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Piute Palace Fun Trial!

Say what?
Well heck, with only about a month or so untill the O-fficial SCTA Championship Series, seems we could all use a FUN trial (with added extra fun) before we all go get our game faces on. Interested? Of course you are, you brave soul. And we all have Mr. CharliE Fajardo Rowlett to thank for the opportunity.
Let's see, where is this here FUN trial, this so-called Piute Palace? High in the Southern edge of the Sequoia National Forest, that's where. Need a map? Here's a Google Map pin. And here is a nice printable map, with directions.
When does this thing go down? Well, I'd say Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd. Big ol' (and brothers and sisters, I mean BIG) campfire, Saturday night, maybe a raffle, maybe an adult beverage or two. And just maybe, MAYBE, some super secret stupid FUN other activities, which you will just need to attend to understand.

Official Piute Palace Shuttle Unit. Don't ask, because I'm not saying anything more.Sunday is the super special and silly-pants FUN trial. Then even more funstivities, maybe a trip to the downed jet, (click here for what I'm talking about). Who knows, it is ALL good.
Plenty of camping, plenty of riding, and best of all non-existent cell phone service! Nirvana! Plenty more info here.


A New Season: SCTA 2017/2018

After a lengthy break from the SoCalTrials website, we are back up, and ready for the new competition season. The schedule has been worked on by all clubs, and for the most part follows the exact same weekends we have had for years.Bryan Roper, ripping it up at El Trial 47

Round 1 of our 8 round series will be held September 24th in sunny Lucerne Valley, California, at Cougar Buttes (pretty much the HOME of the Plonkers). From there, in late October we'll be headed to Cahuilla, for rounds 2 and 3, with the two days being hosted by the boys from down south, San Diego Trials Riders (SDTR). Next on the schedule will be Keyesville in December, hosted by Big Feets.

A mid-winter fun ride will be held in early January at Romoland, and then the competition picks back up for another two rounds the weekend of February 17. these will also be at Romoland, and hosted by Valley Observed Trials Enthusiasts (VOTE). March 11 we are back in the high desert with the Plonkers for round 7. then finally, the grandaddy of them all, the 48th annual El Trial de España returns to Cahuilla, at Motoventures, April 21st and 22nd. This event is getting bigger and better with each season, and we are gearing up for the 50th! That is some serious history, right here in our own backyard.

So start your practicing, renew your AMA card, hell- get a new bike! We will see YOU real soon!


The 2017/2018 Schedule is Now Posted

Hi all,

Hope you've been enjoying the past month or so. I have been slow to get the new schedule posted, but alas, I have gone and posted it. Keep in mind, this is TENTATIVE, but I am pretty sure all the dates work. take a look over at the Competition Calendar page, and we will see you all in September!


SCTA Fun Trial, this Sunday!

This Sunday, 11:00 am. Be there! Where? MotoVentures, of course! Below, just a few pictures of the gang, full of smiles and sass. The price is cheap and the cause is great. Donation to ride (Bigger donation=better Karma), and $5 land use fee, per rider. Heck- the largest donation will buy YOU the position of team captain, says me. See all my trials friends, this Sunday, May 21. Happy face.


SCTA Year-End Awards, And the Fund Trial.

Morning folks.
in 12 short days, we host our end of year Fun Trial, AKA the Fund Trial, at Motoventures. This event is all fun, and you can ride for FREE! Or, you can toss a few bucks, say $20, to ride. Where does this money go? It goes directly to our youth riders who are out representing SoCal as they compete in National events this summer. Ever driven a truck across the country, stayed in hotels along the way, or even camp? It costs, brother. The money we collect at our Fund Trial goes straight to these young riders to help offset the costs (that their parents pay).Hannon Sr. Showing serious style. Keyesville.

Also, as the end of year event, we have IRONMAN awards! And the Championship trophies! Come on out, especially if your name is Ed Kocina, or Murphy Aaron, or even Brad Allred, Brad Hannon, Bill Merritt or Cole Cullins. Heck- even if you are Scott Alten! Because if you are one of these guys, you are our 2016/2017 Champions!

When is this spectacular event? Sunday, May 21st, at Motoventures. Gate trial set up, which I'll explain in a future post. Don't worry, its fun, and guess what? High score wins!

So, see you in a few days, yes?


El Trial de España, 2017, and Beyond!

Hi folks, the mighty SCTA keeps on rolling along here. We now have the official El Trial 47 results up and ready for your viewing pleasure (thanks as usual to the mega-results king, Erik Mattson).Neiderer. Roper. Blanc-Gonnet. Well played, men.A few of my 200-plus pictures have been uploaded, over on the Photos page. Our heck- our SCTA year-end Fund Trial has been set (May 21, just to let you know). So much action, I can't keep up! See you all at the Fun(d) Trial.

-Damon B.


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

Hi Friends,

Just a quick note. Thank you all for supporting the El Trial de España. 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 Bryan 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.Bryan Roper on yet another clean. Captain O keeping the score.
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 España. Looking forward to seeing you all at the 48th El Trial de Espana.
Congratulations to Bryan Roper our new El Trial de España 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!