Thursday May 17th 2018

May 17th, 2018

As we head into the May Long weekend, please be aware that the CO’s are likely going to be out there at the popular play areas on Crown land,checking for, registration,Insurance and Spark Arrestors. -  Our Outlaw Trial at Scotch Creek, is all on PRIVATE land, so no worries, as is the following event on June 10th at Malakwa.

The weather looks awesome in the OK Valley, with just maybe the odd shower ( to keep the dust down)  - Again a reminder that if you need parts put on the van - let me know TODAY.

The FIM World Outdoor Series begins this weekend in Spain, and Albert Cabestany has a Fire in his belly !!!
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CABESTANY - CHANGE OF IDENTITY

When the 2018 FIM Trial World Championship kicks off at Camprodon in Spain this coming weekend there will be a very familiar face on what is for him quite an unfamiliar machine.

For the last thirteen years Spain’s ALBERT CABESTANY has been synonymous with the Sherco marque, but the veteran from the Catalan city of Tarragona will start his twenty-first season in top-flight Trial competition mounted on a Beta after making the switch during the off-season.

Following a tough 2017 season that saw him slip out of the World top five for the first time in fourteen years, Albert - who celebrates his thirty-eighth birthday next month - decided to return to the Italian manufacturer who he won the FIM X-Trial World Championship with in 2002.”Last year was very hard for me,” says Albert, the current World number seven. “In my mind I thought it could be the last, but after the season I thought that wasn’t the way I want and deserve to finish my career so I decided that I wanted a bike that fits my riding.”"I had the chance to speak with Lapo Bianchi and Donato Miglio and after sharing our thoughts and trying the bike I immediately knew I wanted to ride this bike for 2018!”Albert has gelled very quickly with his new machine and as early as February took a third place ahead of World number three Jaime Busto at the opening round of the Spanish Trial Championship.”The truth is that I feel so comfortable. From the very first minute riding the Beta I understood that it would take some time to bring out my best, but the main things I was looking for in my bike I found in the Beta Evo.”"I think it is the first time in my whole career that I don’t look to my competitors’ bikes thinking they have a better weapon than me and this is a fantastic feeling.”After a solid winter program of testing and training Albert has his set-up fully dialed in and is confident he can perform at his best in the premier Trial GP class.

“Being honest, I put a lot of pressure on myself because I would like to be in the top positions again. I know this year will be more difficult than ever before because the younger riders are more ready than ever, but I think I have a good chance and I hope to end the season in a podium position!”

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Just came across this old pic from an Outlaw Trial a few years ago - It shows our old buddy Peter Brown hiking back down one of the sections - I had sent him up top to put in the “End” cards, but when he got up there, he found the stapler I had given him was out of staples - !! ( He was a bit grumpy !!)
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Another flashback to Scotland, showing Welsh lad Iwan Roberts on the TRS
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So Wednesday night, I attended the Vernon Off Road Club monthly meeting - always interesting with friendly people to chat to, while covering all the latest happenings on the sporting calendar.

This weekend some of the members will ride in the Squealing Pig Hare Scramble out at Lavington , which goes on Sunday, but Saturday riders can sign up for a test ride on all the Beta Enduro bikes plus one 300 4T Evo - all great bikes. - Of course I will be away at the Outlaw Trial in Scotch Creek , but if anybody wants to talk Beta or Trials, I’m as near as the phone.

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Wednesday May 16th 2018

May 16th, 2018

As many people will know, Steve Howland from Moncton NB - Has been the Beta Importer for Canada for the past few years, and is once again doing a cross Canada tour to promote the product, - with the main emphasis being the Enduro bikes that have really taken off all over. - This is a huge undertaking to drive across our vast Country  for the second time. - Steve will be in the Okanagan this weekend, offering free rides to Off road enthusiasts at the Vernon Squealing Pig Cross Country Race, and while we will not be there, due to the conflict with our long running Outlaw Trial ( now in it’s 31st year) - We hope that both the demo and race, go well.
At Outlaw Trialsport, we specialize in Trials bikes, and have been promoting the sport now since we got involved  in Calgary back in 1969, but we also keep a close eye on what is happening, in other Motorcycle events, and did quite a lot of Cross Country racing in the 1970’s - finally hanging up our leathers in 1986.

