is being helped by the Vertigo Importer -( Lewisport)  Who used to have a Trials business in Scotland.   ( friends with Harry McKay) - He appears to be showing a lot of promise in the videos - again we hope he sticks with it.
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Answer to the Sunday quiz - Mick Doohan of Australia   - World Champion Moto GP.

Harlow Rankin got it correct - likely because he checks FB everyday!!

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I see there is a 2012 Sherco for sale in Vernon with my sticker on it   !  I guess that was the last year we sold them - or maybe 2013?  - This looks to be in good shape for 5 grand.

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News from Ioco - the Trial went well - Sean Bird took the win - Alex 2nd - Jesse Mcloud 3rd - Stan 4th -  - more on this later >> ( We heard young Christian Zanders was out there for the first time- not sure if anybody else made the trip from the Interior)
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Some snow in the Edmonton area - Walter is getting some practice in around his property with some updates on his Beta Evo 4T.

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Down East in Ontario they had another Trial with what appears to be a good turn-out of riders - no results yet

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video section - I think we will see more Gals getting into the sport in the future >>

youtube.com Queens of Trial - Women in Motorcycling Queens of Trial - Women in Motorcycling

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Sunday October 24th 2021

Sunday, October 24th, 2021

This is young Adrian Conn and his Dad Bryan from Powell River, picking the last of our new TRS Xtrack 300’s - - we had a really nice visit and did what I like to do best “Talk Trials” - they just moved to Powell River from Squamish, so I was able to tell them the three other Trials riders we know from that area.
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Quiz - Who is this rider ??  Hint !!!!  he is better known for a different Motorcycle sport.
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So did you hear the story about the 40 containers that went into the Salt Chuk off the West Coast ??  I wonder if any of them had bikes in them - would be another big whammy after the robbery at the KTM warehouse in Quebec ( must have been an inside job that one) - feel sorry for anybody waiting for their new bike having already placed a deposit.

The good news is that the Beta shipments are all on schedule and we will have our first 2022 Evo 200 arriving within the next couple of weeks - it’s not sold at this point, so if you want it, better call us quickly as we will not get anymore until spring and the rumor is that prices are going up due to  the freight fiasco.

We don’t know when the first 2022 TRS models will show up, but again if you want one, better call us and get your name down ( we don’t expect a deposit)  - as an example read the first story today - this customer drove all the way from Powell River to grab the last TRS Xtrack available.

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The JCM Story
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In 1989 - I went to the Scottish Six Day Trial ( my second visit) and saw Jordi on the new Water cooled Beta Zero Prototype, but also saw the  French team of JCM   riders - all looking to be pretty professional  and after talks with likely the only one who could speak English !! I arranged to import them into Canada. - The first Europa model arrived after some big hassles and I decided to promote it by having Stan Bakgaard ride it. - Although early results were quite good, with Stan winning at Ioco first time out - we knew the bike ( which had a Gas Gas engine) needed  development. - In the meantime I was in touch with the factory regarding ordering more bikes - but not getting any replies - ( The new outfit were huge into supplying Renault and other things - and I guess decided basically overnight to quit making the bikes !!!)

Obviously having spent time and money on this project I was a bit miffed - but   on you go and into the next phase which was the much advertised Yamaha TYZ project. - A meeting with Mick Andrews at the 1992  Scottish seemed promising with a Japanese rider on a prototype, but although we ( Walt and myself) ordered 5 of them which were supposed to be updated with Mick’s recommendations - the bikes arrived unchanged and were very disappointing -  end of Yamaha - onto Beta and Gas Gas ,then later Sherco and TRS  !!!!!!

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There is a Trial at Ioco today for anybody interested.

CPTA Home - Canada Pacific Trials Association

The last round of the British Trials Championship also goes today - we hope to catch some of the Jitsie video of that on U Tube.

Live now (4 am BC time)

Jitsie - Trial GB Matlock 2021 - LIVE Trial Update 1

Jitsie - Trial GB Matlock 2021 - LIVE Trial Update 3

Keep clicking on for updates - wet & slippery  - Dougie is there with his lad Alfie - The Hemmingway lads looking very good in the early sections.

