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Motorcycle Trial In Shit-Kickers Country

21
September
2009
  Posted at 08:30:00 AM
  File under  France Racing
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Travelling
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One cloudy day (yesterday), in Sotteville-sur-Mer Click for map in Normandy was a motorcycle trial competition. Part of the French round of trial competition, it was an interesting day. Motorcycle trial is not a very popular motorcycle sport, like MotoGP or SuperBike, or even motocross, but it has a good number of followers.

Trial is an amazing sport. It's extremely technical, and the contestants need to be able to keep their balance, since a foot on the ground is a penalty point. I spent a few hours watching riders jump impossibly high obstacles, flipping their bikes around corners on the front wheel. It's amazing to watch, and I can say only one word: RESPECT. It's not easy....

Here are a few photos I took.... enjoy:

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It may look like normal for a motocrosser, but they have to do this from standstill... not easy.

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The riders need to stay completely in the front, shifting their weight. Notice that there's no saddle..they don't sit..

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They need to maintain a perfect balance. No foot is allowed on the ground.

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Intense concentration.... not speed.

Trial-Sotteville-2009

It's not just young folks who race, but also older chaps..

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Jumps can be amazing and impressive. A jump, and heavy on the brakes, flipping the bike into the corner.

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Everything becomes an obstacle, rocks, trees, tires..

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The color of the jersey determines their level; blue was expert.

Trial-Sotteville-2009

Maintaining balance is not easy on these kind of surfaces..

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... and that concludes a quick look at a trial competition in the back country... not bad.





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