Entries open this coming Wednesday (7 June) for this year’s FIM Trial Des Nations and FIM Trial Vintage Trophy events that will be staged over the weekend of 8-10 September at Auron in France.

The TDN will feature the main World Championship classes for men and women along with the International Trophy category and for the second consecutive year the Challenge des Nations, a mixed-gender competition for younger riders.

The 2023 Trial Vintage Trophy will be building on a very successful inaugural event at Monza last season. There will be two main pieces of silverware up for grabs – the FIM Trial Vintage Trophy for best overall performance on a vintage motorcycle and the FIM Trial Vintage Motorcycle Trophy for best performance on an authentic vintage motorcycle.

France’s Philippe Berlatier – a former top-flight rider and five-time winner of the TDN – won both trophies last year on his immaculate 1981 Bultaco Sherpa 340 and he will be back to defend his titles four decades after his debut FIM Trial World Championship podium finish.

Once again there will be a less demanding green support class route running outside the official classification of the FIM Trial Vintage Trophy and there will also be an exhibition of vintage trial machines and a cocktail dinner.

This year the Trial Vintage Trophy will run over two days on the Friday and Saturday (8-9 September) with two laps of twelve sections – designed by a trial vintage specialist – each day, so a total of forty-eight sections all laid out in the beautiful Alpes-Maritimes around 100km north of Nice, making it an ideal location for anyone planning a visit to the French Riviera.