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It’s been scientifically proven that enduro, hard enduro, road, track, speedway or any other type of motorcycle enthusiasts will benefit from trials, and this podcast!


Join your host David Grice as we do a round up of the latest news, events, products and services as well as rider interviews with experienced (and not-so experienced) riders to get an insight into the sport of trials and what makes it so much fun!

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It’s been scientifically proven that enduro, hard enduro, road, track, speedway or any other type of motorcycle enthusiasts will benefit from trials, and this podcast!


Join your host David Grice as we do a round up of the latest news, events, products and services as well as rider interviews with experienced (and not-so experienced) riders to get an insight into the sport of trials and what makes it so much fun!

    E69: Jason Finn - The Trick Wizard

    E69: Jason Finn - The Trick Wizard

    This episode I am excited to have Jason Finn on the podcast.


     


    Jason maybe known to our UK listeners from his years of trials stunt shows that saw him travel the UK and even all the way to Australia as part of the Top Gear live series.


     


    Jason has been requested by a number of our listeners as well as a number of our guests. Jason got a few mentions on the episode we did with Robert Crawford, back on episode 60.


     


    As you hear in this interview Jason didn't start trials until relatively late, coming from a freestlye BMX background.


     


    He is a multiple world record holder, including the longest bunny hop. He was one of the first to introduce back wheel hopping on a trials bike, which is now not just a trick, but a skills the top riders in the world now have mastered to add it to their toolkit when competing.


     


    As you will hear, Jason says that he fluked his career in trials by simply being one of the first to bring freestyle trials shows into the mainstream. I do however get the impression that there takes a large degree of drive and passion to do anything as successfully as Jason has and so as humble as he is, there is still hours of hard work that went in behind the scenes was not discussed.


     


    I hope you enjoy my chat with Jason Finn.


     


    Feedback: podcast@trials.com.au

    • 59 min
    E68: Bernie Schreiber - Perception, Sections and Minders - Part 2

    E68: Bernie Schreiber - Perception, Sections and Minders - Part 2

    This episode we are chatting with Bernie Schreiber.


     


    This is part 2 of a 2 part conversation with the 1979 world champion, 4 time NATC champion, 1982 SSDT winner and an AMA Hall of Fame inductee.


     


    For those of you that missed the last episode, I encourage you to go back and listen to episode 67 where we chat with Bernie about his trials journey, his career and its highlights followed by his post trials career in sport marketing.


     


    We also discuss how Bernie left trials pretty much cold turkey and went onto a very successful career in sport marketing. Remaining in Europe, Bernie worked with a number of major watch brands where he helped broker a range of sponsorship agreements with an array of sporting codes including everything from the Australian Football League, to Golf, to the UCI and timekeeping for mountain bike racing.


     


    I mention Bernie credentials again as it really makes this, part 2 of our chat, all the more relevant.


     


    If you are in the business of trials, or care about the grass roots, or are in the upper echelons of administering our sport  I implore you to listen to this episode and adopt the suggestions made.


     


    When I was preparing for this interview, Bernie he mentioned he had done some research and due diligence around the sport of trials since coming back into the trial family a few years ago. An he observed some danger signs that, if un-addressed, risked compromising the long term health and sustainability of our sport.


     


    Just to set the scene, Spanish manufacturers alone in the late 70's and early 80's were collectively selling 40,000 units a year and that was in a time when the big four Japanese manufacturers all had a trials bike model for sale as well. Although they didn't disclose the total volume of trials bikes sold, the Spanish bike numbers are nothing like that today and there are not the presence of the big four any more with the exception of Montessa Honda.


     


    So it's fair to say more people were familiar with trials as a sport and more people owned trials bikes. Trials has gone from verging on the mainstream, with bikes on display at most dealers, to niche discipline today.


     


    In this chat we leverage Bernie's background in sport marketing, and get his comments about the health of trials, a reflection on the drivers behind a declines sales, spectators and particiaption over the years and what we need to do to reclaim some of the former glory trials as motorcycle discipline used to have.


     


    We reflect on why golf has had enduring success with very little rule changes over the years, and why trials with it's constant tweaks and changes has struggled. This includes the degree of difficultly needed to challenge our top riders today, and the economic impacts of having minders.


     


    We discuss a roadmap for the future, and how we need to combine the grass-roots/bottom up promotion of our sport with top-down marketing and promotion to shift the focus towards safety, family, and environmentally friendly fun.


     


    With Bernie's credentials in the sport of trials, and his background in sports marketing I genuinely hope these insights carry the gravitas needed to shape the direction of trials going forward and are adopted by our various governing bodies. In today's age with a concerns around safety, environmental impact, and fun there is no reason trials should be motorcycling's best kept secret. It should, if anything, be one of the foundational steps into other forms of motorcycling and a pathway to enduro, adventure riding etc rather than the other way around.


     


    I hope you enjoy part 2 of my chat with Bernie Schreiber.


     


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    Feedback: podcast@trials.com.au

    • 1 hr 4 min
    E67: Bernie Schreiber - A goal without a plan is just a dream - Part 1

    E67: Bernie Schreiber - A goal without a plan is just a dream - Part 1

    This episode we are chatting with Bernie Schreiber.


     


    This is part 1 of a 2 part conversation with the 1979 world champion, 4 time NATC champion, 1982 SSDT winner and an AMA Hall of Fame inductee.


     


    I have to admit, these episodes are a little bit special...Bernie and I spent an enormous amount of time preparing for this and structuring the interview. It is without question the hardest I've had to work to produce a podcast but that makes it all the more rewarding.


     


    In part one we discuss Bernie's journey into trials, the decision to move to Europe to pursue the sport and then how he progressed throughout the years to become the first, and to this day, only American to win a FIM Trial World Championship.


