Living in the north of the country makes access to motorcycle trials and competitions a pretty easy task to accomplish, with many good events and training areas on your doorstep. For any parents who have young riders involved in trials it takes a massive commitment to travel the length and breadth of the country to compete and gain experience. Toby Martyn is one of a new breed of young talent hitting the trials scene with the support of his family, who are prepared to make the long journeys from their home base in St Agnes in Cornwall to develop the talent that they believe he has.
As with many young riders Toby Martyn’s introduction to the two-wheeled sport of motorcycle trials started at the tender age of six on one of the ‘twist and go’ Yamaha PW50 machines. He progressed to the automatic Gas Gas 50cc and proved his worth when he won his first British championship, taking the honours in the Youth D class back in 2008. He never won an event outright that year but consistent finishes gave him the crown.
He then progressed through the C class on the Beta 80cc machines before moving to the 125cc Beta and the B class. Along the way he has had some excellent results and feels he is ready for the B class challenge this year. He has also shown his worth in the excellent YMSA trials run by the super enthusiastic Barry Burton and his team in Derbyshire. Toby considers this type of event key to his future due to the variation of the terrain, which covers many elements including mud and rocks.
Also included in his 2014 plans are trips to Wales, to compete in their championship on a no-awards basis to further his experience.
The Martyn family live within view of the famous Blue Hills hazards found in the London to Land’s End road-based event and locally he has his own home-made practice ground. His father was very fortunate that a local building site gave the family literally tons of soil to help build the ‘back garden’ practice area. Ex British championship rider Jason Lawer donated some massive granite rocks to finish off the project, which affords Toby the opportunity to practise whenever he likes.
During the summer months you will find him across the road riding on one of his favourite areas near the cliffs.
Riding a trials motorcycle has not taken over his life completely, as he has many interests away from the two-wheeled sport. He plays cricket with a local team, but living near the coast and all that water also brings its own interests.
Toby is training to be a lifeguard and spends as many Monday evenings as possible down at the local surf club. Not one to rest though he also enjoys downhill mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding. As with any young person you have to enjoy your younger days and it’s the diversity of these other hobbies that make him so keen to compete when he rides in trials competitions.
The road trips are very long days, to say the least, which can include eight-hour journeys just to return home on Sunday evenings; his father Tim believes they covered over 20,000 miles in 2013 just travelling to and from events!
Robin Martin helps to support him as much as possible through his RCM trials dealership, but the results lie firmly in the hands of Toby Martyn, a young man committed to trying to reach the top in the sport of trials.
Youth D Class British Champion 2008