Clas­sic Tour

Classic Trial - - INTERNATIONAL -

The small band of club mem­bers held a meet­ing in 2009 to cel­e­brate the suc­cess of the new ven­ture and or­gan­ised a round of the Trial Clas­sic Tour with the col­lab­o­ra­tion of the neigh­bour­ing clubs of Tossa de Mar and Llagostera. Around the globe clas­sic tri­als were grow­ing in strength and the Trial Clas­sic Tour was be­gin­ning to be­come a very im­por­tant part of the tri­als cal­en­dar. The event was very much a suc­cess and they also par­tic­i­pated in the ‘Trial Clas­sic Tour’ in 2010 and 2011, in­cor­po­rat­ing the event as a round of the cham­pi­onship.

By 2012, the clas­sic two-day at Sant Feliu de Guixols was a mas­sive suc­cess, due in part to the su­perb weather in the area for the event. Good for­tune played a ma­jor part in this as the week be­fore the tri­als date a storm had hit the area with heavy rain; but this in turn did the event a favour as it raised the wa­ter level in the rivers and streams, where rid­ing in them is per­mit­ted here. The weather con­di­tions were un­prece­dented for the time of year, with bril­liant sun­shine mak­ing the tem­per­a­tures al­most spring-like un­til late in the af­ter­noon.

Not rest­ing on their suc­cess the club in­cluded in the day’s ac­tion a lunch break out on the tracks and tri­als, with food and drink avail­able. Af­ter a hearty in­dul­gence, what the riders did not know was the fact the haz­ards would be­come harder in the af­ter­noon! The haz­ards were also lo­cated in some beau­ti­ful ar­eas, with cac­tus plants bor­der­ing the trails tak­ing you to breath­tak­ing views of the deep blues of the Mediter­ranean sea. The gen­eral pub­lic came out to see what the event was all about and this gave the club the op­por­tu­nity to demon­strate to them that a tri­als mo­tor­cy­cle does not harm the fauna or the flora and the sur­round­ing ar­eas if it is used cor­rectly.

In 2012, the trial at­tracted 100 riders, in­clud­ing three very fa­mous riders who have all been associated with the event over the years. Th­ese were Jamie Su­bira, Mick An­drews and the 1977 win­ner Manuel Soler. With the vi­sion the four club mem­bers had had to get the event back to its seven­ties pres­tige it was now back, and a firm fix­ture in the in­ter­na­tional tri­als cal­en­dar. Word soon cir­cu­lated around the globe with the help of the in­ter­net and tri­als ‘word of mouth’ of this su­perb event, and in 2013 the en­try grew to 220 riders, with over 100 of them from out­side of Spain giv­ing it a true in­ter­na­tional feel.

In 2014 it was ac­knowl­edged as one of the top in­ter­na­tional clas­sic tri­als in the world along­side the Pre-65 SSDT, the Isle of Man ‘Manx Clas­sic’ and the Ven­toux Trial in France as the en­try ap­proached the 300 mark. Af­ter the ad­verse weather that hit the 2014 event, the sun­shine re­turned in 2015 for all to en­joy. For the 2016 event the en­try once again topped the 300 mark with an event en­joyed by all.

An­other nice ex­am­ple of an early ra­dial cylin­der-head Bul­taco rid­den by Joan San­ture from An­dorra. This 300 Fantic was very orig­i­nal, rid­den by Spain’s Javier Ber­nal. Pas­cal Pauley (Yamaha-FRA). Yama­has come in

a wide range of dif­fer­ent mod­els and colours at the event, such is the wide va­ri­ety of ma­chin­ery. Luis Diaz (Bul­taco-ESP) on his way to run­ner-up po­si­tion on the green Pre-80 route.

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