Tuesday August 13th 2019

12-year-old Maddox Dorman WINS Novice A on his Jack’s Cycles TRS-USA RR 125 at the NETA Rhode Island Trials Club Championship series event at the Stepping Stone Ranch in Exeter RI.

CONGRATULATIONS! - Yes we still have one of these in stock at Outlaw ( the only one in Canada) - they are BRILLIANT. Just ask Kevin Smith !!
Image may contain: 1 person, smiling, outdoor and nature

This is a flash back pic from 2012 - the last time I went up Joss Mountain at age 75  -Stan took this pic of me after we broke through into the Alpine. - Some joker posted on FB - why stop now ?  - Obviously he  has no idea how difficult a climb like this is ( and was harder in the old days- I noticed that he was an enduro rider - it should be noted that no enduro rider has done this climb - Yes Graeme Jarvis etc could - but for most it’s trials bikes only.

- A lot of younger riders have  struggled on this mountain - especially if running into bad weather - rain & snow. - Certainly not a trip for the faint of  heart or lower skill level. -

When I think of all the Motorcycle sport that I’ve done in my lifetime, Trials, Scrambles Cross Country with some long distance touring thrown in. - Riding this Mountain has been the high-light for me.
The eight times that I went up this Mountain are still etched in my mind . - The first time was absolutely out of this World, as we skirted avalanches and pressed through brush that was so thick you had to just put your head down and hope for the best on the narrow pack horse trail out of the Valley.

I recall I kept bumping into the back of buddy Luke as we led the way up the switch backs. -

The thrill when you break out into the Alpine, is incredible - a whole different World - but then you are riding a rocky narrow trail  up into the top valley filled with melting snow and mountain lakes - following rock cairns left by those early travelers - you don’t want to get lost up at this altitude.
If you are lucky, you will not encounter snow - but the window for going up Joss is narrow, as sometimes winter can come early in the Mountains of BC.

I have been up in all conditions, quite a few in snow - I remember Stan asking me on one of these trips what gear I was using on my Beta Rev 3 - I said 4th - which worked great on the Beta - but riding a Sherco in these conditions would have been way more difficult for Stan - ( I remember getting traction on some of those early Sherco’s was a beast)
It is perhaps fitting, that my final ride up the Mountain was with Stan, just the two of us in 2012 and as I signed the visitor book at the Look out - I somehow knew this would be my last time - perhaps the oldest Trials rider to climb this wonderful Mountain. - However, I figure eight times was pretty good, with lots of memories.

A big thanks to Mark Thompson for showing me this and being so involved with the early climbs.
The pic below, shows me quite exhausted, just after we broke out into Alpine in 2012 - ( I did not know at that time that I had diabetes)  As we looked up at the climb ahead ( we were at about 5,000 feet)  the weather looked ominous, and it really appeared we would run into snow, so we had to decide “Do we go ahead - or turn back”? -

I should add that coming back down off this mountain is not easy as you are tired and all the weight is on your arms,- It took me a few minutes to make up my mind - as I was really buggered - deciding to ride a Beta Factory 300 was a mistake as it was hard for me to start and control.

- Anyway, I guess I kind of knew this might be my last trip up Joss - so I said we should press on. - It was a real struggle for me at times as I was so tired - riding in 1st gear and feeling like a novice. - Stan helped by starting my bike.!!
Of course it was a huge thrill to make it to the top once again - and with my special friend-  Stan Bakgaard. -

Although  I have been lucky enough to share this experience with many other close friends.

-  I even have some video of a climb when Taff was with us -  snow that year .
( I hope the reader enjoys this brief write up)

- In conclusion, I think that first year 2003 was both the most difficult and the most mind blowing - I remember Mark asking me when we got to the end of the ride, how old are you ? - I told him I was 67. - I felt pretty good back then !!!

I would like to thank all my friends who made this trip with me over the years - What stories we have to tell.
Image may contain: Peter Starr, outdoor and nature


This is neat little video of a typical English Club Trial - also shows the 2020 TRS.


And this one is the  young Kiwi kid on the Beta Evo  -
# easy


Don’t forget this one - it will be a great event and the final round of the Outlaw Series - The location is superb with free camping by the river.
No photo description available.


Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.