For the first time ever at Kawerau Woodfest we are pleased to announce the awesome addition of one of the fastest emerging pedal power sports in the World – BIKETRIALS - DEMO + COMP -
Mountain bike trials, also known as observed trials, is a discipline of mountain biking in which the rider attempts to pass through an obstacle course without setting foot to ground . Derived from motorcycle trials, it originated in Catalonia, Spain and is said to have been invented by the father of Ot Pi, a world champion motorcycle trials rider. Pi's father had wanted his son to learn motorcycle trials by practicing on an ordinary bicycle.
Trials’ riding is an extreme test of bicycle handling skills, over all kinds of obstacles, both natural and man-made. It now has a strong following worldwide and is growing in size in NZ. Skills taken from trials riding can be used practically on any bicycle for balance, for example controlled braking and track standing, or balancing on the bike without putting a foot down. Competition trial bikes are characterized by powerful brakes, wide handlebars, lightweight parts, single-speed low gearing, low tire pressures with a thick rear tire, distinctive frame geometry, and usually no seat.
Here is a taste of what you can expect this year at Woodfest (footage from the UCI World champs last year)
On Saturday a top crew of riders will perform various demos for the public on a specially designed Woodfest Course, whilst on Sunday rider and organiser Darcy Belfield will run a competition on site. This will see some of NZ’s finest riders go to battle against each other and Matt Foster the nations #1 trial rider will be in the mix.
The general principle in a bike trials competition is to ride a number of pre-marked sections, the winner being the rider with the fewest points at the end of the competition.
The maximum number of points that can be obtained in each section is 5; the lowest (and best) score is 0 points or 'clean'. The most common way to gain a point is by putting a foot down within a section; for this reason points are sometimes known as 'dabs'. Certain rules enforce the number of points gained within a section, for example, putting both feet down and a hand will result in 5 points. Exceeding the time limit for the course will either result in 5 points (BIU rules) or an additional point for every 15 seconds over the limit (UCI rules).