Competing to win

FIM World Trials Champion and Scottish Six Days Trial winner, Bernie Schreiber shares his winning attributes with Trials Guru. Schreiber is the co-Author of the renowned book “Observed Trials” with Len Weed.

Photos: Eric Kitchen; Mauri/Fontsere Collection

Excerpt: Motor Cycle News 1977.

TG: Everyone would like to win, but most don’t. Why?

BS: To win, you must prepare yourself to be the winner – not simply “do my best” mentality. During 40 years of off-road motorcycle Trials coaching, I continually see riders under-performing due to a lack of proper preparation. Many have plenty of potential, talent and skill, but they are often performing best at a time when it is not necessary or not focused when the big day comes along. The performance transition from skills to victory is complex in the sport of Trials even when you’ve got it right physically. Many athletes fail to get the result they could because they have not prepared themselves to be the winners but merely to ‘do my best’. This attitude might work once, but usually only once. The bigger and more important the event, the more likely the win will go to someone who has been expecting to win and who has trained him or herself to cope with all the demands that winning entails. This clearly involves mental as well as physical preparation.

TG: Can you elaborate on the transition from skills to victory?

BS: The performance transition phase depends on your level of challenge, but the higher you go, most likely the less you know and this applies to most sports athletes. If you compete at a clubman level, a National Championship or World level it’s very important to clearly understand your goals. The sport of Trials has changed over the years, along with bikes, skills and section design, but the transition to winning is a mindset, that needs very fine tuning. The nature of competition is that the unexpected will happen. A great competitor will expect the unexpected, have anticipated how to manage it effectively, know how to overcome it completely and have planned and prepared to deal with whatever challenge comes along. If your training plan only deals with what can reasonably be expected – what statistically is most likely to occur, you may be competitive but you will rarely win. Winners expect to win regardless of what happens on the field of battle. Not only that, but they train to be the unexpected: to be the competitor who does things that no one thought possible and in doing so give themselves a clear winning advantage.

TG: How important is confidence?

BS: Nothing gives an athlete confidence like winning, but knowing with absolute certainty that they have consistently out-prepared everyone they will face in their targeted competition. You can talk it up, you can tell them how great they look in practice, you can try to convince them they have improved and that they are ready for anything, but for the most part the only person getting motivated from your motivation talks is you. Athletes need evidence, real evidence that they can be successful and the only currency they will bank on is knowing that their preparation has been absolutely perfect in every detail. The cheap talk and bullshit will not help you on competition day. Competition tactics need a plan like training, you must also have a winning plan for each event and the Championship. This means that you must know the opposition and what they are likely to do when and where. You must have a response to deal with each situation, know your own strengths and weaknesses and when you have made your plan you must be able to carry it out under pressure. It always comes down to a battle of wills, and you will be the winner if you have built yourself to a point where you will not accept defeat.

TG: What are the emotional aspects of competing?

BS: If competition was only about being physically ready, then coaching would be easy. But it’s not. The emotional aspects of competition are what determines success or failure. In professional sports and among the serious competitors, physical preparation, techniques and training methods are remarkably similar the world over. The real competitive advantage comes when athletes can maintain control and calm during competition and do their “job” regardless of the situation, country, weather, rules or opposition. The capacity to do this in competition comes from practicing to do this in training. All sports have a strong technical aspect, but being able to execute good technique at training is not enough. Winning in competition means performing with technical excellence under fatigue, under pressure and doing it repeatedly. If you have only practiced executing the technical elements of your sport during the first 50% of your training session – then you are not practicing to execute the skills of your sport under competition conditions. It is important to practice techniques and skills in conditions and circumstances which simulate and even exceed the demands of competition. The athlete must execute skills accurately and consistently when they are fatigued and under emotional pressure. Performance practice makes for perfect performance.

TG: How important are Trials skills?

BS: Trials skills are very important when used correctly. The transfer of technical skills learned to competition skills and to actual winning skills are major steps at the highest level. The best skill and most difficult is to “perform well, under fatigue and under pressure consistently in competition conditions.” You’ll often find trials schools promoting a list of trick techniques to learn, but most of them are not really applicable in competition consistently and therefore results are often not achieved. It’s important to work on every basic aspect of the sport to reach your potential and do it with consistency. Most improvement strategies are based on the “more” approach: more effort, more practice, more techniques, more hours and work. Unfortunately, experience has proven that simply adding more techniques or more hours is not the answer to winning. Real performance improvement is a result of critical actions on key variables that help you take action by removing obstacles that stand in your way. As a result, you will be able to use your knowledge and skills more effectively. Each training phase must be a built-in structure of progress. In the build-up phase, this should be both in the overall quality of the training and in the proportion of high-quality competition training.

