These 2009 World Championships will take place between the 1st and the 9th of September in the Australian capital, Canberra, which is situated between Sydney and Melbourne. Surrounded by hills and in the middle of the bush (which sometimes means that you can see kangaroos in the city), Canberra promises to be a very memorable event indeed !
The man who is keeping the reels spinning for the Observed Trials World Championships, Craig Pearce (Competitions Manager & Race Director, former Australian Champion) tells us more about the biggest event of the year...
How many sections?
There are 8 locations and in each location there are 2 sections roughly so that when it comes to set the sections there 10 times mores lines through them to choose. Peter Fisch is very happy with the layout of the sections.
What type of sections?
3 natural sections ( rocks and logs) 2 concrete pipe sections 1 pallet section 1 man made timber section (spools and bundles of wood)
What kind of weather condition can we expect for the riders, at this time of the year?
Temperature ranges from 7 degrees to 18 degrees but if there is snow on the brindabellas the chill factor is about 3 or 4 degrees
Is trials popular in Australia?
It is not as big we would like it to be but there a a lot of riders in Sydney and Melbourne and a few in Queensland.
Do you think there will be some media coverage of the trials competition?
Yes nationally and internationally coverage !
Have you already seen the top world riders before?
Yes in Rotorua 2006 Champs...
Who are the National Champions of Australia ?
Joe Brewer in 26 inch & Jack Mullaly in 20 inch.
How many riders from Australia will compete ?
After the excellent photos of the monstrous imported rocks by Warren Hudson (The Canberra Sections), here are some pics of the wooden obstables, taken a few days ago by Catarina Axelsson (pictures are coming from the Facebook page of the World Championship, where you can find more about the event)...
Kleat Wilson is part of the team who has constructed the Trials course in Stromlo Forest Park. Here he is showing us and the media how to ride it.
Kenny Belaey is in the place, being interviewed by Canberra media.
Trail course builder (and rider!) Craig Pearce, sharing some local knowledge
Peter Fisch from the UCI, inspecting part of the Trials course/the roof of the Trials office ...