Howdy folks, and welcome to Winter Trials, SoCal style.
Yes, we have had our very fair share of wet weather, and to be honest, Romoland is as green as the Scottish moorlands. We will be out today (Saturday), just tidying up the course, and making sure everything is safe and welcoming.
I've been following the weather, and Sunday is forecast to NOT be raining. Yes! The following is from the National Weather Service: Partly sunny, with a high near 56. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Please follow along on our facebook page, as I'll be posting live updates from the site.
Need I say more? The Happy Trial- Heck, ALL TRIALS, are built on volunteerism. This is your chance. Check why don't you? You receive the same championship points as if you won the event, so there is that, on top of the good Karma. We always need ten, or even more. So far, we have these fine ten. So, It looks like we are good to go. If anyone is interested in working the scorer's table with me, let me know.
1. Gabby C
2. Chris C
3. The Delaney Clan
4. Steve L/Ed Kocina
5. Captain Paul
6. Carlos J
7. Darrell P./Jessica Hurt
8. Kevin Barda! (Seldom Seen!)
10. Brad Hannon
The list above does not mean these are the ACTUAL sections these folks will be at, but I am starting to place people. Don't worry, I'll be working the scorer's table. I don't get off THAT easy.
Checkers do rule, by the way.
Oh the happiest indeed! Me, rolling up the dome this admittedly Super Sunday,to the spring wonderland that is Romoland. The place is sublime, with a few wintry surprises. The Valley boys of trials were out in full-on force. How many sections did we bang out? Oh that would be like eight. And sure, this trial has been built by nature's forces; crafted by winter rain and erosion, monzonite and moss. From there, it has been hand-crafted by some of trials' best. Chris Cullins and Russ, Yoda Clyde Butler. The masterful Captain Paul. The international contingent of Martin Belair, Miquel, Crofty and the Sweetens (here enjoying respite from Oregon's sideways, freezing, and apparently upside down, rain). The venerable Mikey Taters and Carlos. (Wenger, where WERE you?) Add this to the earlier work of Gabby, Erik Mattson and Darrell. These wonderful people got it DONE. Thank you, thank you all!
And now I can HAPPILY say, we got ourselves a trial. You know, on February 19th. I'll brag all about the loop and sections in a future post. Oh and PS: A few highlights from the archives, and a new one of Pete:
The Happy Trial, Under Construction...
Last Sunday we had ourselves a pretty full house at the VOTE set up extravaganza, out at stunning Romoland. All ten sections are marked, the loop is ribboned, and at least FOUR sections completely laid out for your riding or checking pleasure. HUGE thanks to Gabriela Caperon, Brad Allred, Russ Victor, Martin Belair, Erik Mattson, Steve, and of course, my man DUKE. We had riders from SoCal, Oregon (the Sweetens), Spain, and Czechoslovakia! Our very own world round for sure. See you all next Sunday for a little set-up help, right? Don't worry, that Superbowl game won't be on until you are home, bike cleaned and garaged, and a cold something or other in your hand.
PS: You wanna check? Let us know!
Long time Plonkers member, and my good friend, Johnny Ringo suffered a nasty desert racing crash last Sunday. The last report I got is he's in the ICU with two broken vertebrae in his neck. He's currently at Arrowhead Regional hospital in Colton. His wife, Jennifer, has been posting updates on facebook. Heal quickly, Johnny!
Ringo Update -
Johnny had surgery on Jan 27th and all went well. I visited him last Sunday and he was alert and in good spirits but still in a lot of pain. In the near future he'll be moved to Loma Linda hospital for extensive physical therapy and rehab.
I have no doubts that Johnny will make a full comeback, but in the meantime keep him in your thoughts..
Go Johnny Go!
It was awesome, the wet weather during the week made conditions freaking spectacular. Gabby and her gang of VOTE-ers put together one great trial. Just a day later, results are up! (Check 'em out here.)
We had a record SIXTY-ONE riders! and a full array of checkers, a course marshal, a fully-staffed scorer's table, and crowds of spectators lining up at Section 1. It seemed like a national it was so jam-packed! After the event, Gabby and company, rakes in hand, went out and essentially erased the trial, doing all that can be done to keep the BLM on our good side.
If you have any awesome pictures, send them my way.
-damon b, scta pres.
(Yes, the guy who fived Russ's section, only to have the video posted on Facebook. Oh the indignity!)
Ride on, people.
Southern California Trials Association. 2014