2023 is going to be a huge year for Trial in South Australia, with a 14-event season spread from April to October, culminating with the running of the 2023 Australian Trial Championships at Eden Valley, which is also the main event of Trials Week SA 2023, meaning the whole of the Australian Trials community will be on SA soil at the end of September!
Before the Championships come to town though, there will be the usual array of events, but some with a new type of event as the Trial Sports Manager, Ella Peacock, mixes the season up to give it an exciting new feel for the coming year.
Says Ella, “Super excited for the trials season to start up again in the new year. The 2023 calendar has had a refresh with the addition of new events and formats! South Australia will also be hosting the Australian Trial Championships so we’ve got a packed year ahead!”
As always though, the Trials SA community will go all out to offer something for every level of rider, from 4 years of age and up, from the Novice to the Expert, competitive and non-competitive classes, and on 3 wheels as well as 2!
Bec Rees (Below)
The season will have its, now, traditional kick off at Victor Harbor for the Frank Tuck Trial, which will also be the opening round of the TROY Series SA 2023, and who knows, with all the rain that 2022 has seen, there may even be some damp spots on the waterfall section for the first time in many years!
The season will then head to two of the best known trials areas in SA, Tungkillo in the Adelaide Hills and Eden Valley, just north of the Barossa Valley for 2 TROY rounds, as well as 2 ‘special events’ on the calendar. The 48th running of the Peter Sparkes Trophy will lead it all off, followed by the Trials des Nations fundraiser trial which will be raising money for Team Australia to head overseas in September, with this part of the season rounded off by the 15th running of the SA Womens’ Cup & Diener/Holmes Sidecar Trophy and then The Max Graetz Trial.
The season really starts to ramp up in August as the countdown to Trials Week starts in earnest, first with the annual trek to the Southern Flinders for the undefeated ‘Event of the Year’, The Woolshed Trial at Mungeree, before heading to Robertstown for the first running of the SA 2 Day Trial, the final event before Trials Week kicks off.
Trials Week will start with the running of the AMX Superstores 2023 South Australian Trials Championships at Tungkillo, with onsite camping and a full set of classes to suit all riders – and – with 4 classes for juniors (2 boys and 2 girls), with SA being the only state to offer this!
Next up will be the mid-week event, the ‘Mid-week to the Xtreme’ Trial, being held at Mount Pleasant and hosted by the Juventus MCC, before the Trials community of Australia converge on Barina at Eden Valley for the running of the Vine Inn Barossa 2023 Australian Trial Championships, which will also include the 50th Australian Sidecar Championship – plus a heap of other highlights yet to be released.
Lucy Cowan (Below)
The season will then wrap up with the final round of TROY Series SA 2023 with a second trip to Robertstown to play in the ‘black mud’ before the end of season presentations at a new venue at Mount Osmond!
For all of the Trials SA need to know – head here;
And for Trials Week SA 2023;
2023 Pre-Season @ Mt Wingfield
Saturday January 21
Thursday February 9
Saturday February 25
Thursday March 8
Saturday March 25
Haiden Barwick (Below)
April 16 – The Frank Tuck Trial @ Victor Harbor (AJS) TROY 1
April 30 – 48th Peter Sparkes Trophy Trial @ Tungkillo (AJS)
May 14 – TdN Fundraiser Trial @ Eden Valley (Keyneton)
May 28 – Keep Ya Feet Up Gate Trial @ Tungkillo (Gawler)
June 4 – The Classic Trial @ Tungkillo (AJS) TROY 2
June 18 – SA Women’s Cup & Diener/ Holmes Sidecar Trophy@ Barossa (Keyneton)
July 23 – The Max Graetz Trial @ Tungkillo (Gawler) TROY 3
August 6 – The Non-Stop Trial @ TBA (TBA)
August 19/20 – The Woolshed Trial @ Mungeree (Team H & AJS) TROY 4
September 3/4 – The SA 2 Day Trial @ Robertstown (Velocette)
Trials Week SA 2023
September 27 – Mid-Week to the Xtreme Trial @ Mount Pleasant (Juventus)
September 30/October 1 – Vine Inn Barossa 2023 Australian Trial Championships @ Eden Valley (Keyneton)
October 14 – The Black Mud Trial @ Robertstown (Velocette) TROY 5
October 28 – 2023 Presentation Night @ Mount Osmond Golf Club
Come N Try Days
January 21 – Come N Try @ Wingfield
June 17 – Ladies Come N Try @ Barossa
August 19 – Come N Try @ Mungeree
Finn Cameron (Below) Ella Peacock (Above)
Steve Rees (Above)