Archive for June, 2022

Thursday June 30th 2022

Thursday, June 30th, 2022

This article was posted on the social media with regards to just one event in the UK - I think it’s worth a read, as a lot of these factors are also effecting modern Trials ( for the same reason)

THE TOUGH 100 FUTURE!!! …So THE TOUGH 100 ENDURO ( or that’s what it maybe is going to be called in the future…with the word “Extreme” being dropped from its title ..along with the tyre section!!) Race Boss Steve Ireland was inundated with riders last week saying they would have done the event if the dreaded tyre section was not in it…seems Steve was right as the thought of throwing the £10k plus bikes over the obstacles is just one step too much nowadays and most folk simply do not want to break their pride and joys in the name of EE…..what a shame that tiny bit of course can put off riders enjoying the amazing 12 mile lap of this amazing event …Tyre section ..NOW SACKED!! The T100 event is going to undertake some rebranding for future offerings …the word “enjoyable” replacing the word “extreme” from the title as ..the currently dying sport of extreme enduro in the UK is suffering from a drought of riders…maybe only a hard core nucleas of approx 130-150 riders ,on a very good day, are still interested in and supporting these type of events if lucky…even the British championship efforts of those rounds in the sport cannot get entries to make the events happen…enough said really…who knows if the halcyon days of 200 to 300 riders will return…. WOR EVENTS will leave the door open on that and take a step back for now… to put simply the TOUGH 100 is just too GOOD an event to kill off and a few tweaks here and there will hopefully see this classic event that Steve Ireland and his team have created can go on for years to come … offering an old school feel, 3 or 4 hrs plus hare n hounds spectacular….thats on good old demanding…challenging…technical ..enjoyable welsh mountainside terrain…not breaking bikes or bodies and offering a great family weekend with kids race and so on…maybe even doing away with the pro and expert class is a way forward as they hardly support the event and it would bring in more novice and sportsman / youth and even Clubman riders etc to ride without being intimidated …that lots of folk asked Steve to reconsider making the event redundant..and he’s listened …here’s to a new 2023 Tough 100 ..with a fresh feel….hopefully with lots more riders …. Thanks to all for reading… ( Steve’s race report later )…WOR ADMIN.


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One happy guy!! Jeff Smith on a Norton at 2014 Reunion, Imola, Italy. 63 years before this photo, an historic career was launched with Jeff Smith & Norton in Italy in 1951. Then 16yo!! JVS rode a works supplied Norton Dominator (strictly following father’s Morris Minor), Birmingham to Varese, Italy to compete with world’s best in 26th, ISDT. The prodigy won an ISDT Gold Medal 1st time out & followed his father back to England & into history with the preeminent British career in Trials, ISDT & motocross. (Photo, Thank you, Luciano Costa)
Happy to say that I was on the start line with this great man at the 1976 Moose Mountain 200 mile Cross Country Race, in Alberta.
Well! the weather today is beautiful in the Valley, for the last day of June - Tomorrow is Canada Day - we hope everybody has a great day and weekend, whatever you decide to do.
Answer to the Wednesday Quiz - The Beta rider is Sam Connor - Only Cam Whiffing from Ontario got it!!

