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5 Times Australian Champ and local gun accept wildcard rides for X Trial 2018.

HBF Stadium-Sunday the 18th March 2018

  • 22 February 2018
  • Posted By: Linda
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5 Times Australian Champ and local gun accept wildcard rides for X Trial 2018.
Colin Zarczynski and Craig Austin have accepted wildcard positions to ride X Trial 2018, at HBF Stadium on Sunday the 18th of March 2018.

The 5 times outdoor Australian Champion Colin Zarczynski, needed an operation on his ankle last year, which ruled him out of the 2017 Australian Outdoor Championships.  The Championships are the qualifying event for X Trial, from which the top 6 riders gain an automatic invite to X Trial.  “My recovery was painfully slow.  When they removed the cast and I saw the calf muscle had disappeared, I knew the season was over.” said Zarczynski.  “I fell a little nervous coming into X Trial after the biggest break in my riding career but I am looking forward to the challenge.”

Local gun Craig Austin also accepted a wildcard ride due to his place in the 2017 WA State Championships.  The WA number 3 said, “I had a good season last year but, it wasn't good enough in my mind, so over this summer I have put in more time and I am feeling on good form.”  

X Trial organiser Neil Price said on the wildcard selection criteria, “It is really valuable, we keep one place for the best local rider, which puts more emphasis and value on state championship events, as its essentially a selection event for X Trial.  As happened here in WA the state #1 was already selected.  Then there was some real pressure on Craig and another local gun Jake Kearns at last year’s state champs to perform as they knew an invite was likely there for the taking”.

The second wildcard place is kept open to the organisers discretion,” When we heard Colin wasn't riding the Aussies we knew he had to get one of the spots.” continued Price. “Colin is one of those solid performers who is always there, he is a fighter event when the cards are against him.  We also couldn't run without last year’s runner up when he was so close to winning.  The rivalry between Colin and X Trial 2017 Champion Kyle Middleton always ensures a great tussle.”

Event Date and Times
Sunday 18th March 2018
Pit Party 10am – 1pm
Main Event 1pm - 4:30pm

Tickets available at Ticketmaster.

Ticketing Link - X Trial 2018

Ticket Prices
Adults $47 – Kids $27 – VIP $117 (3 course meal and 3hrs drinks service)  
Transaction and delivery fees may apply.
More information about the event and ticket sales can be found on X Trial’s website, or see for event updates.

Neil and the other X Trial Australian Championship riders are available for interview, photo shoots and demonstrations prior to the event.  More Photo and Video also available.  
For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact X Trial Publicist Dixie Battersby on 0413 382 201 or

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