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47th El Trial de Espana, done, dusted, let's do it again!

Hi Friends,

Just a quick note. Thank you all for supporting the El Trial de Espana. It was an exceptional event staged over two days that challenge all involved. 70 riders on Saturday and I think we had 50 riders on Sunday. The final shoot out Exhibition on Sunday was just super. Lots of spectators. Tremendous riding by Brian Roper, Alex Niederer, and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet. Amazing “World Round” style sections by Geoff Aaron and Jared Malmquist. If you missed it, YOU MISSED IT! It was the best.
Thank you to my friend Damon Barda for taking on the impossible and making it look easy. Thank you to my friend and our own force of nature, Gabriella Caperon for pushing and cajoling all of us to put in a little more effort for the good of the sport in the sweetest way. Thank you to all involved with set up and tear down. I love my checkers, thank you, thank you, thank you, to all who checked the event. Thank you to Jared Malmquist and his crew for following through on the special things that make EDTE special (raffle, exhibition). I know all of you appreciate the effort and energy it takes to do this event every year. Thank you all once again for supporting our effort to support the TDN Team and continue the SCTA tradition that is El Trial de Espana. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 48th El Trial de Espana.
Congratulations to Brian Roper our new El Trial de Espana Champion!
More official words and photos later this week.
Yours in sport,
Captain O 



El Trial, Edition Numero 47. 

This weekend: Southern California's world renown annual multi-day celebration of the sport of Trial. Anza CA.
For El Trial de España info and checker updates, >click here<.

We welcome the hearty, the hale. The top pros, the most ardent vintage riders. We welcome all to the 47th annual running of El Trial De Esapna. Many, I am sure, will arrive earlier for the famed Friday night festivities. The nation's best will be at El Trial. Bryan Roper will be there. Alex Niederer. Daniel Blanc-Gonnet. Ty Cullins. Heck- even our sections have been built by the masters of So Cal trials royalty. Even 10-time national champion Geoff Aaron was out, clearing scrub and fashioning what will prove to be one of our most extreme El Trial comps ever!

Here's the breakdown: Each day is one club event; Round 8 will occur on Saturday, and Round 9 on Sunday. After everyone finishes on Sunday, the pro riders re-group for the El Trial Shootout to crown the champion, and award the coveted EDTE sword.

Each day will require the usual $30 member/$40 non-member entry fee, and will have a trophy presentation after each event. Saturday, will have 10 sections and 3 loops. Sunday has the same three loops, but will feature only 8 sections, to keep things moving along. After that, we have what everyone is waiting for: the El Trial Pro Shootout!


El Trial News Flash!

For El Trial de España info and checker updates, >click here<.

...Oh yes we are getting some serious work in on the big El Trial. Many sections have been built. More than ten already. SERIOUS love to the men of SDTR. Jared, Ed, Jon and Scott. Jake too, and Matt on the '56 Ariel. Bliven and Marcus. Even more helped in previous weeks. The wonderfully shiny Ariel.VOTE was out as well, Gabby, Russ, Chris and I. And we are still looking for even more love, my peeps! I know some of my Plonker pals who will be out plotting and marking two Plonkeriffic sections of their own, Thursday before El Trial. So...
This weekend, Sunday to be exact, we need one more push. Motoventures is incredibly fun, the weather has been perfect. There is water flowing in the cricks. Flowers everywhere. You of course want to come out and lend a friendly hand. New guys, let's get involved! Old guys too. This is how you help the sport, and learn, and have fun with some amazing cool people. Don't worry, you'll have fun, and learn tons. Bring your lunch.

Also also also! My Friend Mr. Bill Markham called: Bill reminds us...

Western Youth National and Women's Championship June 8, 9, 10, 2017. Located at Tucker Ranch, Cototaxi, Colorado. . North on hwy 12, for 4 1/2 miles, follow the signs and pink ribbon at hwy 12 to the trial.  All brand-new sections! Rocky terrain at 5,500 feet, in the pines. Sign up is Wednesday, June 8 at 9:00 to noon, event begins at 1:00. Friday and Saturday starts at 9:00 am. Finally, local event on Sunday, at 10:00. Everyone rides.





Ride for Ringo, and El Trial, 47th Edition

Hi kids! OK, I know, I know, where's the pictures? Where are the results? All good and fair questions. Well first off, our stunning scorekeeper, Mr. Mattson, has crafted some brilliant (and Hawaiian themed!) results, and the series standings, which have been available for a while. I just kind of spaced on making a big thing about it. My bad. Erik's good. So, go check your results here, now.

And photo's? OK, I finally stopped my stupid day job, and got my pictures posted. A few lovely shots of all my trials besties, riding to and fro around the good ol 'Buttes. You may find them, in color no less, right over on our photos page.

And finally, we are getting VERY SERIOUS about the 47th annual, El Trial de Espana! held in Motoventures, and hosted by ALL CLUBS (yes, you), this one is our gift to Trial. You want to check. It's a 2-day. so just check. Let me know, either here or via Facebook, which day you are GOING TO CHECK.



Ride for Ringo, the (pre) Round-Up

Our biggest turnout in years and an immense outpouring of support for our fallen friend, Mr. Johnny Ringo. I'm blown away by everyone's support. I'll get photos and info up soon, but for now, let em just say on behalf of the Plonkers, THANK YOU.


Plonker Trial, this Weekend

Yep, this weekend, my friends!

Saturday Adventure Ride to the Plaques.
Friday (If you can swing it) Dual-Sport Ride to Joshua Tree for street-legal bikes
And Sunday:
Round 7 of the SoCal Trials Championship Series: The Ride for Ringo

Get your flier, and get your self out to the Buttes!



Oh heck yes. Only SIX days to go, to the Plonker's presented Ride for Ringo, (our seventh round of the mighty 2016/2017 SCTA Championship),and the sunny and warm climes of the high desert. The SCTA stopped by the 'Buttes this weekend, to check in our most passionate paternity of preposterously playful riders, the Plonkers! Of course the Hannons were there, with Brad banging out sections like no other. Clive, (shown somewhat horizontal, or perhaps characterized as diagonal) was representing, as was Tom Miller, and even my man, Tim Robel, riding big bikes, small bikes, and even Todd's bike! Oh and hey! proof of the power of healing, Todd Bennett was there, foot all be-healed, attitude back in alignment, and riding quite smoothly. Brad, Clive and Tom. Plonkers through and through.Advanced class, get ready for a comeback!

Me, I'll be posting all week, here and on Facebook. I want 60 riders! Please push the event along with me, on FB, online, Instagram, whatever. Heck, even on Tinder! Swipe right, my friends, swipe right.


Happy Results!

Oh My MY!
A wonderfully wet and wintery season, coupled with craft-built sections hewn and forged by america's finest builders. Ten challenges, all strewn along the 2-mile long, handle-bar width rollercoster of a loop. The twisty bit 'tween eight and nine? Best loop ever. Says me.

WHICH brings me to the reason for this post. You rode, right? Some sixty-one did, with sixty completing the day, triumphantly. We have results!
(Huge thank you as always to our man, Erik Mattson for banging them out!)
High scores, sure. What was evident in everyone's face, either on the loop or at the scorer's table, was perserverence. Such figurative and literal grit.