Wednesday June 29th 2022

Wednesday, June 29th, 2022

Blast from the past - when I was out with Marjie from Quesnel - looks like I was on the Factory 300 Evo.
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Interesting to see the gear that I’m wearing -  none of which we sell these days. NZI helmet - XCting  pants & RAW gloves. However I do still have that T shirt with my name on the back, which was given to me by Foordy and the lads after their trip down East to the WTC Nationals.
A story on Mike Hailwood.
Motorcycle racing fans will always debate the greatest rider of all time. Giacomo Agostini with 15 Grand Prix championships (including 8 premier class titles) or Valentino Rossi as “The Goat”. Many though believe Mike Hailwood’s accomplishments outshine all contenders.
Mike’s father, Stanley, served as the director of King’s Motor Ltd. Oxford and was a leading motorcycle and car racer in his day. After an intro to bikes aged 7 Mike made his road race debut in 1957 at 17. Just four years later, the 21-year-old raced the Isle of Man TT for Honda – both would go on to become household names. Mike became the first rider to capture three race wins at the TT with victories in the 125cc, 250cc, and 500cc classes. That same year, he also won his first 250cc world championship, with two more titles following in 1966 and 1967. Nicknamed “Mike the Bike” Hailwood even won three race classes at a single Grand Prix.
In 1962 Hailwood was signed by MV Agusta for the 500cc class becoming the first racer to win four consecutive 500cc titles in a row. In 1966 he returned to Honda and achieved four more championship crowns in 1966 and 1967 (250cc and 350cc).
Over his 10-year Grand Prix career, Hailwood won 76 races, collected 112 podiums, and 79 fastest laps. With just 152 starts he won an incredible 50 percent of his Grand Prix competitions. Hailwood’s Isle of Man TT career also included 14 wins and 19 podium finishes. Swapping 2 wheels for 4 he also drove Formula 1 cars (1963-1965, 1971-1974).
At 38 years old and after 11 years removed from the sport Mike the Bike returned to the TT and surprised everyone with an emphatic victory aboard The Sports Motorcycles Ducati 900 SS finally retiring the following year. Sadly, Mike passed away in a motoring accident in 1981 along with his daughter. He is survived by his son, David.
Footnote:  I was lucky to see Hailwood at one of his first races at Aintree near Liverpool in 1957
and also in 1981 at the TT - ( never did see Agostini race)
Some news from the East >>

Hello everyone, just a heads up. As we are quickly approaching July now, we want to start sending out info over the next few weeks about the Rumball Camp event on August 6&7.
Registration will open up on July 8 and will stay open until July 27.
This event will be $15 for Saturday and $15 for Sunday and spectators $5 each day and we will be donating some of our registration fees to the Rumball Camp of the deaf.
You may sign up for only one of the days if you can’t make the 2 days.
There won’t be camping on site but there is lots of places to contact we listed on our website in that area.
We will respect the Camps policy of no alcohol or recreational drugs, including cannabis while on their property. So please pack the water and snacks instead that day until your off their site.
As always, registrations will go to:
CVMG membership number required and the class you want to ride in.
*****Please note, there will be an added class at this event we don’t normally have, there will be an exhibition class should you feel you want to take on a new challenge****
and from Quebec - nice to see the results set out like this - rider - machine etc
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Answer to yesterday’s  quiz - Sam Connor, still riding well - only Cam Whiffing from Ontario,  guessed that one.
This is only a painting, but who is it??
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Tuesday June 28th 2022

Tuesday, June 28th, 2022

Could this be the first win in Europe of a young American rider maybe destined for great things?

Remember this name - Ryon Land!!!

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Here is the Andrew Christiansen report on the Vernon Clubs Event last Saturday  - Unfortunately , we were unable to attend due to business stuff, and bike deliveries.


The event was awesome ! I was up there for 3days, helped the boys arrow the course friday, And then guided Glen Labby and his friends around the “A” course. The boys laid out an absolute ripper of an “A” course, 34k long and it had everything in it. Then I took Richard and Hano out yesterday , again on the “A” course, because they had not ridden it. Awesome weather, a good turnout, and one nobody should have missed. Tons and Tons of shwag. To say the least I am tired today ! There’s your report. Blog tomorrow?

They had an A….B….C…….course, plus a kids loop. A ton of work went into it.

Turnout was pretty good, not sure on exact numbers.

Results from Nova Scotia
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Quiz - This is a pic from last weekend at the British Trials Championship round in Devon - Can anybody name this Beta rider??
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Monday June 27th 2022

Monday, June 27th, 2022

This is a pic I took of Marjie Robertson from Quesnel a few years ago-  Marjie was running a small Off Road bike business and wanted to learn about Trials. - the day we were out at Yankee Flats, the temperature was 30 degrees, so when I saw Marjie get into all her  hot MX gear, I had to smile. ( Also explained that those metal bush guards are “Wrist breakers” on a Trials bike.
- We had a good day and have kept in touch over the years, she has recently retired and sold Outback Sports in Quesnel, but will be remembered for helping decades of kids and families enjoy their Off Road riding.