TG: Did you give your opponents a chance to win?

BS: There are two types of people in sport. Those passionate about participation and all the great, wholesome, healthy, community enriching aspects of sport and those who are just as passionate about winning. Those passionate about winning is a very low percentage of athletes. Those in the participation group will tell you that sport is all about fun, community, kindness, peace, love, happiness and about people enjoying the weekend. The reality for this passionate winning type is that sport, if you want to succeed is ruthless. For winners it’s about winning and being dedicated to and single minded about winning. It’s about consistently competing to the very best of your ability without excuses. It’s about realising that your opponents do not care how you feel, they don’t want you to enjoy the competitive experience, they don’t give a shit about your dreams, they want to beat you and if possible, beat you badly. That’s why tough training is so critical. You must prepare to a level that does not give your opponent, regardless of their talent, their resources, their training programs or their coaching support, any possible chance of victory. If you want to win, make your training more challenging and more demanding – physically, mentally, technically, tactically and every other possible way harder than the competition you are preparing for and more than your competitors.

TG: Is Trials a Sport that can prepare you for winning in life?

BS: I believe sports competition prepares individuals to challenge themselves and Trials riders are a smart and talented group of people. They are ready to go face the obstacles head on and evaluate themselves on a scorecard. Trials is measured from the ears up and very frustrating sometimes, but it can teach a person to be brave, strong and resilient. I’ve always liked individual sports like trials, golf, tennis, skiing and others. You learn to observe things differently and stay focused on your personal results without team excuses or mistakes. It is a sport that gifts its participants with the knowledge they need for the rest of their lives. A sport that can provide you the keys you need to unlock your future. Without this sport, I would have never become the person I am today.

Bernie Schreiber receiving the 2021 FIM Trial Legend trophy from FIM President, Jorge Viegas.

Copyright: Bernie Schreiber/Trials Guru 2022

Price takes Scott Trial 2022

Jack Price (Vertigo 300) has been declared winner of the annual Scott Trial which took place on Saturday 15th October 2022.

Organised by the Scott Trial committee of the Richmond Motor Club (Yorks) Ltd, the time and observation event had a full entry list of 200 riders.

Fastest time was recorded by local rider, Jonathan Richardson, himself a previous winner in 2011.

Three times winner, James Dabill came home a creditable second place, not bad considering he rarely is on a trials bike, never mind competing in national events since his retirement from the sport in 2020.

The 2022 results can be viewed on our Scott Trial page HERE

Photo credit: Trial Magazine/Trials Media 2022

Tony Bingley 1940 – 2022

On the same day as the British nation lost their Monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, the sport of motorcycling lost a veritable character and all round sportsman, Beetham born, Kentmere raised, Tony Bingley.

(Main Cover Image courtesy of Eric Kitchen)

SSDT 1980 – Tony Bingley on his 325 Bultaco tackles Muirshearlich (Trotter’s Burn) – Photo: Iain Lawrie

Known throughout the trials world as ‘Bing’, he rode many Scottish Six Days Trials on Bultaco machinery. ‘Bing’ became good friends with Sid Lampkin and Malcolm Rathmell and he gained some support from Shell during his trial career. He also took up racing in his motorcycle sporting career.

Sid Lampkin got to know ‘Bing’ as teenagers when Sid competed in trials up in the Lakes: “Tony was an infectious character, everyone liked him and he was good company. He used to bring Libby’s products with him when he visited us, when he lived near their factory at Milnthorpe.”

Tony also competed in classic racing on a 496cc Seeley G50 Matchless and was no slouch at the tarmac game, posting an 88.72 mph lap in the 1994 Manx GP Classic Senior race. However, Tony suffered a major accident at Scarborough’s Oliver’s Mount circuit which, having a physical impact, curtailed his activities somewhat.

He was also a keen supporter and eventually became a director of Carlisle United Football Club, at one time their Commercial Director. But his main occupation was at Leyland Motors in Lancashire and most of his working life was motor trade based.

Tony on the Harrison Montesa 200 in 1981 (Photo: Jimmy Young)

Tony Bingley was a friendly character, he enjoyed interacting with fellow competitors and organisers, it is true to say he was a likeable individual with an outgoing personality.

Tony’s son Gary was also an accomplished trials rider and in May 2022, Tony had great pleasure watching his Grandson, Jamie Bingley riding the Scottish Six Day Trial. Over a 50 year period, the Bingleys had a Grandfather, Father and Son competing in the same event.

Photo courtesy: Bingley Family, Carlisle.

