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2017 Vice Presidents Announcement – JUNE

Another STRA event has come and gone, and it was another successful event! The Spring Splash (emphasis on ‘Splash’) was held at the Trials Training Centre with over 60 riders Saturday and over 50 on Sunday, with 29 people taking advantage of the online pre-registration.

Charlie Roberts out did himself again setting up the sections.  As Trials riders we all dream about competing in events like the Scottish Six Days, and Charlie hoped that several of us would be able to cross that off of our bucket list after riding the Spring Splash, which had water in pretty much every section.  From a safety perspective we probably should have posted a “No Lifeguard on Duty” sign at several of the sections, but a few members decided to go for a swim regardless.

This coming weekend, June 3rd, is the “team trial”  fundraiser event at the Chirt Pit in Ringgold, GA.  Alan is creating this fundraising event to support our STRA riders (Maddie Hoover, Alex and Andres Niederer)  who will be participating in the World Round in Arizona in July.  This will be a really fun event fostering camaraderie and skill development for all.  Riders will be grouped in a team of three, with one rider from a lower, mid, and upper skill level on one team.

The flyer is posted on the schedule, and pre-registration is also open for this event.   If you can’t make it, but would like to support these members and your STRA club, there is a provision for that on the pre-registration page as well.

I hope to see you all there!

2017 PRESIDENTS ANNOUNCEMENT – MAY

March gave us good traction to have a great trials month in April.  We only had one STRA event but a growing number of STRA riders took part in the AMA/NATC West Coast National events.

It was a rainy weekend at Hickory Hills, in Lenoir City, on April 22nd and 23rd for rounds 5 and 6 of the STRA Championship.  Raining in the morning and clearing in the afternoon, we had 51 riders participate Saturday on sections primarily created by Eric Mattson, Ross Walls and, of course, Papa Joe himself.  Sunday was pretty much a downpour all day.  In spite of the wet, the 33 riders that did ride had a great time!  Even in the downpour we had five new riders turn out to give trials a test for the first time.  On both days the sections were challenging (especially in the wet), safe and fun.  There was one section each day that became the nemeses section because of the slop.

Dawn Shirley worked with a new computer registration format at check-in, in hopes to make sign up quicker and more efficient for both riders and administrators.   The test will be if it passes Ashley Jacksons’ (who was unable to attend the Hickory Hills rounds) expectations at the next event.

Thank you for all that participated in the Ryan Young Clinic STRA fund raising raffle.  The winner, announced at the Hickory Hills event was Doug Raney.  Doug rode his first event at Hickory Hills, winning the Novice class on Saturday and the Intermediate class on Sunday.  Robbie Hawkins generously covered the costs for the STRA for the participation fee for the clinic that he held on his property on April 27th and 28th.

As previously mentioned, we had a good showing of riders that participate in STRA events compete at the National level in the month of April.  Maddie Hoover was the brightest star, winning four events out of four in the inaugural Women’s Pro Division.  Alex Niederer, Andres Niederer, Aaron Thistle, Ray Peters, Laura Peters, Tim Cone, Karl Davis Sr. and Scott Jordan also displayed their skills in their respective divisions.  Go to   http://www.mototrials.com for more information regarding how each one of these riders scored and to get information about the East Coast Nationals that begin June 17 and 18 in Cleveland, Ohio.

The Spring Splash at the Trials Training Center is just around the corner.  May 27th and 28th will be the last STRA Championship event until the summer break.   Go to the Schedule section of this page or the STRA Facebook page to view the flyer for the event.

A week after the Spring Splash, June 3rd, Alan Shirley his holding a fund raising “team trial” in Ringgold, GA.  Alan is creating this fundraising event to support our STRA riders (Maddie Hoover, Alex and Andres Niederer)  who will be participating in the World Round in Arizona in July.  This should be a really fun event fostering camaraderie and skill development for all.

The year is going by fast! Enjoy each event as you can and keep riding,

Douglas

MotoTrials: NATC Announces Changes

Pat Smage

Pat Smage will be going for an eighth national title in 2015. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAN MOORE

The North American Trials Council met this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio, where it set the schedule for the 2015 and 2016 US National MotoTrials Series, as well as made a few structure changes to a couple of the national classes. In a effort to keep travel costs down for riders travelling to the national events, the NATC has split the Support class championships into East and West divisions, while the Pro, Expert and 125 Expert classes will contest the entire schedule. Starting in 2015, the series will be divided into the AMA/NATC Eastern National Championship Series and the AMA/NATC Western National Championship Series for the following classes:

Expert Sportsman

High School

Women Expert Sportsman

Senior Expert Sportsman (40+)

Sportsman

Women

Junior

Senior 40-49

Senior 50-59

Senior 60-69

Senior 70+

Senior Clubman (40+)

Club Women

Clubman

Twin shock

Check out full story Here http://www.cyclenews.com/304/26214/Racing-Article/MotoTrials–NATC-Announces-Changes-To-National-Mototrials-Series.aspx

 

International Twin Shock Association

ITSA is hosting Rounds 1 & 2 of the 2014 National Championship Series at Trials Training Center on July 12th & 13th. We would like to take this opportunity to invite any STRA members to come join us for this event. ITSA does have a mono-shock division. For information and times visit ITSA’s website. Come on out and test your modern bikes to our old bikes. TTC also has a couple of cabins and RV sites (with hookups) still available. Call now to reserve yours for this weekend!

Look forward to seeing you all there!