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It was a hot day most places yesterday - scorching also down in Nova Scotia where they had a trial going on. - Not sure of the results,but we do know that Beta Canada boss Steve Howland was out both riding and helping.


Just saw this pic of Al  for the first time - seems it’s a Poster up in the Kamloops Suzuki shop.

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We stayed home on Sunday - as we had someone picking up a Beta Xtrainer for Stan Bakgaard ( the 2nd of these for him) - Definitely   need to pick my days for riding in the Hot Summer weather.


Sunday June 26th 2022

Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Answer to the Saturday quiz - Sammy Miller, Alan Cathcart and Wayne Rainy in wheel chair - guy on the right is Steve Parrish -   Nobody got them all correct.
While most old timers are either dead or going downhill - Sammy is doing the opposite at age 89 riding his BMW up the hill  at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. ( Not sure who his fan is)
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Saturday I delivered Ross his new 2022 Beta Factory - Did you know this is his 16th Beta Trials bike that he has bought from Outlaw Trialsport - A good reason to deliver to his door. -but also a chance for a good chat about the sport in our area, glad we have people like Ross to promote for us all. -

Weather was superb, but the water level is nearly up to the road near Scotch Creek. - lots of traffic.
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It was back to the top step on Saturday for Toby Martyn at the British Championship on Saturday.

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Welsh lad Iwan Roberts grabbed the win in the Trial 2 class.

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This pic just popped up on FB - I took it of Sammy at the Calgary Rocks & Logs event  a few years ago when he was doing a demo on the Outlaw TRS. - It was a hot bluebird day.
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Today we have another Beta delivery - or in this case a “Pick-up” for Stan Bakgaard !!!!!


Saturday June 25th 2022

Saturday, June 25th, 2022


Who can name these well known Motorcyclists pictured at Goodwood yesterday??

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Our latest issue of Trial Mag: UK arrived yesterday and as expected has some brilliant articles and pics - with a full write up on the Scottish from both this years and some previous events, including the 1992 Trial that I attended. -

What caught my eye in the picture page, was the one below, which shows a rider checking in with his TRS Xtrack - looks like the non estart model.  We wondered if anybody would be riding these in Scotland as they would appear to make a lot of sense being a top of the line Trials model, thinly disguised as an Enduro with the larger gas tank and seat.  - We now have three years experience with this model and can say that it really is two bikes in one - stripping for conventional Trials use, with the smaller tank               ( supplied)  in approx 20minutes. - Naturally as an old guy, I love the estart model, and note that Trial Mag: Editor John Hulme used a Mont 4t fitted with a seat unit and an S3 E start, which he said is - The future!! - We feel sure this idea will be copied by other manufacturers  - but Kudu’s to Jordi for being the first.

We are not sure who this rider is, or where he finished, maybe Stan knows?
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Yesterday late in the afternoon, our Beta shipment arrived - so today I will be delivering Ross his nice Evo Factory 300 up in the Shuswap - will also take a peek to see how the water level is near the spot where our Helen has her Summer trailer parked.  I will also gas up my van while in the area as it’s always cheaper on the Indian Reserve

Here is an old pic showing how families traveled   in the old days - the Insurance on Sidecar Outfits was low compared to the Automobile and cheaper to run.

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Friday June 24th 2022

Friday, June 24th, 2022

We have mentioned numerous times how the Classic Trials scene has exploded in Europe - likely by the older generation, who no longer can or want to tackle the new hop & bop Trials, but who still love the original concept of what Trials riding was all about. This generation, also have the money to spend on updating the old bikes with new suspension and other upgrades that make them fun to compete with.

( Remember our original concept of the Outlaw Trial - Classic/Vintage on Saturday - Modern on Sunday??)
FIM Trial Vintage Trophy launched!
Trial legend Bernie Schreiber will be the master of ceremonies when the FIM launches its first-ever FIM Trial Vintage Trophy at Monza in Italy on Saturday, September 24.

