Archive for August, 2018

Friday August 31st 2018

Friday, August 31st, 2018

The last day of August - hard to believe with the “Summer from Hell” that we have had - mind you, I always think the best time of the year to ride in the woods is the Fall, so we are looking forward to that.  In fact we are planning on going to Summerland on Sunday - give us a shout if you want to join us. - This will be a guided tour with me showing some old sections but nothing too tough as I just can’t do this anymore. If you would like to try either a  Beta Evo 200 or a TRS 300 let me know.

Here is a neat poster advert from many years ago - old timers will remember these great riders I saw them both race at Hawkstone Park in the UK - That was when big four-strokes ruled. - Although Brian Stonebridge  was one of the first to show the potential of small two-strokes, racing a BSA Bantam fitted with a special exhaust expansion chamber similar to what the Europeans were using on their road race bikes - I also saw him on this at Hawkstone and could not believe how he went up the huge hill on that 150cc BSA Bantam -  that is a  key part of the Shropshire track.

Stonebridge later went on to develop the Greeves competition bikes, which took over the Scrambles scene for a few years - a young Dave Bickers was guided by the gifted Brian Stonebridge, who sadly  died in a traffic accident. - A huge loss to the motorcycle world.

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Before the invention of “Hop & bop” in Trials competition, a young Bernie Schreiber  practiced his “Full Floater” turns to navigate around tight turns in the sections. - Of course a lot of riders copied this technique, one of the best being Stan Bakgaard, who is pictured doing one of these in Bernie’s book on Trials. ( This pic is of Bernie)
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I have no idea who these guys are - I just thought it was a neat shot of guys in Alberta out having fun, when there is so much BS going on over there regarding Crown Land - Of course they have an event going this weekend called “The Maze runner” - not sure what it’s all about, but Mitch Brown and his team have been scouting and showing pics of some really neat (and tough) parts of the course -  not sure if any BC riders are going to this. - ( I just love the enthusiasm these Alberta guys have)
I remember racing Cross Countries   in Alberta so well - and I remember how many of the routes would sometimes  be through large flat meadows - which were filled with narrow hidden creek beds - overgrown with the brush. - I recall one time Hall of Fame guy  Steen Hanson passed me because he thought he had a better line through this Muskeg Valley  - but out of the corner of my eye - I saw him disappear into one of these traps - and I mean completely disappear !! - I looked back to make sure that he was OK.

As I’ve mentioned many times, in the early 70’s, we used to race our Trials bikes in Cross Country events ( until they made them more like Hare Scrambles)  - Looking at Mitch’s pics - I think a good Trials rider could do well at the event this weekend. ( Of course, everybody knows that - ” All” of the hard Enduro races have been dominated by Ex Trials riders in recent times)
However - Trials bikes only work well for the most part  at low speeds  but  if you plan on doing any fire- roads - PLEASE keep the revs down  - It’s always a good idea to reach down and pull up the choke lever a tad at these times. ( Sorry not easy on the latest Beta Evo models)
-(But I do remember that my 74 TY250  would do at least 60mph in 6th gear - that’s exactly the speed I was doing when I crashed at the first ever Elkford Cross Country - I was leading the race which  had us going for a long way down an old railroad bed - it was really  fast - trouble was they took out one of the bridges over a creek - end of my race - cracked ribs and concussion - !!   - The TY was pretty much toast.
And a note here to PLEASE  check the level of anti-freeze in your radiator !! - We have recently had a couple of Beta’s burn down because of this not being looked after. ( they were being used on Fire-roads)
Also one of our buddies had a friend out for a ride last weekend and they had an issue with the Evo 200 - turned out it was the kill switch connection - but also the air filter was plugged !! - I offer no comment on this except it’s a good idea to wrap some electrical tape around the kill switch  connection.
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This from the last WTC Trial in Quebec
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This pic just popped up on FB - one I took of Tino Marin at the WTC National in Revelstoke a couple of years ago.  - Tino has now moved to Toronto to pursue is ambition to fly helicopters - and I think may eventually return to Spain.

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Thursday August 30th 2018

Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Anybody that has been to the Scottish Six Days Trial, will recognize this section as “Laggan Locks” - a long uphill gully filled with boulders. - This is American World Champion Bernie Schrieber - cleaning it on the Factory Bultaco  - the year he won.

Interesting that this section has not changed, but in spite of the huge improvements in the bikes, there are still only about 30% of the Entry that “Clean” it each year.
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Yesterday must have been “Revy Day” - as I got calls from both Florian and Chris - nice to chat about things after quite a long time - Unfortunately Flo said he had a bad crash on his Mountain bike at the weekend - resulting in cracked ribs and maybe a broken wrist. - Glad to say Chris has no injuries to report - he is on a break from the Forest Fires for this week.


