MotoVentures to Host Annual El Trial de Espana Competition on April 13 & 14, 2019
MotoVentures is proud to be the new permanent home for the Annual El Trial de Espana, the second oldest annual motorcycle trials competition in America and the largest and most prestigious non-national event that is often held in conjunction with an AMA Trials National.
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year’s event. MotoVentures will also host the 50th annual ETDE on April 19, 2020, when we will also host two AMA national trials rounds on the Friday and Saturday before. “El Trial” is one of America’s oldest annual trials competitions where all the top riders vie for the prestigious silver Spanish sword trophy. This is a very spectator friendly event with sections near the pits. In 2018 Pat Smagge came out and showed everyone why he’s currently America’s top trials rider. He rode the entire day including the diabolical exhibition sections and did not get a single point. Simply amazing!
El Trial de Espana was started in 1970 by Argentina born Fred Belair because of his love for the sport and for his two sons who both grew up strong riding trials in America. In the early years Fred invited factory sponsored world trials champions from Spain to show the Americans how to ride trials. From that period emerged Bernie Schreiber, America’s only World Trials Champion in 1979. The event then became a fundraiser to support a team of top American trials riders to compete in the annual Trial Des Nations competition, the Olympics of trials.
El Trial is usually the final round of the Southern California Trials Association (SCTA) Championship season (go to SoCalTrials.com). At this event there are classes and awards for kids and a special class for the press. This spring classic follows a standard format every year: All classes compete on Saturday with three loops and 10 sections then all classes compete again on two loops of all new sections on Sunday morning. Then at noon on Sunday everyone spectates as the best trials riders in America compete on several tough exhibition sections located near the pits. The Pro-Shootout on Sunday is the hallmark of the event. Spectators will line these sections so close they could touch the competitors as they ride up and over seemingly impossible to ride natural terrain obstacles. At the end of the day the winner is awarded a stunningly-beautiful Spanish Sword as a perpetual trophy with all the previous winner’s names on it.