This section describes the basic format of our local events, which occur about monthly, from September through March. Our events are competitive, but we have a class that will be right for you, from Novice through Pro. Talk to the people at sign up; they can help you judge what level you should compete at.
Generally you will want a trials bike, with trials-patterned tires. You do not need to get a brand new rig- try some of the dealers listed on the home page, as there are usually several used bikes on the market.
You will need however, a USFS Spark Arrestor, CA Green or Red Sticker, DOT Helmet, Bike functioning kill switch. Confirm details with the SCTA rulebook. The 'loops' that we ride are generally only a few miles around, so carry some water, but you don't generrally need more than that.
You are required to obtain an AMA Competition License, which you can get on line (here) or apply for at an event. You will also need to join the SCTA, which costs $40. These fees help pay for land-use fees and the all important porta-potties.
Our events usually start around 10:00 am, with a riders' meeting around the sign-up table.
During the riders' meeting the loop is described. The local landowner or Forest Service personnel are thanked, and what section you will start on depending on your class. Awards from previous events given out, and other general business discussed. This is a great time to catch up with your mates.
After the riders meeting, the event starts and you ride to the previously designated section to start the trial. The loop is marked by ribbons about every 20 yards or so.
When you arrive at your section, walk it. Figure out your strategy, which obstacles to avoid, and where the section boundaries are. Cards will be placed indicating where your specific line is. If you have a question, the section checker will help to point out your intended line. Wait for the checker at your section to wave you into the section before riding it.
Get your score card punched after your ride, and follow the loop to the next section.
After the first loop (and every subsequent loop) hand in your card to the sign-up table, check that you have not missed any sections.
After three loops, marvel in the feat of completing your first trial. Wear your grin all the way home. Welcome to the family!