Dateline: Lucerne Valley.
Yep, it's time to get your SoCalTrials on. The pre-season rides are all under your belt. Long hours in the desert sun practicing figure eights and floaters have honed you into a mean and lean, trials machine. The bike?: Clean air filter, new tires, and a new sticker or two. Oh yes, Schreiber, you're ready for action, and you know it. A little shucking and jiving, jap-zapping, rock hopping, dab-free action. You own this season. Bring it.
Bring it to Cougar Buttes this weekend and prove it, my friend. Our first competitive event of the season is on Sunday, September 27th, and there is plenty of action on Saturday as well. All the info is on the flier, and on the event page. The hand made, artisanally aged flier is available here, and also at your mailbox, like today or tomorrow. (Sorry, blame the graphics guy- his day job got in the way).
Also, we're happy to introduce a few new faces to the SCTA leadership group this weekend:
Faces such as our new SCTA Treasurer, Don Copeland. Don brings a deep knowledge of process and business acumen to this role, and will be key in maintaining a clear and transparent financial picture for all the member clubs. We thank Tim Holm for his tireless and thorough job and running the SCTA bank last season.
Then there's new SCTA Membership Director, Bill Hanson. Bill, with his amazing spreadsheet savvy and organizational skills will help keep sign-ups, memberships, and rider contact information relevant and emminently useful. So very 21st century!
Returning SCTA Secretary, Pete Croft, who industriously scribes the words and ideas of SCTA board meetings as if his brain were a tape deck. Plus he's always good for a story or two, mate!
And lastly, your humble new SCTA President, Damon Barda. Hey wait- that's ME! I have some big boots to fill, following our outgoing president Chris Cullins. Chris has performed a stalwart job of running the SoCal trials machine for the last 4 years. But hang on to your hats folks, I'm giving it my all. Promise. We're going to have some serious fun this year, and next. And maybe even the next!
I look forward to being a part of a most wonderful season of trials. A season of fun, friendship and camaraderie. Four clubs, putting on the best nine trials in this here nation. That's right; we're number one, all of us, so let's ride. And remember, SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL CLUB.
If you are a new rider or seasoned vet, an enduro old-timer or bicycle trials crossover, welcome. We aren't too picky. (We let my brother and I ride, for example). Grab your bike, load up the rig, bring an appetite for adventure, and come on out to the 'Buttes. This weekend.