During this time we were working for Yamaha Canada, and were very involved in the development  of the “IT” series - great times and much success.

In 2013, we brought in a Beta RR250 ( Mountain MC were still the Importer) and rode it a bit as a demo - fantastic bike, but like all the modern Enduro models, they are tall and cumbersome for an old guy.  -

However, in my opinion, the Beta range of race bikes, are second to none, so we urge anyone looking for a change of mount, to take the opportunity of contacting Beta Canada to give one a test ride, and Yes - we can supply. We have been a Beta Dealer since 1993.

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In other Beta news - check out this Press Release following last weeks Scottish Six Days, at which James Dabill was robbed of the win when his rear Tire came off the rim in one of the last sections.

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SSDT 2018.

Beta had a very successful SSDT with James Dabill taking a very close second place to his friend and rival Dougie Lampkin after leading until the end of the week. Beta riders also filled four of the top ten positions. Ben Hemingway won the best 4T award, Jiri Svoboda won the best newcomer and Joe Dawson the best 125cc award.

Beta had 98 riders from 282 starters this year, over a third of the entry. This shows the confidence riders have in the Beta Evo which has proved itself as being able to stand up to the extreme SSDT conditions.

After having great weather in 2017 it was unlikely the Scottish trial gods would be kind again to the riders so the bad weather at the start of the week was a tough test for both bikes and riders. We pride ourselves on providing a good service to all our Beta riders and it is always a pleasure to work with Beta riders from all over the world.

Photo credit: Trials Central.

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Results from ATAQ

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Here is the video link for today - check out the one of Gary Mac on the 350 Triumph twin - absolutely stunning.
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Tuesday May 15th 2018

May 15th, 2018

We will call this TRS Tuesday - as I could not resist posting this great shot of Welsh lad Iwan Roberts in the Scottish last week. - As mentioned previously, Iwan the 2017 World Junior Champion, has struggled for the past few months with health issues, so to see him able to finish in the top twenty is fantastic, especially as he was the only rider to “Clean” everything one day mid week. ( photo credit Matt Betts)
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Still on the TRS Topic - we had another superb Raga 280 arrive yesterday - What a fantastic bike this is.

If you haven’t seen one - This is what they look like up close >>

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See us at the Outlaw Trial to talk about a test ride. !!

Breaking News - TRS Special “GOLD” Edition being built - Only 150 units.


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And on a different note ! - This is a Lancaster Bomber, flying over one of the Dams in the Welsh Valley, where the original World War Two “Dam Busters” Squadrons practiced before setting off for their epic raids on the Ruhr.
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Another “Cooker” of a day in the OK Valley - and more trouble for people in the flood zones.

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A reminder about this weekend, and the Outlaw Trial - If anyone needs parts or accessories put on the van - please let me know  - We will not be camping this year, but of course will at Scotch Creek both Saturday and Sunday. - Don’t forget!!!!   new start area this year - turn left just past the “Welcome to Scotch Creek”  sign

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Monday May 14th 2018

May 14th, 2018

With the Scottish Six Day Trial now in the History books for another year, it’s time to turn our attention to our BIG event coming up this next weekend. - The 31st Edition of the Outlaw Trial.

Please note that the start area has changed this year, as the top field at Scotch Creek, has been sold. - - Here are the directions - when you drive into Scotch Creek - you will see a big sign saying “Welcome to Scotch Creek”  - turn LEFT just after this sign, to get to the start and camp area.  - There is no charge for camping and people will be arriving there on Friday.  Please be aware that this is a long weekend and the Police are usually out watching for speeders.

Ross and his crew have been working tirelessly, for many weeks to make this all happen, and as always will have an excellent course set up for all classes.

