Tuesday March 27th 2018

James Dabill looks pretty happy after the Italian Championship Trial on the weekend - even though he had to settle for second place on the podium.
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Another Beta shot - this one a 4T Factory - not sure who the rider is, but I think this was taken at the Cleveland Trial last weekend - a Superb event that runs a long loop with natural sections. ( Great training for the Scottish)
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As mentioned in the Monday Blog - Shane and myself had a great ride up on Bear Ridge - managing to get to all our favorite sections, but while there was very little snow, we did find a lot of water - more than we have ever seen in this area,  with some neat new gully’s to ride ( bit like the above pic)  -We saw a lot of Deer up on the top. so stopped to take a couple pics,  but after one glance over at us, they went back to munching the long grass.

While I leave the hard stuff to the younger lads these days, I still really enjoy getting out for the fresh air and exercise.  I have been able to help a lot of new riders over the years, teaching everything from correct bike set up, to body positioning , I find that doing “One on One” type sessions works best, as there are then no distractions. - But again the main focus is always on the easy stuff, before graduating to the more difficult techniques.

Back in 1995, I bought a video camera, mainly because we had a trip planned to the UK, and I wanted to take in the World Trial at Hawkstone Park. - I still watch this tape once in a while, especially the first day, when all the riders were practicing. - This old style camera is now hidden away somewhere, along with other 35mm cameras from the past. - Later I used this camera to film events such as the Outlaw Trial, and also in training sessions - my theory back then (and still true) is if a rider can’t see his or her mistakes on the screen, then it becomes more difficult to improve. -  Of course these days, it’s much easier to shoot video, either with a camera or cell phone,

Although I have a very nice Nikon for doing the Pro stuff, most of the time I just take along my small Canon G12, which takes both still and video.
We have supplied training and other Trials tapes to many, many Trials enthusiasts over the years, and still convert some of the older VHS to CD format.

- Shane has improved a lot this past year, and is riding with much more confidence, on the TRS - This was one of the first ones we got in, and has proved to be trouble free, and still looks good and sounds like new -  so the quality is standing up well.

Sunday was the Reg Shanks Trial in Victoria, with a good turn out of 39 riders  - Thomas Cordner (Vertigo) won the Expert Class - with the other class winners as follows.

Snr Sportsman  Ted MeDowell  (TRS)  Sportsman - Aaron Fisher )GG)  - Snr Inter - Mike Hay - Vertigo - Inter - Jayden Kurvers (GG) - Junior - Dave Carlson (Mont) - Novice Axton Hall.

Other results can be seen by clicking on the VMC Website.  -   Bob Johns of Trials Canada went into Hospital yesterday for Heart Surgery, so will be out of action for a while - We all wish him a speedy recovery.


Results of the Fast Eddy - British Enduro last Sunday.

Top ten results:

  1. Billy Bolt 2:31:16
  2. Jonny Walker +8:31
  3. Paul Bolton +12:36
  4. Jonathan Richardson +1 lap
  5. Joe Deakin +1 lap
  6. Jordan Scott +1 lap
  7. Gethin Humphreys +1 lap
  8. Sam Winterburn +1 lap
  9. Nathan Watson +2 laps
  10. Charlie Frost +2 laps


Toni Bou will not compete at the final X Trial this Friday in Budapest - Deciding to heed his Doctors advice.

Toni Bou, mathematically champion of the world, will not be in Budapest: “the hours after the Paris xtrial were not good and I must think of full recovery”


Here’s one for the Vintage crowd >> The Pre 65 Scottish is now only weeks down the road - wonder how much water there will be in the ?Burns” after all the snow this year.

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