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Schedule of Trials Training Center events for 2008

  • March 29/30, Trials Training Days (2 day Instructional)
  • April 26/27, USGP World Trials Competition (2 days of Competition)
  • May 17/18, Vintage and Modern Trials Competition (1 day Vintage Trials Competition, 1 day Modern Trials Competition)
  • June 29-July 2, Family Camp
  • July 3-5, Youth National & U.S. Women’s Open Competition
  • July 5, U.S. Indoor National Championship Competition, Camp Jordan Arena, Chattanooga, TN
  • October 18/19, Fall Trial and AMA Regional Trial Competition (2 day Modern Trials Competition)

Remaining classes for 2007

Looking to sharpen up your riding skills before or after the holidays? Take a trials or crosstraining class here at the TTC:

  • November 16/17
    X-training 101: Instructor: Andrew Blane, 1 space available
  • November 23/24
    (Women’s Only) Instructor: Louise Forsley; Space Available
  • November 23/24
    (Mini-Training Days) Instructors: Andrew Blane, Alex Bedley, Charlie Roberts, others; Space Available
  • December 8/9
    X-training 101: Instructor: Andrew Blane, 5 spaces available
  • December 27/28
    Instructor: Alex Bedley, 4 spaces available

Please Contact Us to schedule your reservation for any of the classes listed. If we don’t have your available date posted, we can schedule a class for you.

Thanksgiving Training Days and Women-Only Class – Fri/Sat, Nov. 23-24, 2007

The TTC is having a special trials training clinic during the Thanksgiving weekend for riders of all skill levels. There will be two separate days of training with professional riding coaches to help you improve your skills and have a great time doing it.

The format will follow a sort of mini training days setup and will include series of practice sections, each designed to test specific skills such as hills and camber, rock steps, rocky creek beds, etc. Each section will include lines for a variety of skill levels. An instructor will be posted at each section to demonstrate techniques, help riders pick lines, encourage and coach riders in the proper techniques, and identify problems and correct riding form. Riders will move as a group from section to section to practice a variety of skills and different terrain.

Women-Only Class: Womens national champ and World #9 Louise Forseley will conduct a special training class for women only, proceeds to help Louise with travel expenses to compete in Europe next year!

Louise will work with the women-only group for this two day period and demonstrate the skills and determination she has used to improve to the top woman rider in America.

See our PDF flyer for more, then contact us to reserve your spot and/or for camping or cabin reservations.

STRA 15th Annual Fall Trial, the 58k

Last weekend was perfect weather for the 15th Annual edition of the STRA 58k Trial at TTC. Cool and clear and dry, actually it has never been so dry here, and some of the hill sections got slippery from the dust! A great time was had by all, with around 70 riders each day.

Local Pro rider Will Ibsen had dominating wins both days in the champ class, riding his new GasGas in competition for the first time. National enduro champ Russell Bobbitt came out for a bit of work on his technical riding skills and competed in the expert class. Several novice-only sections were included so that newer riders weren’t subjected to some of the more difficult parts of the loop, thanks to James Thompson for helping out with scoring on those sections. We also had a fun time with the kids trial, with 5 separate sections for them. Grandson Joey showed great form on the little Xispa (I have to brag a little).

Thanks to Charlie & Alex for setting some fun sections, to Catherine for managing things as efficiently as ever, to Andrew for cleanup of the campground and old sections, to Ashley & Vaughn for the always wonderful burgers, and to all the STRA folks who helped observe. Look forward to the final STRA round in Gadsden on Nov. 10/11!

Trials des Nations Teams finish 6th

Congratulations to the U.S. Men’s and Women’s TDN teams, each of whom had an excellent result and finished 6th overall in the 2007 Trials des Nations held at the Isle of Man. Our men’s team has a very youthful look, with veteran Chris Florin (GasGas) leading three teenagers including Cody Webb (Sherco) and newcomers Pat Smage (Sherco) and Will Ibsen (Scorpa). The U.S. Women’s team was represented by Louise Forsley (Sherco) and Sara Duke (GasGas).

See the FIM reports on the Men’s results and Women’s results on Trials Central.

Photo by Bill Ibsen. Click to enlarge.

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.