Central Arizona Trials is having the same soul-searchings. Trials masters are encouraged not to beat up the middle-aged guys who don't ride enough. We cancelled at least one event where attendance couldn't cover the land use fees. A few of the missing riders have showed up at the recent events, and it's good to see them. Trials isn't brutally expensive, but it costs a few hours a week and a few hundred a month to practice, travel, repair, and wear out a bike. The family guys multiply that by supporting young riders and it can get out of hand. [ My wife and I blew up a few VISA cards in the day, trying to be bicycle racers..!]
On the other hand, getting whomped by lineaway-on-an-antique- motorcycle at San Y this spring was one of the highlights of my year... the guy should move up!!