Friday June 21st 2019

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I just had to post this pic of a young lad on the TRS 125 - The same bike ( and the only one in Canada) that we have - This is where it all begins for the young riders in Europe - the new bikes are frankly quite amazing - this is when they learn the correct clutch technique - combined with lots of revs these small displacement bikes are fantastic and lots of fun as I’ve found out recently. ( they are not just for kids)
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Bit of Nostalgia just showed up on FB - The letter sent by Bruce Brown to the Military base before filming some of the “On Any Sunday” movie - of course the Greeves that was ridden by Mert Lawill, had Harley Davidson decals on the tank, as he was contracted to them at the time.

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And here is another bit of history - The year Bernie Schreiber won the World Trials Championship

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The weather has certainly been strange this week - much cooler with snow on the connector and 10cm expected in Banff and Jasper - plus heavy rain which has caused the cancellation of the Trial at Falun Alberta. ( Sunday)
However, things should brighten up in the Valley for the big Poker Rally at Noble Canyon on Saturday  scroll back to see the poster. - Always a lot of fun for all ages especially the kids.

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There is a World Round going this weekend in the Netherlands - so we will watch to see what kind of sections they put in - likely the same man made rocks as usual. Here is the official info:
Following a 40-year absence, top-flight Trial action returns to Holland this coming weekend with TrialGP Netherlands – round three of the 2019 FIM Trial World Championship – at a purpose-built facility at Zelhem in the east of the country.

The event will feature the premier TrialGP class along with the Trial2 and Trial125 categories and for the first time this season the TrialE competitors on electric motorcycles will be in action at the highly-regarded venue that’s staged acclaimed rounds of the FIM European Championship in 2012 and 2017.

Leading the TrialGP title race on a maximum 60 points is defending champion Toni Bou (Repsol Honda) who remains unbeaten following the opening two rounds in Italy and Japan. The Spanish superstar is the most dominant rider in the history of the sport and on his current form he surely must start favourite.

So who can stop him? While Bou is certainly the man to beat there is a queue of talented riders ready and willing to depose him headed by two-time World Champion Adam Raga (TRRS).

Already 11 points adrift of the leader, the Catalan rider knows he must strike soon if he is to deny Bou a record-breaking 13th consecutive title. Last season was the first time since 2002 that he failed to win a World round and after two second-placed finishes in Japan earlier this month the 37-year-old is determined to go one better this weekend.

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In other news - we just saw that Gas Gas are closing the doors again - at least for Six months. - ( unofficial)

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With things a bit slow - I’ve been able to watch a few of the Women’s World Football ( Soccer) games - Canada lost to the Netherlands today, while the US Team beat Sweden - but I think the biggest upset so far has been the game which Scotland lost mainly due to some very bad referee calls. - One thing that stands out is the energy and skill that the teams have these days - I’ve never been much of a Soccer fan ( called Football in Europe) but these matches are fun to watch.

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Finally for today - We just read  the VMC Newsletter which Roger Boothroyd does such a great job on - in particular, I enjoyed reading about the guy who rode all through Europe on a 197 Francis Barnet - back in the day- that must have been  a struggle going over the Alps - check it out on the VMC website.

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