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California State Championship: The Rusty Bear!

Greetings, Rounds 3 and 4 of the CA state championship are coming up. Up north that is! The PITS Bear Valley Trial is Sept 17 & 18. (Rounds 1 and 2 were at El Trial de Espana, if you forgot!). Word on the street is a WHOLE BOATLOAD of us SoCal guys are heading up.Tou remember El Trial, yes?

This will be a two day event with points awarded for both days. Club points for checking do not count in the State series. Best 3 of 4 rounds count. If you did great at El Trial, you better make the trip, champ! Custom trophies by Mr. John McGregor!

For plenty more info, check out the PITS website and calendar.

Please let us know if you're going to make the trek!



Piute or Else!


Planning is going well for the upcoming Piute Palace Fun Trial. Porta Potties are on order, ice chests have been dusted off and barbecues cleaned and serviced!

The format will be the same as last year. We'll ride the first loop as a group, then cut everyone loose to ride the sections as they please. Last year one enthusiastic rider rode a particular section 32 times! And for your trialsing enjoyment, the sections will remain set-up through Monday.
All participants will receive a unique, high-zoot, commemorative laser etched dog tag. Free, of course. The event is free, too. So is the camping!
if you're a new rider, this is the perfect event to get some practice, learn a bit and meet the fine folks of the SCTA. If you're a veteran rider, come up and hang out with friends and enjoy the peacefulness of the Piutes.

Piute Ho!

-CharliE (yes with a capital E.. Don't ask, just ride).


Dave Whittle. Feet Up, and God Speed.

David John Whittle
August 3, 1952 - August 17, 2016Dave, back in the day. Before the Scorpa!Sad news, friends. We lost another dedicated and loved member of our trials community last week. While I did not know Dave for his full duration in the trials scene, he was always at the Plonkers events, with a friendly smile, a story to share, and the big blue camper. Dave also ran the ATA and then the SCTA website for years, before myself. We will miss him dearly. The Whittle rig, setting sections one unbelievably snowy weekend at Cahuilla.

This from Dave's son-

The memorial service for my beloved Father will be held at Saint Peter and Saint Paul Catholic Church, 9135 Banyan St. Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737, Tuesday August 30, 10:00 am. Phone, 909-987-9312.
Burial will follow at Oakdale Memorial Cemetery on Grand Ave and Gladstone in Glendora followed by a reception lunch afterwards at Spaghetti Eddie's on Grand Ave.
Visit the Stone Funeral Home Upland website to share special memories or photos of my Dad.


...And from Johnny Ringo,


I visited with Dave a couple of weeks ago, after he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He wanted the trials community to know how much we meant to him. Dave was an incredible human and will be missed dearly.

Rest in peace my friend.



Piute Palace Fun Trial (and then some!)

Hi Folks,

The Second Annual PIUTE PALACE FUN TRIAL is a GO and right around the corner! The date is SATURDAY Sept 3rd, followed, of course, by a Piute Palace Fun PARTY (with a light Plonkers flavoring). The format will be the same as last year, which went down quite well, thank you.
Start time will be 12:00 NOON to allow time for those driving up Saturday morning. Plenty of camping space available. Those who haven't been before, please note the final seven miles (Piute Mountain Road) is a graded dirt road with two short, mildy steep sections. Large motorhomes are discouraged but regular two wheel drive cars make it up just fine. Stay tuned for more information and stimulating updates!
Questions? E-mail Charlie at

Charlie Rowlett


Summer Break.

Howdy folks,

It's been quiet here at the massive summer mission control center of the SoCal Trials Association Headquarters. Behind the scenes however, we are hearing faint burbly action-like sounds as we dust off our bikes, clean our carbs and get ready for the full-shwing 2017 trials scene. It's not always fun and games. But usually, it is. Wes, nailing it.Eight rounds on the calendar, ready for you and your bike. And your kids. This is going to be another great season of kids trials, with the kid fun trials happening before our big people version, at each event.In any event, check out the new calendar, and let's get ready to rumble!
(And not tumble.)



Summertime Funtime, Round TWO!


July 1, 2016


Event Report: MotoVentures First Summer Trials Series Event


The first 2016 summer series trials event took place at MotoVentures on Sunday June 19, which proved to not be the best choice of dates since A) it was Father’s Day and B) it was about 106 degrees hot! Regardless, eight hearty trials riders came out to set up sections and practice. They were able to set up two sections and ride them for about three hours until the heat was just too much to continue. Everyone seemed to enjoy the lo-pressure, fun time, no schedule approach.

MotoVentures is hosting a second summer trials series event on Sunday July 17, but this time it will start at 8am and finishing around noon to try and beat the heat. Come out and join us for some friendly trials competition and skill building. The cost is only $5 with donations to cover costs welcome. For more info call Gary LaPlante at (877) 260-6686.



MotoVentures to Host Summertime Trials Competition Series

Anza Ca --- MotoVentures will host a three-event summertime trials competition series at their private 350-acre trials riding paradise where numerous SoCal (SCTA) trials competitions, AMA Trials Nationals, and the prestigious annual El Trial de Espana have been held.

The dates are: June 19, July 17, and August 28.

These all-volunteer events will be for trials riding only and held on Sunday’s with no camping Saturday night. Sunday morning will be for setting up sections and practicing with a late event start of “noonish” and ending before darkness.

There will be no section checkers and each class will ride together and check each other or just practice the honor system. At the end of the day a ledger will show the class and each participants’ scores, but no series points or trophies will be awarded.

The general idea is to have a super fun, low-stress, beginner and kids oriented summertime practice competition series of events to help keep our skills up and to fill the gap in the SCTA off-season.

Each event will start at noon so come early and help set up sections that could be used for all three events. Let’s see who can build the best sections.

The cost is $5 per person for land use plus a donation would be appreciated to cover the costs.

For directions go to

For more info call Gary LaPlante at (877) 260-6686


Start at 11:00!

Yo kids, get here early, but no start until 11:00!