It's the first question on everyone's mind when they come to an event for the first time. Maybe its the first time riding trials ever. Maybe its the first event with a new club. Maybe its the first time at a new place, or with a new Trialsmaster. But the question is always the same.
What class do I ride?
A lot of riders know that classes can differ between different clubs. Some clubs are easy, some are hard, some are pretty consistent with how they set events and other seem to be all over the map.
MSTA's goal with our classes is first and foremost, make them fun. We want to make them as safe as possible. We want to be consistent. And we want to dial back the intensity (especially in the lower classes). Our goal with the lower classes is to focus on basic and technical trials skills, like learning clutch control and tight, off-camber turns into obstacles. Upper classes will focus more on bigger obstacles and advances trials skills like hopping and splatters.
The easiest way to decide what class is right for you is to go the day of the event and walk a few sections. Also, MSTA will allow you to ride up to three sections, return to the sign up table and switch to another class (higher or lower) and re-ride the sections without any penalties.
These are the classes we will be running in the 2019 season:
Senior Amateur (rides the Amateur line)
Vintage B (Twin shock, air cooled, drum brake bikes with no hydraulics) will ride the Amateur line
Senior Intermediate (rides the Intermediate line)
Vintage A (any bike manufactured before 1994) will ride the Intermediate line
Veteran (rides the Sportsman line)
Novice through Intermediate are considered lower level lines. Sportsman through Pro are upper level.
Our novice level lines are geared towards first time riders and riders just learning basic trials skills like clutch and throttle control or who have never been to an event before. The lines advance in difficulty and skill level all the way up to the most difficult and advanced line for the Pros.
Whether you are riding Novice, Pro or somewhere in between, our goal is to make our events fun yet challenging for riders. It's looking to be an amazing first season, and I can't wait to see everybody out there.
A new club? What's up with that?
Mountain States was born out of a need and a wish. A wish for more riding areas and more contests in the northern part of Colorado. We wanted to create a club that was focused on having fun, on family, and on having sections that were challenging and tricky without being dangerous. Our goal at every event is to send people home happy and smiling.
We are grateful in this first year that we are partnering with the Wyoming Trials Association, joining them for several of their events this season. We are also working to develop brand new riding areas in the northern Colorado area. That is why when you look at our schedule, you see the MSTA dates are TBD (to be determined). We have places to hold the events, but wanted to make sure they were finalized and set to go before we announced them. Also, while we hope the dates will not change, we will notify people as soon as we can of any updates. If anyone is interested in being a possible Trialsmaster next year for the MSTA dates, please contact us and let us know. All Trialsmasters will receive 19 points toward their year end total.
Like any brand new venture, this first year is going to have it's share of issues as we work the bugs out. However, the officers of the club have been meeting every two weeks working out rules and regulations. We will soon have a rulebook posted to the site and every member will receive a copy when they register with the club.
We are finalizing the membership form and hope to have that available on the website soon. All memberships will be a joint membership with Wyoming Trials.
If anyone is interested in being on our email list, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any suggestions for the club, or wish to get more involved, please let us know.
Hope to see you all out there next year! Trials up!