The TTC is hosting a Gate Trial on Saturday, June 29, the weekend of the Youth Nationals and Women’s Open. It’s a FUNDRAISER for the USA Trial Des Nations team.
The Trial des Nations is the annual team world championship event in the sport of trials. The United States participates and the U.S. trials community extends significant support toward the U.S. team effort.
What is a Gate Trial?
A Gate Trial is a unique and very fun trial where you actually try to get as many points as possible!
How Does it Work?
Team Leaders are selected by the Promoter and then a ‘Sandlot Selection’ process creates 5 teams. Each Team rides as a group, and the group rides every section twice before moving on to the next section. There are 5 sections and you only ride one loop, so the team has exactly 10 chances to gain points! The team with the MOST points wins!
How do you Gain Points?
Each section has a series of “gates” and each gate has a point value. If a rider dabs between gates, they loose all of the points they have accumulated in that section. Completing every gate is not required. It is perfectly acceptable to ride only the gates you think you can clean. However, the more gates completed without dabs, the more points the rider obtains.
Extra Perk: Top Riders and Team Leaders usually give tips and advice to less experienced riders so that they can clean more gates and get more points for the team. You get to ride with some of your Pro-Rider Trial Heroes, and learn from the best!
What does it cost to participate?
We ask for a donation to the team as your Entry Fee. Your donation helps the team with expenses as they represent the USA in international trials competitions. See more about the USA Trial Des Nations team here.
NOTE: Adults who are attending Family Camp with their children may also register and participate in the instructional clinics. This could especially be beneficial for those adults competing as Amateurs in this year’s TKO during the weekend of August 16-18.
Family Camp afternoons are devoted to fun activities that don’t involve motorcycles. Examples: Pass the Cup of Water Game, water slide acrobatics, water gun fights, ice cream socials, and outings to nearby tourist attractions.
We also have some fun art projects planned for this year’s Family Camp. Campers should bring clothes you don’t mind getting paint on and provide us with your shirt size!
Here’s the latest news from the TTC about this year’s TTD:
Rental Bikes and Bikes for Sale
We are getting a greater than normal call for rental trials motorcycles for this year so if anyone has an extra bike they would want to rent out, they should post it on the TTC Facebook page, or contact us. The TTC is not involved with any rental transactions, but we have a rental checklist that people can use. Off-road bikes are also welcome.
Anyone registered for TTD who has a motorcycle for sale can bring their bike to display, but the TTC accepts no responsibility for the transaction or their bike.
Jerome’s Fine Swine and BBQ will be doing concessions for Trials Training Days! Stop at the TTC pavilion for Black Angus hamburgers and hotdogs for lunch, and mouth-watering BBQ plates for dinner.
Good Girl Goodies will have breakfast breads and muffins as well as desserts, and they always sell out. They take requests and orders in advance so you can order your breakfast bread, muffins, or brownies now, and have them waiting for you when you get there.
And yes, there will be coffee!
NEW FOR 2019
Friday night Check-in, Session Sign-Up, & ‘Drop-In’ Instructor Meet & Greet, 6-8:00 pm, March 29
Check in at the TTC pavilion to get your rider armband and map. While you are there you can sign up for your sessions and socialize with some of the nation’s top riders and instructors while you choose your sessions. It’s the perfect time for those off-the-wall questions and making new trials friends.
Confirmed instructors (in no particular order) include: Pat Smage, Hannah Smage, Ryan Young, Sam Fastle, Quinn Wentzel, Kylee Sweeten, Ray Peters, Laura Peters, Jesse Wellenstein, Jay Gregorowicz, Alex Niederer, Mitch Littlefield, David Roper, Danny Trainer, Alan Shirley, Bob Ginder, Dustin Ginder, Ron Lee, Gary Bourque, Dalton Gunman, Glen Falter, Jamie Gourley, Griff Shirley, Tim Cash, Charlie Roberts.
CROSS TRAINING 101: Specifically for those riding off-road bikes, this session will teach you how to use trials techniques to make you a better enduro, hare scrambles, or singletrack rider.
BICYCLE TRIALS: 19-time National Bicycle Trials Champion Jay Gregorowicz will be doing bicycle trials sessions both days this year. Learn balance and timing control through bicycle trials exercises.
BEAUTY AND THE BIKE: Champions Kylee Sweeten & Laura Peters will cover all aspects of trials riding in a class just for the ladies. Spend the day learning a variety of skills from a uniquely female perspective.
VINTAGE AND TWIN SHOCK: Learn the special techniques vital to handling a decades-old, vintage motorcycle through 2019 sections. Taught by ITSA membership director Bob Ginder and Dustin Ginder.
DRILL DOWN TO PERFECTION – Learn a specific series of exercises, from balancing to clutch control to wheelies to hopping, to perfect your warm-up routine. Taught by 10-time national champion Ray Peters.
EXPANDED FOR 2019
CONDITIONING, NUTRITION & EXERCISE: Fitness instructor Danny Trainer will add Kettlebell Basics to his fitness and nutrition discussion. Join him at the TTC pavilion on Saturday at 6:00 pm to learn how you can become a better rider through conditioning, nutrition, and exercise.
THE BASICS: More time slots added. The Basics class is designed for novice riders, or anyone, who wants to work on the basic skills: body position, turning, balance, and control. A must for riders new to trials, as this will prepare you for the other skill sessions to come.
HOP ‘TIL YOU DROP: More time slots added. Learn techniques for hopping the bike, including basics of balancing the bike, front wheel hops, rear wheel hops, and flip turns for the more advanced riders.