     


    We discuss how the closure of the Bultaco factory forced him to change bikes, and discuss the multi-faceted requirements to become a world champion. Just being the best rider is not enough, unless you have the right equipment, preparation and consistency.


     


    We also discuss how Bernie left trials pretty much cold turkey and went onto a very successful career in sport marketing. Remaining in Europe, Bernie worked with a number of major watch brands where he helped broker a range of sponsorship agreements with an array of sporting codes including everything from the Australian Football League, to Golf, to the UCI and timekeeping for mountain bike racing.


     


    As if that wasn't enough, when I spoke to Bernie he mentioned he had done some extensive research and due diligence around the sport of trials since coming back into the trial family a few years ago. An he observed some danger signs that, if un addressed, risked compromising the long term health and sustainability of our sport.


     


    In Part 2 of our chat next episode, Bernie with his background in sport marketing, goes on to discuss the health of trials, a reflection on the drivers behind a declines sales, spectators and particiaption over the years and what we need to do to reclaim some of the former glory trials as motorcycle discipline used to have.


     


    We reflect on why golf has had enduring success with very little rule change over the years, and why trials with it's constant tweaks and changes has struggled. This includes the degree of difficultly needed to challenge our top riders today, and the economic impacts of having minders.


     


    We discuss a roadmap for the future, and how we need to combine the grass-roots/bottom up promotion of our sport with top-down marketing and promotion to shift the focus towards safety, family, and environmentally friendly fun.


     


    If you are in the business of trials, or in the administration of our sport I implore you to listen to that episode, but for now I hope you enjoy part 1 of my chat with Bernie Schreiber.


     


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    Feedback: podcast@trials.com.au

    • 1 hr 22 min
    E66: Louise Forsley - the best of both worlds

    E66: Louise Forsley - the best of both worlds

    This week I am excited to have Louise Forsley on the podcast.


     


    Louise is 6 time NATC Trials Champion, has represented her country at the TdN multiple times and is a an X-Games silver medalist.


     


    What makes this chat interesting is that Louise has had multiple absences from trials and we reflect on some of the reasons behind that.


     


    If you go back and listen to episode 46 with Karl Davis Junior, we talked extensively about the Stunt riding at the Marvel Universe live tour. Louise was also on that tour with Karl and did it for about 5 years.


     


    We talk a bit about burn-out and losing the passion; we dabble in a little sports phycology and go on to discuss pivot to the enduro bikes and how her new contract with Sherco FactoryOne is allowing her to balance the best of both worlds as she competes across both enduro and trials disciplines.


     


    I hope you enjoy this chat with the Louise Forsley.


     


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    Feedback: podcast@trials.com.au

    • 1 hr 13 min
    E65: Chris Bayles - A chat about all things Tassie and Trials

    E65: Chris Bayles - A chat about all things Tassie and Trials

    This week I am excited to have Chris Bayles on the podcast.


     


    Chris has represented Australia at the TdN multiple times, has achieved #2 in the Australian championships, and has also done a SSDT.


     


    This interview was ~6 months in the making, but in a twist of fate due to relaxing of COVID travel restrictions, I was personally able to go down and attend the Tassie Titles in March. Although this episode was recorded about 4 weeks ago, it was great to be able to conduct a face to face podcast episode rather than doing it all remotely.


     


    It was also my first trip to Tassie and Chris and I were reflecting on the entirety of the clubs effort to put on a state titles event.


     


    Chris is the president of the TMTC and this chat was also a much deserved opportunity to thank all the long serving volunteers that make our sport what it is.


     


    Personally I would like to thank the Tassie community for making me so welcome. It was a two day event but I don't think I did a single lap without someone coming up to say hello, chatting about the podcast and making me feel welcome. It's a great event, and something I would encourage all riders who get the chance to get along.


     


    It was also a good opportunity to share some tips and tactics around running an event, which is something I've personally become involved in the last 6 months so I was curious to learning from people that have got a good handle on things.


     


    I hope you enjoy this chat with one of Tassie's finest...Chris Bayles.


     


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    Feedback: podcast@trials.com.au

    • 59 min
    E64: Danny Butler - Back to MotoTrials & YouTube - Part 2

    E64: Danny Butler - Back to MotoTrials & YouTube - Part 2

    Danny Butler achieved a world ranking on Number 3 in bicycle trials, but in a twist from the usual story he actually started in moto trials and had a very promising start becoming the British Youth Champion and Cheshire Centre Champion. He then went on to bicycles trials around the time the UK were having the Foot & Mouth outbreak and the ability to pursue trials was limited.


     


    As you will hear, Danny doesn't come across as someone that does anything in half-measure and so once he found bicycle trials he became the First British rider to make it into a UCI World Cup final, and 5 x Men’s elite British champion as well as achieving a World #3 ranking.


     


    So extreme was Danny's training that he had a serious injury from all the effort exerted by his body that is results in surgery that only gave him a 50% chance of being able to ride again.


     


    We discuss how Danny overcame this adversity and pivoted from competitive trials to building a significant business: The Extreme Mountain Bike Show which saw him have hundreds of booking a year and working along side Diversity (the dance crew who were winners of Britain's got talent).


     


    And when that was stopped in it's tracks due to Covid we chat about how Danny refocused to start TrialTube...a TopGear-esq YouTube channel focused on reviewing trials bikes plus a whole heap more to come.


     


    This was a long one so I ended up making this a two-part episode again. I hope you enjoy Part 1 of my chat with Danny Butler.


     


    Links:


    http://extrememountainbikeshow.co.uk/


    https://www.youtube.com/c/TrialTube 


    https://www.gofundme.com/f/tim-coleman


     


    Feedback: podcast@trials.com.au

    • 57 min

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