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We haven’t watched this yet - but my Demo Evo 200’s are always pretty special.
Trial Tube - We built a DREAM BIKE BETA EVO 200 - Part 2

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Saturday October 23rd 2021

Saturday, October 23rd, 2021

This pic just popped up on FB - -it shows me modeling the Wulf gear that we sell - all good quality stuff - plus as it was a cold day - I wore the nice Welsh neck warmer that Taff gave me.

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This pic also just popped up from this date last year - a reminder that winter arrived early in 2020

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Looking back on this past week, I have to say that it’s been a long time since I managed to get two rides in, at different locations. - in the same week. -  - because of my age, I need to be careful not to overdo things and certainly can’t afford a fall. - The ride with Dale was very enjoyable as I was able to show him a lot of different areas -  but I did get tired and my knees were really bothering me towards the end of the 3 hour ride & I also got some hand cramps coming back down the main trail.   It was definitely one for the bucket list, as we visited the Brown Memorial section. ( end of whining section)
This is a pic I took of Barry Van As taking the first ever shot at our “Devil’s Staircase” ( Brown Memorial)  - he gave it a very good effort  just getting over the stump that now has the plaque on it.  - Pete is standing on the left side watching - I think he sometimes thought I was nuts  with the sections I put in.. - but it always seemed to work out. ( It takes years of experience to set up any Trial - especially a long distance event )
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youtube.com Trial Tube - We built a DREAM BIKE BETA EVO 200 - Part 2 This one has been a long one in the making as we have worked very hard to ensure this bike (The rare 200 Factory Beta) could be turned into nothing less than…

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Some very good lady riders from back in the day.
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I see that Ryon Young is advertising his Cross Country Trials schools -  He has now sold his Sherco business and will concentrate on doing schools across the USA and maybe Canada.  We supported  his schools in Red Deer Alberta and also in Summerland a few years back -  We were selling Sherco at that time .  In my opinion - he is likely the best Trials teacher  for the average rider.

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We had a hiccup with both our phone (land line) and also our email yesterday, but thankfully, everything seems to have corrected itself overnight.

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Friday October 22nd 2021

Friday, October 22nd, 2021

Thursday I went for a ride at Summerland - the first ( and likely last) this year. - I met up with Dale and showed him a bunch of old stuff that we used years ago in Outlaw events, which he found very interesting, - We visited the  Brown memorial section, which Pete and I carved out many years ago, and where I installed a small plaque in his memory. - We called this The Devil’s Staircase, after the same named one in Scotland, although ours was more difficult. - Pete and myself spent many hours cutting out trees and raking bark mulch to make this one of the best sections in the valley. ( No longer used)

The pic below shows myself sitting near the stump where I placed the plaque of Pete - a rather somber  moment to reflect on a great guy, who helped me so much in hosting events, before he died of cancer.

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Below is a pic of Dale standing near the last wall at the top of the section - this was not “cleaned” at the first event we used it. ( We only used it twice) - It’s now very overgrown with a couple of fallen trees blocking the  lower part.l
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The trees are really something to see at this time of the year - this is a corner that Dale had no idea hid some great sections, now all overgrown. - It was an interesting but very tiring day for me as old age takes it’s toll, but I’m glad I made the trip. - Perhaps the worst part was the drive back through Kelowna - the traffic was horrendous, I’m sure glad I don’t need to do this very often.
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You might notice that I’m wearing one of my old Anson Jackets - now some 20″ years old, but still in great shape - we sold a lot of these, which featured zip out sleeves, with a pocket at the back to store them if you  got too warm and needed to remove them.   - Dave Anderson our supplier made great gear including Trials pants with the Outlaw name - he sponsored Dougie Lampkin back in 1996 - but stopped production when European stuff made it too difficult to compete price-wise.

This trail is so overgrown very few people know it’s there - I was able to pass on a lot of info to Dale, who had no idea of what is available to ride on the “Mountain” - ( I started exploring this area in 1986 and hosted the Outlaw Trial there for about 20 years)
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Later we had a visit from Bruce Baker who picked up some parts for his Beta, it was good to chat, as we haven’t seen him for a long time.

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The BSA Gold Star was one of the models that  could be bought in one of three designations - Trials-Scrambles  or Road Race trim ( as seen below)  Although I never owned one, I always thought they looked neat.
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Dougie must be a pretty proud man with his Team winning the Scott.
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