MATT Newsletter: October 2015 Hot Dog Trials

Notes from the President:

 

I would like to extend MATT's thanks to former President Jim Jeter and former Secretary Matt Hopkins for their superb guidance of the Team over the last year.  Congratulations to the new Vice President Jim Levett and Secretary Kelly Echterling. Also thank you to Carl Hopkins for continuing on as Treasurer.

 

The Mid-America Trials Team would like to thank the Trials Masters (Bruce and Carl); riders; everyone who provided food, cooked, and helped out; Trick or Treaters; those who provided candy and made this year's Hotdog Trials a great event.  We couldn't have done it without each one of you. 

 

Other notes:

  Save the date: The Christmas Party will be at the Hopkins's January 9. Re-gift those presents. 

  Smaller markers for the Central Regional???

  Carl will arrange for the restrooms to be serviced.

  Thanks to Harley and Bruce for improving the roads.

  Don't forget when locking the Quarry gate to include all links so all locks are effective.

  How do we get and keep more riders? Events closer to KC: Hopkins new place, Ken's, Mike's, and Russ's.  T&E News?

  There will be an Endurocross in Lawrence January 2nd. 

 

Thanks,

Richard Bowden

MATT President

 

October 2015 Hot Dog Trials Review

 

Greetings trials enthusiasts!  I would like to begin by reminding everyone it is flu and cough season so please remember to perform preventative immunizations.

The annual MATT Hot Dog Trials was hosted by Bruce Carver, Carl Hopkins and their supporting cast of family members and friends, thank you all for a great time! If you attended this event you know how much fun was had by all. On Saturday night a great feast of hot dogs, chili, brats and a bevy of desserts was devoured by attendees! After dark, the quarry was filled with shadows, witches, zombies, princesses, Iron Man et al, plus a very large lit up walking stick man, that demanded treats of all kinds! (Note: I kept all the Tootsie Rolls from our assortment.)  If you did not attend (what’s up with that?) then not only did you miss all the above, but also some great weather AND a very fun, challenging trials!  Bruce, Carl and supporting cast even fed us after the event!

Twenty one riders competed in 5 classes; each attacked 8 sections for 3 loops.  In the Novice class, Keri Dennis edged out Loren Clark and newcomer young Cage Carpenter for the win.  The Amateur class saw Jim Thornton hold off Jim Levett and returning crowd favorite Craig Lisher who struggled to harness the overwhelming power of his “Ray Lisher Memorial TL125” in its MATT debut.  The Intermediate class was dominated by Randy “Hulk” Dennis, amazingly followed by Ken Brown (I say amazingly because he failed to gloat about beating this humble writer) edging out the visiting Nebraska pilot, Dave Zorne by one point.  The Expert class had a nice turnout but the home boys bested the visitors: Marc Carpenter takes the win in a very tight race with Steve Morgan in 2nd and Bill “One Wing” Sanderson third. Chris Williams, I guess you need to become a MATT member so you can get the home court advantage! The two master riders engaged in a friendly one on one competition and I think I heard that the home field advantage failed MATT’s own Bruce Carver as Nebraska Master Steve Clark stayed on the pegs for the win; though I’m not sure they kept score as none were recorded on the score board!

Special thanks to the MWTA riders who came in for the fun: Steve Clark and his lovely daughter and son, Loren and Dylan and the father/son team of Dave and Sean Zorne.

