Trial Magazine - - TRAINING -

In 2013 Steve Saun­ders launched a new com­pre­hen­sive tri­als book ti­tled: On Trial ‘A Com­plete Guide to the Sport of Mo­tor­cy­cle Tri­als.’ He worked closely with tri­als lit­er­a­ture specialist Yoomee to pro­duce the book.

It comes as a full size A4 semi-hard­back book cov­er­ing all as­pects of the sport with nine chap­ters of text sup­ported by a su­perb se­lec­tion of over three hun­dred im­ages in its one hun­dred and thirty pages from the Clas­sic days through to 2013.

All as­pects of the sport are cov­ered in­clud­ing: His­tory, Ma­chines; Cloth­ing; Trans­port; Main­te­nance; Get­ting Started; How to Ride; Steve’s Ca­reer; and a look at fa­mous events.

The book is priced at £19.99 plus P&P and can be or­dered di­rect from the SXS – Saun­ders Ex­treme Sports Web­site:­ or call: 01452 849 458.


The lunch stop is a good time to get some ban­ter go­ing and to al­low the arms to re­cover from the morn­ing’s ex­er­tions. In many cases mus­cles that have never been used be­fore have sud­denly been brought into play now that bet­ter tech­nique has al­lowed the rider to learn more about their rid­ing style.

With the ma­chines and bod­ies re­fu­elled it’s back out to push things fur­ther or con­cen­trate on an­other prob­lem area. With the ex­pe­ri­ence Steve has had over nearly twenty years of un­der­tak­ing these schools he will know how far or how fast each rider can grasp his teach­ings and put them into prac­tice.

If a demon­stra­tion of a tech­nique is re­quired he will hop on a ma­chine and ride/talk his way through it, of course mak­ing it look very easy in the process. It is not un­com­mon for a rider or even a group to re­book lessons with Steve as they find their abil­i­ties and con­fi­dence grow af­ter putting his ad­vice into prac­tice at lo­cal events or a prac­tice ses­sion. Many people en­joy the day so much they will en­cour­age new rid­ers to give it a go or bring a se­lec­tion of mates or fam­ily mem­bers along to a fol­low-up les­son. The off-road ex­pe­ri­ence that Steve of­fers would be the per­fect so­lu­tion for those that have never ven­tured onto the ‘dirt’ be­fore.

When you stand aside and watch one of these schools un­fold it re­ally is amaz­ing to see the dif­fer­ence be­tween the rid­ers from when they ar­rived to when they leave. Steve’s easy­go­ing way of show­ing, ex­plain­ing and teach­ing seems to eas­ily stick in the mind and, even if the rider is un­aware of it, the ex­tra con­fi­dence in their rid­ing at the end of the day was easy to see.

Whether you have a group of rid­ing mates who want a great day out or want one-on-one teach­ing, or would like to per­haps have some ad­vanced rid­ing tech­nique in­struc­tion and ad­vice give Steve Saun­ders a call via his SXS web site:­suk. com. Steve can cater for one to one, lessons, group schools, off-road ex­pe­ri­ence days or ab­so­lute beginners classes where he will also be able to sup­ply a ma­chine and the ap­pro­pri­ate safety wear so that any­one want­ing to dip a toe into the tri­als world can see what it is all about be­fore com­mit­ting them­selves, and their money, to a full setup.

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