Whiskey Gulch Two Day Spectacular 2022

Words: Team TrialZone\Matt Liberatore

Photos: Mark Matteson

Dateline: Bozeman, Montana July 4, 1982

Independence Day was celebrated as a travel day for those taking part in the 1982 United States National Trials Championship Series. The day before, the riders had completed the first national ever held in the state of Montana which happened to be one of the championship’s easiest scoring rounds ever. 1979 World Trials Champion Bernie Schreiber, one week removed from his third place finish at the World Trials Championship round held at the Donner Ski Ranch in Norden, California, won the event  by two marks over Florida’s Jack Stites while losing only five marks in the process.

Traveling to Whitefish, MT where the second of the two nationals would be held on July 5th, virtually all the participants hoped for a more difficult test, in order to give more room for errors on the scorecards, but had no idea what was in store for them. What is the old saying? “Be careful what you wish for”. Montana’s Rich Hilbun, of the hosting trials club GOTE (Glacier Observed Trials Enthusiasts), organized that second national in Whitefish and knew the sections needed to be toughened up and acted accordingly. Mother Nature also leant a helping hand as heavy overnight rain turned the jagged rocks of Whitefish into not just a difficult challenge, but simple survival for most as Schreiber once again took the victory, this time with a winning score of 144 as Colorado’s  Morgan Kavanaugh placed second 40 marks behind. The riders finishing this event were given stickers saying “Clean the Fish” but many thought “Five the Fish” would have been better. Schreiber’s winning score stands to this day as the highest winning score in the history of the United States National Trials Championship Series.

Fast forward thirty nine years later as Hilbun had the idea to contact Schreiber about returning to Montana on the 40th anniversary of those 1982 nationals. Hilbun thought Schreiber could not only conduct one of his ZeroBS Masterclass trials schools, but take part in a multi-day celebration held in conjunction with the annual Whiskey Gulch Two Day Trial that began in 2009 and has been held uninterrupted for twelve consecutive years. The conversation resulted in Bernie Schreiber’s return to Montana  June 15-19, 2022  starting with a sold out two day trials school, followed by the  celebration of Champions Day, and then the Whiskey Gulch Two Day Trial as the finale.

Global Ambassador of Montana:

Dateline: Butte, Montana June 13, 2022

Bernie Schreiber’s return to Montana, USA forty years later began with the announcement from the promoter of the Whiskey Gulch Two Day Trial, Dan Larson of Mossy Rock Trials and Off Road that Schreiber had been appointed as a Global Ambassador for motorcycle trials in the state of Montana. This affiliation will help with communication of the event as Schreiber, being the most successful rider ever from the USA, will be committing his years of experience for future growth. Together with a shared interest in unique trials events, Schreiber and Larson plan to embark on a series of exciting projects demonstrating innovative solutions for Motorcycle Trials going forward.

The Bernie Schreiber ZeroBS Masterclass school:

Butte, Montana June 15/16 2022

Bernie Schreiber conducted his first signature ZeroBS Masterclass experience since 2019 (due to COVID-19) while riding a TRRS 300 supplied by Dan Larson of Mossy Rock Trials and Off Road in beautiful dry conditions, much different than 40 years ago on the factory 280 SWM on rain saturated terrain. Schreiber treated the 30 participants to a unique structured format based on lessons learned in becoming a World, National, and Scottish Six Days Trial Champion, but also while relating other sports such as golf, where direct comparisons become involved. Classroom training, hands on riding and the all important mental approach were covered in great detail.

The classroom setting began this first day before hands on the bars riding, by covering the most important aspect of Motorcycle Trials, the proper stance. Motorcycle Trials has always been a very unique form of off-road riding which requires certain techniques that do not always apply to riding a “normal” dirt bike, especially when it comes to the basic fundamentals. Fortunately, all aspects were covered during three “Impact Zones” throughout the full day of instruction.

Hammer Nutrition founder and CEO Brian Frank spoke towards the end about the often overlooked aspect of performance in sport nutrition. Founded in 1987, Frank told of his experiences from the beginning of the Triathlon boom when the company’s first products were manufactured to help the athlete’s body combat side effects such as fatigue and recovery from high endurance training.

After lunch on the school’s second day, everyone was treated to instruction on what gave Bernie Schreiber an advantage over his rivals, that being the technique which he introduced and perfected, the floating front wheel turn. Also known as the “Pivot turn”, Schreiber used this to great effect in winning the World Trials Championship and showed exactly why this technique is just as effective now.

During each day of the school, each individual student was given one on one instruction on the techniques of this fascinating sport and an insight into what actually makes a World Champion, the attention to detail, leaving no stone unturned.

