Sunday November 24th 2019

The pic below, was taken in the early 1980’s when four friends from Alberta stopped by our place in Vernon. - From left to right, they are, Bill Ockie -Bill Bruins JR - Jack Chant and Murray Nutt.   ( In the background is Roy our wonderful dog at the time)
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Trialeros del Mundo


World Indoor Trial News.

The reigning World Champion beat regular rival Raga over a demanding Final

The first ever X-Trial Rennes, witnessed by over 3,500 spectators that packed in to the Glaz Arena, saw Toni Bou (Repsol Honda) continue his reign, extending a ten-point World Championship lead into the mid-winter break.  Following his La Réunion victory over main rival Adam Raga (TRRS) a week ago, this was an even more dominant performance in a Final that demanded the absolute maximum of both competitors.

Bou immediately seized the upper hand by completing Section One with a mere two-mark score, following on from Raga who had dropped five with the first of a troubling run of consecutive fiascos.  Even Bou found Section Two impossible, but it wasn’t long before he was back on the march: gaining seven marks on Raga over Sections Three and Four to all-but confirm his victory.  Finishing with a flourish, Bou recorded the only clean of the Final in the closing section, officially opening the party in Rennes.

Jeroni Fajardo took an important third position that ensures his participation in X-Trial Budapest when the Championship gets back underway in January.  The veteran enjoyed a successful first outing on the Sherco, battling through a hard-fought Heat One against Jaime Busto and then overcoming his Vertigo teammate Miquel Gelabert in a Consolation Final that went down to tie-break.

Benoit Bincaz (Beta) and Jaime Busto (Vertigo) were the two big names eliminated in Round Two.  Home hero Bincaz rallied late on the lap but his deficit from five-mark scores in Sections Two and Three proved insurmountable.  Meanwhile Jaime Busto was eliminated after a critical five-mark score in Section Five.

In a close-fought first Round, debutant Toby Martyn (Beta) suffered a baptism of fire after a mechanical problem forced him onto his spare bike.  Meanwhile Gabriel Marcelli (Montesa) failed to recapture his promise from the preliminary phase in La Réunion as he bowed out early in a competitive field at X-Trial Rennes, albeit by just two marks.


Weather in the  Valley is quite nice today & would have liked to get out for a ride - but unfortunately I’m nursing an old Rotary Cuff injury that I’ve aggravated somehow ( Having too much fun I guess on the Evo 4T)   I remember I did this back in 1995, riding up on Vernon Mountain in the snow, with Barry & Adrian - I was on the little 150 Gasser & leading the way along one of the top trails which had a light covering of snow - think I was clipping along pretty good when I failed to see a downed branch hidden under the snow while heading down a slope on an adverse camber - it happened so fast I didn’t have time to get my hand out to cushion my fall & hit the ground hard.  - Although it doesn’t sound like much - this type of injury takes forever to heal, and I was really out of action for about a year.


Check out this video of Burt Munro >>…/


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