Hey there, first timer! This is for you. 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. If you have ridden a motorcycle at all, you will be just fine in the Novice class. Talk to the us at the sign up table; we'll 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 generally need more than that.
You can sign up online to ride all SCTA events, and save $5 versus day of event sign up.
We recommend you join the SCTA, which costs $40, and is valid for the 2017/2018 competition season. Each Trial event fee is then $30. These fees help pay for printing, land-use fees and the all important porta-potties. If you choose not to join the SCTA, the event fee will be $40.
An AMA Competition License is required, which you can get online (here) or apply for at an event (but PLEASE do this online ahead of time if at all possible!). An AMA license costs $49 annually.
2017/2018 Event Entry and SCTA Annual Membership Costs:
- SCTA Members pay $30 online, or $35 at the event, per event.
- Non-members pay $40 online, or $45 at the event, per event.
- SCTA Annual Membership, $40 online, $45 at the event. (Once per season.)
So, expect to pay $70 on your first event of the season, and then $30 per event after that, when signing up online.
How the day Goes:
Our events usually start around 10:00 am, with a riders' meeting at 9:45, 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 and other course and safety information is discussed. 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 your designated section to begin your trial. The loop is marked by pink 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. The checkers have volunteered their day to staff the section; be nice to them.
Get your score card punched after your ride, and follow the loop to the next section.
After the first loop (and every subsequent loop) check your card to confirm you have not missed any sections. Hand in your card to the sign-up table, get a fresh card and start the next loop.
After three loops, marvel in the feat of completing your first trial. Wear your grin all the way home. Welcome to the family!