Rock and Roll Trials Club, Berwick, Maine

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  1. massrider

    massrider Been here awhile

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    Glad to hear the two day event is moving forward and that you have (almost) enough checkers for two days, looking forward to riding in Maine.
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  2. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    More event info: posters/flyers are being printed

    There will be "overnight parking" allowed.

    The club has decided to "go big" on trophies.

    Event t-shirt :

    Rock & Roll Trials Club_2017 Final draft BACK.jpg
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  3. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    FanFekinTastic! Nice write up Champ!
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  4. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Here's the trophies from the last event. This year will be similar, but not sure what color we went with. I'll post pictures as soon as they're ready. Should be only a couple weeks.

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  5. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Don't forget, free lunch and T-shirt for anyone who works the event. Followed by a BBQ for those who aren't in a hurry to get home. I can't guarantee the quality of the burgers, but the atmosphere will be phenomenal!

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  6. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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  7. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Big Work Day Turnout in Maine.

    This club has been around for many years, but has not put on a sanctioned trial for over a decade. This year marks a big change. All the official i's are dotted and t's crossed for the AMA and NETA sanctions. The BIG 2 day event in July is going to rival all the older, bigger clubs in New England.

    Jareth called a work day for Sunday (yesterday), when we normally ride. The turnout was phenomenal ! Our ride days typically have 6 or 7 riders, but this time we had 16 ! Many brought chain saws - Dick brought his tractor and a bush hog. The parking area was tripled, and the loops improved. The area has been logged recently so lots of punji sticks and other obstructions needed removing. An amazing amount of work was accomplished and a little riding was done too.

    On a personal note, you may know that I am doing my first year as a trials rider. So far NETA has had 2 events, one in MA and one in CT. I was second in both (novice class), making me the points leader for the series championship. Two riders have beaten me already, so I have my work cut out to maintain my lead. Fun work though.

    Also, a couple of months ago I was elected Treasurer of the club. So I am familiar with our finances. Right now we have about $50 in the bank and $1500 in obligations/debt related to the July event. We are hoping for a good turnout so we can reverse those figures for next year. Now that I have been to some other events, I can see that we are expending some extra effort to make it happen. Our trophies are way better than what I have seen elsewhere. And nobody else offered t-shirts for sale. Ours are in 3 colors - safety green, safety orange, and gray, with super graphics, sponsorship advertising, and priced RIGHT at $10.

    Y'all come.
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  8. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Insiders tip.

    The drawing on the t-shirt has some vegetation growing under the rider that looks like maybe a pine tree at first glance. It is actually corn stalks - clear if you look closer. This represents the local expression "give 'er some corn !" I bet you can guesss what that means.
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  9. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Yes, most people miss that. And the swing arm says "Gas-a Beat-a." I was riding a Beta when I had that drawn. And 'Splat' on the tank-frame. That's what you do when you come up short on a splatter!
    Credit goes to Tony Luongo of Rochester Motorsports.
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  10. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    I'll put my two cents in on the t shirt front : I have free t shirts coming out my ears from work, but they're all exceptionally high quality fabric so I wear them until they're destroyed. I could care less that I'm a walking Samsung advertisement. I'm not going to buy t shirts that are course fabric and uncomfortable, regardless of what's printed on them. I'm hopeful you got quality stuff....

    Id happily pay more for the quality, but regardless of how cheap they might be in not going to buy something I'll never wear because it's uncomfortable.
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  11. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    I think they're great. But you'll just have to see for yourself when you come to Berwick! I've started wearing mine to work.
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  12. wheelieman14

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    Thanks to R&RTC for showing us your awesome terrain and fun sections to play with, after the work party was done. Having watched the Spanish Gentleman ride "down" Widowmaker hill, I did manage to work up my courage by the end of the day to ride "Up" Widowmaker :-)

    Stu Preston seemed like he's had the Vertigo "Titanium" for years; looking very comfortable and Chris C is always fun to watch ride over "Advanced" obstacles... Even giving Ron C and myself some motivation to try the bigger obstacles ourselves!

