Trials

Riders hop, hook and wheel jump their way up, down and over purpose-built obstacles designed to test the extremes of bicycle-based agility and technical skill.

Dates: 09 - 12 August 2023

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A rider uses their leg as a counterweight to balance on a wooden obstacle

Overview

Riders hop, hook and wheel jump their way up, down and over purpose-built obstacles designed to test the extremes of bicycle-based agility and technical skill.

Bike handling is everything as they compete for “clean” rounds where they conquer rocks, blocks and more without ever putting a foot on the floor.

How it works

When the riders face the course at Kelvingrove Park, the name of the game is flawless execution.

Riders must follow the arrows, stay within the line and keep their feet on the pedals! Riders have 2 minutes per section to be as precise as possible as they overcome set obstacles.

The concept is simple: cross the gates “clean” without setting any feet or part of the bike on the ground, except the rubber of the tires.

Every mistake - like falling, feet touching the ground (known as a “penalty”), or re-establishing balance with the use of hands or arms - incurs penalty points.

Riders have to try collect 10 points at every gate crossed "clean”. 60 points is the best possible score per section, 300 per lap is superb!

The rider with the highest score is the winner!

The moves the riders pull off have to be seen to be believed. So make sure you’re at Kelvingrove Park to witness a true cycling spectacle.

Kelvingrove Park

Kelvingrove Park,
Glasgow.
G3 7SE.

Current UCI World Champions

2021 Season

Vera Baron
ESP

Vera Baron

Women Elite - Open

Jack  Carthy
GBR

Jack Carthy

Men Elite - 26 inch

Borja Conejos
ESP

Borja Conejos

Men Elite - 20 inch

Daniel CEGARRA MOLTO
ESP

Daniel CEGARRA MOLTO

Men Junior - 26 inch

Marti RIERA ROURA
ESP

Marti RIERA ROURA

Men Junior - 20 inch

Trials rider surrounded by a green brushstroke

Fun Facts!

  • There are two main wheel types: 20” wheels give more control while 26 inchers have more speed.
  • For maximum control, Trial bikes have powerful brakes, wide handlebars, low tyre pressure and no saddles.

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