Sunday April 7th 2019

Looks like a bit of a rainy day - so we will be staying home - maybe do a bit of bike stuff - oil changes etc.

The CPTA are hosting their annual Classic event today - always a lot of fun with some interesting old twin shocks showing up - some immaculate - some not quite so - but the Trial has been a fixture at Ioco now for many years - I rode it once on my Sherpa T plus loaned my other Sherpa to another rider. -

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2019 SSDT Rider Numbers Revealed

carlos casas 2019 ssdt storyIn a break with tradition popular Catalan, Carlos Casas will start the 2019 SSDT to mark his 30th Scottish The 2019 Scottish Six Days Trial is now less than a month away and the build-up to this most famous of motorcycle Trials continues this week with the release of the rider’s competition numbers by the organising Edinburgh and District club. A total of 281 numbers have been allocated and, whilst there may still be some last minute changes, this is effectively the final entry list.

Tradition has been for a Scottish rider to start the event each year, but this year that tradition will be broken as the first man to be flagged away from the Fort William Parc Ferme at 7.30am on Monday, 6th May will be respected Catalan, Carlos Casas - Vertigo. The honour of riding with the No 1 plate not only marks Carlos’ 30th start in the event but is recognition from the club for the decades he has spent as the Trial’s Catalonian ambassador. There is no doubt that he has made a major contribution to the popularity of the SSDT in Spain.

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For me, one of the best things about owning a Trials bike, is being able to get out in the mountains - in fact it was likely this very thing that really got me hooked on the sport - riding long loops in the Welsh hills, following mountain tracks, through the mud and water - And the fresh air - what could be better? -

This pic is from Northern Italy and shows a bunch of enthusiasts stopping for a rest and to admire the scenery.

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The Ontario group have a Trial on today - they are having a lot of success with their events “Keeping things simple”

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