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 email@example.com 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!
We are half way through February and the STRA events for the year have begun. The 2017 Championship Awards Banquet was held on February 10th in Jasper, Tennessee at the Western Sizzlin’. There was a good turnout of approximately 75 people including STRA members, family and friends. The banquet recognized the accomplishments of the association for 2017 as well as key people making contributions. It was also announced that the Secretary/Treasurer has been relieved from his duties by the current STRA officers due to a history of inappropriate use of STRA funds and delinquent AMA duties that were discovered in our pursuit to evolve the STRA towards a not-for-profit organization. Proposed rule changes pertaining to membership dues and trial time limits that were tabled at the business meeting in November were voted upon by the 40 members that were present at the banquet. These changes are reflected in the STRA 2018 rule book posted on this site. Championship awards donated by Randy Sharp and RSD Laser were presented to each of our eligible class finishers and champions (see the Results page for final 2017 Championship standings). Most improved rider (Sean Parker) and best event of 2017 (Mark Moon Memorial Trial) awards were also given. Once again we had an overabundance of raffle items provided by the Trials Training Center, Beta and Ray Peters, Trials Store USA and the Niederers, Ryan Young Products, Rod Overstreet at Gas Gas and Jim Snell at TRS. One of greatest highlights of the evening however was the presentation of the Curt Comer Award which is given to the best rider in the STRA (i.e. winner of the Champ Class). Curt Comer, Sr. for whom the award is named was one of the founding fathers of the STRA in 1973. He was also President of the association in 1977, 1982 and 1983. Sadly, Mr. Comer passed away on January 31st of this year. We had the honor of his son, Curt Comer, Jr. attending our banquet and presenting the trophy in his father’s name to Alex Niederer.
A fun trial hosted by the Trials Training Center put together by Charlie Roberts was enjoyed by 30 riders on the Sunday after the banquet. The torrential rains from the day before made the course so over run with water and slippery that only six of the nine prepared sections could be used. It was a great time had by all however and a terrific way to prepare for the upcoming season which begins at Trackrock in Blairsville, GA on March 3rd and 4th. Due to scheduling constraints we head directly to Ocala, Florida the very next week (March 10th and 11th) for Fun-in-the Sun. See the event flyers in the Schedule section of this website for more details.
In closing, excitement should be brewing for 2018. The schedule is posted on the website and flyers will be available along with online sign up appropriately timed for each event. The STRA also has a National event to prepare for and host at the Trials Training Center in June. This is the perfect opportunity for STRA club members to step up and volunteer, to ensure that the event is as successful as possible.
Good luck to all in the upcoming 2018 events. I hope we are able to award a new batch of Class Champions at next year’s awards banquet.
In an effort to involve more club members in determining the direction of the association, the annual club business meeting will take place after Round 13 (The Mark Moon Memorial Trial on November 11, 2017 in Ringgold, GA). Dinner will be provided by the Shirleys but donations will be appreciated. This is in lieu of the usual meeting date in January which made attendance a challenge for many. This meeting is not to be confused with the Awards Banquet, which will be held on February 10, 2018.
The meeting agenda is posted below. Each member is encouraged to submit items for discussion and vote by 11/8/17 via email to me at STRAMAIL@CHARTER.NET. If you wish to submit a proposed rule or operational change, please be as specific as possible. To that end, please note that the rules are available on this website under Riding Rules. Here’s an example of a submission:
Rule Section 7.0, Item 5.
“Each section shall be adequately marked throughout to show the required path and boundaries for each class. The sections shall progress through gates of an appropriate width marked by 2 gate markers. Sub sections shall be ridden in precedingANY order unless noted by numbered gate markers. Ribbons should be firmly placed 4” to 12” above the ground where possible. Any color ribbon may be used. Once the event has begun, the sections must be ridden as is and as they develop, changes to a gate cannot be made after having been ridden by a single competitor.”
Change the word preceding to any. The goal of the proposed change is to clarify what order gates should be ridden in each section.
Please note that to keep the meeting on schedule, only items pre-submitted will be guaranteed for discussion. Also, the topic of changing the STRA’s 50/50 peer scoring system will not be entertained unless the proposal guarantees checkers for the promoter at each event.
STRA Club Business Meeting Agenda 2017
President’s Report Year to Date (What we have accomplished)
Treasurer’s Report (Where we are now)
Plans for 2018 (Where we want to go) Rule Changes Operational Changes Change Club Status to Not-for-Profit Club 2018 Schedule Officer Elections
Items from the Floor
In closing, 2017 has flown by and I appreciate the opportunity to have served as President. It has been a steep learning curve and everyone’s support and suggestions has been much appreciated. I am excited about what 2018 can bring. Remember, this club is yours and it is only as strong as your participation and involvement. Thanks in advance for your submissions and attendance to the meeting.