Marc Colomer

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

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - AR­TI­CLE: TRI­ALS ME­DIA WITH MARC COLOMER • PICTURES: JOHN SHIRT SNR, PE­TER J BEARD­MORE, COLIN BUL­LOCK, TRI­ALS ME­DIA, HEATH BRINDLEY, SOLO MOTO, MONTESA AND OSSA

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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