The Trials Training Center in Marion County will hold its Trials Training Days March 28 and 29. Observed trials is the one motorcycle sport where speed is not the goal. Instead, riders must navigate obstacles without stopping or putting their feet down (dabbing). The machines are highly specialized, lightweight, and geared ridiculously low to allow them to plonk up steep hills at walking speed or slower.
Adults and kids aged 10 and up are invited to bring their trials bikes for two days of professional instruction in the sport of observed trials. Eight trials techniques, such as finding traction, hillclimbs and downhills, and conquering steps and logs will be taught in separate classes, with class size held to approximately 12 students. Students select what areas they want to concentrate on. Costs for the two-day event are $100 per rider and $10 for non-riders. According to Catherine Bedley of the TTC, the total number of participants has ranged from 50 to 150 in prior years.
Instructors will include six-time U.S. National Trials champion Ryan Young, STRA 2008 Champion Alex Bedley, reigning Expert National champion Ray Peters, and others, along with representatives from trials bike makers Sherco, Beta, and Gas Gas USA.
Cabins and rooms in the lodge were all booked as of press time, but camping is available on the TTC grounds at additional cost. In addition to the instructor-led classes, the Training Days will also include fun events like a hillclimb contest, a creekbed contest, and adventure rides to caves and waterfalls. The TTC has 650 acres of hilly trails and woods to explore.
The Trials Training Center is located in the Sequatchie Valley, a few miles north of the town of Sequatchie. The world-class trials facility has been the site of numerous national trials competitions and the Wagner Cup USGP world trials championship. Registration for the Training Days can be completed online at trialstrainingcenter.com. For more information call TTC at (423) 942-8688.