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Latest Poster and Information about the WTC National Championship (West)
The trial has been moved to the Sycamous area, and re-scheduled for October 8

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Click for new 2017 WTC Western Champ Poster

As a result of the continued dry weather and the fire bans in the BC interior, a new place and date has been established for the WTC National Championships (West). The new location is on private land, and is not affected by the fire bans.

The WTC National Championship (West) will now take place on October 8th, 2017 at the Karl Custer Mountain Park, near Sycamous, BC. For more information, please call Dave Rhodes at 250 545-6139. Camping and some rooms are available at the resort (Click for Karl Custer website).

The Clerk of the course is Sam King. There will be classes for all, including a new ladies class with an easy to ride loop for beginners. There is also a nearby beach by the Eagle river for the family to enjoy.


Results for theSleeping Giant Trials Riders, Round 2 of Club Championship
Nate Hirt (Prior Lake, MN) wins on September 10, at Thunder Bay, Ontario

Photo from the second SGTR club championship trial

The Sleeping Giant Trials Riders hosted the second WTC-sanctioned event of the season at Thunder Bay, ON, on September 10.

The Champ class was wonn by Nate Hirt, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, with a total score of 49 over the two loops'

The full results are given below

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Alberta Trial at Rocky Mountain House
Cow Patty Trial on August 26th & 27th

ATRA/WTC Outlaw Trial at Rocky Mountain House, AB

Report and Photo by Outlaw Dave

The annual ATRA/WTC "Cow Patty" Trial took place at the Bernie Shroederus farm near Rocky Mountain House last weekend. The weather was gorgeous and with the fire ban in Southern Alberta, we were surprised that more riders didn't take this opportunity to ride at this beautiful location. They missed out big time on one of the best Trials on the Calendar.

The camp site is fantastic, with freshly cut grass, complete with toilet facilities and it's all free! Hats off to both Bernie and the ATRA club for hosting this event, which also counted as rounds three & four in the 2017 Outlaw Series. The sections are all in a lush Valley, with a creek running through it, ideal terrain for a variety of sections.

Fifteen year-old Body Watts, from Wainright, showed up with his Dad to ride his very first event - after only a week to practice on his new Beta Evo 200. He did awesomely well, and we are sure he will be a force to contend with in the coming years. He was coached by long-time Alberta Expert, Chris Tronnes and the other club riders, which was nice to see. It was a great family weekend.

Results will be posted shortly.


Michel Bélanger, Jonathan English & Brandon Cambareri 1, 2 & 3 in WTC Nationals (East)

2017 Eastern WTC National

Competitors from Ontario and Quebec made their way to Riviere du Loup, Quebec, on the weekend of July 8 and 9 to vie for the Canadian National Championship (East).

In the Championship class, the winner was once again Michel Bélanger, with Oantario's Jonathan English and Brandon Cambareri in second and third place overall.

The sections were challenging, and some riders switched to a different class during the course of the weekend. This caused some Sunday scores to be ignored in the quest for national championship points.

The complete results are given HERE.


Nova Scotia Trial - June 11, 2017

Eric Morse just edged Kevin Patterson for the Advanced win in Nova Scotia on Sunday, June 11.

Michael Traves reports theat it was a hot and rocky one, and there were fewer competitors than usual, but it was a great day's sport.

The results are shown below:

June 11, 2017 results from Nova Scotia

Thunder Bay (ON) Trials Weekend, June 3 & 4, 2017
Jonathan English takes top expert at Thunder Bay

Image from the Thunder Bay trial

From David McLuckie

The Sleeping Giant Trials Riders are proud to have hosted their very first trials event in Northwestern Ontario on Sunday June 4th. The event fielded a small but fun group of 13 riders from Southern Ontario, Manitoba, Minnesota, and Thunder Bay. After a few days of rain leading up to the event, the creeks were flowing nicely and made for some great sections for both riders and spectators. Sunday saw the sun come out for the first time all weekend, but this also saw the rise of the black flies which really tested everyone's patience.

The event consisted of 3 laps of 10 sections, on a spectator friendly 2km loop. With such a small group of riders, everyone rode together for the first lap. It was nice to see all 4 classes riding together and helping each other out with line choices and minding for each other. This also provided a great opportunity for the first-time trials riders and spectators to see how a trials event is structured and scored. There was a surprising number of spectators on the trails, most had never seen a trial before, and some were just dirt bikers passing through that couldn't believe what they were seeing before them.

For a full report, complete results and pictures, please CLICK HERE.


