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BikeTrial at the Trials Training Center
Sequatchie, Tennessee
09 October 2004
By Michael Friddell

Did somebody say something about rain? Oh yeah, that's right, only a forty percent chance, huh?! That forecast should have be more like this: "Light rain beginning at dawn, gradually getting harder as the day progresses and then tapering off once Mike Friddell's biketrials event concludes at around 3:00pm Eastern."

So yeah, it rained. As anyone who's ever been there can attest, the algae-covered rocks at the Trials Training Center get a "little" slippery when they are wet. Well, to be fair, not ALL the rocks were slippery - just most of them! Luckily, I knew there was a chance of rain so I tried to set the sections accordingly. I only had to make a couple of minor changes. I set all of the sections in a totally different area from the past events, called Dry Water Creek. It seems to have a nearly infinite number of possible lines so I'm looking forward to doing some future events in this area.

I have to say that I did expect a bigger turnout for this event. While it was awesome to have so many riders from other areas such as North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Ohio, I was a little disappointed to see only four of my fellow Tennessee riders. Hopefully, we'll see a few more at the Ocoee in two weeks.

Overall, everyone seemed to have a great time, despite the rain. I know I had a lot of fun putting together some "scratch-your-head" sections and seeing how each person came at them differently. The rain just added another dimension.

A big thanks to Dan, Bub, Charlie and everyone else at the TTC for keeping the place running and allowing me put on my events. I also must thank Murfreesboro Outdoor and Bike, Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and Red Bull for their indispensable support. Finally, thanks to all the riders and especially those whom I've gotten to know personally for all your words of encouragement. If nothing else, I enjoy putting on these events to see old friends and make new ones.


Results:

Beginner 26-inch
1. Jon Owens   31
2. Jason Wagnon   32
3. Chris Bond   46

Beginner 20-inch
1. Ben Myburgh   34

Sport 26-inch
1. Chris Layda   21
2. Melvyn Molder   22
3. Craig Durkin   33

Sport 20-inch
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Expert 26-inch
1. Chuck Sherman   54

Expert 20-inch
1. Lance Kleffman   47
2. Dave Campbell   52
3. Chuck Sherman   60

Pro 26-inch
1. Andy Listes   29

Pro 20-inch
1. Tom McNeal   32


Photos:

Ben Myburgh - Practice
Ben Myburgh - Practice

Jon Owens - Beginner Section 3
Jon Owens - Beginner Section 3

Jason Wagnon - Beginner Section 4
Jason Wagnon - Beginner Section 4

Chris Layda - Practice
Chris Layda - Practice

Chris Layda - Sport Section 3
Chris Layda - Sport Section 3

Lance Kleffman - Practice
Lance Kleffman - Practice

Lance Kleffman - Expert Section 2
Lance Kleffman - Expert Section 2

Dave Campbell - Expert Section 2
Dave Campbell - Expert Section 2

Dave Campbell - Expert Section 6
Dave Campbell - Expert Section 6

Andy Listes - Pro Section 2
Andy Listes - Pro Section 2

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