Champions Day:

Butte, Montana June 17, 2022

This day of celebration was to reconnect with old friends and get to know others while recognizing the achievements of Bernie Schreiber as the Guest of Honor. Also joining Schreiber were fellow past US Champions Geoff Aaron, now the US trials team manager for Gasgas,  and Scott Head, who happened to be Schreiber’s teammate in 1981. These three icons of US trials have a total of 17 National Championships between them. This was a relaxing off day for everyone involved getting together to enjoy the week.

The Whiskey Gulch Two Day Trials:

Butte, Montana June 19/20 2022

The final event of the five day celebration of Schreiber’s return to Montana after 40 years was held as the fourth stop in the eight event Conquer the West Trials Series which began in 2017. This is a two-day event series in the western USA where riders take part in at least four events to earn points towards their respective final positions, and has expanded to include ten-two day events in 2022. 

The Whiskey Gulch Two Day Trial brought in 122 riders from several different states and countries to take part in one of the most anticipated trials events of the year.

Unlike 1982 when Schreiber won the national round in Whitefish, perfect weather greeted the riders from the very start of the ZeroBS Masterclass school on Tuesday and continued throughout the week as the riders went off at 10:00 AM Saturday morning, at fifteen minute intervals depending on class, to tackle 10 sections three times on the beautiful Montana countryside. The sections featured plenty of grip on a nice combination of dry rocks, log crossings, and up and down banks. with some steep loose climbs thrown in requiring throttle control to maintain grip on the rear tire.

William Head took the lead on this first day in the Master Class by an 11 mark margin over Chad Redman. Head continues to improve while showing the type of skill that does not surprise anyone considering the trials career of his father Scott. 

Bryce Pophal lost only 3 marks on the day in Expert while Geoff Aaron’s son Murphy, another rider taking after his father displaying impressive form and talent for his age, took second position with 20 marks lost. David Taylor came in at third place with a score of 26.

Yoyi San Martin of todotrial.com fame, making his first ever trip to the USA traveling from Spain, took the first day lead in Expert Sportsman by a single mark over Nick Schacht. These two riders were so close that they also had the same amount of clean rides, matching 24 on the day.

The Rising Stars Montana Silent Auction took place after the day’s riding ended. Rising Stars Montana is a fund dedicated towards the future development of up and coming youth riders in Montana. One of those promising up and comers, eleven year old Bennett Hebner took the lead in Intermediate Class by 4 marks over his father Bob 41 to 45 at the day’s end.

A question an answer session with Bernie Schreiber then took place before The Rising Stars Montana fund raising check of $2,940 was presented in order to give a helping hand to the youth riders of Montana in reaching their full potential.

Afterwards, landowners Keith and Heather Fortin were presented with everyone’s gratitude for their continued commitment in helping grow the sport in the state of Montana. The evening ended with the Under the Montana Stars bonfire.

Day two began with rider sign in at 8:00 AM sharp followed by once again the section scorer and gift bag distribution, thanking those who have the not so easy but rewarding job as an observer. Shortly before the riders meeting all riders were required to be in the paddock area looking up towards the sky for the Big W arial drone photo, another detail making this event so special.

The staggered start really helps in preventing the dreaded bottlenecks that can take place with everyone going out at the same time as the riders left to face another three laps, this time with 9 sections as the perfect conditions continued.

William Head once again took the day two lowest score in Master Class by only 2 marks over Chad Redman, 17 to 19 and thus took the overall event victory with a grand total of 57 marks lost to Redman’s 70.

Murphy Aaron produced very impressive rides with a closing score of 3 to lead day two in Expert as Bryce Pophal came in 7 marks adrift with a score of 12. Despite the outstanding ride on the day, it wasn’t quite enough for Aaron as Pophal  took the overall win with a grand total of 15.

Yoyi San Martin halved his day one score in Expert Sportsman to win again on day two by finishing with just 6 on his scorecard while Nick Schacht fell back, losing 23 marks on the day, San Martin now has the distinction of being undefeated on US soil as his grand total of 18 also gave him the overall win for the two days.  

Bennett Hebner placed second behind his father Bob this time, in Intermediate class but took home bragging rights with the overall win by a single mark with a grand total of 59 in one of the closest finishes.

The other close finish came in Amateur class as Mark Vonmetteheim won with 17 over Wade Fuller who dropped a total of 18 marks overall.

Afterwards, the awards presentations, drawings, and give aways ended these five days of festivities as everyone involved showed the excitement of already looking forward to 2023!

