Thursday October 7th 2021

Quiz for today - name these three riders ?? and which one rode in the Scottish Six Days Trial?


Another road race pic - this one sent us by Roger Boothroyd showing Ben Hircock Snr on his Manx Norton at Westwood BC  - Roger says he thinks Ben Junior still has this bike.

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Here we see a young guy out on his Beta Jr model in the Noble Canyon area,  pic sent us by the local VOMC club. ( Thanks Blake)
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And a blast from the past - Who can name this  great Alberta rider>

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Nothing to do with Motorcycles - or maybe?  remember the  Queen   rode motorcycles during the war, while serving in the ATS - no matter what some say, in my opinion she is still wonderful.
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As we are fast approaching our 2nd and last Trial event in the area for 2021, a special thanks go out to the people who made these events happen in very dark times - Florian and Chris in Revvy - did a super job in trying to put on the ultimate long distance Trial - Marty and Emily helped out as well  -

To put on a Trial of any merit - requires not only a lot of thought, but a lot of effort - knowing the area, knowing what you expect for an entry, are two of the most important aspects. - PLUS you need to know what each class is capable of. -

For example an expert organizer might think a simple for him rock climb may be easy for a junior - but sometimes this ONE section - can turn off a newbie for life>>>  This is True.

As we look forward to the weekend at Scotch Creek, I have to say that Ross Rathbone ( helped by Martin Lucas)  - picked up very well on what I consider to be the bench marks for events they followed my lead on how I consider things should be done -  - To continue to do this year after year needs not only enthusiasm, but the support of the wives and girl friends. -

They continue to get my appreciation. - I think it’s  a Family affair.
We see lots of videos on  how to learn Trials techniques, but I have yet to see one explaining how to set up a Trial AND continue to do it year after year !!  - In my opinion, it takes years of experience. - You don’t set up a successful Trial  by going to your local parking lot on a Saturday afternoon with one roll of Blue and one roll of red tape.  - NOBODY HAS EVER SET UP A PERFECT TRIAL - NOBODY !!!! -

For the record - it took me one year to set up the first ever 1975 FIM Canadian World Trial - and I could only guess at how good these riders were !! - I was just a reasonable Club rider coming from the  UK.

Yesterday we had Katy over to look at bikes and chat about Trials, so we might get another local gal involved  - we already have Britta and Dominique - but we need more to follow the footsteps of Canadian and World Trials Super star Christy Williams - Emily will soon be competing on the Outlaw Sherco - so we can only only hope that this will  inspire more gals to “Have a go” - Here is Emily trying out the Outlaw Beta.

Update for anybody planning on attending the Trial at Scotch Creek -  Saturday is  the Thanksgiving Trial   followed by the Ross Traditional feast  ( Note Some health priorities may be in force)

Sunday is the Brown Memorial Trial and while I will make a short intro - here is a bit of the History -

Adrian Brown came to Canada in the 1980’s - I met him at the very first Outlaw Trial we hosted in 1986 - we later became good friends - rode a lot of stuff - shared a a lot of stories - Adrian was on a visit back to the  UK when they found he had cancer. - I can still remember the phone call. - But typical Adrian, big strong lad - he fought it all the way, riding trials in spite of his handicap. - We lost Adrian when he was just 51 years old but his local club still hold an event to honor his name as we do in Canada - He might be the only Trials rider to have a memorial event in two different parts of the world. - We will have the English Trophy on display
Thinking ahead - Pete Brown was of course another of my great friends - Pete helped me set up lots of Outlaw events and shared a ton of memories from the past.

Pete would struggle to ride some of the stuff that I wanted to check out in Summerland - especially when he was on the Sherco 4T which I tried my best to  not sell him. - jeez I spent more time trying to start that pig after Pete had upended it - It’s no wonder setting up a Trial took so long.  -  - Fortunately  I  managed to get Pete into a Beta which while always an issue for him to start - was at least a step in the right direction. - Looking back I have to say that Pete never ever  questioned my logic  on trying different routes through the Mountains - yes we struggled at times, but in the end always had a laugh.

- We would often stop on the side of a hillside - overlooking a Valley and chat about our life experiences. - some funny  - some sad . Yes I miss all my friends - lost this past year - Bernie Blomer ( my brother in law)  Peter Kratzer - Al Perret - Bob Work. - Art Gavel, and others - It’s very sad when you not only lose your friends, but because of the Covid restrictions   you can’t show and share your sorrow. but I will always remember them.

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