What a great start to the 2014 State Series!!! The event was held in Austin at the Emma Long Motorcycle Park.
A big thank you to everyone that braved the wacky bipolar Texas weather! Those that arrived on Friday to help set up and camp endured below freezing temperatures all day.
A special thanks to Mitch Ely and Jon Penner for signing every body in, doing AMA, and keeping score, Tomas Pantin for setting tarps to block wind, and supplying the heater, and to all the trials masters listed below
John Armour and Neil King put on a great Round 1 on Saturday. The morning riders had to endure the cold temperatures, but by the afternoon it was hot. Some even got sunburned. The “Jack Hammer Loop” was long and very challenging. So much so that the morning riders had to have time extended. Thanks to Tomas Pantin and Nora de la Fuente for marking and taping the loops. No one could get lost with all that tape.
Sunday’s Round 2 was just as exciting. Thank you, Mitch Ely and Bobby Reece. The loop was much shorter and followed the creek bed. It was rocky, but not nearly as abusive. Everyone was pretty sore and worn out from Saturday so Sunday was tough. It also got warm very quickly. The morning sections were fun. The Master riders were really put to the test and they all fought hard.
It was nice to see some new people show up and always great to see the regular Trials families. A wonderful time was had by all. We were glad to see that the “threat” of bad weather didn’t keep anyone from showing up.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the next event in Bridgeport on March 8th & 9th.
Happy riding and keep your feet up.
- BJ MIller
Results Round 1
Results Round 2
Here’s a preview of the 2014 Texas State MotoTrials t-shirts! Get yours from Tom before they’re all gone! Here are thumbnails of the front & back (click for a larger view).
Results have been posted here. Congratulations to all of the 2013 Champions!
Results courtesy of Tom Batchelor.
Schedule Announcement for the 2014 Texas State MotoTrials Championship!
Rounds 1-2 Feb 8-9 CTTA Austin City Park Austin, TX
Rounds 3-4 Mar 8-9 TMT Twin Hills at Lake Bridgeport, TX
Rounds 5-6 Mar 28-29 SORTA Smithville, TX
Rounds 7-8 Apr 12-13 PANHANDLE Trial Amarillo, TX
Rounds 9-10 May 17-18 NTTA Red River M/C Park Bulcher, TX
For more information, check out the 2014 Introduction Letter!
Another really great CTTA Summer Series is in the books. For the 2014 Summer Series, the CTTA introduced 7 events to the series with help from 2 trials clubs and included a piggy backed vintage series with the SWVTA in the afternoon bringing a new meaning to “AM and PM” riders. Thanks Hetz for bringing this about, everyone truly enjoyed this addition to the fun. This year the series was brought to our trials friends in the north by the Mark Hanson and friends in Bridgeport and Wayne McMahan and SORTA provided another awesome event in Smithville. We enjoyed another new venue brought to us by Jon Penner at Cow Creek and introduced 4 first time trial masters to the ranks. Our class trophies this year were embroidered hats which everyone liked for a change. Adam Hall proudly won the coveted crash trophy. Again this year we are very proud to host 2 charity events benefiting the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation and The Texas Baptist Children’s Home. We can be very proud of our clubs willingness to not sit on its hands but always jump to work to encourage maximum growth of Mototrials in Texas.
The 2014 event schedule included:
#1 Joe Miller’s place in Jonestown with BJ Miller as Trial master
#2 CTOR in Salado with Michael Glasscock as Trial master
#3 Twin Hills in Bridgeport with Mark Hanson as Trial master
#4 McMahan Ranch in Smithville with Wayne McMahan as Trial master
#5 Harvest Classic Charity Trial in Luckenbach with Don Hubbard as Trial master
#6 Cow Creek in Lago Vista with John Penner and Bobby Reece as Trial Masters
#7 Toy Ride at City Park in Austin with Benji Dalgleish and Adam Hall as Trial masters
Congratulations to Tomas Pantin, Steve Elms, Charles Covill, Ben Dalgleish, Daniel Hunt, Bobby Reece & BJ Miller as they were the overall class winners in 2013! Checkout all of the event-by-event results here. BTW, 81 riders participated in one or more events! Hope to see all of you in 2014!
A huge thanks to all our land owners, trials masters, Mitch Ely for all the sign up and scoring, the CTTA board, and the many many volunteers and riders that showed up to support trials in Texas. Already looking forward to next year.
The 7th and last round of the 2013 CTTA Summer Series was held at Emma Long City Park this past weekend. Many thanks to our first time trial masters Benji Dalgleish and Adam Hall. They both really put a lot into preparing their version of 6 sections of trials chaos for everyone to enjoy and had to endure some nasty cold wet days prior to get it just right.
29 riders enjoyed great riding weather as it turned out to be very pleasant for riding the sections, however, in the pavilion where many of our spectators and groupies hung out, the constant wind brought a cutting chill to the air. Big thanks to Tomas and Nora for putting up tarps to block the wind and a propane heater to keep ourselves nice and toasty. Neil King saw to it that no one got lost on the loop by doing a perfect job of marking everyone’s way from section to section. Some noteworthy accomplishments of our riders were: Tomas Patin moved up to Amateur class, Charles Covill moved up to Intermediate, Bj Miller managed to win Master class while leading his competitors in the most 5’s column????, and Jon “dad gum” Armour turned in an awesome score in the amateur class at the end of the day. Good job guys.
Most hung around afterwards for a potluck and had a good time socializing.
This is our 3rd Toy Ride event and again received a great haul of gifts and donations for the kids of the Texas Baptist Children’s Home including close to $500 in cash and checks. Thanks to everyone for their generosity in making this another very successful event.
Click here for the section-by-section results, courtesy of Mitch Ely.
The CTTA explored a new venue last weekend west of Jonestown on Cow Creek. Jon Penner’s friend Mike graciously allowed the CTTA to play with our motorcycles on his property – Thanks Mike! Jon also says that there is lots of unexplored land out there with endless possibilities for more challenging sections!
26 riders enjoyed beautiful weather on a rare Sunday event. Trials Masters Jon Penner & Bobby Reece laid out 5 sections to challenge the riders. Several classes were tightly contested and decided by less than two points. In Novice, Driskill had a superb one point ride only to be edged out by Tomas with a CLEAN trial! Congratulations Tomas! In Amateur, the top four riders were separated by only one point. Joe and John finished with only two points and Eric and Charles tied with a single mark; Charles took the win by the furthest point rule. In Intermediate, the father and son duo of Ben & Benji have been trading wins this season, with Benji taking the win on this weekend. And in Master, brothers BJ and Lance battled it out with BJ edging Lance for the win by a single point. Check out all of the results here.
The potluck after the event was also a hit with brisket and Shelly’s pumpkin pie cake.
A BIG THANKS to Jon Penner for securing this fun place to ride! Jon wants to extend THANKS to everyone that helped clear sections and loop: John, BJ, Pam, Lance, Bobby, Cory, Carson, Mike, Ben, Benji, Jonathan, Tomás, Nora – Thank You!