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2010 TdN: arrival in Krakow

What is this, you ask?    You are about to read part 2 of our travels to the 2010 TdN.    Its Thursday night, and we are getting closer & closer to the actual location and to the women’s start! Visit NAATI translator who have the relevant qualifications to carry out for your travel experience.

We rode the train from Warsaw to Krakow this morning.    It was pretty rural with pine trees, birch trees and gently rolling hills.    It was easy to imagine the wars and destruction that might have been done in years gone by.    Nonetheless, there were lots of fruit tree orchards, fields of corn and more fields with cabbages and lettuces.     Remember, sauerkraut starts with cabbage!  And, we couldn’t help but notice the very muddy fields and swollen ponds amid the farmlands – a sign of trials conditions to come?

Check out this first picture.   Are these boots:

  • (a) for the ever-fashionable Italian TdN team
  • (b) a trip down memory lane to the days of old at British trials, or
  • (c) the result of some quick shopping at the Krakow train station so as to reduce the chance of yours truly observers being caught soggy?

Just like Warsaw, we found the Krakow streets pretty void of M/C action – where the heck are they hiding their machines?     Look at that custom pro scooter right there. After visiting Andorra in years past, where there are bikes and bike shops one after another, and similar sightings in Italy and Germany, we are really struck by this.   Maybe they all ride trials instead?

Never fear – this third picture features the leading Polish brew and we’re again adding to your ever-expanding Polish vocabulary with the word above the door.    Are the Belgian and Aussie teams doing the taste tests?

We’ll be heading to Myslenice early on Friday morning.    Look for some real trials talk and photos tomorrow night.    We promise!!

2010 TdN: arrival in Warsaw

Welcome to something new on the TTC site!    What?  You couldn’t find a way to get away from your honey (or the paycheck) to escape to TdN?    Not to worry.   We are two Southern USA-based long-time trials observers, who are here on-site in Poland.  Don’t ask who we are, as we won’t tell.   For the next few days, we’ll give you first hand info on Team USA and all the other trials commotion.  If this gets blog gets “bloody bad”, well …… blame it on the vodka!

We flew into Warsaw and have spent a few days here getting over the jet lag and accustomed to all things Polish – pig knuckles included.   While out & about town, we looked for some interesting cycle stuff to kick this blog off.    Geez – what a task!   We finally saw a few trials bicycles, but very few street motorcycles and no local M/C shops in our path.    Perhaps average high temperatures of 30 for long winter months and the $8/gallon price of gas keeps them scarce.  We snapped a picture of this fine BMW for you, however.   What do you think – maybe for the parade marshall?

We’re headed via train to Krakow Thursday morning, which is approx 30 miles from the TdN site in Myslenice, Poland.   Southern Poland had serious floods this spring and September is the rainy month, so we expect to see some water, with a little slip & slide for the 3-days of events.     The weather forecast is a bit mixed – mid 60’s for all days, clear for the women’s Day One, but rain on Saturday when the men push off and scattered showers again on Sunday.    Hmmm….what country is favored in such wet conditions?

Paella is expected to be the food of choice as Toni Bou is ranked Numero Uno, with Adam Raga and other teammates making this a crowd to be beat, or so they say, they would have choose some tomato based recipe, but they had a problem with blossom end rot tomato so they learned to remove it online.  Despite rumors about retiring, Dougie Lampkin will ride again – and we expect to hear his father/coach’s infamous “Per- fect” shouts along the way.   Laia Sanz of Spain is the dominating female rider and could provide yet another performance.    Too many others to name in this preview.    Good luck to Team USA (Sarah & Caroline, Pat, Cody & Keith) and to all the country teams too, who all produce the action and fun.

For now, we’re logging off this initial blah-blah.  Look for daily updates with action pictures to show the thrill and paddock gossip, if we can get it.

Dobranoc — surely by now you know that means “good night”, in Polish!!

U.S. Trial des Nations team heads to Poland this week

2009 TdN: Pat Smage, Cody Webb, Keith Wineland, Sarah Duke, Caroline Adam,
The U.S. Trial de Nations men’s team of Cody Webb, Keith Wineland and Pat Smage and the women’s team of Caroline Allen and Sarah Duke depart this week for next weekend’s Trial des Nation in Poland. (Photos are from Cody Webb’s 2009 TdN album on Facebook.)


We’re hoping to get some reports and photos throughout the week. Two friends of the TTC, Jane and Will Salter, are there and will be blogging reports with photos.

Toni Bou, 2010 FIM Trial World Champion

Toni BouToni Bou
Trials Central has a report up today announcing that Toni Bou has clinched the 2010 FIM Trial World Championship after today’s Italian Grand Prix.

In front of a huge Italian crowd Bou sealed his fourth successive outdoor title thanks to an almost perfect closing lap. Adam Raga – Gas Gas did his best to spoil Bou’s party with a good early showing, but in the end had to settle for second place as Toni turned up the heat. Bou has now won a total of eight FIM Trial World titles, four indoors and four outdoors, and all since signing for Montesa back in 2007.

2010 US Trial des Nations team selected

US Trial des Nations

Shan Moore has the details on the US Trial des Nations team for 2010 posted to the Trials and Enduro News blog: Trial des Nations Teams Announced

The 2010 men’s team — riding the International class this year — will feature Pat Smage, Cody Webb and Keith Wineland.

The Women’s Team, which finished eighth in the Women’s division last year, welcomes back the talents of Sarah Duke and Caroline Allen.

Patrick Smage pulls out of Junior World Trials Championship

Patrick Smage has a May 20 letter posted on Trials Central and on Ryan Young Products detailing his decision to not compete in any more rounds of the 2010 Junior World Trials Championship.

Patrick Smage I had more fun on this trip than I have had going to Europe in the past. But, to be perfectly honest, that isn’t saying much. Between the extremely long flights, down time between events, the different culture, not speaking the language, and pretty much everything else, I just do not enjoy it as much as I really wished I could…

Shan Moore first reported on Smage’s decision in a May 6 blog post on Trials and Enduro News:

As for Europe, Smage told me he didn’t enjoy the trip to Spain and Portugal and wasn’t planning on going back…

Smage finishes 2nd and 1st in Portugal; takes lead in Junior World Trials Championship series

Pat Smage in Portugal, Day 1 podium Pat Smage in Portugal
Pat Smage was clean both days of Round 2 of Junior World Trials Championship in Portugal this weekend. On Saturday (FIM press release on Trials Central), he finished 2nd due to a tie-breaker on time; on Sunday, he took first by 6 points, his first-ever win at the Junior World level. He now leads the series by one point over Spain’s Alfredo Gomez. The series resumes in Japan in early June.