CATCH UP Costa Rica

Trial Magazine - - TRIAL MAGAZINE - WORDS: TRI­ALS ME­DIA, CAR­LOS CASAS AND FELIPE KOBERG • PIC­TURES: TRI­ALS ME­DIA, TEAM COSTA RICA, MATT BETTS AND JOHN HIRD

Fol­low­ing on from the fea­ture in the last is­sue of Trial Mag­a­zine on the 2018 Juras­sic 3 Day Trial in Costa Rica I spoke over the phone on many oc­ca­sions to one of the main men from the or­gan­is­ing team, Felipe Koberg. As hap­pens so often in my job it ap­pears that we met at the Scot­tish Six Days Trial! Felipe was rid­ing, and he had asked me for some pic­tures from the 2018 event; for­tu­nately, I had taken a few. We have spo­ken many times on the tele­phone over the last cou­ple of months, and so be­gan the part­ner­ship with the mag­a­zine to help the su­per en­thu­si­as­tic club to pro­mote the new event for 2019. What made the job eas­ier was the fact that Felipe was once again com­pet­ing in the Scot­tish Six Days Trial, giv­ing us a chance to catch up in per­son. With so much in­ter­est in the event, it was time to ask Felipe some ques­tions about the 2019 Juras­sic 3 Day Trial in Costa Rica.

Where did the idea of the Juras­sic 3-Day Trial come from?

The Juras­sic 3 Days idea started af­ter my se­cond ride in the SSDT. I was amazed that in 2018 I was the only Latin Amer­i­can rid­ing. Af­ter speak­ing with many rid­ers on my re­turn home, I re­alised that there was an op­por­tu­nity in my coun­try to run such an event.

Be­fore I started to ride in tri­als 12 years ago, I was a hard­core en­duro rider for 18 years. My first event was in Nan­dayure, a ru­ral area lo­cated in the heart of the Ni­coya Penin­sula, con­sid­ered to­day to be the largest Blue Zone in the world. This en­duro ‘En­duro Nan­dayure’ brings more than 1000 rid­ers ev­ery year and is re­garded as the best in the re­gion.

Last year they asked me to open the gates be­fore the event since there are many pri­vate farms to ride through. I rode my tri­als ma­chine, and it re­minded me af­ter so many years that there was an op­por­tu­nity for a top tri­als event. The lo­cal or­ga­niz­ers of En­duro Nan­dayure, Felo and Jhos­man, are long-time friends; they loved the idea and started help­ing to lo­cate the best sec­tions, un­der­stand­ing what we wanted which ob­vi­ously was in­spired by the SSDT.

Gus­tavo Jop who started tri­als rid­ing ten years ago rode with me in the 2017 SSDT and sup­ported the idea, be­com­ing a great ad­vi­sor and ac­com­pa­ny­ing me many times on the long jour­ney of find­ing the best routes and best sec­tions.

Com­pet­ing in the 2018 Scot­tish Six Days Trial, did this help with the Juras­sic 3 Day Trial idea?

Yes, def­i­nitely. My first Scot­tish in 2017 was rel­a­tively easy be­cause ev­ery day the weather was great. Many rid­ers told me that we were lucky and that with the typ­i­cal weather it would have been a to­tally dif­fer­ent story. This made me come back in 2018 to prove that they were wrong! It turns out that the weather was ter­ri­ble and the con­di­tions were dif­fer­ent than the previous year.

Over the six days, I saw rid­ers from the previous year which I had made con­tact with, and I also made new friends. Many rid­ers helped me sort out any prob­lems I had; the friend­ship was fan­tas­tic. I now have friends from Ire­land, Scotland, Eng­land, France, Spain, Switzer­land, etc. We all share the same pas­sion for life!

Car­los Casas helped to bring rid­ers to Costa Rica?

Car­los Casas is con­sid­ered the ‘Trial Am­bas­sador’ in Europe. His great at­ti­tude, his open­ness, his tips, etc. made me un­der­stand that he is a true gen­tle­man.

Af­ter the En­duro Nan­dayure in July 2018, I im­me­di­ately called Car­los and asked him what he thought of my Juras­sic 3 Day Trial idea. Ini­tially, only Car­los agreed to visit us, but then he asked me if he could bring a friend. Af­ter that it made me re­alise that we could ask some of my friends I had met in the Scot­tish, and I started mak­ing phone calls to them. It turns out that all of them de­cided to come; I could not be­lieve the re­sponse. All of a sud­den we had 12 guys com­ing from Ire­land, Spain, France, Cataluna, Gu­atemala;

I would call Car­los and ask him what he thought of this guy and the other, and for all of them he said yes call them all. The only prob­lem was the sup­ply of tri­als mo­tor­cy­cles which lim­ited the in­vited rid­ers.

