On The Pegs May 2018 - Volume 3 - Issue 5 - Page 99

On The Pegs Vol. 3 Issue 5 - May 2018 P 99 Big Rocks, Big Drops and Big Cheers 48th El Trial De España Anza, California, April 14-15, 2018 Story and Photos By Bob Theobald A pril 14-15, 2018 brought on the 48th running of the El Trial De España hosted by the SoCal Trials Association. Held at the MotoVentures/DirtFirst Train- ing Center in Anza California, riders were greeted with excellent sunny California weather. This year’s event brought out some big guns and young guns for the Pro shootout. 9-time National Champion Pat Smage wanted to get his name on the trophy for a second time and 16-year-old Josh Roper made his first attempt. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet, now rid- ing for Gas Gas, entered the battle and Alex Niederer joined in after making the drive across the I-10 from Florida. The two day is very spectator friendly. The Pro riders complete one loop on the main course, and then use those scores to determine the seeding for the “El Trial” Pro Shootout on Saturday afternoon. They then finish up with 3 loops on Sunday morning and the overall score crowns the champion.