European Motorcycle Trials
Over the Easter holiday I competed in a European motorcycle trial in Civita Castellan, Italy. I rode 12 section 2 lap over a 4 km course and had a time limit of 5 ½ hours to complete that in: I was 2004 British Champion in my age group (6-9).
The event is split into sections for a competitor to ride through an obstacle course while attempting to avoid touching the ground with their feet. The obstacles in the course may be of natural or constructed elements. In all sections, regardless of content, the designated route is carefully contrived to test the skill of the rider.
The possible scores in each section consist of 0, 1, 2, 3, or 5. If a competitor makes their way through the section without touching the ground with a foot, they earn a score of 0. If they touch the ground once, they receive a score of 1, and so on —as long as they complete the section without stalling the motor, dismounting, going out of bounds, or going backward. If the competitor fails to complete the section a score of 5 is earned. The winner is the competitor with the fewest points at the end of the event. Some events are also timed with penalty points assessed to late riders.
I came 11th in my class. I was competing against the best people in Europe. It was in the 13-17 age group which is a very tough class!!
Chris AlfIord, Year 10