VMC Mini Scott Trial, June 4, 2017 at Shawnigan Lake
Brandon Volk takes Expert win with eleven points

The Victoria Motorcycle Club hosted the 2017 Mini-Scott Trial on June 4 at Shawnigan Lake, BC.

The trial is fashioned after the Scott trial in the UK, with the fastest rider setting standard time, and points on observed sections added to the time score.

The full results can be seen by SEEN HERE.


CPTA's Squamish (BC) Trial on May 28

From Don Doerksen

The CPTA hosted the 2017 Squamish Trial on May 28, in Squamish BC.

This event was kindly sponsored by the Honda Centre - a Honda/Montesa dealer in Vancouver. It was a sunny day in the beautiful setting of coastal BC, and 41 riders showed up to ride 9 interesting sections on a short loop. Section difficulty looks to have been just right. Finally having dry, dusty sections instead of mud was a nice change, for the first time this year on the Wet Coast.

Expert winner Alex Walton was chased closely by Sean Bird, while Todd Nordin hardly bothered to put a foot down in Senior 45. Two competitors, both named Andrew, ended up just one point apart, with Andrew de Boer taking Adv. class over Andrew Allen. Brian Dye won Int. class and Bob Clark squeaked a win by one point in the Sportsman class. Starla Smeeth carried on her winning ways in Junior with a score less than half of that of her nearest competitor.

It was a great day to ride and thanks to Spenser and the Squamish gang.

Full results to follow soon.


First two rounds of 2017 Quebéc series complete
Michel Bélanger wins expert class both days

The first two rounds of the 2017 Québec series are now complete. The full results for the first day can be seen HERE, and the second day can be seen HERE.


Thirtieth running of the Outlaw on May 20 & 21
Scotch Creek, BC. Sam King wins expert class

Action at the Outlaw trial, at Scotch Creek, BC on May 20 and 21, 2017
Action at the Outlaw trial, at Scotch Creek, BC on May 20 and 21, 2017

The 30th edition of the popular Outlaw Trial took place at Scotch Creek (BC) over the May long weekend in absolutely brilliant weather conditions. There were riders from Alberta, Vancouver and all over the Okanagan. Some were out to give it a try for the first time, some just rode for one day, but nobody went home without a smile, which is what is the main ingredient for a trial that has lasted so many years,

Early Saturday morning, it was the Vintage riders who were first out to tackle ten sections of typical "English" style terrain, with a wide variety to test rider and machine. After this was completed, the riders fired up their modern bikes for the first day of the modern event, which featured twenty sections for the juniors and sportsman classes, but twenty-eight for the rest, including a final watery triple section called "Crazy Rhodes Creek". This proved to be a real challenge, with lots of points taken by the tired riders.

Sunday dawned clear and bright, and the seven classes all did it again, but this time the Juniors and Sportsmen rode the last eight sections - including the notorious "Rhodes" hazard.

Click HERE for the full story and the results..


Results of the Nova Scotia Trial on May 7

Maritime Trials Riders - Reults from 1st trial of 2017

The first Nova Scotia trial of 2017 took place at Berwick, NS B0P 1E0, on May 7. The full results are given above. It was a great event, according ot reports from Machael Traves.


WTC National Dates

The dates for the WTC National Championship rounds have been confirmed as follows:

  • July 8 & 9 at Riviere du Loup, Quebec. Eastern rounds 1 & 2
  • August 12 & 13 at Revelstoke, BC. Western rounds 1 & 2

CMA News

The CMA has announced a date for the 2017 CMA National Championship. The event will take place at Kearney, Ontario on September 9 & 10.

Unfortunately the CMA is unable to field a full team for the Trial des Nations this year, but they are pleased to announce that Jonathan English and Brian Wojnarowski will carry the flag in Baiona, Spain on September 23rd. Team Management for the TdN will be co-shared between John Searle, the CMA TdN Jury delegate, and CMA CEO Marilynn Bastedo.


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

We've heard from Jacek recently, with the following news: We still have available spots for the Ryan Young school for 2 &3 September, 2017 in Elko, BC. The deadline for registration is June 1st 2017. I have received eight confirmed payments for reservation, and we need at least twelve to successfully organize this school. Please make your decision before June 1st.

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:


PNTA trial on April 29 & 30 in Victoria
Ryon Bell takes Champ class on both days

The two Victoria rounds of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Trials Association championships took place on April 29 and 30.

With forty-two competitors on day two, and thirty-seven on day one, the trial was quite well attended. All classes were represented, with the Champ class taken on both days by Ryon Bell.

The full results can be seen HERE,


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 April 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.


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
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.


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