STRA trials was quiet in the month of July other than our four representatives competing in the FIM World Round in Kingsman, Arizona: Maddie Hoover, Laura Peters, Alex Niederer and Andreas Niederer. Please see http://trialgp-results.com for their impressive results.
The dog days of summer are on us for August and September as well. We hope you have been able to ride a trials bike more than a mower these past few months to keep your skills tuned for our return to the Championship series in October.
As noted on the STRA Facebook page, the 2017 STRA competition schedule changed due to the unfortunate cancellation of the Alabama event in September. Also, due to a schedule conflict with the AMA/NATC annual meeting, the 58K at the Trials Training Center has been pushed back a week until October 28th and 29th (Halloween weekend). Riders are encouraged to refer to this website’s Schedule section to view the remainder of this year’s events.
Our goal for next year is to have the events scheduled soon and secured so it does not change. We will secure dates around the TTC non-trials events and the final AMA/ NATC Mototrials national championship series (Eastern rounds 1 and 2, tentatively scheduled for May 26-27, 2018). While the official role of the STRA in that event is not yet clear, volunteers for setup and operation will definitively be needed. We also hope that we can get the Alabama crew more involved in hosting an event since we have a good many riders from that region. We will also strive not to have such a long break in the schedule over the summer.
Until the schedule is completed and we resume our STRA Championship Series for rounds 9 and 10 in Cornelia, GA, Greg Hales, one of our current STRA officers has made concessions for STRA riders at his event in Sanford, NC September 10th. The trial is an official Carolina Virginia Observed Trials Club event, but Greg worked out a reduced rate ($10) for STRA members to cover the required CVOTC membership that is mandated for insurance. Please see the flyer on the STRA Facebook page for more details. Our thanks to Greg for helping STRA riders get back into a competitive mode before our series resumes.
With that in mind, we are looking to see a strong showing of riders on October 7th and 8th. Jamie Gourley has been putting in a lot of work at the Henry Hills site and I am sure it will be his best event to date. Until then, keep riding trials!