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Old 01-18-2014, 07:41 AM   #1630
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Originally Posted by Vulfy View Post
Oh no, my idea was much simpler. Its basically a continuation of the GP8 idea. So far GP8 is sort of a benchmark simply because its very simple to set-up, film and the dimensions are set, so anybody can recreate it and compare their times to everybody else.

So my idea was in parallel to our local season and competition, do a monthly obstacle. Create a small course with 4-5 cones, post the exact dimensions of that course online, and have people recreate it, run and film it, and then post the results. So it wouldn't be a live interaction like you would get with a Google hangout, but I think it would encourage people to compete with others remotely like that, especially if they currently do not have anybody locally to run Gymkhana.

We will be running these monthly obstacles here in NY as well, so there will always be a baseline for people to beat/compare to.

Each month it will be a new obstacle. It just has to be very simple to set up. I'm thinking something along the lines of a square, with four cones at each corner, and one in the middle. So the cone configuration would stay the same, but the pattern would change each month.

We've (you Bama guys, UK guys and us here in NY) been doing this for a while now, we already have a number of obstacles that we've shared with each other and tried, there is plenty of video clips of people trying stuff out. So all this would do, is just organize it a little bit more.

We have people from all over the world in our FB group, who are following our posts and events, so the interest is there. I know I personally would have loved having something like this, when I was starting out, and was running GP8 all by myself. I'm hoping that if somebody picks this up and starts running the monthly courses and setting them up, that will generate more interest from their local riders, so they can find someone to ride with locally, faster.

What do you think?
yes to all of it.

my main goal has been to make folks better riders, and secondary to get satellite gk sessions happening on a regular basis.

here's some to go on that we have tried so far: there are no dimensions, but only because it's easier to Taylor tip larger bikes that way:

circle of trust (always first for new riders)

gp8 (gated)

the butterfly (people really like this one)

snake (advanced)

burnmuda (fast!)

can o pea (harder than it looks)

gozirra (haven't tried any of these on anyone else yet)

drunk monk

I only takes a minute to make up stuff on paint, then half an hour to ride out and see if it works.
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