Retro is the new ‘Cool’ in the world of motorcycle trials as many younger riders look back and reflect at how great the sport was in the nineties. Machine sales were very strong, and the mould of the trend-setting Jordi Tarres and his new presentation as
Setting out on an adventure in the world for any professional athlete is always very difficult. Investment in the early days does not always bring a return, and motorcycle trials is no different. For a very young Marc Colomer, he entered the two-wheeled sport at the time of two mighty ‘Monsters’ of the sport Jordi Tarres and Dougie Lampkin. He was heavily involved in the development of two game-changing trials motorcycles in the Beta Techno and the Montesa Cota 315R. The world championship adventure starts a few years earlier in 1990 in Poland. We had a catch up with Marc in early 2018.
TM: As with many of the Spanish riders you started in cycle trials
MARC COLOMER: Yes, it was always my goal to compete in motorcycle trials but in my early years of riding it was the idea to start on a cycle. I really enjoyed these early years as you learn to so much about balance and technique. This as with myself was the accepted and chosen path of many of today’s world championship riders from Spain. It also introduced me to my first ever professional team when I rode for the Derbi Rabassa Team. This was so good to enjoy such a high level of support at such an early age. TM: How old were you when you made the change to a motorcycle for trials? MC: I made the change from cycle to motorcycle when I was around thirteen years old, but after this, I never competed on a cycle again. TM: In 1989 you won the Spanish Junior Championship and in 1990 the Senior B Class MC: This was my first important victory; many people were surprised that I won the championship on my Montesa Cota 309, apart from myself. I worked very hard for this victory, and I felt I was a worthy winner.
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