A delegation from the FIM recently had a meeting with delegates from the French National Olympic and Sports Committee to discuss the inclusion of Trial-E in the 2024 Olympic games in Paris. The meeting included 3 x times FIM Trial Champion, Thierry Michaud and FIM project leader, Jorge Viegas.
Jorge Viegas- "We are convinced that the Olympic Games in Paris 2024 represent a unique and historic opportunity for Trial-E to become the first mechanical sport to participate in the Olympic Games. This grand premier will form the basis of a strong link between the FIM, the IOC and the entire Olympic family"
There are several sports submitting proposals to the IOC to be included in future Games with the final decisions for 2024 to be made at Tokyo in 2020.
The feature image is of an electric motor as used in one of my pioneering EM Sport bikes, which has allready been superseded by a more efficient unit with significantly greater output in the current models. The motors for the bikes for the Olympics 2024 could all be standardized, making the rider the determining factor, which is how it should be.
I reckon that the sport of Trial has a bright future with the change to this superior technology. The most iconic-of-all motorcycling brand, Harley Davidson has staked its reputation that the future of motorcycling is electric. They are releasing the Live Wire model world-wide this year and have plans for many battery powered bikes. The promo vids tap into the original spirit of the motorcyclist, the free-thinking individual who flips the bird to "the man". I guess "the man" is the fossil fuel industry generally, which continues to make astronomical profits, only for the future generations to pay "the price".