Sunday, will be Round #2 of the Outlaw Series , but the actual Outlaw Trial is a 2 Day event, starting early Saturday morning.  Check out the poster ( You can see the large copy on the front page of Trials Canada)

Click for Outlaw Trial poster

If you have questions - feel free to either call me at (250) 545-6139 or email - daverhodes@shaw.ca.

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The weekend weather in the Valley was “HOT” - we decided to kick back and really didn’t do very much - watched the Golf and then went over to our daughter’s for a very nice Mother’s Day supper and family get-to-gether.

Today the temperature is supposed to hit +30 - so not good for the folk living in flooded areas.

We heard from our buddy Turk, who was out yesterday with a couple of friends for a fairly tough ride on Vancouver Island - they were on Enduro bikes, but were super impressed by Turk on his new Outlaw/ Beta 200 when  the going got technical - as we have said for years, the Evo 200 is the best kept secret in the Beta model line-up.

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I read the Michelin Press Release after the Scottish, with the glowing report of how well their riders did in this toughest of all Observed Trials, but no mention of James Dabill !! - No doubt he has a different point of view after the brand cost him the win.

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Sunday May 13th 2018

May 13th, 2018

We will start the blog today, by posting the comments made by James Dabill  - after the 2018 Scottish Six Days. understandably very upset at the outcome ( And yes it was a Michelin Tire that came off the rim)

“As I look back on the SSDT I keep asking myself what I have done to deserve that. To lead all the week and feel so comfortable to be cruelly denied my 3rd 6 days win due to a tyre off the rim, no words can describe how gutted I am. All the hard work just ripped clean out of your hands. But none the less an enjoyable week with my amazing family and friends. Without them none of this would be worth doing anyways.
Next year check 6 coz I’m coming back.”
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It goes without saying, that to have this happen at the very end of the day, must have been devastating - and even Dougie likely felt as though he won by default.  - It was a similar thing that happened to his Dad, back a few years ago, when he lost the Trial by taking a five on the last section of Ben Nevis.For sure the third man on the podium, Gary MacDonald, must have been delighted to finish so well, after his brilliant win in the Pre 65 event. - the popular little Scotsman had 8 days of very consistent riding . I’m sure people will be talking about the flick turn he did on the 350 Triumph twin in the parking lot, for a very long time.

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Great shot of Gary MacDonald.
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Of course once it’s all over for another year - many teams celebrate with a couple of Scottish Whisky’s before going their separate ways. - Here are some of the Honda/Montesa crew - Amos Bilbao is on the far right in this pic.
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American rider Dennis Sweeten finished with a first class award in 116th place with 288 points - his daughter Kylee was unlucky to blow the head gasket on her Sherco on Friday - a tough way to end her week.   - Emma Bristow (Sherco) was by far the best Lady rider,  finishing in 37th position

There were two TRS riders in the top twenty - Ross Danby finished 13th and Welsh lad Iwan Roberts 14th - Iwan also had the distinction of being the only rider to go “Clean” on one day.

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Saturday May 12th 2018

May 12th, 2018

So here we are heading into the big showdown on the last day of the Scottish - James Dabill, holds a slim two point advantage over multi time champ Dougie Lampkin.

Interesting bit of Bike trivia  has five different brands, filling the top five positions going into the last day.

We have Beta-Vertigo-Scorpa-Gas Gas and Sherco  - it’s also nice to see a couple of TRS still in the top 20.  - Beta have the most bikes in the top ten with 4 - Gasser have 2 and Scorpa 2.  - Ben Hemmingway is the leading four-stroke in 14th spot with the Beta 300 4T - next Thumper is Amos Bilbao ( Honda )in 23rd.

This is a nice pic of Emma Bristow giving a High Five to young Calum McKay - ( Harry & Wendy’s lad)
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We will bring you the final results just as soon as they appear >>> nail biting time for sure.

