A Brief Overview On The Art Of Trials Riding
Observed trials riding come in two forms, traditionally an outside sport where the rider is confronted with a series of natural obstacles. For example, the rider must attempt to ride over large boulders or rocks, navigate water courses, ascend or descend muddy bank etc; without stopping or touching the ground with their feet. These obstacles are called observed sections or subs. A great deal of throttle and clutch control along with a good sense of balance is required on the part of the rider to succeed. Penalties are awarded thus:- Stopping or failing to complete the observed section will cost you 5 marks lost, touching the ground twice or more with either foot, 3 marks lost, and one dab of either foot and you will forfeit 1 mark but if you “clean the section” you won’t incur a penalty.
Obviously, the rider with the least penalty points is the winner. Should there be a tie-break situation, then the rider with the fewer “5s” will take the honors.
When I was trials riding in the late ’60s and ’70s, a trials course often took in a degree of roadwork, maybe 20 miles or so, with about 30 subs.
Trials Riding Arena Style
The other form of trials riding is held in an indoor arena where the rider must overcome man made obstacles. in recent years the sections have got tougher and more imaginative on the part of the course builder, the rider is often confronted with obstacles that would seem impossible to tackle, but it is a credit to today’s young band of athletes who seem to defy gravity and balance, dance, hop and pirouette with their machines. The scoring is the same apart from the point of balancing the machine statically with both feet up whilst deciding on what line to take which won’t cost you any marks lost.
And Finally, Timed Trials Riding
Timed trials riding is a combination between observed trials sections and motocross. The object of the sport is to thrash around a closed circuit for an hour, but taking on a number of observed sections that are situated around different parts of the course, here, trials marking is applied. The winner is the rider that has completed the most laps with the fewest marks dropped on observation in the sections within the hour.
Alternatively, trials events, like the Scott Trial in Yorkshire, would take several hours, over open moorland against the clock with observed sections along the way.
Trials Riding Rocks.