This is a pic of Jamie McGregor with Jordan Szoke - The bike is the ex Josef TRRS 300 that we shipped down to Ontario ( Josef bought the Goldy)

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Wednesday August 29th 2018

Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

What a great shot this is of Jordi making a return to Trials after 25 years - and winning both days on a bike he designed - what a thrill that must have been.
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And here’s Sammy, doing what he does best - Sit down wheelies !! Tiki loves to be part of the show. Sam will be doing his thing on the Sept 8-9th weekend in Salmon Arm.
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As some people may know - They have been hosting an over 50 World Trials Championship Series in Europe,  for the past couple of years, based on points at various events ( including the SSDT) - The popular winner this year is Carlos Casas - the likable Spanish Banker, who has done so much to encourage Spanish riders to compete at the Scottish.

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In spite of all the land restrictions in Alberta, there is a Tough Enduro   coming up this weekend - Mitch Brown is the main man behind this and from looking at some of the pre-ride pics - I would say that the top guys need to be on their game. - great to see all this still happening in Alberta. Keep up the good work . ( And keep lobbying the Politicians.)
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More news as it happens >>>

Tuesday August 28th 2018

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

This is a shot of Iron Mountain near Mission BC - where Mike Crumley has been putting in a ton of hours cutting trail and making some very “Big” sections. - The Iron Mountain Trial goes Sept 16th and comes under the CPTA banner. - Should be a great event.
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The crazy weather continues, with snow in Some parts of Alberta - Then the pic below shows the huge fire still burning close to Castlegar BC
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With the Fire season really cutting back on everybody’s riding time  - we are a bit overstocked with accessories, so as of this weekend - we will be giving super deals on everything - Call us if you are in the market for anything.


Gotta love this pic of Helmut and Mick - sharing a joke at one of the Ormstown Vintage events.

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My Tuesday will start with a visit to the Hospital for more tests - never a dull moment when you get on in years - However, I have always found the staff at our local hospital to be very kind and efficient. -  Then I need to go renew my driving license - something else that is a bit more of a hassle when you are old.


Momma Bear phoned from Alberta last night, to say the weather had been quite cold and rainy - but they had a nice blue sky yesterday, just like in Vernon - Surprising how much this does to “Perk you up”


This is what I call a “Proper” section - Pipeline at the Scottish Six Days - has not changed for decades, but still a challenge even on the modern bikes.  The rider is young Andy Perry on the Steve Saunders sponsored TRS.


This is Nate Hirt from Michigan - who was the top (and only) Pro rider at the Sleeping Giant club Trial in Ontario last Sunday - This was only the second event that the new club had hosted, so nice to see them attract some riders from the USA.  - It was sanctioned by the WTC. and put on by David McLuckie.
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And here is your Vintage pic for today   >

Monday August 27th 2018

Monday, August 27th, 2018

Well we finally have clear blue skies today in Vernon - not sure how long this will last, but the overnight rain obviously helped get rid of some of the smoke from the Wild Fires.

Yesterday, I just played couch potato - watched the early morning Formula One from Belgium - then the PGA Golf. -

Decided against going to Kelowna to grab a coffee with Kevin, as I felt kinda lazy.

Looking back at the cancellation of the Moto GP race at Silverstone because of the weather - I can only imagine the issues coming down the pipe, with spectator refunds, not to mention the huge expense to the Teams.  - I feel sorry for the organizers, as it’s never an easy decision - but rider safety comes first.


Colin Bennett posted this pic of a climb they found yesterday in Alberta, while scouting for an upcoming Cross Country race !!

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The Sleeping Giant trials Club showed off this neat sign at their WTC event at the weekend in Ontario.

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Local Vernon rider Malcolm Hett had a bad crash at an Arizona Enduro X - on the last lap, while in 2nd place - ended up with a broken ankle, but got up and finished 5th - Tough guy - Get well soon mate.


As we head into the Labor Day long weekend - not sure of anything happening, although obviously we would like to get out for a ride.

- The World Trials Circus will be in Yorkshire - so it will be interesting to see how this plays out in the English weather, which is always unpredictable.


This kinda sums up TT Road racing in the Isle of Man.
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Sunday August 26th 2018

Sunday, August 26th, 2018

With the air quality at a high 10 - I have stayed indoors this weekend - apart from a visit with Travis today, when he stopped by to pick up some Beta parts. - The Golf was on TV, and I decided to check out some old CD’s that were laying on the desk in the office.

This is a pic from 10 years ago, when I did the Joss Climb on my 71st birthday - not sure who took this shot of me approaching the summit on my Beta Rev 3, but it looks more like a painting than a photograph. - I recall we had 12 riders out that day, including Jimmy and Steve Richardson, Terry Bainbridge, Taff, Bobby, Big Jerry from PG - Paul Throssell and I think Steve Wilson -plus John Dearie and a couple more. -   I went up a few more times after that - the last being with Stan on my 75th birthday.

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The forecast was for a rain shower today in the Valley, but nothing so far in Vernon. - However, heavy rain in the UK has caused a delay in starting the Moto GP race at Silverstone - Jorge Lorenzo  (Ducati) is on pole. - UPDATE:  Race cancelled due to bad weather.

