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Team Squid trial at Ioco, BC - Round One of 2017 Outlaw Series
Hosted by CPTA and sponsored by Outlaw Trialsport on April 23

Story from Don Doerksen

Team Squid Trial at Ioco, BC
Photo by Dale Coull
Those moss-covered rocks look slippery!

The CPTA hosted the 2017 Squid trial on April 23, 2017 at Ioco, BC. The event was sponsored by Outlaw Accessories and Trialsport, and was the first in the Outlaw series this year.

The rain stopped just before the start of the trial and held off until near the end. There was lots of slippery terrain available, and scores did not generally improve on the second loop. There were two loops of 19 sections for the Advanced and Expert riders, and two loops of 15 for the Juniors and Intermediates. That is a lot of sections to lay out, and a big thanks goes out to Steve, Melissa and Dave.

Alex Walton continued his winning ways in the Expert class. Brandon Schmidt did great on the EM in Advanced, and Todd Nordin competed for the first time this year in the Senior 45 - and smoked all the competition.

There was a high attrition rate in the Intermediate classes, as many riders elected to do only one loop. But Greg Patrick and Bob Todosychuk won Intermediate and Sportsman respectively. Starla Smeeth and Dave Bloxham were the sole entrants in their classes = Junior and Vintage, and both finished the day. Forty one riders showed up for what proved to be a tough but good days ride.


Southwestern Ontario Vintage Trials Group event on 23, 2017

Thirty-nine riders made the trip to Creemore on Sunday (April 23) to ride Round Two of the Dualsport Plus Classic Trial Series.

Weather and conditions couldn't have been better. The course featured the usual hillside sections along with a couple of muddy sections, which proved to be the most challenging of the day for most riders. Traction on the hills, some of them quite long and steep, was excellent.

After having a relatively easy go of it in Round One in Brantford, the C class riders had much tougher sections to deal with today. A few spills and some score cards with big totals, but still it was all smiles at the end of the day.

The Dualsport Plus Classic Trial Series resumes again in two weeks, with Round Three taking place outside of Woodstock, ON, at the Morning Mist Farm.


PNTA trial on April 29 & 30 in Victoria

Click for PNTA poster
Click for a poster for the Victoria PNTA trial

The Victoria Motorcycle Club will present the club's PNTA trial on April 29 & 30. The trial will feature the top riders from Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. The two-day event is always an important weekend for BC trials enthusiasts.

This is one of two events in the series to be held in Canada each year. The Pacific Northwest Trials Association (PNTA) provides a high-level, competitive series for competitors and spectators in the region.

Full details about the trial can be seen on the accompanying poster, which you can see by clicking on the image, above.


SOVT Results from Brantford, ON

The results are in from the Southwest Ontario Vintage Trials Group's trial at Brantford on April 9th.

The Vintage A class was won by Norm Jewitt, and the Modern A went to Neil Carter.

It looks as though theere was a good turn-out for the trial, with 73 competitors listed in the results. SOVT seems to have hit the correct formula to get people back into trials riding in Ontario.

The full results can be seen HERE.


CPTA Classic Trial at Ioco, BC on April 9, 2017

From Don Doersen

The Canada Pacific Trials Association hosted the 2017 Spring Classic Trial on April 9, 2017.

The day started out looking grey, but the sun came out and the temperature and conditions were great. Twenty three riders showed up, with ten of them on Vintage bikes. Only one of the Vintage bikes failed to finish due to a mechanical problem. That's pretty good for a bunch of bikes that are thirty-years plus, and that usually get dragged out and ridden only once or twice each year.

The Junior, Intermediate and Sportsman riders rode their modern bikes on the same sections and, from the look of the scores, found enough places to take points. Bob Todosychuk was the class act of the day with a clean last loop to take Classic A. Vic Castleton had three low loops to win Classic B.

Sportsman had the largest number of riders and Roy Anderson managed the low score in that class. Sawyer Collie was the sole Intermediate rider, and Dave Seifert won Junior handily.


Results for Joe Brown Major Trial at Shawnigan Lake, BC on April 2nd
Ryon Bell (Vertigo) takes Expert win with just one point

From Roger Boothroyd

Perfect trials weather was in store for 33 competitors (including four Beginners with small wheels riding separate sections) that entered to ride three loops around the ISTC property near Shawnigan Lake with 10 sections in each loop and sections varied for the different classes.

Notable rides of the day were made by Ryon Bell in the Expert class who lost only one point while Kevin Couves continued his hot riding this year with another win in the Senior Intermediate class. In the Beginner class Raquel Cottier beat her brother and took the win.

The full results can be seen HERE.


TRS Trial at Ioco on March 18
Alex Walton wins Expert in CPTA event

Christy Richards at the TRS trial
Christy Richards looking good as she prepares to defend her US Womens title

Report from Don Doerksen

The second annual TRS Trial was held at Ioco on March 19, 2017, sponsored by TRS Moto Canada. Forty riders showed up on a sunny day that started quite cool but warmed up very nicely. The sections dried out a little bit as the day went on but could easily get a few points if you did not concentrate.