Dougie Lampkin has won the Scottish  again after a brilliant ride on the last day. ???????????
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Here is the video from day #6 https://vimeo.com/269388338
UPDATE :  Official Story  on Results
Dougie Lampkin – Vertigo snatched a record extending twelfth Scottish Six Days Trial (SSDT) in dramatic fashion on the closing day of the 2018 event, despite having never been in the lead throughout week. It was James Dabill – Beta who was, and had been the front runner from Monday and went into day six with a slim advantage which would cruelly disappear when his rear tyre came off the rim in the final section on Ben Nevis.
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Friday May 11th 2018

May 11th, 2018

As expected, Thursday proved to be a tough day in Scotland, with difficult Moor crossings and a tight time limit  -( yes they have a time limit each day)

It was James Dabill’s “Early” day - so he had to tackle the sections at their slippery best - However he only parted with just three points to stay in the lead and will carry the yellow front number plate again today.

Behind him, Dougie Lampkin had to worry about his bike problems, but still made it around the 91 mile loop losing only 2  - so the scores are now Dabill (Beta) 4 - Lampkin (Vertigo) 6 and local lad Gary MacDonald, (Scorpa) - still hanging in there with 10 ( he had dirt in the carb today as well)  - Would you believe that scores for the other riders are now in the hundreds - in fact some are over 1000, points - which goes to show how good the top British lads are at this type of event.

I noticed a few names from the World Championship in the entry, Gilles Burgat, Jean Luc Nictou and Amos Bilbao - they always enjoy their Holiday in the Highlands. ( Amos won it back a few years)
This is a great shot of Dougie at the sections called “Fersit” - In 1993, our buddy Harry McKay insisted that I go with him to this group of sections up on top of the “Glen” - telling me it was a bit of a walk - but well worth it. !!

After parking the cars ( Harry was driving like a mad man on the twisty narrow lanes, with me trying to keep up) - we stepped out onto the moor, where we had to cross a small creek - jumping across it - I felt my left knee give way !! ( That was my good one)  - but onward and upward, we went for about 30-40 minutes, until we reached the sections, by which time I was limping pretty badly. - Then Harry says - “Oh ! they inna using the good ones ”

That was when it started raining -!! it doesn’t just come DOWN in Scotland it blows horizontal  !! - Suffice to say that this was a long day and I had to find an old tree branch to use as a crutch to get back down the Mountain.

Back at the Lodgings - I was completely worn out and thought a soak in the tub would help my already very swollen left knee - but wouldn’t you know it (Typical for Scotland ) there was no hot water !!!!

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Ben Hemmo - ( And Dougie’s cousin)  is still right up there on the Beta Thumper >
More video>>   https://youtu.be/ r50zyC0KD10

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More video from Friday >>>> https://vimeo.com/269244987

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Although most of our focus this week, has been on the Scottish - We did watch the Hockey game last night - great to see a Canadian Team winning for a change. - Go Jets!!

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UPDATE : Dougie is in with just one point today (see video) # ssdt18 - no other results posted yet.

Thursday May 10th 2018

May 10th, 2018

With the Scottish Six Day Trial now heading into Day #4 - James Dabill (Beta)  leads - having now just dropped one point on Wednesday. - Dougie Lampkin is still in 2nd spot, but is now on 4 points after having some mechanical issues with the Vertigo - in fact there is talk that his week might be over.

The best performance on a very wet Wednesday, was Welsh lad Iwan Roberts,(TRS) who had the only clean ride of the day, truly amazing when you consider how sick he has been recently.

Gary MacDonald ( Scorpa) holds onto 3rd as the riders head into the last half of the week - Dennis Sweeten has lost 121 points and daughter Kylee 205 points. -  for full results click onto the ssdt website.
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video from today >> https://vimeo.com/268833168

Here is a great shot of Gary Mac - The guy we would really like to see win this week.

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Emma Bristow is having a great week, the undisputed Queen of Trials ( Since Laia quit) Emma is well up in the results, and well ahead of Sandra Gomez, and the other lady riders.
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The weather in Fort William this morning was cloudy, but no rain as yet - on the other hand, in Vernon BC, it was once again hammering down at 4 am.

