2018 NATC Uniontown, Arkansas

Discussion in 'Trials' started by motobene, Jun 13, 2018 at 10:01 AM.

  1. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    I was the first to arrive with camping equipment on Tuesday.
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    Left the Casita there Wednesday to return home to the ranch to do ranchy things and take Claire home.

    What I saw of the area was terrain that is surprisingly similar to TTC. Forested with rocks sticking out of leaf- and moss-covered hillsides. I was told there is rocky creek, sand... in general a good bit of variety.

    The trials site is some or all in Oklahoma, in between Uniontown, AR, and Short, OK, about 20 minutes from Van Buren, AR, which is on I-40. Everything you need is right there on AR 59 north of I-40 in Van Buren. There's even an Aldi that has wonderful, sliced sourdough bread.

    The trials site is in Yeti country and feels quite remote. From Keenan Winters' mail box to the forested and open parking area is about a half mile of narrow road. This can be intimidating to the big rigs, but they do get through.

    It's going to be HOT for the weekend. I hope my cooling vest arrives today!
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  2. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    In the morning before most venture out:
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    Looks about the same around sundown as most run for cover from the heat.
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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    Keenan Winters' Trial Central is a great riding venue! Beautiful, big property. Open invite for riders. Be a great place to come and explore in the cool months.

    The event was/will be quite technical, with lots of interrupts of loose and fixed rock. Sure took points out of us all, and quite a few riders experienced some amount heat fatigue. It wasn't as hot as I thought it would be. I never got cramps, but many did.

    I came around to section 8 on loop two and it was closed. Alex Niederer got hurt there and had to wait on an ambulance. Fractured pelvis, in hospital, but 'alright', we we're told. That's all I know.

    Saw little of the Pros as usual. Did get to see Pat absolutely muscle through some sections on loop 3, and that was beautiful.
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    motobene Motoing for 46 years

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    I want to emphasize just how fun and satisfying the NATC nationals have been. So many fine and interesting folks and machines to hang out with.

    Nationals are LONG weekend affairs, as it is better to arrive Thursday and leave Monday. Ron Hensley and I were discussing how interesting these nationals have been compared to the typical local/regional event.
    Since the advent of the Clubman line and setting section difficulty not intended to grind the lower lines to dust, these events have become for the rest of us as well as the top guys and gals. While not intended for the rank beginner, as there is no sub Clubman line, spectating is educational.

    Kids are well covered because there is a separate event accessible to all skill levels, even strider. Kudos to Tom & Vicky Bachelor for making the kids events special!

    The historically newer Eastern and Western Series is a smart way to help reduce the massive size of our country.

    I just did not do nationals for decades. Now I'm glad I've finally started engaging in them!
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  5. lineaway

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    That sure sucks about Alex. Have a good ride today Bene. Watch out for that Bruce guy, he sneaks in a good ride here and there.:clap
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    That's too bad about Alex. Since Pat has upped his riding so much, I was looking forward to him taking 2nd this year.
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    I enjoyed spectating. Only got to see a few sections. By the time I walked the trail to the next section everyone was usually done. I started cutting across to where I heard bikes running.
    Impressive just like the last time I saw a trials in Tishomingo.
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    The sportsman class had 11 entrants today. The 10 riders who lost to the guy on a twin shock should go home and sell there modern bike, buy a twin shock and go learn the basics. Dustin won on a REFLEX!!!! :clap:D:jack:photog:lol3:rofl:-):1drink:imaposer:lol2:y0!:muutt:eek2:dunno:hmmmmm:loco:confused:augie:ear:fpalm:scratch:jjen:hide:pope:eyes:snore:bore:type:drif:raabia:viking:rogue:getiton:arch:smooch:killen:gdog:dhorse:dllama::topes:bash:stfu:dizave:stupid:gun1:2guns:boid:mulie:war:fitz:ken
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    Oh yeah, awesome ride BRUCE!!!!!!!!
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    Old Geezer Been here awhile

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    :hide Line you sure know how to make a point.
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    Brewtus Buffoonery, Inc.

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    I already had a Reflex. Pass. :nah

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    Well if it makes you happy C. Hertrich had the lowest score in all of sportsman on an old 315. :D
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    Move him up!! Oh, wait.
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