Not a lot to report  this Sunday - I will be driving down to Kelowna later to meet up with Kev Smith for a coffee, before he heads back to Vancouver . - More news later >>>


Dabill remains unbeaten in British Championship.

Results from the British Championship today.

Wednesday August 8th 2018

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

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This Fire is on Leopold Road - Scotch Creek - and is the road we used to take to get to the top pasture used for the Outlaw Trial - Our Buddy Jake Wideman lives in this area, so hopefully it will not spread. We have no news on whether they managed to get this out.

With scorching temperatures all week in the Valley - we have been staying indoors most of the time - only doing light chores in the mornings, before  things heat up..

Looking forward to the weekend, and the Trial at Bernie’s place near Rocky Mountain House - should be a good one, and it’s always a bit cooler at night in Alberta,  Don’t forget - if you need something put on the van - email me TODAY.


Tuesday August 7th 2018

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Two great Multi-time  World Trials Champions  - Dougie and Jordi - Still riding - but also still very involved and giving back to the sport.
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This is another video from the Arisonal 2 Day - Brilliant section right in the middle of town.


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And be sure to check this out - more like the stuff we like to ride - no wonder they had 300 riders.


We hope everybody had a great August long weekend -  it was too hot for us to go riding, so we just did some chores around the place & kicked back - nice BBQ last night.

The extreme hot weather is supposed to last all week - not much relief for the Fire Fighters  - there are now over 450 Wild Fires burning in BC - the latest is near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island.


More news as it happens >>>>

Monday August 6th 2018.

Monday, August 6th, 2018

This was posted by Jordi on the Social media yesterday >>>

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It’s been an amazing weekend!! 2 days of Arinsal with more than 300 riders and More than 200 followers.
for us TRRS Motorcycles the confirmation that we are a reality😃 with a lot riders in all categories, getting great results, including mine😜
but of all the best thing is to have shared these two days with my son😍
this is the true trial🤔😉🔝
black category:

1P Dougie Lampkin
2P Sam Obrado TRRS
3P Eric Miquel TRRS

category red:
P1 Jordi Tarres TRRS
2P Ivan Rovira

blue category:
1P Miguel Jimenez TRRS
2P Ricard Alcaraz
3P Claudi Obrado TRRS
@ Arinsal Andorra


Results from the European Trials Championship at the weekend.


And looking ahead to next weekend >>>>>>>

This WTC-sanctioned Trial will be at Rocky Mountain House, AB. - Everybody Welcome .


Map to Alberta's Cow Patty trial
Map to Alberta’s Cow Patty trial
Event goes Sunday August 12th with a 10:30am start time.$20 entry fee plus club membership if not already obtained. ($10.00 for the day) -  All classes will be included,This is private land, so no registration or insurance required

  • Camping is permitted and encouraged as it’s a beautiful grassy area, very similar to Falun.
  • There is a top quality, clean outhouse on site
  • Sections are very spectator friendly, all within walking distance, and they provide great entertainment. They are much improved, with heavy equipment many labor hours to sculpt and develop the area in the last two years.
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  • Check out this and the other pics posted by Richard Lawrence of New Hazelton BC - Richard bought our first TRS 300 back in 2016, and uses it to explore the high Country. - I only I was about 30 years younger, I would be up there in a heart-beat.
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  • It’s been another TV weekend at our place, although we did manage to get some chores done - we watched some of the Championship LPG golf from the UK. where a brilliant young 22 year old from the home Country, came from behind to post the first win by an English golfer for many years - her name is Georgia Hall and she beat out a gal from Taiwan - while most of the golfers seemed to be from the Orient - a Canadian gal  named  Brigitt Henderson - finished in 11th.
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  • Sammy King took the Expert and Trials class wins at the Popkum Enduro on Sunday. - Well done Sammy.
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  • This pic just popped up on FB - It was taken at the Red Deer Ryon Young School, which was put on by Jacek - We supplied Ryan with a Sherco - Then sold this autographed model  to Aaron - although he seems to have dropped out of the trials scene at the moment.
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Sunday August 5th 2018

Sunday, August 5th, 2018

Jordi Tarres came out of retirement after 21 years to take the win in the over 50 class at the Arinsal 2 Day Trial in Spain this weekend.

The sections look very natural and not easy - you will note that they are still able to utilize a lot of creeks in Europe.

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Meanwhile in Quebec - the TRS Team had two bikes on the podium at the ATAQ Championship Trial - We have not seen any other results as yet.
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Sam King still has his TRS 300 for sale and is open to offers. -
TRS 300RR 2017 Trial Bike


It was a Ducati 1-2 at the Brno Motor GP, with Dovizioso  leading Team mate Lorenzo over the line with Marquez 3rd and Rossi 4th.


Another hot week forecast in the Valley, so I can’t see us going riding at all - the Wild Fires continue to rage all over BC


Here is a video tribute to William Dunlop , who was killed recently in a road race in Ireland. - > video