Livin' the Bling Dream

Of course this Sunday (October 5th!) is the Slabtoberfest Trial, so named in tribute to that beast of a monolith, The Slab. It's a freaking monster of a rock, just like this is gonna be one monster of a trial! All manner of great things await, from an expertly laid out California desert loop, to sweet, sweet finisher trinkets, and everything in between.Hyep. Those are somes mighty fine tags there, suh! Click 'em.

IT STARTS with Saturday's Adventure Ride. If you are feeling jaunty, join us for a challenging ride along the National Loop, high up to the Webster and Hogan plaques, and back down the stee-eep back. It's a mighty big ride, and not for the beginner, but the reward is the rest stop, at the plaques. Few riders, few PEOPLE, can say they've stood at this spot. Finishers are honored with hard-earned military-grade custom etched dog tags.

I'm gettin' all spiritual just thinking about it.

The fires rage on Saturday night, as we see whose paint we can melt. Somehow all this is followed by The Slabtoberfest Trial, at 10:00 sharp on Sunday morning. Be there early- there is bike inspection, sign-up, and general acclimatizing to be done. Bring your AMA card, too. Spectators, bring your parasol, camera, and sunblock and enjoy some close-by sections (and send me pictures!). Meanwhile, my man Sam reminded me to post this cool little video, which shows the spectacle that is Cougar Buttes. Enjoy. Click on the bottom right, and see the Hannons, Dean K, and Mr. Bennett go BIG time.

We'll see you this weekend! More info here.


Results, Round One AND Round Two!

Hey guys, when our day jobs are done, we do what we love, and that's get the results tabulated and proofed and posted! So without further adieu, I bring you, results! Both rounds. Read em and see you at Cougar Buttes!


Lucerne. Round 3.

In what is proving to be a very fast start to the SCTA MotoTrial Championship series, Plonkers Trials Club bring us Round 3- in just our second week of the season. If you are a Plonker, get out and help set up (if you would be so kind).

Word on the trail is that rain has transformed our beloved high desert, so everything is new again! Awww, so very fresh! So clean that bike, get used to the heat, because this is gonna be one HOT Slabtoberfest.

We have the cool color flier, just waiting for you and your toner supply. Print 'em as gifts!



Two weeks away. Just sayin'.

Oh and all you new riders, here's how our results work. After the event, the score cards, and the score sheets, are taken to Tim, our dedicated points tabulator. Tim checks for any errors, finalizes the score, and then they go out for a quick proofread. After approvals, Tim turns them into a PDF, and then we post them here, in our Competition and Results pull-down page. The whole process takes less than a week (Hey, you get what you pay for!), and then you can download, review, and start plotting your NEXT epic ride. In this case, that would be the SLABTOBERFEST at Cougar Buttes.

Welcome to Trials!


One-Two Punch!

Holey Moley that was one great weekend! All the kids came out swinging, and the season is most definitely ON. First off, a HUGE thank you to SDTR and Big Feets both. Each event was perfect, with unique challenges each day. Tree tunnels, creek slaloms, and whippy little jumps; the loop gave me a smile-ache. Each section challenged, with Erik Mattson's section 3 being the quintessential son of a beep on Saturday.

About those races... Let me see, Novice class- nice little rumble, with newcomer Ross Douglas taking the day on Saturday. Sportsman had Dave Booth taking charge, with young Shaun Merritt right on his tail.

Over in Intermediate, my Man Russ Victor takes the day, with Gabby right behind. (Must be something in the Santa Rosa water..) Morgan Tanke had saturday's third place, and Cole Cullins, skipping Sportsman classaltogether, getting Intermediate fourth. Watch out grown-ups, here he comes!

Tim Holm is still the man to beat in Clubman A, with Paul Oswald taking Sunday's event. Clubman B- Heck, that was me in first! I know- crazy times. Todd Bennett took a very competitive Advance class on Saturday. Finally, old man Andrew Oldar came out of retirement to firmly win on the Expert line. Ty Cullins, well, he's right there as well. It's only going to get better as the season goes on.

The weather? OMG, after weeks of heat waves and flash floods, the hills of Cahuilla were nothing short of perfect. light breeze, puffy clouds, and angels singing, I swear. Yours truly blasted home, sadly missing Sunday, but the reports are coming in, and I've only heard great things about the day's races.

More later. For now,

Peace love and trials.


Who's Ready to Rumble??

I am, that's for sure. And all of us are ready to kick off our new season with TWO events, in ONE weekend! MotoVentures is all polished up and ready to go.

If you've never ridden an event before, it's time to get off the fence and get on that bike and join us. If you're a regular, we KNOW we'll see you there.

Details can mostly be found on the Competition and Events page, and the map is here. Sign up at about 10:00 on Saturday, and 9:00 on Sunday.


Checkers Rule!

Hi all, a very big thank you to those who volunteered to check. You've stepped it up big time, and we are ready to run! See the awesome list below. These are not the section assignments, just the list of who will be checking each day.

Day 1, Sept 20, Big Feets:

Course Marshall- Don Copeland

1. Andrew Lofquist
2. Erik Mattson
3.Wes Turner
4. Andrew Oldar or Ken Melody
5. Mark Oldar
6. Don W/ Kelly K
7. Carlos Johnston

and on Day 2, Sept 21, SDTR:

Corse Marshall- Mark Miller
1. Rick Jenkins/Tom Hamann
2. Randy Lewis
3. Tim Holm
4. Loretta Holm
5. Jared Malmquist
6. Scott Clark
7. Gabby Caperon
8. Bill Bliven

We also have Ken Melody and Brock Bruggman on Saturday- we'll get it organized Saturday morning!!


-Damon B.


It's a Cahuilla Thing.

Hey, if you want to build a section, and ride some sweet loop this Sunday morning, 9/14, that would be cool. Help is welcome, bring a marker and park just like the guys in the picture above. It's cool like dat.

Thanks. Finally please show maximum respect when on the Cahuila site. We are there for event set-up by permission.

Come show the trials love.