Expatriate Welshman and local motorcycle identity Taffy Williams was the driving force behind the Motor Cycle Club of Canberra’s decision to promote Trials in 1970. Their first Open Trial was conducted in 1971 at Whiterocks just outside Queanbeyan.
Rounds of the NSW Trials Championships were run in 1976, and then every year from 1978 to the present. The Club also ran an extremely successful Australian Observed Trials Championship in 1979 in Stromlo Forest.
The entire Trials membership of the MCC of Canberra decided to form a specialist Trials club and on the 1st July 1984 the Trials Club of Canberra Inc. assumed the mantle of Observed Trials promoter in the Canberra region.
TCC currently runs 6 Club Trials and 2 Open Trials during a season running from March through to November. The venues range from Murringo, near Young, to Nimmitabel, near Cooma, and are provided through the generosity of local landholders. TCC’s biggest problem has always been the lack of a legal permanent practice area since ACT Forests closed the Stromlo Trail Bike Area.
A feature event at one of our Open Trials each year is the Womens Cup, and in 2011 TCC will be promoting the 10th Anniversary Womens Cup.
TCC is also involved in running a Junior Coaching Program event early each season so that our Juniors may retain their Junior Competition Licence. To this end the club now has five accredited Coaches within its membership.
With the Licenced Officials program kicking off in 1994 the club has encouraged many members to obtain their Officials licence. TCC Life Member Trevor Bennett has been an Officials seminar presenter for MNSW since 1997. The Club currently has a number of Level 1 to Level 4 Licenced Moto Trials Officials in its ranks.
Riders from the Trials Club of Canberra have competed at every Australian Trials Championship since 1984.
In the 2010 Australian Moto Trials Championships at Mt Tamborine in Queensland, Michelle Coleman won the Womens Championship. TCC had 20 members competing, as well as 5 Minders, 4 Observers, and the Clerk of Course.
TCC has always been very much a family orientated club with a strong Junior contingent. This is reflected in the ten NSW Junior Trials Championship victories since 1984.
In the 2010 NSW Championships, Michelle Coleman won the Womens Class, JJ Chellas won the Open Junior Class and Joe Henderson won the Post Classic Class.
TCC members have represented Australia in both Mens and Womens TdN Teams, as well as the Australian Team in the Oceania Trial previously known as the Trans Tasman Shield.