Sharing the iconic venue just north of Milan with the FIM Trial des Nations that will be held the following day, this major new event will showcase everything that’s beloved about vintage trial with an emphasis on retro riders and their period machines with a trophy for the most authentic motorcycle.

Schreiber was the FIM Trial World Champion in 1979 and remains the only American to achieve this incredible feat. When he first burst onto the world stage in 1974 his unique style helped to revolutionise the sport and techniques he developed can be traced all the way through to today’s superstars.

The Californian is a regular face at vintage events and is highly-respected for his insight into trial. He will be heavily involved before and during the event, conducting interviews with former top stars and some of the main movers and shakers on the vintage scene.

“It’s an honour and a pleasure to have been chosen by the FIM to actively participate in this first edition,” said Schreiber. “It’s a real challenge because launching such an event in such a short time is difficult but the idea of ​​bringing together, over the same weekend, two ‘worlds’ of trial that are far too distant in my opinion particularly excites me.

“It is true that I had an important period in my career with an Italian manufacturer near Milan and even competed within the confines of the Monza circuit. Bringing together friends and riders who have helped write the history of the sport and organizing activities around a beautiful FIM event – which also welcomes the Trial des Nations – is extraordinary.”

CTR Director Thierry Michaud was also a rider back then and is certainly no stranger to vintage trial.

“I am delighted to know that Bernie has spontaneously agreed to join us for this first edition,” said Michaud. “His collaboration is essential and his presence and his initiatives will undoubtedly be very important. We know that initiating and setting up such an event is difficult but we are convinced that trial enthusiasts will be there – with or without their bikes!

“Beyond competition, the FIM’s desire is to bring together as many people as possible around a unique event. As Bernie immediately understood, the concept of ​​​​celebrating the history past and present activities of trial all together is very exciting.

“And it won’t just be about trial’s big names. The event will also highlight those people who over the years have worked tirelessly behind the scenes – often with little or no recognition – to shape the sport we all love.

“The prize-giving will be held together with the Trial des Nations presentation to cap off a great action-packed weekend mixing generations and trial style.

“See you on September 24 at Monza!”

( Maybe Stan could go to compete  on his Majesty???)

Below we have copied an article from one of the Euro websites which talks about Beta and the reasons why we have seen few changes on the Evo model since 2009. - Please allow for the translation mistakes and grammar.
Prueba a fondo Beta EVO Factory 300 2022 | Trialworld


“Why does the Beta EVO receive few changes edition after edition”?

This is probably the question that the general public asks itself when

presents a new model. Well, living it up close, it has its interesting explanation.

If we look closely, the “big lists” of changes occur, mainly, in “young models” that emerge in a more disruptive way and have the need to evolve very quickly, since, once the models are put into circulation and competition, very obvious ideas emerge on how to “solve or improve” certain technical details.

In the case of the EVO range , which was born in 2009, that stage arrived during the years 2015 and 2016, where important mechanical and cycle-level improvements were introduced. Although it may seem that evolution has been slow since then, the Beta EVO is one of those bikes that continues to evolve in the shadows and edition after edition you feel that there is a more than evident dynamic improvement.

Beta EVO Factory MY 2022

In a very competitive market context at the level of brands, models and types of products, it seems that the vast majority are looking for technological values ​​on which to base their commercial arguments. On the other side are us, the users, who value the courage of brands and innovation, but when it comes to choosing us, the weight that trust in the product and its reliability is decisive .

is pulling the most gum from its EVO range . We could open a debate about what should be the maximum useful life of a range on the market, or if the innovations should be more disruptive, but one thing is clear: Beta pays off in every way.

In our case, that we have the direct distribution of most of the manufacturers in the market, we understand what the public of each brand is like and what motivates each user to purchase. In the case of Beta, we have an owner who is very loyal to the brand and very knowledgeable about it, so its character, reliability and exclusivity have a much higher decision weight than that of the “news list” for the current year.


