Wednesday January 15th 2020

This is the new 2020 Beta Evo Factory model which will be arriving in March - We will have pricing on this model next week. but already have one sold. - The Factory bikes ( for all brands) come with all the “Bells & Whistles” and are usually quite limited, so if you are in the market, be sure to give us a call.
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We received an email from a Gentleman form the US, who enjoys reading the blog, he informed us that indeed the Ute Cup we mentioned a couple of days ago is still being held, in fact this year will be the 50th Anniversary - now that would be an event to put on your Calendar. ( We will find out the date)

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As usual, the weather is high on the list of today’s topics - more snow overnight and bitterly cold temperatures most places - especially Alberta. - 44 with windchill in Edmonton !!  I remember walking to work in Calgary back in 1966 all bundled up at -40 when my eyelashes were freezing together. But I still stayed and I’m glad I did.

Even in Vernon, we are at -19 this morning, but at least the forecast is for a warming trend by Friday. - Naturally the snow is causing chaos at the coast - they even have quite a dump in Victoria ( Welcome to Canada Megs)

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DAKAR NEWS.

Joan Barreda tops stage 10 results at Dakar Rally 2020 taking the win ahead of Ricky Brabec who grows his lead to 25 minutes as Toby Price loses third overall.

Joan Barreda took his first Dakar Rally stage win of 2020, heading an emphatic 1-2-3 results for Honda Rally Team on the stage 10 and moves to third overall relegating Toby Price to fourth.

Strong winds deep in the largest sandy desert on the earth forced Dakar Rally 2020 organizers to call an early halt to stage 10 on safety grounds. Many riders were injured today on a course reported to have many drops and hidden dips which are bad enough at high speed without poor visibility (plus helicopters need to fly for medical assistance etc.).

Riders were halted at a neutralized zone between Haradh and Shubaytah after 345km bringing a premature result and a few less racing kilometres (almost 200km) for the bikes on this first leg of the final marathon stage.

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Here is a rare pic from the past - Jeff Smith at age 17 riding a Factory Norton “Scrambler” - the report says the frames always broke after a few races due to all the abuse.
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Another Scramble pic from the past - can anybody name the rider and the machine?
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There is an on line survey available to get feed back on trail use by off road users - click on to govTogetherbc to find out more.- This is available via the Vernon Off Road Club website.

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