With just two months to go, the Trialsworld Grand Prix Great Britain is without doubt already the most important event in the 2005 UK trials calendar, however it has now become an even more special occasion for British trials fans. This is due to the fact that Steve Colley, who remains a great favourite amongst the British public, has just announced that this will be his last ever competitive ride at this level. At the age of thirty three years old, Colley is a veteran campaigner on the World circuit and over a decade and a half has become well known for his flamboyant riding style and his showman approach to the sport.
"After fifteen years of World championship trials, I have finally decided to call it a day as far as riding at this level of the sport goes. I sat down with the guys at Gas Gas and we decided that there could be no better place to say goodbye to this part of my sporting career. I am sure it is going to be a very emotional weekend for me, as the World championship has been such a big part of my life for so long." Commented Colley.
"Throughout my riding career I have had an excellent relationship with the British trials fans and I have always tried to give them something back for their loyal support. Any sportsman will tell you that there is no better feeling than riding at the top of your game in front of a home crowd, the buzz is tremendous and it certainly gives you an extra advantage. Different riders use that support in different ways, but I think it would be fair to say that I have never been shy when it came to expressing my appreciation. Although in hindsight that approach is not always good for your results." Continued Colley.
"Realistically, unless a miracle happens I know I am not going to win at Hawkstone, but I will certainly be giving it my all and all I can hope is that I get a reasonable result that does justice to both me and my fans. Even though it is going to mark the end of an era for me, I can't tell you just how excited I am about riding at Hawkstone as it is a truly World class venue and I am sure that there are going to be some great sections. Anyway it is going to be the biggest trial in the UK this year and I am going to be part of it, so that is certainly something to look forward to." Concluded Colley.
Steve Colley will have a busy weekend as in addition to his competition schedule, he will also be performing two demonstrations during Saturday afternoon as he switches from sportsman to showman once again. In a separate area close to the main paddock Colley with strut his stuff over a specially designed course that will allow him to show his skills both on two wheels and on his now famous one wheel bike.