We had a great showing of 27 riders, helped by a few enthusiastic local riders that had not competed with us before. The weather was unapologetically hot, as you’d expect, and the water station located between sections 2 & 3 was a popular hangout on every loop. The sections, set by Allen McConnell, were challenging, taking points from every rider except the man on the bike propelled by subatomic particles, Mike Peffer, who had a clean trial in Novice class. A big thanks goes to Allen McConnell and the DBSA club for putting on a great event.
Results and color commentary courtesy of Mitch Ely
It’s time for the annual nomination meeting. I know that the thought of that will be enough to keep most of you away, but we do have good fellowship and the food is good. You gotta have dinner, so stop by and see what’s going on for the foreseeable future for NTTA Trials!
Many of you knew Sid Mauldin and what he did for Trials for the Top O’Texas Trials Association and the NATC US Nationals and all the support he provided before he succumbed to cancer last spring.
Sid and Dawna own over 10,000 acres in the Palo Duro Canyon. Ray Peters Trialsmastered a very successful National event there in 2015, not to mention two rounds of the 2015 Texas State Series.
I attended the last NATC Meeting with Sid in 2015. He agreed to schedule a National Trial at his property for the 2017 National schedule. We will make that happen on April 1-2, 2017. AVTA will host rounds 3-4 in Sedan, KS. the following weekend, April 8-9, 2017.
Bob Duval has agreed to serve as Trialsmaster for this event. We will create these two rounds under the banner of the State of Texas Trials riders and I have included several of our Non-NTTA friends on this message to get the word out. We plan to have at least 4 scheduled work weekends with food for all in attendance beginning this fall through the spring. Not everyone will be able to attend all of the work details, but we hope that perhaps one or more of the dates will fall into your schedule. David and Dee Murray in Amarillo, gave up a lot of their weekends in helping Ray Peters with the 2015 National. They will be invaluable in helping to secure loop and section clearing as well as helping to find observers for these rounds in 2017.
The schedule for the work weekends will be formulated soon
Now that you know we have something to talk about at this meeting, please come and join us!
NTTA Annual Hot Dog Trial is September 10-11 at the main campground, RRMT in Bulcher, TX
Trialsmaster: Tom and Vicky Batchelor, Saturday start is 4:00 PM Sunday start 9:00 AM
Flier and additional information to follow soon.
NTTA Meeting: TUESDAY August 9, 2016, 7:00 PM
Spring Creek BBQ Richardson, TX
Northbound service road, just north of the MAIN ST exit, Hwy 75
NTTA News courtesy of Tom Batchelor
Post expires at 8:57pm on Monday April 10th, 2017
Results, courtesy of Stephen Hetzel
Yes it was hot. But it was hot when Stephen, Wayne, Brett Cooper and Papa Wolf did all the work laying out the sections so we could ride. Thanks from all 22 of us. As Scottish trials go we all had to ride up on some sections but as Stephen said it will let you know what you need to practice on. Section 5 was a 2 and 3 line… I don’t think I could have cleaned it and Ray Donaldson said they were giving high fives if they got a 3.
Bill Scarborough won first with Ray close behind. Speaking of Novices, we are getting a little low on new riders but Steve Ligon bought the TL 125 I found and I delivered an Ossa Saturday for Steve Hackney’s buddy Bruce Blau who is planning on joining us. The Amateur (2 line) is our biggest group and we had 7 riders. Steve Hackney dropped out after the first loop so he wouldn’t crash Bruces new bike. James Wipff had to work extra hard to win but Greg Grasshoff and Kirk Massey were 2nd and 3rd respectively and they are getting closer and closer to James’ scores each event. Actually Kirk and Greg tied with Greg winning by one clean. Keep watching the “old guy” and you will guys will be moving up soon. I had the other “old guy” in my group (Papa Wolf) so when we were all struggling in section six I watched Jeff slow down in the creek, make the turn in the gravel and catch the perfect line up the hill. I cleaned it (that part) after learning from the “old guy” so pay attention. So far they are not charging for lessons! Jim Taylor wrapped up this years Expert line with his 5th First place but he had to wake up (his air mattress went flat during the night) on the third loop. Me and Jim were tied at the end of the 2nd loop but Tom Sharkey was beating us by 6 points. Jim had a good 3rd loop to tie Tom and ended up winning by 1 clean. Congratulations to Jim for a good season. Also big cud-dos to Tom. He just moved up to Expert at the end of last season and has been settling for 2nd, 4th or 5th places but Sunday he was kicking butt and taking names. Way to go Tom! And of course David Mooney had a good ride taking less points on the Master line than I did on the Expert line. I do want to thank my group for helping me get through the last 2 loops by letting me catch my breath between sections. It was hot and rough but a great event. Even Kevin Schwantz came with a truck load of modern bikes and some friends who rode in the heat but they seemed to enjoy the day.
I am getting ready for Bluebonnet, lacing a new hub to my front wheel (first crash loop 1 section 12) and still looking for my air adjustment screw which probably fell out when I was upside down (2nd crash loop3 section 2). So lets use the off season to fix and tune and practice while we wait for cooler weather. Have a good summer.
Recap courtesy of Tom Willis
Results courtesy of Jon Penner.
1 week after the big rains, riders were treated with great weather at Smithville, here are there results!
Thanks to Mitch for scoring!
The AMA has joined the fight against the inappropriate take of our park land at Emma Long Park.
I also added additional information on the closure and links to submit comments / sign a petition on the Where To Ride page.