“The Trial des Nations (TdN for short) was conceived in Europe in 1983 as a sort
of “Olympics” of trials motor sports. The intent was to bring the best trials riders
from each country together to compete as a team rather than individually. This TdN
is the pinnacle of trials competition and is held after the last round of the World
Championship Trials Series.
There are both Men's and Women's teams, and each country picks teams consisting of
four men and three women. These individuals are typically the top ranked riders in
their country. The scoring is based on the team total with the best 3 total scores
counted for the men and best 2 for the women. The individual scores are intentionally
not made public to genuinely encourage team effort.
Each year, the TdN is hosted by a different country. Each host country feels a tremendous
amount of honor and pride knowing that they are hosting the best of the best in the
trials world. Even countries that do not compete in the World Championship Series
make a special effort to attend this prestigious event.
The organizing body, the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), made a
very significant change in 1995. They recognized that they could not grow the sport
having only a single-competition class structure, given that the majority of entrants
were not professional trials riders. The FIM added a second, less competitive class
called the “B” class, with the “A” class being intended for the top riders of the
world. There are typically 9 countries entered in this prestigious “A” class, and
about 14 countries in the “B” class.
The FIM’s addition of this second class allowed the majority of the countries' teams
to compete on a more level field, with individuals of similar abilities. The American
team moved into this class in 1995. Then, after a successful year in 2007, the American
team was moved into the premier “A” class. America’s team climbed closer to the podium
in 2007 with an all-time best finish of 6th place.”
Over the years several RMTA members have competed in the Trials des Nations as members
of the Team USA. Beginning in 1984 -
Morgan Kavanaugh - 1984, 1985
Mark Manniko - 1985, 1987, 1988, 1989 & 1990
Nicole Bradford - 2003, 2004, 2005
Kerrie Brokaw - 2003
Keith Wineland - 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
Sarah Duke - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that the USA Team includes several other people
as well - the team manager and minders/mechanics. Zach Clement & Al Duke of RMTA
have supported our riders through their efforts as minders/mechanics in several Trials
Participating in an event like the Trials des Nations is very expensive. Fund raising
efforts are happening all over the USA to help our team members.
If you would like to make a donation, please do so Please Contact Natac at http://mototrials.us