Special thanks to Dan and Laura Larson, Rich and Yoyo Hilbun, all the sponsors, observers, media, riders, photographers and everyone involved for making such a memorable weekend for us all! More photos of this event will be available at mossyrocktrials.com

Results Top Three per Class Whiskey Gulch Two Day Trial 2022

Master: 1. William Head 40+17-57; 2 Chad Redman 51+19-70

Expert:  1.Bryce Pophal 3+12=15; 2. Murphy Aaron 20+5=25; 3. David Taylor 26+26=52

Expert Sportsman:

1. Yoyi San Martin 12+6=18; 2. Nick Schacht 13+23=36

SR Advanced:

1. Mike Diesburg 10+6=16;  2. Lance Butler 22+12=34;

3. Brandt Kennedy; 24+14=38

Advanced:

1. Tony McGrath 18+9=27; 2. Richard Fullen 47+9=56;

3. Nels Arneson 41+28=69

SR Intermediate:

1. Mark Snyder 17+1=18; 2. DJ Gottofrey 45+15=60;

3. Jeff Holman 41+20=61

Intermediate:

1. Bennett Hubner 41+18=59; Bob Hubner 45+15=60;

3. Ryan Alley 50+12=62

Amateur:

1.Mark Vonmettenheim 14+3=17; 2. Wade Fuller 17+1=18;

3. Christopher Kott 22+4=26

Novice:

1. Levi Sutheimer 8+12=20; 2. Brandy Kennedy 16+13=29;

3. Morgan Goetting 17+15=32

Vintage:

1. Matt Parsons 4+0=4; 2. Andrew Parker 6+3=9;

3. Jacob Roberts 10+0=10

FIM Trial Vintage Trophy

Quite simply the biggest celebration ever staged of all things retro in the wonderful world of trial, we’re less than two months away from the inaugural FIM Trial Vintage Trophy which is scheduled to take place at the legendary Italian venue of Monza on September 24, 2022.

Trial fans from across the planet are invited to attend and it doesn’t matter whether you’re a rider or a fan, a feet-up ace or an also-ran – you will be assured of the warmest of welcomes!

Master of ceremonies will be the original American Idol and 1979 TrialGP World Champion Bernie Schreiber.

Still the only rider from the USA ever to achieve global domination, the charismatic SoCal superstar will oversee the day’s action with a packed programme of interviews with our sport’s historic heroes and major players.

“I’m excited,” said Bernie Schreiber. “This is going to be an amazing day and I can’t wait to meet up with my old rivals and friends and fans from back in the day as well as new, much younger enthusiasts. Vintage trial is booming at the moment and this is the event we’ve all been waiting for.”

Bringing old and new together, the FIM Trial Vintage Trophy will be staged over a course of two laps of 12 sections on the same weekend as the FIM Trial Des Nations. On top of this there will be an exhibition of classic trial machines at the Autodromo of Monza which will also be the base for a reservation-only Trial Des Nations and vintage cocktail dinner on Saturday after the TDN presentation.

Dinner reservations will soon be available at https://trialgp.com/2022-trial-des-nations-italy/

“Trial has such an illustrious back-story,” added Bernie, “and I’m delighted that the FIM wants to celebrate it in this way. It really is a must-not-miss weekend that encompasses the complete history of the sport we all love.”

The FIM Trial Vintage Trophy will play an integral part of the 2022 FIM Trial Des Nations so whether you’re a competitor or a spectator you’ll be given a never seen before, opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the greatest athletes this sport has ever produced.

There will be two main bits of silverware up for grabs – for best performance on a vintage motorcycle and best performance on an authentic vintage motorcycle. There will also be a support class that will compete over easier sections.

Entries will close 21 days before the event and you can register now at https://www.trialgp-registration.com to be part of this historic event.

The action kicks off at 9am on the Saturday with the start of the FIM Trial Vintage Trophy with official TDN practice getting under way one hour later. The following day the latest generation of trial heroes, both male and female, will showcase their sublime skills and bring you bang up to date starting from 8.30am.

Monza is situated around 10 miles north of Milan. There are three airports within 40 miles and road links are excellent.

For the full timetable and more information: https://trialgp.com/2022-trial-des-nations-italy/

For more practical information download the CTR Info letter 02 Trial Vintage available at the TrialGP Noticeboard.

Source: FIM Press Office

Gloves Off – Heroes and Legends

In this edition of ‘Gloves Off’, we talk with Bernie exclusively about admiration and the inspiration of people over the years. In a culture obsessed with measuring talent and ability, we often overlook the important role of ‘inspiration’.

(TG = Trials Guru; BS = Bernie Schreiber)

TG – Did you admire or inspire from people over the years?

BS – Yes! But don’t forget that everyone you admire was once a beginner.

Let me explain, admiration is when certain qualities in someone or about something attracts you a lot and you are unable to stop yourself from thinking about it.

Inspiration, on the other hand, makes you actually do something after you admire some attribute or quality about someone or something.

One can say that admiration leads to inspiration, and inspiration constitutes admiration at some point.

