We had another fantastic time this weekend, at another fabulously run Trials Inc competition. We're really impressed with and enjoying how this region manages their events. The scoring table/signup runs fluidly and consistently; the checkers are well educated and do a great job; the class difficulty seems pretty consistent across the 3 separate weekends we've gone. The rules are clear and followed more consistently than most sports and most events I've attended. The "youth" trials competitions held here REALLY impressed me. I'd often thought we needed something back home, back east, back 2 decades ago. Is it common now? I've no idea. But what a blast to see literally DOZENS of youngsters putting around on anything from Ocets to Beta 125s all weekend long, and earnestly giving their best through the youth mini-trials held in the morning prior to each event. <And LOVING IT that several of the youth trials classes have been won by young female riders!> SO...this weekend's competition... we chose to drive nearly 7 hours one way, to reach Newark Ohio before 1130am on Saturday morning. The private farm that allows the event was immaculately kept and the ownership so incredibly friendly and welcoming; the rules were clear and the event management worked to ensure that the owner's few, very reasonable requests were met. The novice sections (my lifelong difficulty level, and I'm ok with that) were mostly reasonable; they had what I would describe as a relatively high to a-little-too-high complexity and technical level for novice, but low fear factor. There was one I chose not to ride at all on Saturday that had an offcamber bank crossing and an offcamber 180 that I wasn't willing to risk -- even that section had an easy way to get around it and simply ride by, to the checker, to take my 5 and go on. The loop was VERY user friendly; I cannot remember a "deep gulp" point anywhere on the loop on Saturday. The upper level sections likewise seemed consistent, and Mike riding the Sportsman lines gave him good challenges all along the way. I saw him make 'the grimace face' more than once before tackling a line. Saturday night, as we're sleeping in the bed of our truck on an air mattress, the rain came. and came, and came, and brought some lightning just for entertainment. It rained enough, I decided I wouldn't ride Sunday. But at riders meeting, they let us know that they had 1) chosen the easier sections for sunday b/c of the threat of rain; 2) gone out sunday morning, ridden in the sections, and eased some of the lines to manage the weather conditions. Mike went and signed me up before I could change my mind :eek1 and off on the Sunday morning ride we went! Boy am I glad I did. Loop -- they had taken the time to select loop sections that were less likely to be flooded or slippy/slimey, making the loop still a VERY enjoyable ride, even after what was easily 2-3" of rain. They left in a really long section of very ridable loop that helped to spread the riders out (even if it did tire an old lady a bit...) Sections -- Sunday's sections were really high on the "loose/bowling ball type rocks" count. Again, the technical level was, IMHO, a bit over the top for novice (one section in particular, 1/3 of all novice rides were a 5 and another 1/3 were 3s) -- but the fear factor was very low and reasonable in nearly all. Again there was just 1 that I chose not to try all day (a log a bit thicker than I am comfortable trying to lift over). there was another - a long uphill section just strewn with those loose nasty rocks, that could've gotten bad and had a nasty 180 turn entry that gave us novices little chance to prepare -- MOST of my class 3'd the section all day. But again, nearly everything had a low scare factor, and gave us a good chance to test our skills. The Sunday sections were less effected by the weather and muddiness than Saturday' would've been; that was great thinking on a very capable CD's part! -- but remained very challenging for the upper level riders and really interesting for a rookie like me to watch. Anyway, wish I had photos to share. It was a GREAT event, so well run, and a venue we all dream of!! I can't recommend highly enough that others take the drive if you're even remotely close enough. We've been really impressed with all 3 TI events, and are very ready to go on to #4...just 2 weeks away! ps: did I mention I got a medal on Saturday, 7th place? WOOHOO!