Thanks to Jamie and Mike for a fun and challenging weekend. Big thanks to Henry for letting us enjoy his hillside yet again. At the link below the results for each day can be viewed. I believe these have been error checked but if you see something that needs our attention, please send me an email and we will get to the bottom of it. I am aware the sheets say spring splash in them. I could fix it but I really don’t want to, please be assured these are the droids you’re looking for…
I think the results speak for themselves. Over 70 riders on Saturday for a great event. Below are the results. Overall the format worked well, we will continue to refine the scoring system at the table to minimize the delay between event completing and the trophy presentation.
I look forward to seeing everyone at Papa Joes Aug 29,30. Online signup only again, stay tuned for online membership very soon. If you are having issues with signup, contact one of the club officers BEFORE signup closes and we will do our best to resolve your issue.
06/05/2020 — We will be kicking things back into action at the Trials Training Center for the ” Spring Splash – June 27,28. There will be some temporary procedural changes for the event.
NO onsite sign up. Please go to the Schedule on the STRA website and click on the green link to sign up. We need to know who is riding so section scoring clipboards can be prepared for the event.
When you arrive at the event, please come sign the releases (AMA and TTC) and receive your event number. Please put this on your number plate. The checker will ask you for this number to record your score, without it, no score. There will be no punch cards.
We are exciting to see everyone again after such a long break, please be considerate of others regarding masks, social distance, etc. If you aren’t feeling well please stay home.
April 20, 2020 – The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have recommended strict observation of social distancing rules, and many states are now imposing a maximum size of participants at public gatherings.
Along with these restrictions on public gatherings, many businesses such as restaurants, motels, grocery stores, etc. are also either closing or reducing their hours of operation. Given all of these factors, the club officers of the STRA feel that it is in everyones best interests to postpone future events until this situation is under control. Club Officers will monitor the situation and events will resume when we feel confident that there is no longer a risk for members and/or spectators.
We hope that all club members will support this difficult decision, and understand that it was made with the best interest of the club members in mind.
The Championship standings are complete, the Most Improved Rider ballots have been counted, the Best Event of the Year has been determined, the 2019 Awards Banquet has been scheduled for February 22rd and a Fun Trial at the TTC the following day has been confirmed. The 2020 Rule Book has been updated and the 2020 schedule is set. That about concludes my administrative and scheduling duties for the year as the Association’s President. This post will be my last “President’s Announcement” on our website.
The annual STRA business meeting held on November 5th included a review of the season in regard to participation, a summary of the recently held NATC meeting and the proposed 2020 STRA event schedule. The meeting also saw rule changes for the 2020 season voted in by attendees. These changes addressed riders changing classes and the delegation of Championship points; the ability to remove a hand from the handle bar when a foot is on the ground; promoter leeway to alter event start times; and various other small modifications to existing rules in the attempt to make them more accurate and succinct.
The most essential part of the meeting however, was the election of officers for the coming year. At first there was a lack of volunteers to take over the Youth Director and President positions for 2020 when Curt Comer and I resigned. After discussion amongst the forty plus attendees, a plan was developed to help the association continue. Current officers other than the two noted above will remain in their current posts with the exception of Francois Saint Laurent, who will move from the Vice President role to a Media Coordinator role. Ray Peters will step into the President’s role and Alex Niederer will become the Vice President. A shout out goes to Kim Bronstein who stepped up and volunteered her services to be Secretary/Treasurer, a position that has been vacant for the past two years. Nick Smith and Alan Shirley also volunteered support to aid Ray and Alex throughout the season so don’t be surprised to see them running the show when the President and Vice President are unable to attend STRA events due to National and Pro trial commitments. 2020 STRA Officers President Ray Peters Vice President Alex Niederer Secretary/Treasurer Kim Bronstein Administrative Aids Nick Smith and Alan Shirley Competition Director Dawn Shirley – to be assisted by volunteers in exchange for event work credit Media Coordinator Francois Saint Laurent Sporting Steward Eric Mattson Youth Director Vacant – duties are to be carried out by the promotor and volunteers for work credit
A stop gap plan to continue the youth program was proposed and will be developed as the season approaches. The plan is to have each event promotor set up youth sections and have events scored by STRA volunteers in exchange for work credit. The idea of exchanging labor for work credit was also extended to assist with rider check-in and pre-event operations under the direction of Dawn Shirley.
As I sign off as President I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity and the support over the past three years. Together we accomplished a lot and implemented many new ideas to expand our sport, improve rider participation and heighten the STRA experience.
It is often said that reluctant leaders make the best leaders. I have no doubt that this association will continue to develop and prosper under Ray’s direction and with the talented support of the other officers. A heart felt thank you for everyone for stepping up and continuing to lead the Southeastern Trials Association, truly making it a premier trials association.
I hope to see you at the 2019 Awards Banquet on February 22nd and the pre-season Fun Trail on the 23rd. We have some special things planned to officially end the 2019 season and to welcome our new officers for 2020.