What's New For Vintage Gate Trials This Season
I want to take this opportunity to thank all who came to our June 27 Gate Trial. We had riders from New Jersey, Delaware, Pennsylvania and North Carolina, as well as quite a few local riders, both seasoned and new. The atmosphere was relaxed and focused on having fun and challenging yourself. As more people try Gate Trials, many like the fact that they can decide for themselves, just how much they want to be challenged. New riders quickly caught on to Gate Trial scoring, as we posted checkers at sections for the first hour, helping riders understand their scores. We have the possibility of adding another location next year in central Maryland and we look forward to expanding our small series. With one event left this season on September 12, we will be posting a flyer here very soon. Scores for our June 27 event are posted here.
On a personal note, I was very encouraged to continue to promote Gate trials in our area, since feedback was very positive. We understand self-scoring is subject to more mistakes than traditional Trials scoring, however we know from experience that official checkers are also not perfect in their checking. With the focus on fun, no one was overly concerned about their score and placement, but just anxious to see how they did and compared to other riders. We plan to continue with self-checking to keep things simple and keep more people riding. This system also seems to eliminate those more concerned with being "winners", which works for us.
For those of you unfamiliar with Gate style Trials, you can click on the bottom button to the left for an overview of our Gate Trials. Basically, riders try to earn points, rather than keep from getting points, by attempting obstacles worth one or two points each. With several "gates" or obstacles within each section, riders can select whichever gates they feel they can take on without footing, since once a rider foots in a section he/she is no longer able to earn more points in that section. However, riders will keep points earned before they foot.
Here's what sign-up sheets will look like. We will have self-checking, and riders will be given a score card and a pen to keep their own scores and/or we will have pens just past the sections' exits Final scores will go onto the sign-up sheet and be available at the end of the day and later, on this website.
We have added a page of Trials accessories for sale. These include electronic ignitions, OKO carburetors, Betor Trials shocks, grips, Domino throttles, Tygon fuel hose, Dougherty and other levers, Renthal bars and more. We will add more items as they are requested. Click the "Trials Accessories" button To the left to see what we have.
This page was last updated: June 29, 2021
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Chad Buswood is the second place overall finisher at our June 27 Gate Trial in Taylorsville MD with 289 out of 320 points.