Road Trip

With the avail­abil­ity of cheap flights across Europe these days it’s easy and af­ford­able to jump on a plane and spend the week­end at one of Europe’s many bike parks; but why should you? Be­cause the UK doesn’t have any­where near the fa­cil­i­ties that other c

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - AR­TI­CLE: JORDI YÉLAMOS AND TIM MCPAR­LAND • PICTURES: TRIAL EVO­LU­TION

With the num­ber of young riders who at­tend these tri­als schools, it’s no won­der that there are so many great riders that orig­i­nate from this re­gion, some of whom move over to Mo­tor­cy­cle Tri­als with its com­par­a­tive skill set and carry on to ex­cel in this dis­ci­pline also. Of course, it helps that there are sup­port and funds al­lo­cated to these sports to pro­mote growth and recog­ni­tion, some­thing that would ben­e­fit the sport in the UK in­stead of re­ly­ing on in­di­vid­u­als or pri­vate clubs cre­at­ing such venues. Those who have done so have to be com­mended for hav­ing al­ready con­structed and run such fa­cil­i­ties pro­duc­ing our own world-class riders. Ear­lier this year Trial Evo­lu­tion cel­e­brated its 8th an­niver­sary and hosted a trial to cel­e­brate this; the event was sup­ported by 90 riders of all abil­i­ties and a fun day was had by all. TRIAL EVO­LU­TION WAS BORN In 2010, Jordi Yélamos (43), a rider since 1984, tri­als has al­ways been his pas­sion, so when his son was five years-old, he wanted to in­tro­duce to him this sport that he had given him so many good times. He also thought he would like to trans­mit his knowl­edge to the chil­dren of his vil­lage, Sant An­toni de Vil­a­ma­jor (Barcelona). He ob­tained some land in the same vil­lage from a lo­cal farmer who un­der­stood his pas­sion for the sport and let him rent the land at a very rea­son­able rate, and this is where the first few ob­sta­cles were placed.

The first day of the class was a Satur­day, and six run­ners took part. Lit­tle by lit­tle the new trial park was get­ting to be known to more and more chil­dren who then went to the tri­als school; the fa­cil­i­ties were ex­panded un­til it now oc­cu­pies an area of 7,500m2. The ob­sta­cles

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