COM­FORT ZONE

Trial Magazine - - TALK TRIALS: JAMES DABILL - Words: James Dabill and Yoomee • Pic­tures: Jonny

Since we last spoke I have had one of the most sat­is­fy­ing ex­pe­ri­ences of my life, I was leading a World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship round for one and a half laps! Yes on top of the world and boy did it feel good; no pres­sure, se­ri­ously, I was in a com­fort zone and one I could soon get used to. I have also taken in the ‘Su­per Trial’, Trial Des Na­tions and an­other Bri­tish Cham­pi­onship trial since we last spoke so let me bring up to speed on my tri­als life.

First I must apol­o­gise to my many fans for not ap­pear­ing on the podium at the Bri­tish World round, for var­i­ous rea­sons I did not have the best of week­ends de­spite the fan­tas­tic sup­port. It was then on to the ‘Su­per Trial’ or­gan­ised by the North Berks club who once again de­liv­ered a su­per event, run un­der the stop-al­lowed rules. You all know me well enough to un­der­stand that I love noth­ing more than putting a good show on the tri­als ma­chine and I hope you all en­joyed watch­ing me and the fac­tory Beta in ac­tion. I had a lit­tle time off in Au­gust to re­lax and en­joy my first wed­ding an­niver­sary with my wife Emma be­fore get­ting out on the pedal iron to join the boys, who were rid­ing for char­ity in the Pedal Des Alps team. I did the first part of the jour­ney with my good pal Steve Peat be­fore wav­ing the boys good­bye as they headed across the chan­nel. It was then straight into some se­ri­ous train­ing for the fi­nal rounds of the WTC. I had a su­perb ma­chine pre­pared for me by the Beta team and de­spite the high al­ti­tude at 2,000 feet above sea level it was cer­tainly on the pace, shall we say. I felt good on day one on Satur­day post­ing a fourth po­si­tion which bode well for day two. I set off as I usu­ally do but at sec­tion three I took a quick five, which did not im­press me. On sec­tion four though there were only two cleans, my­self and Michael Brown, yes it was a case of ‘Come on you Brits’ and the crowd went crazy, I could even hear Yoomee above the noise! Af­ter I wit­nessed the ‘top’ rid­ers tak­ing fives it sud­denly dawned on me I was leading af­ter the first lap. I was pretty cool with this and went out on my sec­ond lap, but two fives on sec­tions six and seven spoiled the fun. A five, once again on sec­tion three made worse by a light shower, pushed me down to fifth over­all but prov­ing I can run at the front is so good for the con­fi­dence. As al­ways I was very proud to rep­re­sent Great Bri­tain at the Tri­als-Des Na­tions. I was very dis­ap­pointed with my­self for not win­ning my fifth Bri­tish crown, but it’s con­grat­u­la­tions to my friend and ri­val Michael Brown. I shall now take a small va­ca­tion be­fore my next ma­jor event – The Scott!

Speak Soon – Dibsta!

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