For some, it’s their parents, be that Mom; Dad; care-takers; relatives; siblings from whom they get or seek inspiration.

Inspirational people are important through our life. They help us become the person we want to be and make a difference in our life. To be like someone, you have to work hard. It all depends on what interests you and what you want to be in your life.

TG – How important is ‘Character’ in those people?

BS – Character is what makes a person. It defines who you are and what you would become – whether to be a commendable inspiration for others to follow or a disappointment. We often hear moving stories about inspirational people we look up to, apart from our parents.

What made them truly notable are their distinct qualities. Inspirational people are often characterized as believers of themselves and of others.

With all those qualities of inspirational people, we learn everyday – from our own experience or from others.

TG – Are there people who marked your life?

BS – Of course, the key inspirational and important people of my life were Mom and Dad, who showed me the way.

There are people you meet in life that mark you forever. The reasons they mark you might be personal or inspiring actions taken, the impact they had on others, or the ways they changed the world or industry. Sometimes we admire people because they overcome a limitation or barriers unknown to us.

Some say that we live in an age without heroes. Do you think that is true? Well, even if it is – even if we no longer have people who walk among us who seem larger than life – we surely have not lost the ability to admire others.

Over the last fifty years I’ve had a chance to meet, speak and work with some amazing individuals from all walks of life. Many were highly educated or successful or becoming someone to be very proud of forever, but often you might wonder how did it happen and what’s the difference between them and others. Why are they unique, famous, rich, humble or achievers? We might not like them, but respect them for their accomplishments at a moment in time.

TG – Can you share experiences that inspired you?

BS – The list is long, but these four individuals brought admiration that led to inspiration in some way, shape or form over the years. They are all different with unique qualities, but they marked me in different ways. They are heroes, legends and role models of accomplishment. They share a common mindset to conquer and achieve not only with results, but breaking records to be first, developing new ways to innovate and challenge the status quo that inspired so many around the world.

#1 – MALCOLM SMITH

Malcolm Smith is one of the world’s pre-eminent off-road racers, he primarily raced motorcycles but in the 1970s while recovering from a broken leg, he built his own off-road racing buggy and competed in both the Baja 1000 and the Baja 500. The list of Malcolm Smith’s accomplishments is long, he won 8 gold medals between 1966 and 1976 in the International Six Day Trial. He’s a six-time winner of the Baja 1000 (three times on a motorcycle and three times in a buggy), he won the Baja 500 four times (twice on a bike and twice in a buggy), he took two wins in the Mint 400, he won the Roof of Africa Rallye, competed in the Paris Dakar Rally twice, and he won the Atlas Rallye in the mountains of Morocco. When not racing, Malcolm could be seen in films and documentaries, he famously had a starring role in Bruce Brown’s Academy Award nominated classic motorcycle documentary ‘On Any Sunday’, with Steve McQueen and Mert Lawwill.

Malcolm’s Story Malcolm Smith Motorsports Riverside, CA (951) 687-1300

The Facts: Bernie was inspired by Malcolm the first time he’d seen him on the big screen in the movie ‘On Any Sunday’. He wanted to be a motorcycle rider like him. Later in life, Bernie had a chance to work in Europe for Malcolm Smith Products in 1989 and 1990. It provided him a vision that you can be a motorcycle rider and run a successful business as well. It was his first real job outside of riding Trials for a living.

Bernie: “I was so fortunate to meet and work with Malcolm and his team over those two years. It was a dream come true and my admiration for this man continues to grow over time. He is the off-road KING of motorcycling.”

#2 – VALENTINO ROSSI – The Doctor

Valentino Rossi is an Italian former professional motorcycle road racer and nine-time Grand Prix motorcycle racing World Champion. He won World Championships with both Honda and Yamaha. Nicknamed The Doctor, he is widely considered to be one of the greatest motorcycle racers of all time, with nine Grand Prix World Championships to his name, seven of which were in the premier 500cc/MotoGP class. He is also the only road racer to have competed in 400 or more Grands Prix, and rode with the number 46 for his entire career.

Valentino Rossi Story – Bio, Facts, Networth, Family, Auto, Home | Famous Racers | SuccessStory

The Facts: Bernie was exposed to MotoGP in 2002 when working with Tissot Watches of Switzerland. Tissot became a major sponsor and timekeeper of MotoGP. During the next eight years he would develop the partnership with many awards and riders.

Bernie: “Vale was magical in an era of motorcycling the world had never seen. He was a marketing genius, communicator, thrill seeker and touched the hearts of so many in motorsports. Vale was MotoGP and became respected by everyone in the paddock, almost everyone. He inspired so many young riders over the years and I had the chance to present him dozens of Pole Position watches during the years. One day at the press conference he was asked, what do you do with all the watches? He smiled and said, I’m thinking about opening a watch store. A true Champion and legend.”

