trials event UPDATE: Please read...
The MWTA has always been very proud of the fact that we NEVER cancel trials events. We have ridden in blizzards, floods, or 110 degree temps, even if we only have 5 riders. In fact we haven’t cancelled an event in the last 35 years. Unfortunately, In light of the outbreak taking place in our area and along with the newly updated mandate requiring public gatherings to be no more than 10 people, the right thing to do is postpone our March 22nd trials event scheduled for this coming Sunday. We will make every effort to reschedule the event for a date later in the year. We know that not everyone uses Facebook, so we would ask that you spread the word and let everyone know.
We will make decisions about the April training and trials weekend in the next 2 weeks, and will inform you all as soon as that decision is made.
Here is an excerpt from the AMA letter sent out this week: For individual motorcyclists, there is one more thing we can do, and it’s the most important: Get out there and ride.
I’m sure you’ve seen the meme on social media by now. Under the ominous warning “Be Advised:” it repeats much of the safety guidance we’re getting these days, appended with some smart, specific advice:
• Avoid crowded spaces: Ride motorcycles.
• Do not use public transportation: Ride motorcycles.
• Well-ventilated spaces are virus free: Ride motorcycles.
• Wear gloves: Ride motorcycles.
• Keep at least six feet from other people: Ride motorcycles.
• Keep a positive attitude: Ride motorcycles!
While the meme is intended to be a humorous diversion from the anxiety caused by a global pandemic, I intend to take its advice. I recommend you consider it, too.
I would also like to remind you that daylight saving has begun! This means that anyone who was an MWTA member last year, or purchases a membership for this year is welcome to ride at the quarry every Thursday night from 4pm til dark. The Thursday after events we will have training sessions using the sections from that MotoTrial event. So spread the word and come check it out.
MotoTrials, also known as Observed Trials, is a non-speed motorcycle event where riders compete on specialized motorcycles to navigate a series of obstacles. The sport is very popular in the UK and Spain, however there are several clubs in the United States as well as a National Series ran by the NATC (North American Trials Council)
Modern trials motorcycles are very distinctive and have evolved to become extremely lightweight, lack a seat (they are designed to be ridden standing up) and have suspension travel that is short in comparison to modern motocross or enduro motorcycles.
MotoTrials events are split into sections where a competitor rides through an obstacle course while attempting to avoid touching the ground with the feet. The obstacles in the course may be of natural or constructed elements. In all sections the designated route is carefully plotted to test the skill of the rider and sections are divided into separate courses to accommodate the different skill level of riders that compete in skill-rated classes.