The 2016 U.S. Trial des Nations teams will travel to France to compete against the best trials riders in the world on Sept. 11. The event is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme, and the U.S. teams are organized by the American Motorcyclist Association and the North American Trials Council.
“As the sport of trials continues to grow in the United States, it’s important that our best riders seek out the world stage,” said AMA Director of Racing Bill Cumbow. “We’re proud of these AMA members who will challenge the world’s best.”
The men’s team includes three returning members from last year: Andrew Putt (Sherco), Bryan Roper (Sherco) and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet (Montesa). The alternate for the men’s team is Sam Fastle (Sherco).
The women’s team includes Madison Leigh (Scorpa), Kylee Sweeten (Sherco), and Sadie Webb (Beta). The women’s alternate is Laura Peters (Beta).
“We have an all-new women’s team this year and we are looking forward to see how they do,” Team Manager Todd Roper said.
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“As a team, we attempt to create the opportunity for our riders to be able to participate in the Trial des Nations in such a way that they can focus on what they do best — riding,” Roper said. “Sometimes the trip details and logistics can get in the way of the fun, so we try to help with as much as possible, including fundraising.”
For 2016, the FIM has made changes to the size of the Trial des Nations team. The men’s team will have three competitors, one less than before, and the women’s team will remain the same with three. There will be two minders, one team manager and one FIM delegate.