Escape the heat of the desert and visit the high altitude pines to see the most technically skilled motorcycle riders in the world negotiate impossible terrain! Set aside the July 29-30 weekend on your calendar and drive up to cooler weather for an unforgettable experience!
The Hualapai Mountain Resort near Kingman is the chosen site for the 2017 TrialGP Wagner Cup, where the most elite competitors from many countries are battling for supremacy on the high elevation, boulder covered hillsides.
Arizona’s event is number six out of eight global events comprising the 2017 FIM World Championship. It falls between the recent competition of July 8 Great Britain and the Czech Republic contest slated for September 9. Male and female competitors from the United States will be shoulder to shoulder with skilled pilots from Japan, Italy, Austria, Spain, Norway, Great Britain, and other countries – all vying for the win in their respective classes.
Toni Bou (Catalonia, Spain, HRC Repsol Honda) will be defending his ten TrialGP Outdoor World Championships and hoping to make it eleven in a row as the 2017 series winds up in Italy – just prior to the Trials des Nations in September. Emma Bristow (Great Britain, Sherco) is focused on making it four successive World Championships, and a solid placing in Kingman will further her goal.
Mette Fidje (Norway, Sherco) is eager to get here. “My family and I are looking forward to seeing and experiencing the beautiful state of Arizona, and especially visiting the Grand Canyon. It will also be the first time that the Women’s GP class is competing outside of Europe, and my goal is to be in the top ten! Plus, my family can’t wait to eat at one of the Diner’s on Route 66 – it is a very “American” thing to us Norwegians!”
Observed Trials, or MotoTrials, is a sport where competitors ride through technical “Sections” under the watchful eyes of a “Checker”, who scores whether they put their foot down for support. As the riders navigate a “Loop” of Sections multiple times, they hope to have the lowest tally of lost points, or “Marks’ at the end of the event. Helper riders, or “Minders”, carry tools to repair the bikes and are also there to help catch the motorcycles or riders on extremely difficult obstacles if the rider does not make it.
Local rider Bryan Roper (6X USA Trials des Nations member / National #4 / Gas Gas) will also be competing in the event – riding the Trial2 line, where the motorcycle engine displacement is 250cc or less for a 2-stroke. No stranger to pressure, Bryan has been competing at the world level for several years now, both in the US and in Europe. Bryan characterizes his riding as “mostly ‘old school’, not hopping around too much or moving the bike in one powerful, precise move. There has been a transition for the better in my riding style after being overseas and competing with the top guys. Now they will be on my home turf, and this terrain is where I really excel.”
Trials competitions began in Scotland in 1909, when they were considered “Reliability Trials”. The sport has completely changed over the years, and riders now perform maneuvers on two wheels that will leave onlookers completely amazed. Coupling throttle control with suspension input, tire pressure, and physical moves that appear to defy physics, MotoTrial riders make the most difficult obstacles look easy as they stay between prescribed boundaries.
This is a closed course event, and for safety reasons no bicycles, motorcycles or other motorized vehicles will be allowed on the course. Shuttles will be available to transport spectators to Sections.
For more information on the event, please go to www.centralarizonatrials.org or www.trialgpusa.com, or contact Kathy Roper at firstname.lastname@example.org.