Trials Training Days 2007: photo album and a report

It’s been a great weekend at Trials Training Days this year, with about 115 riders attending. Much thanks to all the instructors, to RYP and the gang in the Sherco pitstop who were very busy repairing bikes all weekend, to GasGas and Beta who co-sponsored the BBQ, and especially to Catherine and the hard working staff of TTC for another fantastic event.

(Over 4 dozen photos are now posted in the TTD 2007 album.)

Weather has been unusually warm & dry and the traction was exceptionally good on Saturday. The hillclimbs and ledges were very popular & everybody felt like a great hero. All the Pro’s in attendance (Bruce LeRiche, Chris Florin, Pat Smage, Will Ibsen, Andrew Blane, and former pro and 6-times champ Ryan Young) put on an entertaining demo at lunchtime and Chris Florin stole the show with a spectacular hillclimb topped by a flying leap across a 10′ gap to a big splatter wall.

Yours truly, Dan Brown, lead an adventure ride to waterfalls and the far corners of the 600+ acres with a group of about 15-20 riders, many of whom actually returned. We’ll send out a search party sometime next week to look for survivors and recover remains of the others.

Saturday night brought a much needed rain to Tennessee and greatly improved the conditions for working on making traction in slippery conditions, and in the rocky creek splash where Jim Zuroske & Ron Lee were coaching.

Nice workshop on suspension setup after the Saturday night BBQ with Mike Harker of RYP/Scorpa and GasGas Pro Chris Florin. Campfires and tall tales continued well into the evening.

On Sunday the big rumor was circulating about the return of Fantic to the World Trials Championship, with Tommi Ahvala doing development work by riding the new bike in the U.S. Nationals!

Another fantastic weekend at Training Days, and a big time was had by all.

Podcast – On the Pegs: Motorcycle Trials World Radio (#04)


Show #4 of On the Pegs, Motorcycle Trials World Radio includes:

  • 0-4:45: Opening remarks with show host, yours truly
  • 4:45-17:30: News with OTP managing editor Dan Brown


  • 17:30-28:00: Local club interview with Cliff Tucker, Rocky Mountain Trials Association (photo of Cliff coming soon)
  • 28:00-39:00: Pro rider interview: Chris Florin
  • 39:00-43:30: Pro rider interview: Keith Wineland
    Chris Florin and Keith Wineland at Florida’s Fun in the Sun regional earlier this month; photo by Jean Florin; click to enlarge; more photos and results here on Trials Central
  • 43:30-49:30: Pro rider interview: Andrew Blane
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