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Cycle News 2017 Issue16 April 25

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F actory GasGas rider Bryan Roper won the 47th run- ning of the El Trial de Espana held at Motoventures in Anza, California, April 23, in conjunction with rounds eight and nine of the Southern California Trials Association's 2016/2017 Competition Calendar. Roper bested his team- mate Alex Niederer from Austria-via-Florida and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet from Oregon in a close and exciting battle. The "El Trial" first ran in 1970 as the brainchild of Fred Belair to entice elite-level competition, obstacles and preparation for American trials riders with the end goal of producing an American World Trials Champion. And it worked! In 1979 Bernie Schreiber topped the world. While Americans haven't topped the World Trials since, the El Trial has been instrumental in supporting the Ameri- can Trial des Nations teams. In an effort to rekindle the El Trial fire, and bring more IN THE WIND P52 ROPER WOWS 'EM AT EL TRIAL DE ESPANA PHOTOGRAPHY BY JESSE ZIEGLER The Ropers—father and son—celebrate Bryan's victory at this country's longest-living trials event. Bryan Roper gave the fans a show en route to victory at the 47th running of the El Trial de Espana.

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