AHRMA VINTAGE TRIALS CASPER DAY 2
Dawn breaks and we all rally round trying to put her back together………. but things are really quiet this
morning, no zinging two strokes buzzing through the pits, the venerable gentlemen are taking morning
coffee and not dressed for trials…….. maybe I have it wrong? But No! 0845 and the horns are blowing
and we will be on our way in 15 minutes.
So, Vintage first with a few of the moderns then part 2 of the Mosteller Cup this afternoon. One or two
non starters today with Derek Belvoir missing with the flu and Marty Paulson and Steve Doyle having a
day checking. 11 sections on the menu with my favorite appetizer by the start and for dessert the Lego
Land thing in reverse which looks even worse!
No 1 drops down into the river and then starts on the other side with the uphill rock steps and waterfalls
with a climb out through rocks, mud, and sapling stumps before a simple round the tree exit to the
checker. I watch this one for quite a while while the slime gets taken off and a line gets cleared for the
exit. Dave Lindeman was going well but slipped the back wheel off a rock and was lucky to get it out of
the undergrowth and keep forward motion. I take a wider line with less throttle and the Cub just rolls up
the incline for a nice clean.
Dave comes up the right but gets into trouble
Same line for Bill and a similar result while Mike looks on
A determined attack up the left for a good clean
Back across the brook and up the other side to 2 which starts in the water and follows the creek upward
before a left straight up out of the water into a round the tree which looks difficult but actually rides very
well, but as usual wrong power at the bottom and a slide off 5 is on the cards as many found out!
A small jaunt back down the hill to the river by the start for No 3. Downhill entry with multiple choices of
line, either over the logs and rocks or meander around all the obstacles as long as you finish on the far
side behind the marker and then come back for either a full bore blast up over some steps and a gully
climb out or around and about in the river to climb out on an untried adverse and then rejoin at the tree
before the exit. Both look doable but nobody seems to like the adverse turn. I elect for the many turns to
the far side and a full frontal up the gully. The Cub likes this one so still on a roll over to 4 behind the
Lining up on the far side of the creek of 3
There are two sections here on the big dry rocks and 4 really should not be a problem unless you lock
the front wheel on the downhill. Gentle long uphill, then cross hill through a dip and over some big but
simple rocks. Simple, steep downhill with a twist to the exit. 4 gone, 4 cleans and now for 5 which I
have to say is beyond a lot of the Premier bikes and won’t be easy for the moderns either.
Rick Woodward eases up the climb of 4
Zach Woodward at the summit of 4
Section 5 starts on the sidehill with either a choice of down the path to turn right then left on an uphill
adverse in very loose dirt to get around a big rock before climbing higher up to the tape behind a
monster boulder and picking a downhill line to regain the route for a sting in the tail exit. The other
choice is straight up a 3′ rock wall, bounce over that then stay high all the way to the top rock. A lot of
threes and fives and now a further choice comes to light as Dave Dewonia goes almost to the bottom
of the hill before turning and gets up with a three but then crossed his tracks on the way down for
another classic 5. Having spent at least 30 minutes here I eventually have a go and decide on the
straight up the rock attack. Up we go but forced to close the throttle as its very steep and bouncing over
the rock the engine stops for a feet up 5 ! I hadn’t realised how long I’d been looking and the engine
was stone cold, however it’s the line, I’m convinced.
Along the upper dirt track to 6 which doesn’t seem too hard with a straight uphill from the path to a
looping right 180 on the bank then a quick tight left 90 and through a narrow gate to the exit. All’s well
and back on the path (more of that later) and down the hill to the creek and section 7.
7 is a simple but tight twister through the trees with a few minor log crossings, must be the 2 line
“gimmee” so out of there and cross the creek a couple of times before finding 8.
This one I like the look of with a downhill start over rocks into mud, grass and water, over a big smooth
boulder into a right hand deep water plunge to climb out over slippery, muddy, gnarly rocks into an up
the bank quick squirt wall of death to a drop down left, right to the exit. Through the trees and back
across the river to 9 which I’ve seen before.
As far as I can see Section 9 is the same that I rode 4 years ago. Drop down into some deep squiggly
mud, avoid the slippery root and cross the river behind a rock, cross the river again onto a grass bank
then get ready to cross some muddy rocks before the steep climb out.
Down the track by the river to 10 which has some turns or over a log but both lines join to cross another
log and land on an adverse before a left, right on the bank into a full left 180 ducking under a branch
leading to an up the hill 180 right on loose shale and rocks to the finish. Dave Dewonia tries a sneaky
turnabout to avoid the log crossing but caught the case on the log depositing him firmly on the floor! I
stick with the natural line and it works.
A gentle ride back along the track to the start and the reverse of Lego Land. Well its tighter and the log
is higher this way and the final step after the Diamond is steeper too. Lose a dumb dab on the log but
finish the loop with 6.
At 1 nothing has changed and rocket up the last bank for a satisfying clean and rush into 2 which also
The left side line on 1
Back at 3 I’m told there have been some nasty crashes on the bank with Hugh Campbell getting a
ducking and bending his bars. I stick with the original line but it is harder and takes me for a dab. Also
of note here, and I feel sorry for him, was Mike Buckholz who rode the first two loops but didn’t notice he
hadn’t ridden this section. He only remembered he had missed it when he was on his final loop and
this mistake cost him TEN marks for the missed section dropping him to second in the class by ONE
A parade, or “Pride of Cubs” now follows;
Rick Woodward fords the stream of 3, where’s the kicker ?
Hugh Campbell going well until he hit the step and went for a swim
Mike Parsley elects to take the other exit
Full bore attack up the gully
No change at 4 so back to the nasty at 5 which has lots more loose dirt as a lot of struggling and
footwork has disturbed most of the hillside. With a nice warm motor I take the straight shot up the rock
but need a dab to get her lined up for the top but a much better line and very possible now I know it can
Plain sailing through 6,7,8 and 9 but a slip on the log in 10 takes another point. At Lego Land more
indecision and some frantic clutch work takes a very clumsy 3. Total for this loop another 6 for a 2 loop
total of 12.
Try again so off on the final loop cleaning 1 and 2 with ease.
Ed slipped nicely through 1 avoiding the tree this time!
Ty Lindeman on 1
3 cleans here on my favorite section
Re-walk 3 but it looks to have gone back the other way and is not as bad as the second loop. Many
riders are taking the alternate route and that seems to be working as well. With 3 and 4 behind me
attack 5 for the final time.
Up 3 for the last time
Favoring the straight up line I’m in and going well when the bike stops dead! The right footrest has slid
under a rock overhang and I’m going nowhere!!! Well that’s 2 fives here, hard to get any worse.
Cleans all the way to Lego Land and instead of just riding it I’m messing with the clutch again and
before I know it I’m legging everywhere for another awful 3 and a loop total of 8 giving me 20 for the day.
Not too pleased with that untill I see everybody elses scores and then I see only one 2 line rider in front
More on the trail story, ……. somewhere along the track from 6 to 7 there lives a bush which overlaps the
track and lurking within the bush is an enormous boulder which Trialsmaster Dan Straka found while in
full flight! ……. the Full Flight continued, minus Honda, with Dan landing on his helmet and shoulders.
The afternoon comes so off to watch the pros in action until I pull up at Section 2 when the clutch cable
snaps! Must have been caused by all the frantic work in Section 11. I can’t find the solderless nipple so
have to use a smaller throttle one but it will do until we get home.