Wednesday January 31 2018

As many of our regular readers will have noticed, we have been having some technical issues for the past couple of days - seems that scammers are hitting the popular web sites, and preventing access. - Anyway, I see we are up today, so here is the latest news.

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This photo popped up a couple of days ago, of me at Bear Ridge in 2014 at this time - no snow to be seen anywhere - what a difference in 2018 - likely a couple of feet of the white stuff at this spot.

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Here are the results of the Vic Brittain National Trial from last weekend in Shropshire UK. Hugo Jervis who finished 5th was also on a TRS for the first time.
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The World Indoor Circus moves to Barcelona in Spain this weekend, for the final X Trial of the season - There have been a LOT of comments posted after the fiasco in Strasbourg and the dumb points system they are using - all I hope is that nobody gets hurt doing these stunts. ( I can’t believe that somebody came up with this idea)
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We have been chatting to a few people lately, about the need to have an “Introduction to Trials” day at some point, similar to what they do at Ioco.  - I think this is a very good idea, in order to get new riders out for a fun day, to explain what the sport is all about, without the added pressure of actual competition. - It really is amazing that a lot of people buy Trials bikes without knowing what the real sport is all about. ( No it’s not all about leaping from rock to rock)  more on this later.

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We just got word that our first 2018 Beta Evo factory is on route from Italy, and should arrive in a few weeks. likely around the same time that the TRS Raga beauties get here. - Hopefully some of the snow will have melted by then .

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The latest issue of Trial Mag: UK came in the mail yesterday - what a great magazine this is - the content is full of interesting articles with superb photographs. - I liked the interview with James Dabill, with a review of his career for the past few years  - He credits Team Bosi with really getting him on the right track, and while he has ridden a bunch of different bikes, a lot has been with Beta, including his wins at both the 100th year SSDT and the Scott Trial in the same year. -He says signing with Beta again is like “Coming home”  - James is still  only one of two riders to win the Scottish on both a 2 stroke and a 4 stroke ( The other was Sammy Miller)
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Check out this old video of what Trials used to be like ( and are still the same in lots of places in the UK)  I have the original video in VHS format.
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Helmut Clasen just posted this pic of a delivery he just got - We sell a ton of the Opti Pouches to the Trials market, as they are so easy to mix in small batches. ( All new bike customers get a free box )

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The FIM World Trial GP2 class for 2018, has already got 28 riders signed up ( this is what could be called the support class) plus of course for 2018 the 125cc class gets official status. - What kind of surprises me is where do these guys get the money from? and how many will actually compete in the events that are in distant locations ( like Japan etc).

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This is a pic of Bob McGregor, at the 1939 Scottish Six Days Trial which he won - He is the only Scotsman to ever win the event. ( He won twice) pic courtesy Trial Guru.

Bob MacGregor 1939

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