X TRIAL is like parkour on a motorcycle, according to 12-time Moto Trial Outdoor WA State Champion Neil Price.
“X Trial is the repackaged, or Twenty20 version, of a sport called Trial,” Price, of Martin, said.
“It’s Trial or Trials, not Trails, and we’re definitely not motocross riders.
“As soon as you mention motorcycles off-road, they assume motocross, which is what we’re trying to change.
“The outdoor version of the sport is run on natural terrain. X Trial is that sport packaged up and instead of outdoors with rocks and logs, it’s set up in an indoor venue with WHAT: X Trial Championship
WHERE: HBF Stadium, Mt Claremont
WHEN: July 20 TICKETS: www.ticket master.com.au
manmade obstacles like massive earth-moving tyres, scaffolding and all sorts of crazy things.”
Price said the obstacle course was broken into five short sections where riders had to get through each section, against the clock. Riders have 90 seconds to complete each section, where the lowest score wins.
Price, along with wife Jessica and father Simon, began organising annual event X Trial Championship in 2014 and it returns to HBF Stadium on July 20.
“We only invite the best six riders in the country, who range in ages from early 20s to about 45,” he said. “I know this is cliche, but the crowd is going to have an on-the-edge-oftheir-seat experience.”
Simon started riding the year Neil was born and his son followed in the family sport at age five, competing by 12.
“I wanted to go as far as I could and worked hard to get to National Championships,” Price said.
“Now we’d love to take this to all the capital cities around Australia to build an audience for the riders and future riders here.” THE truth is out there during this year's Disrupted Festival of Ideas at the State Library of WA, July 27 and 28.
The program of free events featuring keynotes, panels and intimate conversations has been designed to initiate debate on truth, including how to harness your own truth and how to uncover mistruths that have infiltrated our everyday lives.
Popular Sydney-based science communicator and author Dr Karl Kruszelnicki will present a keynote on What is Truth? and a one-on-one conversation with neuroscientist Professor Alan Harvey about the physiology and reliability of our memories.
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It all started after NASA classified him as non-astronaut material.
“The Americans wouldn’t take me on the space shuttle so I walked into Double J to talk about the space shuttle launch instead,” he said.
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View the full Disrupted Festival of Ideas program at www.disrupted.slwa. wa.gov.au.
The X Trial Championship is at HBF Stadium.
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki.