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Holiday gift certificates
 

Still looking for that special gift to give to your someone special? Consider a gift certificate from the Trials Training Center.

Check our TTC scheduled packages web page, or if you prefer, you can purchase a "dollar amount" certificate to use toward parts, riding gear or any of our instructional classes.

To purchase your gift certificate, please call us at (423) 942-8688 or use our Contact Us page.

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Off-road Poker Run at the TTC, Nov 30
 
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See the flyer (PDF) for details on the upcoming off-road, off-highway (dirt!) Poker Run coming up in late Nov.



Another TTC testimonial
 

From Wayne Butts:

thumbsup Catherine, I wanted to drop you a line thanking you and Alex for the weekend. I have attended schools and events all over and have never been anywhere that showed more genuine hospitality than you guys did.  We learned a lot and had fun doing it.  We look forward to visiting you all again.

See our Testimonials page for more!



Wild Bill Smage's photos from the 2008 NATC rounds in Duluth
 
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Will Bill Smage took over 90 photos of the 2008 NATC rounds in Duluth and Dan Salton has them posted in a Aug 22-24 2008 - Duluth National album in his SmugMug photo gallery.



TdN results: 7th place for U.S. men's and women's teams
 

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The U.S. Men's Trials de Nations team of Ronnie Commo, Chris Florin, Cody Webb, and Keith Wineland finished 7th this year, as did the U.S. Women's Trials de Nations team of Caroline Allen, Sarah Duke, and Louise Forsley. See the US TdN website for more, including the written summary by Kip Webb (PDF).



16th Annual Fall STRA Championship Trial, Oct. 18 & 19
 

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The 16th Annual Fall STRA Championship Trial (PDF flyer) will be held here at the TTC on Oct. 18-19.

See the Southeastern Trials Riders Association (STRA) website for more.



Off-Road Riding Skills Training, Hare Scrambles race, Sept 13-14
 
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    • Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, Off-Road Riding Skills Training, featuring Nat'l Enduro Champ Russell Bobbitt. Cost $200 (bring your bike).
    • Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, Hare Scrambles Race

    See the PDF flyer for more. And see our Events page for all upcoming events at the TTC.



    National champs
     

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    See the NATC home page for a great photo (taken at Spirit Mountain in Duluth) of the National Champs (most classes), as well as the final standings (PDF) for 2008.



    Hare Scrambles race, Trials Cross Training - Aug 16-17
     
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    • Saturday August 16, 2008, Trials Cross Training, featuring TTC Pro Trials Rider Andrew Blane & 2007 High School Champ Alex Bedley. Cost $250 includes trials bike rental.
    • Sunday August 17, 2008, Hare Scrambles Race

    And

    • Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008, Off-Road Riding Skills Training, featuring Nat'l Enduro Champ Russell Bobbitt. Cost $200 (bring your bike).
    • Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008, Hare Scrambles Race

    See the PDF flyer for more. And see our Events page for all upcoming events at the TTC.



    July 12 NATS Bicycle Trials
     


    The American Trials Training Camp for teenagers is winding down and this weekend brings the return of the Bicycle Trials, thanks to Mike Friddell and the NATS organization. This is a fun event and lots of entertaining bicycle trick riding on the rocks that the motorcycle trials folks used in the world championships a couple months earlier.




    Signup is at 8AM Saturday, July 12, competition starts at 9, all times CDT. $20 entry and free for spectators.

    Maybe some of the motorcycle teenagers will hang around and enter, some of them are pretty good on a bicycle!

    dan
    p.s., free TTC t-shirt to the first one who shows up Saturday and can guess who's coaching this rider in the photo from 2003. Mike Friddell is the observer, and he doesn't count.