    July 15-16 should be an awesome NETA event and I will gladly help wherever needed on Friday 7/14, if there are still some last minute things to be done.

    Champe, it was nice to meet you and glad to hear you are having fun in Novice C class. Remember this is really just for Fun and a hobby, so don't put pressure on yourself on a NETA Championship chase. Just ride your best and get in your work credit, then you will be amazed at the end of the season all the great friendships you made and the wonderful opportunities to ride premium sections in New England.
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  13. EastCoastHopper

    EastCoastHopper Feet up and Give 'er some corn!

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    Glad you could make it. I wish I was out there to see that, I very seldom go down that ledge and haven't ridden up it for a while because it's been wet almost every weekend and it's scary slippy when it's wet. I will be in Berwick from the 13th to the 17th if anyone wants to help out. Just let me know so I will be there when you are. I'll be in and out of the woods and off to buy supplies as needed. Make sure to get my Cell number too, I keep it with me in the woods when I'm expecting people to show up.
    Jareth
    :eek:)
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  14. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    Yo Wheelieman - good to meet you too. I have not seen anyone ride widowmaker down or up successfully. Photos or it didn't happen. Or come back and I will take the photos.

    Of course you are right to advise me not to get obsessed with a NETA points chase. But it turns out my main rival is a member of our club. Last week he rode up to me and yelled "Game On !". We only met a few weeks ago when we both rode our BMW 1150GS's to a club business meeting. Right away he challenged my odometer reading. I was proud to say it shows around 104000. So he says he has 140000.

    I think this is funny. He is a good guy and we have a lot in common. Apparently we both like a good contest. Adds to the fun. It does also add pressure - but I like it.

    Last week I was leading the points chase. After today he is the leader again - I was 4th and he was 2nd at the third NETA event - Brimfield MA. But the game is not over.
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  15. wheelieman14

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    Champe, 6 weeks until next NETA event hosted by R&RTC, then 4 more weeks until the next NETA event hosted by RITC in Exeter, RI. If you and "Bob C" are battling for Novice C championship; there is plenty of time for you guys to harass each other until the season picks back up again... Personally, I need to up my game quite a bit, since current Senior B points leader is "undefeated" in 2017 and rode four "perfect loops" of 32 cleaned sections with NO points dropped :-)
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  16. Champe

    Champe Been here awhile

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    As you say, it is 6 more weeks until the next NETA back to back event. And then, it is Bob's and my club hosting. We will be working those events and getting no points. It is very likely there will be a new points leader after that and it will be neither of us. So we do have a lot of time to improve our riding and physical shapes.

    You have quite a mark to beat (32 cleans out of 32 sections). May be time for your points leader to move up a class.
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  17. massrider

    massrider Been here awhile

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    And he did it on a TY350!
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  18. alpineboard

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    I hope he stays in Senior B, I like to watch him ride it.
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  19. wheelieman14

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    Yes indeed, Kurt has some incredible skills to ride that TY350 Monoshock and it is a pleasure watching him ride the Novice "B" lines in a section to give the rest of us a lesson on how it "should" be done. On this past Sunday, he would ride the section; then mentor a newer rider with some coaching on just what to do when riding through the same section.

    So now I'm really a firm believer that it is really about 90% rider and 10% bike to determine who gets the best score in any given day. Guess the rest of us are now looking for table scraps to see who else can finish in 2nd through 5th in the remaining NETA events. Personally, I still need to "Slow Down" and stop trying to "Rush" through the sections.
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  20. heffergm

    heffergm Long timer

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    You're still off on your percentages. It's more like 99.8% rider, 0.2% bike. Kurt could ride advanced, he's just moved down for whatever reason, like a lot of guys do, and he could do it on whatever lump with two wheels was laying around. Have you seen Wayne's bike? It's prehistoric, and it makes no difference. That's why trials is such a great motorsport.
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