This last weekend was host to the NZ National Bike Trials Competition, held in Rotorua, in which myself, Pete Marchant (pete66) and Tony Melton all competed, and were lucky enough to be given our own unicycle category.
Since the bicyclists were using U.C.I rules (if anything that isnt tyre touches an obstacle, its a dab) we decided to adopt a new method, the free trials rules created by Kris Holm. I have to say, that these rules made the competition a lot more fun, and definitely more interesting, and we certainly got a few strange looks from the bikers. The sections were made of boxes, cable reels and demo gear all carefully arranged to challenge even the most experienced riders.
The highlight of the competition would probably have been an outstanding effort by Tony to complete an ‘expert’ section, with flying pedal grabs and a nice 2m drop-to-flat to end, it was very impressive indeed.
The result standing for the first day being :
1st - Tony
2nd - Me
3rd - Pete
The 2nd day held the North Island Outdoor Comp, which was a very rugged (in parts) collection of muddy trails, rock sections and log-skinnys. We all cracked off to a fine start, once again applying the free trials rules, Tony leading the way by clearing all the sections he tried, and Pete not far behind. I ended up having a few nasty bails, and removal of some skin due to sloppy tire placement on a rock section, which hampered my efforts for the rest of the day.
Results for outdoor
1st - Tony
2nd - Pete
3rd - Me
Nevertheless, it was a great weekend, and a good test run of the free-trials rules, and im looking forward to more competitions that make use of this new system.
P.S - i’ll upload some photos once i get a chance to sort them out.