The vast majority of current brands have a standard version in the catalog, also called “Racing”

, and the top of the range, which is called “Factory” or “RR” . The reality is that more than 90% demand the latter, the “full”. Beta is perhaps the brand that has the most public of the standard model , although it is something that also has to do with its manufacturing windows (the standard ones are manufactured between September and October, while the Factory ones arrive until March or April), so the weight of sales between models is very distributed.Is it worth the extra cost of the Factory version?As usual, it is more profitable for the motorcycle extras to come as standard, than to buy them separately. In the case at hand, the €700 that separate the standard model from the

are very well justified, both in terms of cycle and mechanical features, in addition to the finishes, such as the steering yokes and other details, which in the standard they are excessively basic.

Therefore, the answer is yes, especially if we take into account that this extra outlay is also valued in the future as an increase in the

Dynamically the

transmits an extraordinary nobility. Its frame is one of the best on the market , because it combines poise and stability, with a much higher turning angle than its rivals. That is to say, the EVO has an extraordinary virtue to be effective in the line trial , without moving, since it combines that aforementioned poise with the ability to turn where the rest do not reach.

Another aspect that I like the most about the EVO is its traction capacity . Here it is capable of marking more distances with the standard version, since the new spring and rear shock settings suit it fantastically. For example, when you climb a step or ramp, at the reception it is common to lose that inertia and we look, helped with the body, for that traction that ends up getting us out of the obstacle; there it is unbeatable. It’s amazing how effectively he picks up grip again and comes out in a controlled way.

This leads me to tell you more about its mechanics . We have always been great defenders of medium displacements, since the “three hundred” offer excessive torque and power for a large part of the users (low and medium level, especially), who end up penalizing physically and technically because managing their power requires more precision. .

The most demanding “three hundred” are those offered by TRRS and GASGAS. In the case of Beta, her engine has a dual personality , since at low revs you feel that you have good torque and that “grip” that we mentioned, but with the virtue of being easy to squeeze . That is to say, it is not a power that enters from below runaway, but rather it is progressive , so that when you want “chicha” you open the tap and you have what you expect: a powerful engine and great ability to climb in the high range of revolutions. This reflection is also explained by the fact that Beta does not offer intermediate versions between the 250cc and 300cc, knowing that the “quarter liter” has almost residual manufacturing. That is, they are required to have a “three hundred” suitable for all audiences.

Another of the peculiarities of the Beta EVO is its clutch . As in the case of the Montesa, the system is actuated by springs and not by a diaphragm. This gives the Beta EVO a very high resistance, durability and efficiency, although the touch is somewhat more preloaded than in the case of rival brands; perhaps we noticed that the response is more direct and this helps to shoot the bike in the most demanding situations.


The bottom line is that we love the Beta Evo, especially the new SS 300 model, which is likely the best one for 40% of the riders out there. - Of course we  have always promoted the 200  for the same reasons - easy to ride and start.

Not that we are happy with the one piece rear fender - mainly because they break easily and are way overpriced.


Thursday June 23rd 2022

Thursday, June 23rd, 2022

Check this out - Always a very good weekend for the family - We support the local club with prizes etc.
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This old pic just popped up on FB - it’s one of Sammy tackling a VERY difficult section that I plotted at Summerland - never used in a Trial. - Only Sam and Brandon Wince have ridden this one. This was when Sam came over from Oz for a Holiday - He is on my Beta Evo 300. - Matt Reading is minding ( This was super steep)

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Toni Bou has now  won 200 World Championship Trials - Indoor and Outdoor combined - an incredible performance  ( Should I mention he started out on a Beta!!!!)

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Wednesday June 22nd 2022

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022

We heard that Max Lang entered the Merrit Hare Scramble on his YZ -His first ever race,  and finished 2nd in his class  !!! Way to Go Max - Quite the change from riding your usual TRS Trials bike.

