EMMA BRIS­TOW

Trial Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - WORDS: EMMA, JONNY • PIC­TURES: TRI­ALS ME­DIA

Wow, a Ladies col­umn in a mo­tor­cy­cle mag­a­zine and tri­als at that! I am sure I do not need to in­tro­duce my­self but I am a pro­fes­sional tri­als rider with the Sherco fac­tory team. In 2013 I achieved some of my am­bi­tions by tak­ing a full house of wins on my way to my first Ladies Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship ti­tle and won my first World round. The ul­ti­mate goal is to be the 2014 Ladies World Tri­als Cham­pion and through my new col­umn I will keep you up to speed dur­ing an­other hec­tic year.

Tri­als rid­ing is my first love where mo­tor­cy­cles are con­cerned but a few of you will have seen me in ac­tion in the world of Su­per En­duro to­wards the end of last year. En­duro is some­thing I have fan­cied try­ing for a while and with the sup­port of MRS, the UK Sherco im­porters, I de­cided to en­ter the first round of the Su­per En­duro World Cham­pi­onship at the Liver­pool Echo Arena.

I only had a cou­ple of weeks to pre­pare and ‘Race’ night soon came around. I was gen­uinely ‘buzzing’ as I waited on the start gate. When it dropped I got boxed in on the first cor­ner but still gave it my all, try­ing to push to the front to fight with Laia Sanz for the win. I was maybe a lit­tle too nice on the night and de­spite a few crashes, sec­ond on the podium was an ex­cel­lent re­sult.

Round two was in Poland and re­sulted in one of the big­gest crashes I have ever had on a mo­tor­cy­cle! I maybe over trained for the event but I still felt con­fi­dent of a good re­sult. Once again I did not have the best of starts but was push­ing through the pack try­ing to chase the lead­ers when I lost the front wheel over a log sec­tion of the course which pitched me over the han­dle­bars. I have seen the crash on the tele­vi­sion and did not re­alise how big it was. I picked the Sherco up but the han­dle­bars had been pushed back, mak­ing the ma­chine very dif­fi­cult to con­trol but I still gave it 100% to fin­ish in fourth po­si­tion.

The fi­nal round is in France in Fe­bru­ary where I will once again give it my all as I chal­lenge for the top honours.

I had a small rest over the Christ­mas pe­riod with my part­ner James and my fam­ily. Jan­uary will be all about train­ing and pre­par­ing for the new 2014 sea­son as I con­tinue to go on­wards and up­wards in the tough world of of­froad mo­tor­cy­cling.

Speak soon. Emma.

“I was maybe a lit­tle too nice on the night and de­spite a few crashes, sec­ond on the podium was an ex­cel­lent re­sult.”

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