Trial Magazine - - OBSERVATIO­N -

Ever since my first trip to a for­eign World round in 1984 I’ve al­ways been fas­ci­nated by the en­thu­si­asm around the globe for tri­als, es­pe­cially in France and Spain. I am still around peo­ple I first met on my first trip across the wa­ter to the WTC all those years ago, even more so with the mag­a­zines we pro­duce to­gether. My pas­sion for col­lect­ing mo­tor­cy­cle tri­als sales brochures from 1965 on­wards has al­ways thrown up some sur­prises, but at the press launch for the new Mon­tesa Cota 4Ride I could not be­lieve the one that was about to hap­pen.

It’s hard to be­lieve that I first wit­nessed Miquel Cir­era at the World Tri­als Cham­pi­onship in ac­tion on a cold day in Great Bri­tain in 1977, rid­ing a Mon­tesa, of course. Over the fol­low­ing years he has stayed loyal to the Span­ish brand and, as we all know, he is now the man in charge of the fac­tory Mon­tesa team.

While I was at the re­cent FIM X-Trial World Cham­pi­onship event in Barcelona at the Palau Sant Jordi sta­dium we were talk­ing, and I men­tioned to him that I would be at­tend­ing the press launch of the Mon­tesa 4Ride later in the month in Spain; he noted the day I would ar­rive and said that he would try to be there. As good as his word, there he was.

Is­sue 16 of Clas­sic Trial Mag­a­zine had just been printed and so I took some copies along with is­sue 55 of Trial Mag­a­zine with me for the in­vited guest to en­joy. In is­sue 55 there was an ar­ti­cle on the his­tory of cy­cle tri­als and I had in­cluded some Mon­te­sita brochure shots from the early eight­ies. Also in at­ten­dance was Amos Bil­bao, who is still in­volved with Mon­tesa work­ing on de­vel­op­ment projects. He was sat at the ta­ble with the Mon­tesa sup­port team for the ma­chine launch. Full of en­thu­si­asm, Amos came over with is­sue 55 of Trial Mag­a­zine held open; he was laugh­ing. The guy in the cy­cle tri­als brochure was one of the guys at the ta­ble, all th­ese years on. I was gob smacked and, be­lieve it or not, stuck for words! His name was An­to­nio Talav­era, and a huge smile erupted as he looked at the brochure shot.

Over a few beers we talked about the cy­cle tri­als times, in a rough bro­ken Span­ish di­a­logue, but what was im­pressed me the most was the en­thu­si­asm that was still there all th­ese years on!

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