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.
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:
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.