Seems Sammy King got the hole-shot in the Pro Class and led until the last lap when a crash pushed back to 4th - still a very good  result

In other Cross Country News - Graeme Jarvis got stuck on the line at Erzberg  with a faulty fuel line - he passed over 400 riders, but got disqualified for receiving outside assistance to fix the fuel line ( That is the story going the rounds)

Reminded me of the 1973  Moose Mountain race - I noticed that the gas tap on my Bultaco Sherpa T was leaking while I was lined up with the other 170 riders - so I got Bob Sadownick who was next to me, to hold my bike ( no side stand) - as I patched some goo around the thing. - unfortunately the shotgun went off -to start the race - Bob let go my bike which fell on top of me - and I was left playing tail end Charlie at the back of everybody as they headed up the forestry road. -

As it happened the crafty organizers had routed us up a REALLY long steep muddy hill shortly after, and there were bikes & bodies everywhere, - So using  my Trials experience, I rode around them - up through the trees - over all the dead-fall before reaching the top - I think I must have passed about 50 riders. -

Later we had a waist deep river crossing which took out another bunch - but again I lucked out and eventually after two 50 mile loops - I finished 6th overall - 3rd Open bike  -on  a 325cc Trials bike !! . - I remember thinking, surely they aren’t sending us out on another 50 mile loop!! -it really was that tough -

I think some guys spent the night out stuck in the muskeg!! ( That was the second Cross Country race I entered)

I see Christy Williams has a new Mont!!! nice to see that these are now being Imported by a “Trials” business.
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Some pretty famous guys here at the Butte Trial last weekend >  Can you name them?
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Yesterday was the Longest Day ( of the year) - it felt a bit like that for us - waiting and hoping for a Beta shipment to arrive - ( no luck)


Sammy Miller continues to host all things “Motorcycling” at his Museum in the UK - Last weekend he had a day to celebrate the success of the Rickman MX bikes - Jeff Smith was over from the States and took this BSA for a trip around the yard, the brand that he rode to so many wins and championships.

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Tuesday June 21st 2022

Tuesday, June 21st, 2022

Today we are publishing an account of a Lady Trials rider tackling her first event !!!  Lisa explains it so well, that I’m sure many newbies will enjoy it.  ( And yes I do remember my first event back in 1955 - the course was 70 miles long and I lost 72 points!!!  no award that day. - The pic on the Outlaw Plaque was taken that day)

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Hi Dave.

My first competition was more than fun. Do you remember your first?

I caught the 6:20 a.m. ferry from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay putting me at the Canada Pacific Trials Association’s gate in Ioco more than 2 hours early for the 10 a.m. start.

One club member, Brian, was in the lot when I arrived giving us plenty of time to debate the pros and cons of wearing knee braces during competition. Given he was recovering from a torn knee ligament, I can understand his position, but opted for just extra knee padding based solely on the tenant not to change anything on the day of an event (butt, hip and spine padding also helped during the armadillo rolls to be made throughout the day).

Early arrival gave plenty of time to contemplate why one might want to do her first trials competition at age 58. Other than trials being the coolest sport with the coolest bikes ever, it surely must be all about the colourful boots (you saw the photo; I wore mine proudly).

The parking lot filled up quickly shortly thereafter. By the time the horn blew, summoning us  to the clubhouse (a utilitarian collection of seacans containing volunteers, interesting photos, old trophies and a pit toilet for those of us suffering from the pre-event jitters), the race organizers were prepared to declare it a sunny Father’s Day with a good turn out for the event. Fathers were congratulated for attending and all we headed off into the woods for a new adventure.

I entered the junior category and was placed in a group with four lovely young aspirants.  Emily, a 21 yo rider doing her second competition, kept in contact with her father, Jeff, throughout the day. A man of many hats, Jeff acted as father, announcer, score keeper and participant for the day. As he was also the creator of our shared junior and intermediate stages, he was much amused to find himself off course at least once, making me wonder how much us newbies could reasonably expect of ourselves.

l had a chance to meet Emily’s identical twin sister during lunch. When asked why only one of them was riding, they admitted to owning one bike between them. This  didn’t seem to cause them any grief since, given they are identical, no one knew the better when as they alternated their attendance at events. Come on, Dad, buy that third bike!

