Trials

This is similar to bicycle or motorcycle Trials. Competitors have to negotiate a series of obstacles without dabbing their foot on the ground.  It is a test of balance and nerve as they hop and ride their way through structures that are up to six feet off the ground. This also includes the speed trials, high jump, and long jump competitions.

What is considered to be part of the Trials Competitions
The group of Trials competitions are considered to be:

  • Trials competition itself (of course), this would include the beginner class, advanced/expert class, and the final National Championship Round
  • Speed Trials
  • High Jump
  • Long Jump

Schedule
If you are thinking about participating in any of the Trials competitions, here are the times you want to know.
(The official and possibly more accurate schedule is located here.)
Friday, July 22

  • Start bringing in stuff for the Trials course

Saturday, July 23

  • Trials course will be built during the day. You are welcome to come and practice on obstacles once they are assembled.

Sunday, July 24

  • 8:00-10:00 : Trials practice. This will be your last chance to get some practice in on the obstacles.
  • 10:00-11:00 : Beginners Trials. On the same course, but can get a hand on obstacles.
  • 11:00-1:00 : Advanced/Expert Competition. Change in the rules this year.
  • 12:00-3:00 : High and Long Jump
  • 12:00-3:30 : Speed Trials
  • 2:00 : Announce/post the riders that will be in the Championship Round
  • 4:00-5:00 : Trials Final National Championship Round

Questions on what all this means? Read below for more details.

Trials Competition Rules

  • Beginner Class – Easier lines, riders can use hand. This is the same as the previous Nationals. Competition Length: 1 hour
  • Advanced/Expert Class – Advanced and Expert would be combined. There will be about 30 sections with 4 lines in each section for a maximum total of 120 lines. For each of the four lines in a section, the first one is easier and they get progressively harder with the last one being (hopefully) quite hard. The first line (A) in a section is worth 1 point, (B) lines 2 points, (C) lines 3 points, and (D) lines worth 4 points. Almost every section will have a (A) and (B) but depending on the line, it may not have a (C) or (D). The score card will indicate which sections have what available lines. Competition Length: 2 hours
  • Final National Championship Round: At least the top 6 male and top 6 female from the Advanced/Expert Class would be entered into the final round. Announcements for the riders who make it into the Final Round will happen about 1 hour after the Advanced/Expert competition has ended. The course will be changed to make it more challenging for the top riders. The male lines will be different then the female lines. Competition Length: 30-60 minutes.

What level should I compete in for the Trials Comp?
If you have trouble jumping up 33 cm (12”), I would think about the Beginner Class. We are trying something new this year with the Adv/Exp having four levels of difficulty for each section. This means that if you are just getting into trials and want to Adv/Exp, there should be enough lines for you. Still on the fence? Look at the course and make a last minute decision based on the lines.

Volunteers
We need volunteers for the following:

  • Building the Trials course. Building stuff is fun. This could also be fun. We will have all the tools, just need your help. Volunteer for 30 minutes or all day. If you ask really nicely, we may even let you wear a tool belt.
  • Line Judges. Every section needs a line judge for all three competitions, Beginner, Advanced/Expert, and Final Championship Round. Your job would be to watch the riders and make sure they complete the required line sign. While volunteering for all three competitions would be great, do your civic duty and volunteer for one of the competitions.
  • Tearing down the Trials course. Just like building but even more fun. With your expertise in demolition, it will go a lot faster too.
  • High and Long Jump. Be the official in charge of watching some amazing height or distance.

Trials Course Design – Google SketchUp
The course this year is being designed ahead of time using the modeling program Google SketchUp. The sections are designed by Andy Cotter in Minnesota, built in Madison, taken back apart, and stored until the competition. With minimal time available to setup the Trials course this year, hopefully all the pre-designing and pre-building will make it all work out. In order to give everybody the same opportunity to view the obstacles, the whole trials layout will be made available (online soon). While the obstacles will be made available, the actual lines on the obstacles will be kept secret until the day of the competition.

Trials Organizers
Director: Andy Cotter
Madison on site consultants, obstacle procurement, and builders: Randy Stefan, Jeff Wilton, and Scott Wilton

Questions
Send questions or comments to Andy Cotter.