18th Annual Postage Stamp Trials
January 1st, 2014
What a Difference a Day Makes!!!
When you think back about the weather that surrounded the trials date, you have to believe that Russ and Co. have got this figured out pretty darn good. Schedule a few warm days before the trials to let the snow melt away, and then on trials day have it just cold enough that nothing will thaw and turn to mud but just warm enough to still enjoy riding in the cold. Then, just as everybody is leaving to go home, it starts snowing. Talk about good timing. There was a total of twenty-seven riders at the event plus their friends and family that had come out to watch. Russ's trials are unique in that almost all of the sections are viewable from the driveway or back deck so it makes for a very spectator friendly event. This was the first MATT trials in a very long time to incorporate a Womens class into the event. With the rise in the number of female participants at the recent trials events, both local and long distance, I think it will make for a very competitive class. With the growing number of young riders increasing also, Rookie and Cadet sections will be laid out at each event starting in March to give the young trials stars of tomorrow something to ride right now. Now, on to the trials.......
Of the twenty-seven riders at the event, seven of them were in Intermediate class, making it the largest group of riders, followed by the Masters with four. Most of the rest of the classes had two riders each while Beginner and Expert each had one. To try and negotiate the sections that Russ and his crew of Larry W. and Richard B. had deviously designed to challenge our skills to the highest level was our task for the day and would prove to be quite a challenge as the scores would reflect our efforts. From a low of seven points for the day to a whopping seventy-four dabs, the sections had something for everyone. Check the results page and you can see some classes had quite a spread between scores and others were much tighter.
Probably the best part of the day for some of us was after the trials when everybody got to chow down on some great chili, ham & beans, hot dogs and brats, and all the great sides that people brought. The meal itself is reason enough to come to the event, and with a chance to get out and ride on the first day of 2014, well, as they say, 'It Don't Git No Better Than That”!! A big “THANK YOU” to Russ and Jane, Larry and Cindy, and Richard for all your hard work in putting on this event and your dedication to the sport of trials.
Upcoming events include the January trials on the 19th, which will be a set-up and ride if the weather cooperates, and February 16th, with the same format. Remember to check your e-mails before traveling to Trenton for a winter trials event. President Jim will send out an e-mail on the Sat. before the event if it is canceled.
Women's Class Expert Class
1. Tammy Cook 7 1. Grieg Engel 61
2. Jenean Wofford 35
Rookie Class 1. Jason Carpenter 38
1. Cage Carpenter 46 2. Josh Nutsch 40
2. Matthew Turnbull 97 3. Scott Carpenter 44
4. Bruce Carver 51
1. Chris Peatcross 24
1. Caleb Schaefer 28
2. Eric Wilburn 44
3. Bret Wilburn 47
1. Steve Smith 34
2. Jim Bridges 42
Sr. Amateur Class
1. Tim Turnbull 20
2. Richard Bowden 47
1. Mitch Wing 17
2. Steve Nutsch 41
3. Kenny Cook 44
4. Kelly Echterling 45
5. Ken Brown 46
6. Gary Wing 71
7. Mike Carpenter 74