The Australian Trial des Nations team will this weekend head to Ibiza, an archipelago of Spain in the Mediterranean Sea.
Mckinnon’s teammates, Jenna Lupo and Lillie Yiatrou, Kyle Middleton, Chris Bayles and Connor Hogan all took part in last weekend’s final round of the FIM Trial World Championship in La Nucía in Spain.
The nine times Australian Trials Champion explained that the TdN should be a good experience as none of the Australian team have ridden in Ibiza before.
“Both the team and I are not too sure what to expect in terms of the terrain. However, personally, I’m really looking forward to it,” said Mckinnon.
On paper, the Ibiza terrain should be very grippy, which will suit the team as the Australian team is used to having a lot of grip, being such a dry country.
“The grippy conditions would be good us, as we are used to that sort of riding,” added the 34-year-old.
“Long as it’s not muddy, like last year as that didn’t suit our type of riding. If its dry and grippy, that will work in our favor.”
With the rest of the team taking part in last weekend’s World Championship, it would definitely have prepped the Aussie team ahead of this weekend’s TdN.
Mckinnon explained; “Last weekend would have a been a really good learning experience for them all. Competing over there at a world level is something which we don’t get to do, in terms of riding the no stop trials stuff. It’s been really good for the team to get over there and ride the European style rules.”
What you need to know:
Official practice Friday: 27th and Saturday 28th September
Start of Trial: 9.00am Sunday 29th September (with first lap = 2hr45m and second lap = 2hr15m)
Stats that matter:
- This will be the 28th year that the Men’s Team have represented Australia, with 2019 being the 26th consecutive year
- This will be Kyle Middleton’s 11th time representing Australia – equaling the most times for an Australian Male
- This is the fourth time the team have ridden together as a team – Kyle Middleton, Chris Bayles and Connor Hogan
- This is the fifth year our Male team have ridden in Spain for the TdN
- Highest place for males is first place in 2017 in Spain
- Last year the Australian males team finished sixth in the Czech Republic
- This will be Kristie McKinnon’s 11th time representing Australia – the most times for any Australian Female trials rider
- This year will be the 13th year that the Women’s Team have represented Australia, with this being the 12th consecutive year
- This will be the first time our Female team have ridden together as a team – Kristie McKinnon, Jenna Lupo and Lillie Yiatrou
- This is the second year our Female team have ridden in Spain for the TdN
- Highest place for females has been sixth in France and Andorra
- Last year the Female team finished eighth in the Czech Republic