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Saturday December 31st 2016 “NEW YEAR”S EVE”

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

So here we are on the last day of the year, and time to reflect on what has transpired over the last twelve months. - I did a report earlier, on the great Trials events we attended, a HUGE Thanks to everybody that either helped or rode our WTC Trials Series this year - Lets do it all again next year .

With the help of Andrew Christiansen of the Vernon Off Road Club, we were able to meet up with the good folks at Silver Star Mountain in Vernon, in September, for the first ever Motorcycle event at that location.

Although that event was a Hare Scramble  and Endurocross, we arranged for Sammy to put on his Stunt Show, and what a great job he did - we were able to show off the Trials bikes to people who had never seen them before, and the outcome of all this, is the Signing of an agreement, with the Mountain, to host a Round of the WTC National Trials Series in 2017.

To say that we are excited about this, would be an understatement, as it’s the first time that a Major Trials Event will be held at a World Class Ski Resort in Canada. -  Not that it will be easy to set up, as the time frame will be short to mark out the sections, but the fact that spectators will be able to use the chair-lift to access the top of the mountain at 6200 feet, will be awesome.

Over the year, we met a bunch of really good guys at the Vernon Off Road Club, we attended their big event, early in the year, and have to say they know how to organize races, many of these riders, also have Trials bikes, so we are planning on hosting a Fun day in the Spring.

We went to Revelstoke to meet up with Flo and the rest of the crew, and also took in the “Ladies Weekend” which saw a massive turn out or lady riders, ( lots of these would be better on Trials bikes)

The ATRA Trial at Blackfoot Park in Calgary, in April, went well, with unusually warm weather, and I loaned Tino my Evo 200, to take the Expert win. ( This was the first step in arranging for him to ride Beta for the rest of the year)

Next up was the Outlaw at Scotch Creek, and as always the Shuswap crew did a fantastic job - Brandon took the win once again, on a wet weekend, with Sam & Sean battling it out for the other podium positions in the Expert Class.  - A unique part of this weekend, is the “Opening of the Flood Gates” to the pond, which lets the water run down the bottom gully, making superb  “English” style sections.

Shane Bridden  from Kelowna, joined our group, and after a short stint on a Repsol Honda, bought a new TRS 300, which seems to suit him just right - Shane proved to be my main man for Section Set up during the year, doing a ton of work with the Revy National in August ( Another wet weekend) - Along with Florian and Chris, we managed to pull off another excellent Two Day Trial, with riders coming from as far away as Winnipeg and the NWT.

We also had our sad time in 2016, when we lost our good friend Peter Brown  after a short battle with Cancer - Pete was a founding member of the CPTA in Vancouver, before settling in the Okanagan, - We had some great times, exploring and setting up the Outlaw at Summerland for a lot of years. We all miss you buddy.

Yes, it’s been a fantastic year, in lots of ways, - we enjoyed our annual trip to the ATRA Trial at Rocky Mountain House and enjoyed some really good rides out with Graeme at Summerland, in fact there were not too many weekends when we were not out on the bike.

We will end the blog this year with this shot of local lads riding on Vernon Mountain in the snow.>


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