If you are interested in seeing what the leadership of the STRA thinks the Season points look like, head over to the Results Page and have a look. It is remotely conceivable there might be some discrepancies between what you think happened, what actually happened and what we recorded happening. This was not out of malice towards you, most likely a simple mistake, so please approach us with an appropriate attitude and we will do our best to uncover what actually happened. The competition director can be contacted here: Dawn Shirley 423-593-1134 CompetitionDirector@stratrials.com
We are currently working on the schedule. I would encourage the promoters who spoke up at the annual meeting to contact Ray Peters at your convenience before December 18th to get locked into your desired dates.
At the annual meeting, we elected our 2021 officers and here’s how that turned out;
President: Mike Dalmaso
Vise President: Ray Peters
Media Director / Web Site: Francois Saint Laurent
Secretary / Treasurer: Kim Bronstein
Competition Director: Dawn Shirley
Youth Director: Randy Sharp
Membership Director: Juney Shober
Sporting Director: Eric Mattson — Subject to confirmation by the executive board
We are also transitioning the executive board to 2021 and I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome and thank Mike Dalmaso for stepping up to the plate. He will be writing his own message soon so keep a watch out for that.
I think I’m out of useful things to share for now, keep practicing and have a Merry Christmas. See everyone in the New Year.
ps you’ve read this far, dedication is important. We are looking for a couple of volunteers to assist with the Year end awards. Please contact Ray Peters for all the details.
Another weekend of STRA trials happened. We also had a meeting. (Details in another post) There was great food. A couple of sections were a bit much. We’ll do it again next year. Here are the results from that event. If you see an error, please contact the competition director or just post on Facebook like everyone is already.
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…
As the identified Organizer and TrialsMaster I wanted to update everyone on the status of the National level NATC Moto Trials event coming up at the Trials Training Center on June 9-10, 2018. The STRA is the host club for this event, and at several of our STRA events I have pleaded for volunteers to help us get set up. I want to thank those of you that have stepped up and donated your precious time, travelled hours and hours, and come to the TTC to help us get ready. I can proudly report that at this point we have successfully identified all 24 sections needed for the event, they have been cleared of all debris, weed whacked, marked with perimeter ribbon, and all the splits have been labelled! Without the hard work of all the volunteers we wouldn’t be on schedule. Thank you!
At this point we are still looking for several more volunteers for the two days of the actual event. Most importantly are checkers/observers. We need 36 checkers each day. If you volunteer to check, you will receive free admittance to the event, and free primitive camping. As a checker, lunch will be provided and you will get a special T-shirt identifying you as a volunteer. When you volunteer as an observer, please take the time to review the official observer video issued by the NATC, located at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPeZ9H-OdWc&feature=youtu.be . This is a must. You MUST watch and completely understand the scoring in the video.
I also need a few volunteers for other duties during the event itself, so if you can help out, it would be greatly appreciated. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your contact info.
It feels funny sitting down to write a President’s Announcement so late in the month, but life has been busy and it has been all about trials. What a year so far! We started the season at Trackrock with Frank Alexander hosting 142 rides on March 3rd and 4th (88 riders on Saturday and 54 on Sunday). There was concern when we scheduled Trackrock so early in the year that we might have to deal with rain or possibly snow. Despite the area being hammered by rain the week prior, conditions were ideal for rounds one and two of the 2018 STRA Championship Series. Sections were long and the loop was great. Saturday’s ride concluded with Frank’s annual awards presentation combined with a spaghetti dinner. We had special visitors to the event on Saturday including a local newspaper reporter getting the story on trials (you will have to ask Frank how the article came out) and a photographer from National Geographic Magazine. Bill Land happened to be in the area visiting friends and saw the event posted and wanted to come check it out. He conveyed that he used to work for Yamaha and loved trials. He thought the pictures on our website needed an update so he shot a few complementary photos to add to our collection (look out Rob Fox, you have competition!)
The very next week on March 10th and 11th, the Florida Trials Association (FTA) hosted their annual Fun in the Sun event. Rounds three and four of the Championship series again had a good turnout and the weather was ideal. The sections for this event were traditionally challenging with the winning scores for each class as high as the age of most of the baby boomers riding. STRA members made up an average of 65% of the riders at this event which was a great showing for our association. The Fun in the Sun had its traditional T-shirts and handmade trophies which always make this event memorable. There was also a raffle held to raise money for one of the FTA’s young riders, Mika Lonsdale, in order to buy him a pair of trials boots. Our very own Jimmy Sharpe was the raffle winner earning a new pair of Hebo boots for his five dollar donation.
Results for each of the rounds of the Championship series can be found on the STRA Facebook page and the current Championship point standings are in the Results section of this site.
As a product of great turnouts for the first two events of the year and the large number of annual STRA membership renewals, I am pleased to announce that we are now in the black financially as an association. This is a great thing and we are building up the funds to host the eastern NATC/AMA National event at the Trials Training Center June 8th to the 10th of this year.
Speaking of the Trials Training Center, Trials Training Days are coming up this weekend March 24th and 25th. It is not actually an STRA event, but it takes place at the Trials Training Center and is hosted and organized by Charlie, Catherine and now Carey. The fact these people do so much for the STRA and a majority of the instructors happen to be STRA members, it is an event we like to endorse. It is good for our sport and association. So if you are not instructing, go ride it! It will only make you a better rider for the STRA.
The next event on the schedule is at Breezy Hill Farm in Maryville, TN. This is a home venue for me and one of the reasons this letter has been so delayed. The time and energy it takes to set up a trial makes me appreciate what all the promotors go through to allow us to ride and have great the weekends like we have had so far this season. With that sentiment, THANK YOU, Frank Alexander and Alex Niederer for getting this season off to a great start.
I hope to see many of you soon April 7th and 8th at the Breezy Hill Farm event. Until then, keep riding trials!