Updated 25/1 with correct date of Frank Tuck Trial - which is on April 10th.
TRIALS SA (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) GEARING UP FOR A HUGE YEAR LEADING INTO A (PLANNED) AUSTRALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP HOSTING YEAR IN 2023.
Trials SA has been busy over the summer planning a great 2022 season, with 10 events spread from April through to September, with most, if not all also allowing for Saturday Coaching & Come & Try Days, as well as Saturday night camping, and as always, around the communal bon fire – so there will definitely be something for all level and age of rider.
One of the biggest changes over the summer though, is the changing of the guard to who is now running Trial in South Australia, with Ella Peacock taking over from Andrew Warnest as the Motorcycling SA Trial Sports Manager for 2022 & 2023. After 11 years at the helm, Andrew felt it was time for a change, with younger eyes and new ideas, and he is excited to see where Ella will guide the sport over the next 2 years.
TROY Series SA 2022 will once again be a 5 round Series, being run as a lead in to the AMX Superstores 2022 South Australian Trial Championships, with rounds featuring some old favourite venues, the Frank Tuck at Victor Harbor, the Woolshed at Mungeree, the Max Graetz at Tungkillo, while not forgetting the Black Mud at Robertstown – and – a brand new venue at Mount Pleasant in the Adelaide Hills for an ‘Xtreme Trials’ Trial – Check out the fridge calendar for all the TROY dates.
In amongst the TROY rounds, the AJS MTC will once again run their 2 feature events, the 47th running of the Peter Sparkes Trophy on the first weekend in June, always a great event for sidecars, and then their Classic Trial a month later on the first weekend in July for all of the old bikes.
The Keyneton MCC will once again be running their Mountain Man Trial, the 49th running in 2022, and for this year it will run as the ‘Rockhopping SA’ 2022 SA Women’s Cup & Diener/Holmes Sidecar Trophy – AND – for the first time in 10 years it will be a ‘RIDE PINK’ day to raise money for cancer research! Get those costumes out as there will be prizes for the best – and ‘worst’ – costumes on the day!
It is also Keyneton’s turn in the rotation to host the SA Championships in 2022, and they are looking at a venue at Eden Valley, very close to and very similar in terrain to where the early planning for the 2023 Australian Trial Championships will be held (still to be confirmed of course). So, if you want an early hit out on terrain likely to be used for the 2023 Australian Championships – head to SA in September for a great 2 day Championship.
The SA Championships, as always, will feature a full range of classes, and including five, yes 5, junior classes, Junior A, Junior A Girls (both on the white line), Junior B, Junior B Girls (both on the black line) – and the non-competitive Mini Trial – check out the sup regs when released for all the senior & sidecar class options!
Trials SA is also very grateful to AMX Superstores and their support of Trial in SA, being the naming rights partner of the SA Championships for 3 years, 2021-2023, and thank Beckz and her Blair Athol (SA) team for their brilliant support.
And being run in early September this year (the 2nd weekend), it leaves a heap of time for all to get prepared to travel to WA for the GASGAS 2022 Australian Trial Championships, as that is looking to be a trip that needs to be made – first time in the ‘Wild Wild West’ for 10 years will be one not to miss.
LOOKING AHEAD: And looking ahead to 2023 – if, and when, it is confirmed that SA will be hosting the 2023 Australian Trial Championships, it will once again be a part of ‘Trials Week SA 2023’, similar to what has been run in 2007, 2011 & 2017 when the Aussies have come to SA. Likely to once again be 3 events over 9 days and in school holidays – with a heap of other things as well during the week. Stay tuned – it is planned to have much of the information for this available at the GASGAS 2022 Australian Trial Championships in Western Australia this October!