Before things got going, I had the opportunity to peek at the first of the two riding areas where we would begin. The terrain was fairly flat and dry, having many sharp turns betwixt and between the trees, leaving the more hilly terrain for later morning (see video of Bob riding an intermediate stage).

To my horror, my early preview did not have the anticipated effect, rather resulting in the first of many WTF moments that I experienced throughout the day and causing me to turn tail for the parking lot to seek assistance. The  first woman I saw on a bike was Jacqueline, a young woman who, when not trials riding, is a professional mountain bike instructor from Vancouver’s North shore. She graciously walked me through the first stage pointing out the in and out and giving me my mantra for the day, ”right is red”. My heart rate slid back into the survivable zone.

I was thankful to have sportsman (old) Bob (of Mountain Motorcycle who sold me 2 trials bikes,  the most recent being my 280 TRS, my greatest treasure) and his friend, Steve, behind me. They quickly showed me how to make sense of the ribbons and identify the hazards which proved useful, although it didn’t prevent my first score of 5 for stalling (see photos of Bob).

Sportsman, I learned, is a category unto itself preserved wholly for the really old riders who apparently used to be really good, and probably still are.  They are an odd bunch, keeping diligent score, mostly of their peers from across the forest floor, helpfully bellowing numbers for all to enjoy, less a point be missed, and to ensure that none are spared from the humiliation of missing a point, sportsmen will be attentive to the accurate punching of all cards, sparing no one.  Most amazing, sportsmen are required to keep score and place against their category competitors, win their ribbons and the honour of our appreciative applause, yet the logistics are, to me, quite mysterious, since no sportsman hands in his score card at the end of the day. Frankly, while  I can’t figure it out, even the most curmudgeonly of the sportsmen is cracking a smile at the end of the day. It must be in the blood.

I got through the first loop with a lion’s share of 5’s, a couple of zeros and a smattering of everything else in between.

Lunch, provided by the club, was medium rare roast beef and horseradish on a bun, which raised my spirits immensely and, after a short break, I was ready to go again.

3 stages into my second loop Bob said, “You have a choice here. You can finish the loop or you can learn something”.  Having never DNF’d in my life, it was not the easiest choice, but I was tired and I was progressing quickly from inconsistent at my best to erratic to downright dangerous. That and the fact that first hand instruction is hard to find living where I live(Youtube goes only so far), made the learning option a no-brainer. I spent the rest of the afternoon with Bob repeating various stages, making what in my mind were noticeable improvements which, and I am grasping here, while cheering my soul, probably wouldn’t have won me a trophy on any given day.

Before heading out of the parking lot, Ted, who had parked his travelling work shop (see photo of him and his bike) beside me, got up into the bed of my pick-up and finessed out of my bike a fragile plastic idle adjuster threatening to break off, saving me no end of woes once back on that rock I call home. Thanks for that, Ted. Then, ofd to pay homage to my master, BC Ferries (don’t forget to make a reservation if you plan to ride our amazing dirt bike trails in the Sunshine Coast).

4 hours on the bike yesterday. Feeling it for sure. Popped 2 anti -inflammatorie’s for breakfast before heading back to my desk job. Feeling like a Viking queen. Hope it lasts all summer as the club’s next competition won’t be until the fall. All in all a perfect first time experience.

Lisa C. Rae


And here is a report on the Merrit Hare Scramble by Andrew Christiansen

Went well, got the 100 dollar hole-shot award, Led for the first half and then the local track builder got me , came in second. He knew the course pretty well , but it wouldn’t have mattered , it was  boulder city and the 3rd lap I got pretty tired. BIG turnout, 225 riders, fantastic weather, and tons of people I haven’t seen in a while. Next race is the monkey wrench in 2 weeks. Richard Gavel did well, 11th in super senior , and Mike Hano got 12th in Senior AM.



Congrats to Invermere’s Trystan Hart who finished 3rd at the Erzbergrodeo  - 500 started - only 9 finished  ( Sounds a bit like the old Moose Mountain Cross Countries of the 1970’s)

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Breaking News. - Triumph have bought Oset.

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