Section 1 was the most challenging for the INT class; a twisting, turning romp thru an assortment of rocks that frequently changed position as riders completed the test. We did not ride 2. Section 3 had some fun multiple lines but was not new Pres Richard’s favorite as the pilot made his GG look like a helicopter crash at the base of the big rocks he was supposed to climb!  No harm was done to the pilot or GG.  Section 4 was FUN but Dave Z got lost in it his first ride.  Number 5 was on a rocky hillside with a BUNCH of logs and some interesting line choices. Mike C got sideways on some loose rocks and both he and his GG were sliding boots and back wheel first towards the exit like it was home plate! The initial call was safe but after review he did not make it out the exit.  Mike pleaded with the judges for style points and was thus awarded 5.  Section 6 was also FUN but the uphill entrance across some huge tree roots was a bit intimidating to new Intermediate Jonathan K, but after the first loop, Fear was not a Factor for him.  The entrance to #8 had a big pucker factor (and I don’t mean lips!) up across and down a rocky hillside then over, up and down a rock pile exiting over a loose pile of rocks that changed with  every ride!  Randy D put a foot on a large rock at one point and it started to roll almost taking him and bike down with it!  Section 9 was in a gulley with a number of different lines and was also lots of fun.

Yes I skipped #7. This section was in an area we call “The Mind Field”, a large area covered with large rocks.  I broke the Cardinal rule of competition at this section. I was teasing Dylan C to be careful in the somewhat long flat area of the section. Dylan rode it cleanly, now it is my turn. I came in going down over some flat rocks and made a right turn where we had to negotiate a HUGE boulder! It had a crown on top some 2 feet by 2 feet but only 3 inches tall that rested on top of this humongous stone that had to be 4 feet square and 5 feet tall! We may never know because only the crown peeked above flat level ground.  Just as my rear wheel kissed the 3” edge of the crown, it coughed and died! Bad Karma!  Forgive me all ye Trials gods! Perhaps if I had preventatively immunized my trusty GG it would not have coughed?  Come to think of it, Randy D’s bike had a case of a runny transmission, dripping a reddish, almost blood-like substance on Saturday before the event.  It could have been the source for the flu like symptoms passed around to other GGassers!  I know mine was not the only one to cough and die, Ken B’s GG sounded wheezy and Chris W’s bike sounded throaty like a terrible sore throat! So please perform your preventative immunization IMMEDIATELY!

BTW:  During our June trials Jim Bridges, who doesn’t like down hills anyway, got off line half way down a section during the event.  Jim could not free himself and his bike to get out of the section.  So Randy D rode up and parked at the top of the hill and walked down to Jim.  Jim asked “Are you going to ride my bike to the bottom?”  Randy replied in his Mizzourah drawl “Oh, naugh.”  Then standing alongside of the bike he grabbed the Gasser by the frame, lifted it off the ground and carried it to the top of the hill!!  I LMAO and hollered “Are you going to carry Jim up too?”  Randy replied “Well I tried to get him to stay on but he wouldn’t do it!”  Thus: Randy “Hulk” Dennis.

Last bit of news: I saw Nate Dennis test riding trials bikes after the event and man does he look good!  I sure hope he gets another bike and resumes riding trials.  I love to see him ride, especially since he is not in my class!

 

NOVICE

L1

L2

L3

Total

Keri Dennis

3

3

2

8

Loren Clark

1

2

9

12

Cage Carpenter

17

17

11

45

AMATEUR

 

 

 

 

Jim Thornton

5

5

0

10

Jim Levett

10

4

1

15

Craig Lisher

9

10

7

26

INTERMEDIATE

 

 

 

 

Randy Dennis

3

3

2

8

Ken Brown

8

3

5

16

Dave Zorne

11

4

2

17

Kelly Echterling

8

3

8

19

Dylan Clark

18

3

5

26

Richard Bowden

11

15

11

37

Jonathan Ketenburg

16

15

13

44

Mike Carpenter

15

12

19

46

EXPERT

 

 

 

 

Marc Carpenter

5

2

4

11

Steve Morgan

6

5

2

13

Bill Sanderson

4

5

5

14

Sean Zorne

8

5

7

20

MASTER

 

 

 

 

Steve Clark

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Bruce Carver

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Observation:  Keri and Randy are so in tune as a married couple that their loop scores were identical! Coincidence?

Next MATT event is November 15th same Bat time (11am) same Bat channel (Trenton, MO).

Next Central Regional is this weekend, October 24/25 in Cleveland, Oklahoma which is excellent trials riding grounds.