#3 – GREG NORMAN

Gregory John Norman is an Australian entrepreneur and retired professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the world’s Number 1 Official World Golf Rankings ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. He won 89 professional tournaments, including twenty PGA Tour tournaments and two majors: The Open Championships in 1986 and 1993. Norman also earned thirty top-ten finishes and was the runner-up eight times in majors throughout his career. In a reference to his blond hair, size, aggressive golf style and his birthplace’s native coastal animal, Norman’s nickname is “The Great White Shark”, which he earned after his play at the 1981 Masters.

Shark.com – Official Site of Greg Norman & the Greg Norman Company

The Facts: Bernie joined Omega Watches of Switzerland in 2012 and moved to Florida after a contract was signed with the PGA of America. Greg Norman was a Brand Ambassador for Omega, so Bernie based himself out of Greg’s office for the next three years to develop Omega’s golf initiatives in America.

Bernie: “Time spent close to Greg and his team was a real learning experience in Sports Marketing. The nickname SHARK was not by accident and doing deals, building partnerships and making money while growing the game is something Greg has been successful doing for decades. The uniqueness of the Norman brand can be felt throughout the world from golf course design, wine, clothing and real estate. After three years working together, I’m fortunate to say Greg is a friend and he inspired me to see things differently and always attack life.”

#4 – CAPTAIN GENE CERNAN

Eugene Andrew Cernan was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and fighter pilot. During the Apollo 17 mission, Cernan became the eleventh human being to walk on the Moon. Cernan, a Captain in the U.S. Navy, left his mark on the history of exploration by flying three times in space, twice to the moon. He also holds the distinction of being the second American to walk in space and the last human to leave his footprints on the lunar surface.

www.genecernan.com

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NS3uldKUx90

The Facts: Bernie spent a day with Gene Cernan at the 2012 Ryder Cup golf tournament just outside his hometown Chicago. Gene, one of Omega’s ambassadors who wore the Omega watch during his moon landing.

Bernie: “I had the privilege of taking Gene around the Medinah golf course in a buggy one day and we talked about golf, watches and time on the moon. September 29th, 2012 is a day with a man I’ll never forget. An extraordinary life of service and risk unknown to most people. Apollo 17 astronauts Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt were walking and singing on the Moon in December 1972, some 50 years ago. When we talk about people who you can admire or be inspired from, Gene’s conversations are unbelievable and unforgettable. The last hero, legend and man on the moon. May your last steps never be forgotten.” God Speed R.I.P.

Article worldwide copyright: Bernard Schreiber/Trials Guru 2022

Photos: Copyright of individual photographers.

Death of Mike Davies

Suddenly, after a short illness, Michael Cyril Davies died on 13th June 2022.

Mike contacted Trials Guru and offered his photographs that he had taken as a schoolboy for display on the website.

Mike Davies in action on Grey Mare’s Ridge in the 1964 SSDT on his Triumph Cub.

His friend John Davies wrote:

Mike davies from Rhayader, Mid-Wales has passed away after a short illness which he failed to overcome. Mike was a very keen Motorcyclist and handy with a camera and competed right up until recently and was also a very competent cyclist and had a famous son Tim Davies who was world class and rode for the Alpine Stars team.

His funeral will take place at Aberystwyth Crematorium (No Church service) on Wednesday, 29th June 2022 at 2pm.

Mike’s photographs can be viewed HERE

Death of Dick Walker (WES Exhausts)

Statement by WES Exhausts, Madrid, Spain:

It is with deep sorrow that we inform all the trials enthusiasts about the passing of Jeremy Richard ‘Dick’ Walker, founder and Honorary President of WES silencers, on 20th June, 2022 at Brecon, Wales.

Dick was a pioneer in the development of special parts for motorcycles.

A trials rider from his youth, he started his business in Birmingham in 1973 producing special silencers and other components, such as mudguard stays and brake arms, all in aluminium alloy, for the trials motorcycles of the period.

In a short period of time, the success of the silencers took him to specialise in these parts that became a reference for the improvement of any trials motorcycle.

From Birmingham he then moved his ‘WES silencers’ business to premises in Brecon, Wales in the mid-eighties, until his retirement when he sold the company to ARS Trial Parts, his Spanish importer from the beginning of the nineties.

Dick continued then with the new company as design and quality adviser and is made Honorary President.

His passion for trial sport continued for the rest of his life. After a large number of participations in the SSDT, some with works supported Kawasaki machines, he continued spectating at the competition annually, both the six and two day events.

He was also a regular visitor to the Telford Show.