Alex Walton was back from the shows in China, and the new bike was not a handicap, as he won Expert. Roy Anderson and Don Doerksen won Advanced and Senior 45 respectively, in sections that needed concentration. Cam Collie improved enough as the day went on to win the Intermediate class -- beating his son in the process. Bob Todosychuk looks like he is finally getting the hang of the TRS after a few years on the Yamaha twin shock, winning the Sportsman class with a few points to spare. Dave Seifert won the Junior class and Vic Castleton coaxed the Bultaco to the finish in preparation for the Classic Trial coming on April 9th.

All in all it was a good day and it was really great to stand around in the sunshine afterwards. We actually had a winter here this year and it is nice to see Spring coming.

The full results can be seen HERE.


New Trials Club in Northwestern Ontario

We've heard from David McLuckie in Thunder Bay, who tells us about a new trials club there.

The main movers in the club are David McLuckie and Jon Nelson, both of them experienced trials men, who have been riding quite a lot in Minnesota up until now.

Joining David and Jon in the new club are a further ten members, and the club is on its way to its first season of events.

Let's extend a big welcome to the Sleeping Giant Trials Riders as they join our trials fraternity; we look forward to reporting on some of their trials.

The organizers tell us that the new club will be organizing its events through the WTC. If you look on Facebook for the SleepingGiantTrialsRiders, you'll be able to keep up with news from the new club.


VMC Reg Shanks Trial on March 5th - Results
Very close finish between Ryon Bell (Vertigo) and Thomas Cordner (TRS)

Cool, unsettled weather was in store for 40 competitors (included six Beginners with small wheels riding separate sections) who entered to ride three loops around the Club's property, with ten sections in each loop, and with sections varied for the different classes. Scattered showers were evident throughout the day making for some slippery and demanding riding. Most competitors scrambled at some point during the day just to get through the exit gates of the challenging but safe sections.

For full results, click HERE.


Alberta Trials Riders Association AGM on Feb 18th

The ATRA held their Annual General Meeting at Leduc, AB on February 18th. Ben Pospisil kept his job as president, and a tentative schedule was put forward for 2017:

     May  7       Blackfoot trial at Calgary
     June 11      Rapid Creek trial at Falun
     Aug  26, 27  Alberta Outlaw trial at Rocky Mountain House
     Sept 10      Gwynne Mafia trial at Gwynne
                    

There will also be a fun event to kick off the season. More details will follow, but if it's been a while since you attended a trial, you are going to want to watch for this one. It looks like it will be in April but weather will play into that decision.


All 2016 trials results are now on our "Results" page

All of the results of trials held in 2016 have now been added to our Results page.

We now have a complete listing of trials results from across the country for the past ten years. If any results are missing from our listing, then it's because the results were never sent in to us.


Good showing for the Victoria Motorcycle Club's first trial of 2017
Ryon Bell (Vertigo) takes the expert win on Feb 5

2017 Les Blow trial
Competitors at the 2017 Les Blow trial

The Victoria Motorcycle Club hosted its first trial of 2017 at the club property, at 4192 Happy Valley Road in Metchosin, on February 5th.

In spite of the worst winter weather that Vancouver Island has seen for quite a number of years, thirty happy competitors showed up for the event.

The results can be seen HERE.


WTC Dates for BC Region Announced
Dates for Two Western Natinal Rounds

The WTC has announced the proposed dates for events in the BC region for 2017. Two Western National dates are included, along with the BC dates for the Outlaw Series.

February 26th  - Fun Ride at Bear Ridge
March  26th    - Fun Ride at Summerland
April 2nd      - Fun Ride at Vernon (By Invitation only)
April 23rd     - Team Squid-Outlaw Round 1, at Ioco, BC
May 20/21      - Outlaw Trial at Scotch Creek
August 13th    - WTC National #1 at Revelstoke, BC
September 23rd - WTC National #2 at Silver Star Mountain. Vernon, BC.
October 15th   - Brown Memorial Trial
                    

New WTC rules for electric bikes

The WTC has announced the rules concerning electric bikes. The ruling is that all machines must complete the entire course under their own power. For electric bikes, which lack sufficient range to complete a long course, organizers have three options. On very short courses, electric machines can compete without any special consideration. On longer courses, the organizers have the option to create a special, short loop for an electric machine class, or they may simply enforce the ruling that only machines with sufficient range can compete in the event.


Ryan Young School Scheduled for Elko, BC in Sept, 2017
Click here for the poster of the Ryan Young trials school in September, 2017
Click here for the poster of the Ryan Young trials school in September, 2017

If you're already making plans for September, 2017, then you may be interested in the news from Jacek Jablonski. Jacek is one of the folks behind Moto Trials Group Alberta (MTGA), an organization interested in promoting trials through training.

MTGA has been busy organizing a Ryan Young trials school, to take place at Elko, BC on September 2 and 3, 2017. There are currently just ten spots left open for the school, so you should reserve your place soon -- it should interest people from Alberta, BC and from the Spokane, Washington area. The organizers will be assisted by Jim Corkle, Keith Rutledge (of Washington's Inland Northwest Trials Association), Robert Trottier (MotoMotion Canada) and members of MTGA.

You can contact Jacek at:


Thanks for the Results

Thanks to all the people who've passed along trials results. To let me know the results of your trials, please contact me at

Thanks,

Bob Johns, Editor