THE ESSENTIALS

Canning Gazette - - LIFESTYLE - Tyler Brown

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.

“I'll be talk­ing about how eas­ily peo­ple are fooled by lies,” Kruszel­nicki said.

“And how there are some peo­ple who like telling lies and how we be­lieve all sorts of wrong stuff.

“Have you heard of an­tiox­i­dants? Then you prob­a­bly be­lieve that anti-ox­i­dants, what­ever they are, are good and sim­i­larly by ex­clu­sion, ox­i­dants, what­ever they are, would be bad.”

Known by many as simply Dr Karl, the Julius Sum­ner Miller Fel­low at The Uni­ver­sity of Syd­ney has writ­ten 45 books and has con­tin­ued to share his won­der and ex­cite­ment about all things science in the me­dia since 1981 while in med­i­cal school.

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.

“I've just stayed in the me­dia since then. I just love shar­ing knowl­edge and help­ing make peo­ple’s lives bet­ter, so they live longer and have a health­ier and hap­pier life­span.”

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.

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