Went out to one day of the Queensland champiomships on Sunday. Trial was held outside a town called Jimboomba. A little Hamlet with all the charm of Blackheath . The venue wasn't bad but not up to some of the other venues I've seen around here. Entry was 122. I'm not sure about the split between the twinshocks and the moderns. Again the twinshocks rode a totally different lap to the moderns.
Here's some vids I took:
One for you Brian. You might recognise the name David Goldsmith. He was Aussie champ in the early '80's. Apparently he doesn't often ride these days just the bigger events like the Qld championships:
You certainly have some good terrain there. 122 riders! thank goodness I'm not trials secretary there!
That is very inspiring. Brian is right - the spot is great. I was encouraged to see the riders making some mistakes (because that is much more my style ).
We have it quite easy here with fewer riders - setting and clearing sections is not so critical, and we can use venues with limited space and parking etc. Still, I can't understand why every motorcyclist would not want to do trials.
My sentiments excatly! Well said Charles!
Here's the way I see it.. until we get a "national governing body" for Trials SA we are never going to accomplish much. Right now, Gauteng don't give a crap about us or anyone further away than 100kms.. We had a great spot on TV that has slipped from our grasp because of Gauteng's decisions. So, while the JHB boys currently run trials in SA we are doomed to struggle on down here.
The other thing is that we do not have enough motorcycle dealerships that carry bikes down here and are prepared to put some effort (and money) into trials..
I agree, I think EVERY mtorcyclist should ride trials Charles, but at the end of the day, it is just tooo specialised and too difficult for the average rider.. they prefer "hanging on the cable" and stopping for a beer!
"It became obvious to most of the fast guys that riding trials became a pre-requisite for enduro success."
Why I'm on this site, , unfortunately without a trail bike .
We do trail skills with normal offroads, not ideal, but the rise in level of skill is worth it.
Enduros are getting progressively more technical, and even offroads (traditionally the "hang off the throttle" races) has more and more tight spots to slow the race down.
Bike control derived from trail skills is invaluable.
Fair comment Tim.. appreciate your input.