AMA congratulates U.S. Trial des Nations team on podium finish
September 11, 2013
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The
American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the U.S. riders who competed at
the annual FIM Trial des Nations world championship. On Sept. 7-8 in La Chatre,
France, the U.S. men's team finished an impressive third in the International
Trophy division at the event, while the U.S. women's team also represented
America well, finishing seventh.
The U.S. men's team, which competed in the International Trophy division and
finished behind Germany and the Czech Republic, included Pat Smage from
Wisconsin, Bryan Roper from Arizona, Ray Peters from New Mexico and Eric Storz
from California. For the U.S. women's team, the competitors were Caroline Allen
from Massachusetts, Caroline Altman from Maine and Rachel Hassler from New
"This was a great showing by the U.S. team in France," said AMA
Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. "We haven't done this well since we won the
International Trophy division in 2005. It's an honor to compete against the
world's best teams. By doing so and showcasing our riders among the sport's superstars,
we help elevate and grow the sport in this country."
The U.S. Trials des Nations team was managed by Todd Roper.
"Our teams did awesome!" Roper said. "The riders were very
excited about their performance, and all of them definitely represented the USA
well. This was a great experience for the entire team, and we're already
looking forward to next year."
In addition to the International Trophy division, the select teams compete in
the World Championship division at the FIM Trial des Nations. Spain, for the
10th time in a row, won the FIM World Championship by a dominating 89 points
over runner-up Great Britain.
The sport of trials involves riders navigating their motorcycles over seemingly
impossible terrain. The FIM Trial des Nations began in Europe in 1983 as a way
to bring the best trials riders from each country together to compete as teams,
and it has evolved into one of the most anticipated motorcycle events of the
year. Each competing country fields two teams: a men's team consisting of four
riders and a women's team consisting of three riders.
The German (first), Czech Republic (second) and U.S. teams on the International Trophy podium at the 2013 FIM Trial des Nations, held in La Chatre, France.
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