Monday, November 29, 2010

Trials + Family = Fun

Yes, it's a staged photo, but only for the purpose of getting the kids to stand still long enough to get a photo. Otherwise, they try to ride on the rocks as best they can... which isn't much at such a young age, but at least they try... and for that, I love them all the more.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Trials Demo at Landahl

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to join some fellow trials riders to perform a short demo at the annual Take a Kid Mountain Biking day at Landahl Park in Blue Springs. Got to meet some great kids and observed several parents with some nice trials skills. Fun times for sure.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

An August Sunday at Krug Park

Sorry it's been so long. It's been a busy summer and as a result, I haven't been to a single competition. Steve came up from KC today for some riding at Krug... a welcome visit and some nice riding.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A quiet cloudy afternoon at Krug

Just me playing around on the rocks trying to stay out of the mud... wait a second... I'm not alone...

Sunday, May 9, 2010

2010 Krug Park Trials Comp Results

Wow... 20 riders at St. Joseph's first competition. 7 of them were pros. If you didn't make it up to the park you missed quite a show. The pros had to bust out some big moves and the Experts were pushed to the limit of skill and endurance. In the end, 8-Time National Champ, Mike Steidley came away with another win in the pro class. Great job, Mike!
I couldn't have pulled this thing off without all the help provided by my family, friends... especially you, Juston, and special thanks to the Minnesota crew for saving the day with their setup assistance.

I also wish to extend thanks to the City of St. Joseph for their continued support of cycling activities, especially observed trials.
Performance Plus Rehabilitation Center deserves a special thanks for their support of this and so many other local events. This crew is outstanding!

The pit BBQ skills of our good friend Tim Davis made for an awesome dinner after the comp. The huge pan of pulled pork didn't stand a chance with a house full of hungry guys. Tim, you rock!
Thanks to my friend and fellow rider, Steve Nelson for hosting half the riders at his home in Overland Park, KS over the weekend. Steve is always willing to go the extra mile for our sport.
Folks, make sure you stop by the Silver Spoon Cafe in downtown KC for some great food and don't forget to thank them for their support of bike trials in this region. Thanks Guys!
To Father Time and the rest of the southwest crew... Thank you all for getting this comp started. Ya'll stepped up and sparked the interest we needed to make this happen. My family and I love all you guys and it was great to see ya.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Krug Park Trials Comp - May 8, 2010

For years I didn't think a comp in St. Joseph would be possible... but the day is at hand. Thanks most of all to the City of St. Joseph for their continued support of cycling and for the creation of the Krug Park trials area. Of course, you can't have a trials comp without riders, so "Thanks" (in advance) to those of you that plan to participate. I'm hopeful that the day will bring fun times for all involved and perhaps spark a bit more local interest in Bike Trials.
May 8, 2010
Krug Park Trials Area
1100 Krug Park Drive
St. Joseph, MO 64505
Entry Fees: $30 Sport, Expert and Pro
$10 Beginner
Registration: 9AM - 10:45AM
Riders Mtg: 10:45AM - 11AM
Beginners: 11AM - 2PM
Sport, Exp, Pro: 11:30AM - 2:30PM
Awards: 2:45PM

Make sure you check out my earlier post for details about the trials area.

Krug Park Trials Area (1100 Krug Park Drive St. Joseph, MO 64505)

The Rock
The vast majority of rock is layered limestone with thicknesses ranging from 18" - 22". There are approximately 37 large boulders with several feet in thickness. The trials area is comprised of over 140 boulders total. The tallest rideable features range from 6' - 7'. As a result of the "square" dimensions of rock, many features have somewhat of an urban ride feel from the almost "platform" like stacking.

Why this particular set-up?
Being the only rider in our city, my goal is to grow the sport of trials in this area. Since it was a trials demonstration that prompted the city to express interest in expanding the amenities of our parks, I wanted to capitalize on the public's interest in "viewing" the sport. My hope is that spectators will become riders, thus I wanted the area to be spectator friendly. Additionally, I wanted to minimize the amount of work required by the city crews, so I positioned the areas around several large boulders that were already in place. The portion of the park where the trials area is situated is also the location of a couple of annual festivals, thus I had to leave a great deal of open space. The area is also situated at the primary trail head for the park's mountain bike trails, thus the primary location for related events.

As far as the individual boulder placement?... As the only rider... likely for a while... I wanted to make the area suitable for progression, so there are numerous short gaps and other Sport-Friendly features. This arrangement was an easy decision, because the city committed to moving things around in the future if I felt it was necessary. After all, the biggest part of the project was hauling the rock... and that's done. Now, it only requires a single operator and high-loader to move everything around. The entire area could be significantly rearranged in just a couple of hours due to the large open spacing of the park area.

Expert and Pro section intended for spectator "wow" factor and to take advantage of pre-existing permanently placed large rocks.

Expert and Pro section adjacent to Area 1 at the entrance to the trials area also intended to please the spectators. Very similar to Area 1 in design, but likely requires bigger moves.

Beginner, Sport and Expert area large enough for multiple sections. The rock spacing allows for a great deal of rolling moves, yet provides small scale gapping opportunities for sport level riders. There are plenty of sidehop options and larger gaps to challenge the experts or pro's as well. The downhill side of the area adds more challenge if desired. Beginners can weave through the rocks with tight turns and options for rolling onto and off of several rocks.

An ALL Classes area featuring large flat roll-over rocks as well as tall features with long gaps (up or drop) for experts and pros. Small to large sidehop options throughout.

Sport, Expert and Pro Area with multiple section potential. Easy to create some scary expert and pro lines yet a couple of options for just rolling and hucking your way through in the sport class.

Another All Classes area with off-camber rocks and terrain. Mostly large boulders for big ups, gaps and drops. Certainly some crowd pleasing expert and pro lines.

An All Classes area featuring numerous closely spaced rocks for rolling and hucking. Several big boulders for expert and pro riders. Plenty of ups and drops for Sport, Expert or Pro. Some good endurance lines running from one end to the other.

Please stop by if you have a chance.