All posts by Dan Brown

Winter Training with Chris Florin

Experienced trials riders won’t want to miss the chance to spend 3 days training with top Pro rider and TTC-sponsored Chris Florin on Dec. 28-30. This is a Tues-Wed-Thur class during the holiday week between Christmas and New Years, and would make a great Christmas gift for the trials enthusiast in the family!

The 3 day class costs $300, and class size is limited! Part of the proceeds will go to help sponsor Chris as he takes on the nationals in 2005 on the new 4 stroke Montesa. Accomodations are available in the TTC lodge, cabins, or campground. Contact us to reserve your spot.

Updated note: several people have asked about the term “experienced” which is meant to imply that the riders attending are beyond the beginner level. The training is NOT limited to Adv/Expert riders. We will have some beginner/novice riders at the TTC that week, and Charlie Roberts will be instructing them.

For more info about Chris Florin or the new 4 stroke Montesa, check out U.S. Montesa.

TTC Events for 2005

The Events page has been updated with the 2005 schedule for TTC hosted events.

Note that trials classes are ongoing all the time for small groups; specific class dates are not listed other than for special classes like the Chris Florin Winter Training Session.

Contact Us to schedule a small class.

2005 Events are:

  • March 19/20 Trials Training Days (signup online soon)
  • April 16/17 AMA/NATC National Championship Rounds 3 & 4 (pre-enter via NATC)
  • April 23/24 AHRMA Vintage Trials: National Rally and Competition
  • May ??? Southern Woods Riders Dual Sport Ride (signup via SWR)
  • June 26 – July 1 Summer Family Trials Camp (signup online soon)
  • July 2-4 AMA/NATC Youth Trials National Championships and U.S. Women’s Open (pre-entry online soon)
  • July 9 NATs National Championship Bicycle Trial (tentative – signup via NATS)
  • July 23/24 STRA Vintage Trial and CTC Fun Trial (date is tentative)
  • Oct. 22/23 STRA Fall Trial, the 13th Annual 58k (date is tentative)


Looks to be a busy year at TTC in 2005!

Bruce LeRiche, new TTC pro/instructor

I’m pleased to announce on behalf of TTC and Sherco USA that Bruce LeRiche will be riding the Sherco blue bikes in the 2005 AMA/NATC Motorcycle Trials National Championship series.

Bruce is a former national champion in South Africa and competed for the first time in America during 2004 with a 5th place finish overall in the championships. Bruce and his brother Brent (a.k.a, “the lads”) impressed many American trials enthusiasts with their spectacular riding style as well as their polite and friendly personalities, and are a welcome addition to the North American trials scene.

When not competing at the nationals and southeastern (STRA) trials events, Bruce will serve as the local pro and full time riding instructor here at the TTC.

Bruce LeRiche practicing with World Champ Tommi Ahvala last summer at TTC

I would like to thank Ray Peters for his great work during his tenure as the resident Pro here at the Trials Training Center during the last year and a half. Although retiring from the Pro class in the nationals, Ray will still be actively riding and competing in the sport he loves as he moves on to a career outside of trials. He is planning to remain in the Chattanooga area and we hope to have Ray continue to help with instruction and activities at the TTC when his schedule permits. Use our Contact Us form if you’d like to contact Ray via email and we’ll forward your note to him.

National Championships News

Big News for TTC from the NATC meeting is that our National in 2004 was awarded the best national championship trial of the year as per voting of the riders! Big congratulations to STRA and all the folks who helped make it a great success.

In 2005 we will host rounds 3 and 4 during the weekend of April 16/17, as well as the Youth National Championships on July 2-4. The NATC schedule for 2005 is:
April 9/10 Muenster, TX
April 16/17 TTC, Sequatchie, TN
May 14/15 Canon City, CO
May 20/21 Reed Valley, CA
July 2-4, Youth Nationals at TTC, Sequatchie, TN
July 30/31 Highgate, VT
Aug. 6/7 Alma, NY

For more information and pre-entry forms (available soon), visit the NATC website.

Pre-entry info for the Youth Nationals will be available on this website. We will also host the family summer camp during the week of June 27 – July 1 prior to the Youth Nationals. Tentative plans for the Trials Training Days are to host this event on March 19/20.

12th Annual Fall STRA Championship Trial – Oct 16-17

The flyer for the Oct. 16/17 event (the “58k”) is up (link below). This is our big annual fall trial an we expect a good turnout. Hope many of you outside the STRA can make it.

Also note that we will have a special one day training session on Friday, Oct. 15 for anyone interested. This will not be a regular class with an established agenda, but rather be organized more as a day long coaching session, with practice in sections and individualized coaching to correct mistakes and work on technique. Cost is $90/person and includes lunch. We’ll start at 9AM CDT and go until ??? Both Charlie and Ray will be available for coaching, but space is limited so that we emphasize individual attention and coaching. Call or email via the website if interested to reserve a spot.
View/download this PDF of the STRA flyer:

How 2 Hop: Video Clips

The TTC has been doing a series on riding techniques and tips for Trials Competition Magazine, and Shan Moore says his readers have really enjoyed them. So, as an added feature we have started to make some video clips to accompany the articles and provide them on our website for everyone to enjoy.

This month’s article is on “How to Hop Like a Springbuck” featuring our own South African bucks (Bruce & Brent LeRiche) demonstrating their bouncing skills on a trials bike. The text of the article is reprinted, but instead of the photos from the magazine we have added video clips. I believe that this month Shan is printing the front wheel hop, with the rear technique to come next month. Future months will include splatters, drop offs, and double blips.

The video clips on the hopping page range in size from 1.5 mb to 6 mb. Check it out! Be sure to scroll to the bottom and see how Bruce uses these techniques to maneuver along a series of logs.

Visit the TTC How to Hop Like a Springbuck page.