    U.S. Indoor Championship
     
    L-R: Will Ibsen, Cody Webb, Patrick Smage
    Webb Retains U.S. Indoor Title



    Cody Webb (Sherco) retained his AMA/NATC U.S. Indoor Trials Championship title Saturday evening in an extremely close battle with Will Ibsen (GasGas) and Sherco team mate Patrick Smage. After his dominating championship in the outdoor last season, many picked Smage as the favorite to take the indoor championship as well, but a mistake while executing a risky maneuver on the barrels section cost him a 5 and all but eliminated him from the close competition. Ibsen finished the main with a one point lead over Webb, leading into the two race sections. Because the loser of each race receives an extra one point penalty, the entire championship came down to the final race sections and Webb would need to win both in order to prevail. The first race was almost a dead heat, with Webb edging to a victory by less than a bike length. In the all-or-nothing final race, Webb got his booming 4 stroke Sherco to hook up for a hole shot on the slippery concrete floor. Cody held on for a close win as both he and Ibsen rode at their limit on the more technical obstacle course used in the final race section. The Indoor Championship was held at the Camp Jordan Arena near Chattanooga, TN and capped off a week of motorcycle trials summer camp and Youth trials competition at the nearby Trials Training Center in Sequatchie.



    2008 Youth Nationals & Women's Open Results
     



    2008 AMA Trials Youth Nationals and U.S. Women's Open


    Beta mounted Karl Davis of Florida captured last weekend’s 9th Annual AMA/NATC Trials Youth Nationals at the Trials Training Center in Tennessee for America's best riders 15 years old & younger. Davis fended off strong challenges from Eric Storz (Sherco) of California and David Mizell (GasGas) from Texas. Each of the three prevailed once over the 3 days of competition, with Davis's 2-1-2 finishes besting the 4-2-1 of Mizell and the 1-4-3 of Storz. Other winners include Sherco rider Chase Harker of Kentucky in the 13yrs & under, GasGas mounted Zeke Mizell of Texas in the 11 & under, Beta rider Ty Cullins of California in the 9 & under and last (and also least) Joey Jackson of Tennessee on his Xispa in the 7 & under class. 15 year old Caroline Allen of Massachusetts rode her GasGas took top honors in the U.S. Women's Open, with Ariel Winters (AR), Sara Patton (TN), Tammy Cook (KS) and Olivia Leviton (GA) winning the Women's Expert, Advance, Intermediate, and Novice, respectively. Over 60 riders, some as young as 5 years old, competed over the challenging hills, rocks, and streams at the site of this years U.S. Round of the FIM/Spea Trials World Championships. The three-day event capped off a week of motorcycle trials riding, training and fun for motorcycle trials riding families from all over North America, held annually around the July 4 holiday. Full results of the competition and photos of the activities will be available soon.

    TTC's Catherine Bedley with the Youth E (7 & Under) Podium, Cole & Emily Cullins, Joey Jackson, Jacob Mizell



    June/July schedule of instructional classes at the TTC
     

    Here's what we have for the rest of June and into July:

    June 23/24
    Trials Instructional (2 DAY CLASS)
    Instructor: Andrew Blane
    1 Space Available

    June 27/28
    X-Training 101 (2 DAY CLASS)
    Instructors: Andrew Blane
    2 Spaces Available

    July 19
    Instructional at Highland Park Resort Motorcross Park, Cedartown, GA
    Unlimited 1/2 day classes available

    July 24/25
    X-training 101 Trials Instructional
    3 spaces available

    Any TRIALS 4 A DAY class can be taken on the first day of any 2-day class.

    Private instruction available upon request, $360.00 per day, plus bike rental costs (if needed).

    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.



    USGP/Wagner Cup photos, videos, blog posts
     
    Just a reminder: I'm blogging all the action from this week's event over at the TrialsUSGP site, not here.

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    New posts to the TrialsUSGP blog
     

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    I've got quite a few new posts on the TrialsUSGP blog.

    • Press release
    • Last day to order tickets online
    • Schedule/timetable of events
    • World competition update
    • Comments enabled; email alerts and RSS feed options available
    • Directions and Contact Us pages added
    • Video preview of Sections 6, 9, 11
    • Video preview of Sections 3, 4, 5
    • Video preview of Sections 1 and 2
    • Photos: sections preview
    • Section prep update
    • Promo in American Motorcyclist magazine
    • Wagner Cup flyer
    • Site map

    I'll be arriving at the TTC one week from today but 99% of all my blogging will occur on the TrialsUSGP blog, not here.



     

    2008 Wagner Cup
    WTC/USGP

    United States Grand Prix, World Trials Championship, April 26-27

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