His friendship with the Spanish importer took him to many trials in Spain, namely several editions of the Robregordo Two-Day, a name that he never reached to pronounce properly.

With a very independent character and great vitality, Dick was also a big enthusiast of steam railways and he travelled the world chasing them with his camera.

It is remarkable his countless trips to China for this reason. He experienced firsthand the explosive development that this country has experienced recently… and the disappearance of the steam trains.

José Franqueira, CEO of WES Silencers: “We are going to miss very much the powerful and beloved personality of Dick Walker. One year before celebrating the 50 years of the beginning of WES silencers activity, I think that the best tribute that we can offer him is, to be guided, when we start a new project, by his preferred requirements, simplicity, efficiency and strength.”

Nevis Radio at SSDT 2022

NEVIS RADIO – ENJOYED BY 578,404 LISTENERS

Yes, that was the case once again from the official SSDT Radio Station Nevis Radio, the station local to Fort William and Lochaber, which broadcast live from the Scottish Six Days Trial event’s Parc Ferme located at the West End Car Park from Monday 2nd May until Saturday 7th May 2022. The voices of the superb outside broadcast team this year consisted of John ‘Big John’ Weller, Simon Abberley and the guest presenter, Trials Guru’s very own John Moffat supported by Pam Weller, Dan MacLeod, Sean McCartney, Deborah Weller and David Sedgewick. As well as radio broadcasting the station was on air with live video streaming, with daily broadcasts from 07:00–11:00am. The sponsors of the station were once again Michelin Tyres in association with Trial Magazine, a relationship that goes back to 2009.

Local rider, Gary MacLennan, aka George Michael hams it up with Trials Guru’s John Moffat during an interview live on Nevis Radio. Gary and his mate Paul Paterson raised over £12,000 for the Macmillan Charity – Photo: Trials Media

Simon Abberley: “Nevis Radio would like to thank Michelin and Trial Magazine for their continued support over the many years of sponsorship. As a registered charity, every penny we get counts towards our continued service and helps us broadcast across Lochaber. In recent years we have expanded into the world of live video streaming on the internet. Without the support from Michelin and Trial Magazine we wouldn’t have had the funds available to offer this service. Being mostly volunteer based with one staff member involved it takes a great deal of resources to achieve our Scottish Six Days Trial coverage, and this year we went past the half-million listeners as we hit a weekly total of user base/ listener/viewer statistics of 578,404 – and this does not include our listen-again options either or social media interaction.

In my time at Nevis we have introduced live video, starting with a simple web cam to what we had planned for this year, which included a multi-camera setup and a remote camera in HD alongside our FM feed. The audio and video are available on our Nevis radio app for iOS and android or our website http://www.nevisradio.co.uk. Video will be available on youtube.com/nevisradioofficial or audio on third party radio apps such as Tune In as well as our own portal and smart speakers. The support from John Hulme and John Moffat bring that extra edge with the knowledge they have on the sport of motorcycle trials, thank you to both of you and of course Trial Magazine and Michelin Tyres.”

2022 SSDT winner, Dougie Lampkin (300 Vertigo) – Photo: Trials Media

Radio Station Statistics:

446,404: Website player clicks for the week; 9000: YouTube views on our website player; 6000: Weekly total on YouTube direct.

A weekly total of user base/ listener/viewer statistics of 578,404 which also includes:

We were listened to in 128 countries over the week. Rajar: UK radio stats body suggest 51% of people use smart speakers for listening these days so this could also be quite substantial.

This total does not include our listen again options either or social media interaction.

Nevis Radio is back in SSDT mode

The two Johns will be on hand to bring you all the news and action from Fort William. John Weller (left) and Trials Guru’s John Moffat (right) – Photo: Trials Media

Fort William’s Nevis Radio is the sole media company covering this year’s Scottish Six Days Trial which kicks starts on Monday 2nd May from the town’s West End Car Park where all 288 machines are stored during the week long event.

Trials Guru will be involved as our own John Moffat will be on hand as the SSDT Expert to cover the start to the finish of the event with daily coverage Monday through to Saturday from 07:00 until 11:00 (GMT).

You can listen locally to the radio broadcasts which are live on the station’s Listen Live facility or, if you are in the town during SSDT week, then the frequencies you need are: 96.6; 97.0; 102.3; or 102.4.

LISTEN LIVE

With daily updates of the top ten scores, local riders and newcomers, the daily broadcasts ensure that short interviews with riders are undertaken to bring you closer to the ‘Parc Ferme’ action.

The broadcasts are also filmed as they happen and you can watch them on your device.

The week long programmes are all sponsored by Michelin and Trial Magazine.

The Premier Trial Website – Recording the History of the Sport 'Since 2014'