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Check, Mate.

So easy, even THESE guys can do it! Great guys: SDTR's John Russo and Rick Jenkins.

Need I say more? The Happy Trial- Heck, ALL TRIALS, are built on volunteerism. This is your chance. Check why don't you? You receive the same championship points as if you won the event, so there is that, on top of the good Karma. We always need ten, or even more. So far, we have these fine ten. So, It looks like we are good to go. If anyone is interested in working the scorer's table with me, let me know.

1.  Gabby C
2.  Chris C
3.  The Delaney Clan
4.  Steve L/Ed Kocina
5.  Captain Paul
6.  Carlos J
7.  Darrell P./Jessica Hurt
8.  Kevin Barda! (Seldom Seen!)
9.  Lior!
10. Brad Hannon

The list above does not mean these are the ACTUAL sections these folks will be at, but I am starting to place people. Don't worry, I'll be working the scorer's table. I don't get off THAT easy.
Checkers do rule, by the way.





Oh the Happiest!

Oh the happiest indeed! Me, rolling up the dome this admittedly Super Sunday,to the spring wonderland that is Romoland. The place is sublime, with a few wintry surprises. The Valley boys of trials were out in full-on force. How many sections did we bang out? Oh that would be like eight. And sure, this trial has been built by nature's forces; crafted by winter rain and erosion, monzonite and moss. From there, it has been hand-crafted by some of trials' best. Chris Cullins and Russ, Yoda Clyde Butler. The masterful Captain Paul. The international contingent of Martin Belair, Miquel, Crofty and the Sweetens (here enjoying respite from Oregon's sideways, freezing, and apparently upside down, rain). The venerable Mikey Taters and Carlos. (Wenger, where WERE you?) Add this to the earlier work of Gabby, Erik Mattson and Darrell. These wonderful people got it DONE. Thank you, thank you all!

And now I can HAPPILY say, we got ourselves a trial. You know, on February 19th. I'll brag all about the loop and sections in a future post. Oh and PS: A few highlights from the archives, and a new one of Pete:

Russ Victor, circa 2015Chris back in the day2014 perhaps?

Crofty: Kiwi word for happy.



The Happy Trial Update

The Happy Trial, Under Construction...
My boy Steve Leffler, hitting the Romo, and now, posterized!Last Sunday we had ourselves a pretty full house at the VOTE set up extravaganza, out at stunning Romoland. All ten sections are marked, the loop is ribboned, and at least FOUR sections completely laid out for your riding or checking pleasure. HUGE thanks to Gabriela Caperon, Brad Allred, Russ Victor, Martin Belair, Erik Mattson, Steve, and of course, my man DUKE. We had riders from SoCal, Oregon (the Sweetens), Spain, and Czechoslovakia! Our very own world round for sure. See you all next Sunday for a little set-up help, right? Don't worry, that Superbowl game won't be on until you are home, bike cleaned and garaged, and a cold something or other in your hand.

PS: You wanna check? Let us know!


Rider Down. (Update)


Hi Folks,
Long time Plonkers member, and my good friend, Johnny Ringo suffered a nasty desert racing crash last Sunday. The last report I got is he's in the ICU with two broken vertebrae in his neck. He's currently at Arrowhead Regional hospital in Colton. His wife, Jennifer, has been posting updates on facebook. Heal quickly, Johnny!



Ringo Update - 
Johnny had surgery on Jan 27th and all went well. I visited him last Sunday and he was alert and in good spirits but still in a lot of pain. In the near future he'll be moved to Loma Linda hospital for extensive physical therapy and rehab.  
I have no doubts that Johnny will make a full comeback, but in the meantime keep him in your thoughts..
Go Johnny Go!

Charlie R.

We'll try and keep y'all updated here on the site. Meanwhile, throw your healing thoughts to Johnny.Johnny, as always, a bit bloody, and always defiant. Heal up, Ringo!


The Jack Volder Round Up.

It was awesome, the wet weather during the week made conditions freaking spectacular. Gabby and her gang of VOTE-ers put together one great trial. Just a day later, results are up! (Check 'em out here.)

We had a record SIXTY-ONE riders! and a full array of checkers, a course marshal, a fully-staffed scorer's table, and crowds of spectators lining up at Section 1. It seemed like a national it was so jam-packed! After the event, Gabby and company, rakes in hand, went out and essentially erased the trial, doing all that can be done to keep the BLM on our good side.

If you have any awesome pictures, send them my way.

-damon b, scta pres.
(Yes, the guy who fived Russ's section, only to have the video posted on Facebook. Oh the indignity!)


Ride on, people.



Ooh, so very pretty. Come to Romoland, and see this bad boy out of it's box. Want some more? Go drool here.

See YOU Sunday.


The Mid-week Romo Update!

Ok. Who's jacked up for the Jack Volder Classic?! Me, of course, and YOU (of course). Romoland has been enjoying the rains, and the dirt couldn't be better. If this is your first time, maps are here, and be SURE you bring your AMA card! If you are a member, we just need to see your lovely and laminated SCTA card.

My friend, and JVC Course Marshall, Chris Cullins has this to add:

This Sunday January 15th is the annual Jack Volder Classic out at Romoland. The weather is looking to be nice and sunny, and with all the rain we've had and will continue to have, the dirt and sections should be perfect! We've set up what I think are some really fun sections with many having options on how you want to ride them.

A couple things I wanted to bring up, (which I'll do again at the riders meeting): As a reminder on the rules, you can't ride through another classes split forward or backwards. Watch out for this as there are a couple of sections that are set up to keep classes out of certain areas this way. Also with all the rain we have taped or bagged the split cards to keep them in place. This has worked really well over the rainy weeks, but may make the cards a little hard to read. Be sure to look at them all closely for your class split.

I've also been asked about the road coming in, it's rough as usual, but no problem getting in. However don't bring your large trailer or motorhome.

Hope to see you all Sunday! If you have any other questions I'd be happy to answer them here.


Heed this man's words, all ye who ride the Volder!

Cheers and feet up,




SUNDAY 1/15: ROMO (We are good for checkers!)

This weekend is the the Jack Volder Classic at Romoland, CA. Hosted by VOTE, and full of LOVE! And boulders, sand, and little grapefruit sized rocks, and drop-offs, and, well you get the picture.
It will, in a word, be Amazeballs.

Look who is helping!
Volunteers so far:

Chris Cullins

SIGN UP: Gabby Caperon, Damon Barda

SCORING TABLE: Gabby Caperon

LUNCHES: Tori Norton-Carrillo

1. Team Carillo and Skylar
2. Brad Allred
3. Trevor Weiller
4. Mark Oldar
5. Mike Jenkins
6. Darrell Palmer
7. Reid Davis
8. Russ Victor and Cole Cullins
9. Ed Kochina
10. Brian Lee and Hugh Warren