Empire Tryal Center- 2021 Season-- (Please send an email to Mike@TryalsShop.com if you would like to be added to this Newsletter mailing list-- )
From the Newsletter: Below is an outline for the 2021 E.T.C. Activity Schedule. I have decided to implement the Marathon Trial format for 2021. There was a great response to having the property continually marked for practice, training, and Marathon-Style competition. Thanks to all who came out October 2020 for the "trial Trial" and encouraged us to continue this system where you can pick your own riding date(s), time, and weather. For the 2021 season I will have 3 events (and hopefully the Annual Halloween Season Final Event too). Spring Event---May thru June, Summer Event---July thru August, Fall Event---September thru October.
Each event will remain marked for the 2 full months and you may ride it as many times as you like during those 2 months to better your score for that event. Riders are also welcome to come and use the course for practice and training anytime, as they wish. We will be open for day riding (or under the lights) 7 days a week. We do ask that you check with us for Sunday riding times (as we typically open later that day). The Season's cost remains $75 and since this last year was minimized due to Covid, anyone who paid for 2020 is already set for the 2021 season. Couples and Families with adult riders will be set for $100, and (as always) Oset Riders are Free.
Each event will consist of 10 gate-style sections---3 loops. Each section will have 10 points to earn in it. 5 one-point gates, one 2-point gate, and one 3-point gates. A perfect score would be 300 points with a total of 30 rides if you're riding all the gates. As we know, the majority of the riders would not be attempting all the gates which is one of the reasons there are 3 levels of difficulty in each section. These 3 Marathon Events will be a series in the 2021 season, with year-end recognition (below) for those who participated. We will also keep you informed of 'who's doing what' via Scoreboard emails and Facebook posts throughout the season.
The level of each class will be determined by a number system: The 100 class level will be achieving 100 points or better for a total score for the Trial. A perfect series score for the 3 events would be a 300 series. Riders who can achieve that goal will receive a special Tryals Shop E.T.C. Elite 300 shirt. The 200 class level needs to achieve 200 points or better for a total score for the Trial. A perfect series score for the 3 events would be a 600 series. Riders who can achieve that goal will receive a special Tryals Shop E.T.C. Elite 600 shirt. The 300 class level needs to achieve 300 points (which is every possible point) for a total score for the Trial. A perfect series score for the 3 events would be a 900 series. Riders who can achieve that goal will receive a special Tryals Shop E.T.C. Elite 900 shirt.
Although designed for fun, the sections will be that and MUCH more. The structured format of this system is fine-tuned so that riders will have a measured way to improve their abilities. Riders who have practiced with me will recognize the format. A lot of thought went into the sections for the Marathon Test Event, and I was very pleased with the result. Several riders improved their scores/abilities, and I know several came back for another attempt at a better score. The sections will always be very generous with multiple ways of making the gates, plus many possibilities of creating a unique line by adding any (or many) of the unmarked obstacles within the taped boundaries. Finding a way around them is always an option as well- and my effort will always be at keeping the events consistent and the marking simple. The sections will always be designed for all Trial bikes. Youth/Oset friendly, Vintage/Modern Friendly.
As I always say, this property continues to be purpose-built each year, with just one goal in mind-Enjoying Trials. Hope to see you for the 2021 Season. Be well. Mike