January 2016 Newsline
From the President:†
Donít forget upcoming events:† February 21 at Russís. Pending weather.
January Trials Results
Due to 3Ē of snow over 1Ē of ice, the Postage Stamp Trials was postponed form January 1st to the 17th.† Special thanks to Russ and Jane for hosting the event and especially for treating us to chili and fixinsí!† Also thanks to those who brought other goodies!† I was on a diet; but convinced myself I needed the extra calories (cookies, brownies, guacamole and chips) due to the cold.
The week before this weekendís trials was beautiful, sunny with temperatures well into the 40s.† Sunday the 17th the temperature dropped to single digits and there was an inch or two of fresh snow. †The heartiest of club members braved the conditions along with some travelling competitors!† Jenean travelled in from Warrenton, MO.† We also had two new riders, John who works at Shawnee Cycle, and Eric from near Cabool, MO, who drove 250 miles to attend.† Thanks to all for coming in to ride with us!
Before the trials, Russ was out with his leaf blower blowing the light snow out of the sections. The temperature at the start was in the single digits with a 5 mph wind, but sunny. †A base layer under normal riding clothes, a couple pair of socks, and a jacket seemed to do the trick. Trials gloves were a little light and my hands needed to go in the coat pockets when not riding.† Mandatory stops for chili, coco, or a warm up were imposed by the Trials Masters, Russ and Larry, after each loop.†
Sections included railroad ties, off camber slab rocks, off camber tight turns, turns about trees, logs, and areas that handlebars do not fit through.† Yeah, it was a normal trials except railroad ties at 10 degrees have nearly zero traction and the slab rocks were similar.
Masters rode the Intermediate line, 10 sections total, with some changes for conditions.† I took as may dabs as possible to make the Masters look better.† Section 10 had a drop through the creek followed by Section 11 which required a run from the bottom of the hill for momentum due to ice at the start. Section 11 was up the hill to the driveway and an immediate downhill. You really didnít want to use much front brake down the rocks and after the creek; the rear brake was always frozen. †Well, letís say, it made for some interesting expressions coming down the hill.† Scott ended up with some clutch trouble and decided to repair it when it was warmer.
The lower classes rode two loops.† Eric was voted ĎMost Improvedí after riding the Novice line and going from a 25 on the first loop to a 7 on the second.† John, who looked like a natural born trials rider, did a great job on the Amateur line with his new motorcycle.† Jenean rode a fine trial with lots of encouragement from Julie.
Thanks to everyone who had a part in creating this event and a very special thanks to the travelling competitors who joined in the fun with us on this cold January Day!
NOVICE:††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† L1††††††† L2††††††† L3††††††† Tot
Eric Smith†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 25††††† 7 ††††††† †-††††††††† † 32
Jenean Wofford†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 16†††††† 24††††† - ††††††††† †40
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† AMATUER:
John Gray†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††††††† 22†††††† 14††††† -††††††††† 36
Richard Bowden†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 36†††††† 30†††††† 27†††††† †† 93
†††††† Scott Carpenter† †††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† -†††††††††† -†††††††††† -†††††††††† ††† DNF
Gregg Engle†††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† -†††††††††† -†††††††††† -†††††††††† ††† 59
Bill Sanderson†††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† 14†††††† 10†††††† 10†††††† ††† 34
Mark Carpenter††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† -†††††††††† -†††††††††† -†††††††††† ††† 23
p.s.:† Kelly was off doing W.O.R.K. this weekend. I look forward to his Newsline at the next trials.† Also for MATT members, if you havenít, please respond to Kellyís questionnaire for those who want to or have competed in the Central Regional Series.