The Thursday route at the Scottish, is usually one of the toughest of the week, with the soggy moor crossings taking their toll on both riders and machines. - Tonight we may see some changes at the top of the leader board - so good luck to everybody.
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Some sad news to report today, as former 5 time World MX Champion Eric Geboers drowned over the weekend, while trying to save a dog - he was only 55 years old. - the dog survived by swimming to shore.
He is pictured here at the Canadian MX Grand Prix.
Eric Geboers Canadian 500 GP

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Wednesday May 9th 2018

May 9th, 2018

A typical day in Scotland - with umbrellas and rain gear -  Ross Danby looking good on the TRS - After a tough second day - James Dabill (Beta) now has the lead, still on zero points, but Dougie Lampkin also had a “Clean” day and sits in 2nd spot as they head out on Day three. - Although if you watch this video he does appear to stop in the section which is a “5″ in No stop Trials -.video   –

For complete results click on http://ssdt.org/2015-04-26-10-15-40/2018-ssdtvideo -live-results

We have “Scottish type” weather in the Valley today - it’s been hammering down all night.
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Check out these great videos >>>> https://www.trialworld.es/video-scottish-six-days-trial-2018/

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This is a great shot of Ben Hemmingway  on the Beta 300 Factory 4T - he had a good day except for mud in the carb  after one of the moor crossings that cost him a 5 in an easy section. ( If you can call any of them easy)
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Unfortunately, Jonny Hagan, had a fall at Trotter’s Burn, and injured his back, which will keep him in a body cast for some time - we know this famous section quite well and it usually takes some “5’s”  at the tricky rock wall at the end.
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Meanwhile back in our Valley - here is Shane zipping up a steep wall at Summerland last Sunday - first time he has tried it. - Taken with my Canon G12.
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And here is another of our Team TRS riders, Gord Rinke - who managed to find a nice area to practice in Alberta (photo credit Colin Bennett)
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Tuesday May 8th 2018

May 8th, 2018

Well the first day of the 2018 Scottish is in the books, and a number of riders kept their feet up all day - they were in order of starting #  Jack Price GG - Gary MacDonald Scorpa - Tom Minta  scorpa - James Dabill  Beta -Sam Connor Beta -  and Andy Chilton Beta.  - Dougie Lampkin took one dab for the day, while USA riders Dennis Sweeten lost 23 and his daughter Kylee 34.  - top lady was Emma Bristow on 8 points.

You can see all the results here>  http://ssdt.org/2015-04-26-10-15-40/2018-ssdt-live-results

Here is a pic of Welsh lad Iwan Roberts (TRS) who had a great start to his week after being quite sick for the past couple of months - he is on 6 points lost.   - Also on the sick list, is Ben Hemmingway,(Beta)  having come down with food poisoning prior to the start- Somehow he made it through the day, and is well up there, on the Beta Thumper.
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Check out these video clips of the Monday action.

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Now this has come as a nice surprise !!  sent to me by Harry McKay - signed by Dougie, and yes he remembers me.

Here is Harry’s message. >>>>>>>>
Hey Dave, hope you’ve not ordered Dougie’s book…as there’s one on the way to you, signed by the man himself. He did ask if it was ‘THE’ outlaw Dave, he remembered you from 94 & the bumbag 😉, had a chat with him about it.

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Of course the Sunday Parade through the streets of Fort William is always led by a Pipe Band - and it was good to see that the weather was kind to them this year.

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( Note ! - it isna jest the wee gals that wear the kilt)

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I think this pic tells a lot about why the Scottish Pre -65 is so popular - Yes some take it very seriously, but for most it’s a gathering of old friends riding bikes that are from the past ( when I grew up)

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We don’t know who took this pic - or who the rider is - but what a shot - not sure but that might be Loch Lynnie in the background.  - This is why we have always tried to promote long distance trials in Canada, which show off the wonderful scenery that we have .
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