For the travel ar­range­ments for rid­ers, you have formed a part­ner­ship with DHL?

Lo­gis­ti­cally travel is not the prob­lem, it’s the sup­ply of mo­tor­cy­cles. There will be a cer­tain amount of ma­chines avail­able for rent. We re­alised that the best solution would be to create a part­ner­ship with a ma­jor lo­gis­tics and freight com­pany so rid­ers could bring their ma­chines. There­fore we have created two types of pack­age where rid­ers can choose the one that suits them the best, ac­cord­ing to a bud­get or a faster time re­quired for trans­port­ing mo­tor­cy­cles. For ex­am­ple, the ba­sic pack­age start­ing at 1,725 Eu­ros in­cludes the spe­cial ship­ping metal crate, re­turn ocean freight and cus­toms process, ho­tels, meals, lo­cal trans­porta­tion, in­scrip­tion, fuel and food sup­port through­out the three days, in­clud­ing the of­fi­cial J3DT shirt & award cer­e­mony. This op­tion takes about 65 days from when the ma­chine is de­liv­ered to the drop-off lo­ca­tion and then returned home.

For the se­cond op­tion, the price is 1,995 Eu­ros, where the re­turn ship­ping is done by air and ap­prox­i­mately 15 days for ev­ery­thing. For this op­tion, we have been in ne­go­ti­a­tions with DHL, a part­ner of the event for lo­gis­tics and freight, where we have a spe­cial ship­ping price. Ev­ery­thing else on the pack­age, other than ship­ping, re­mains the same as the first op­tion. For op­tions, once the rider pro­cesses and pays the in­scrip­tion, a spe­cial unassem­bled ship­ping metal crate would be sent to the spec­i­fied ad­dress with the in­struc­tions on how to as­sem­ble and prop­erly pack the mo­tor­cy­cle for it to be safe for the jour­ney. Once it is ready, the pack­age must be de­liv­ered to an au­tho­rized lo­ca­tion in the main ci­ties in Europe. Other lo­ca­tions on dif­fer­ent con­ti­nents are also avail­able, and if rid­ers are in­ter­ested they must con­tact the or­gan­is­ers at [email protected]­sicTrial.com.

There are other op­tions avail­able ac­cord­ing to the rider’s re­quire­ments, we of­fer a va­ri­ety of pack­ages in case the rider wants to bring his fam­ily along for ex­am­ple. They may wish to visit other lo­ca­tions in the coun­try and plan var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties like visit­ing the white beaches, white wa­ter raft­ing, vol­canos, whale watch­ing, surf­ing classes, snorkellin­g or div­ing, etc. We can of­fer the sup­port of a tai­lor-made trial/va­ca­tion in or­der to max­imise the ex­pe­ri­ence.

The 2018 ad­ven­ture was more of a pro­mo­tion and a prepa­ra­tion for 2019?

Since this is our first three-day event, we de­cided that it should be care­fully done with the ad­vice of ex­perts on this type of event in the tri­als world. Af­ter know­ing that we had the sup­port of the Euro­pean rid­ers to come, we de­cided to make a replica of what the first event would be like to un­der­stand what we need to im­prove and make it one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences in the world. The Juras­sic 3-Day trial will of­fer two routes of around 60 haz­ards, a low to in­ter­me­di­ate level and an ad­vanced level.

What at­tracts you to the Scot­tish Six Days Trial?

I have al­ways been very pas­sion­ate about tri­als and life’s chal­lenges; I had heard about the Scot­tish Six days Trial as be­ing the most dif­fi­cult and de­mand­ing in the world. Af­ter my twin sis­ter passed away in 2015, I de­cided to live my life dif­fer­ently, go­ing a step fur­ther and ful­fill­ing my dreams. In 2016, I con­tacted SSDT or­gan­is­ers, and I was ac­cepted in 2017. The feel­ing of ac­com­plish­ment in the first year was amaz­ing, but 2018 was mag­i­cal since I had to over­come many prob­lems; I loved the chal­lenge.

As a sup­porter and part­ner of this event Trial Mag­a­zine will be fol­low­ing the prepa­ra­tion for this com­pe­ti­tion with a full re­port from the 2019 Juras­sic 3-Day Trial. Fol­low Juras­sic 3-Day Trial on Face­book or Juras­sic Trial on In­sta­gram and the web www.Juras­sicTrial.com for the lat­est news from Costa Rica.

Lov­ing the at­mos­phere at the 2019 SSDT.

2018 was very test­ing with the weather con­di­tions at the SSDT.

Fun lov­ing peo­ple at the 2018 Juras­sic 3-Day.

Costa Rica is the place to be in 2019.

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