Let’s be honest – trials tutorials can sometimes be boring, so avoiding that normal kind of format when this series was made was top of the list of requirements.
With twelve World titles and thirteen Scottish Six Days victories – Jitsie ambassador Dougie Lampkin needs no further introduction. Over his thirty-year career Dougie has ridden every type of terrain and section that you can imagine, which makes him more than qualified to take up the role of being the ultimate professor of trial. Willing and ready to share both his skill and knowledge Dougie went on the search for the perfect pupil.
Perhaps better known in the World of MTB than trials, Rob Warner is more than capable when it comes to twisting the throttle and controlling the clutch. Rob made his name in the mountain bike scene by becoming the first British rider to win a round of the UCI MTB World Cup in 1996 and taking three UK titles. In more recent years along with his trialing exploits Rob has become the voice of downhill MTB much due to his unharnessed passion and unique commentating style.
So, take Dougie and Rob and put them in trials paradise at the incredible Inch Perfect venue in northern England and you have all the ingredients in place for some fun learning and a series of tutorials, the likes of which have never been seen before. Who knew learning could be so hilarious?
1. How to ‘Roots & Cambered turns’
Not used to the rocky northern terrain, Rob is more comfortable on the bankings and tree roots and is therefore confident when it comes to this section. Packed with plenty of banter initially it is difficult to understand who is actually the teacher as Rob isn’t scared to share his own trials wisdom with the man who is meant to be his master. Dougie takes the advice in his stride and still shows Rob just how it should be done in this ‘southern section’.
2. How to ‘Loose Riverbeds’
With a hint of Scottish Six Days about this section Rob is keen to learn from a man who is the undisputed champion when it comes to navigating loose riverbeds. Despite the simple appearance of this traditional British hazard, it proves to be a real test for Rob as he is undecided which gear is going to be best if he is going to clean it before it comes dark. Dougie remains as patient as ever with his pupil, that sometimes thinks he knows best.
3. How to ‘Dry Large Rocks’
Dougie introduces Rob to the ‘trials paradise’ area at the Inch Perfect venue, which can best be described as Toni Bou’s playground and is far away from the muddy banking and handlebar width trees that Mr Warner is more used to. One of the most technical sections in the series Dougie explains the dos and don’ts of tackling this indoor style hazard. Reaching the summit of the final rocky staircase represents real progress for Rob.
4. How To ‘Off Camber‘
Rob’s moment to shine has come as Dougie takes him to one of the steeper hills at Inch Perfect Trials to show him how to take on off camber banks. An epic tutorial with full throttle action in 3rd gear and mud flying everywhere. Does Rob make it up to the top?
5. How to ‘Rocky Stream‘
6. How to ‘Streams & Bankings‘