NITRO Event Standards

The novice class should be made easy enough to get through where a beginning rider can just sit down on his bike and paddle through without falling. We want riders to keep coming back and not quit because it's to hard. 

Here are some basics of section layout. 

There should be no logs over skid plate height and they must be able to hit the log square and have at least two bike length before the obstacle. Hill climbs should be approached straight up-and-down with no off camber turns for them to negotiate. Slight turns on mild uphills are permitted but not on downhills. Remember the 2 bike lengths rule. Points should be taken from them by making tight turns where they can dab without worrying about falling. Care should be taken that there are no roots or small logs that are angled which could cause the front wheel to wash out and cause a fall. 

When laying out a section for the novices an intermediate rider should be able to sit down on his trials bike in second gear with no clutch and ride the section with just a few dabs. An advanced or better rider should be able to sit down on the trials bike in third gear no clutch and clean it. Another way to look at it is on the difficult terrain give them plenty of room and tighten up the easier terrain for taking points. Make it fun for them. By giving them obstacles that they can ride over they may keep riding our events. Remember they have to get to the sections and park so keep this in mind when laying out the sections and loop.

Intermediate class should be where a Rider with some experience can ride and challenge himself on a trial bike. The difference between intermediate and novice is that they have some experience and are not afraid to fall. Logs should be right at skid plate height or a few inches higher for a maximum but they should be able to hit them square. A six-inch log or smaller can be made to cross on an angle, at this level they should be able to unweigh the front wheel and do a small wheelie for bike control. The turns should be wide enough that if they miss their line they can still recover but not as wide as the novice class. Before an obstacle one bike length should be given to the rider for set up purposes. Off chamber turns on moderate hills are permitted but be sure that if they misstep and dab they will not fall far or hurt themselves especially on downhill off camber turns. You want to make sure they could just ride straight out to avoid trouble. A good rule of thumb for laying out intermediate lines for an advanced or higher rider is to use second gear without clutch and try to clean it. An advanced rider probably will probably dab a few times but an expert or champ rider should be able to clean it. Remember the one bike length after setup for obstacles.

The advanced class is for the trials enthusiasts that are experienced. Logs can be higher but not high enough that one we'll can't touch the ground comfortably with the skid plate on the log. Such logs should be giving a straight approach with about a foot between their front wheel and the log after set up. Crossing logs on an angle should be limited to skid plate or slightly higher as long as it is safe on the other side. Care should be taking on off camber turns and crossing angled logs to allow for a run off if the rider gets in trouble. At this level the rider should be fully capable of placing the front wheel where he wants on the log on the other side a log et cetera. Turns could be tight as long as it is safe if mishandled. Care still should be taken on downhill turns and giving them room enough to turn in case they ever need a second chance at it figure 6 inches or so extra.

Remember to leave at least 12 inches between obstacle and front wheel of bike after set up.

The expert class riders should be the equivalent of sportsman class at nationals. These are very good riders but remember they have to be healthy enough to go to work on Monday. At this level the rider should be competent enough to move his front wheel around. Obstacles such as logs and rocks should be slightly bigger then for the advanced class but they should have no room for set up. Floating turns should be incorporated into the section. 

Remember to keep the sections safe although a spotter may be required at some of the bigger obstacles. 

The champ class is equivalent to the expert sportsman line at the nationals. These are very good riders and can place front and rear wheels where they want comfortably. When laying out sections since the average person would not be able to ride them, give them plenty of options. Make the sections tight where they are allowed to use their skills but don't make the obstacles ridiculous where a bad fall will put them out for the season.

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Cheat sheet for section layout

Novice : no clutch needed, 2 bike length approach, skid plate or smaller logs, no diagonal logs,  no off camber turns, 

Intermediate : 1 bike length approach, slightly above skid plate or smaller logs, 6 inch or smaller diagonal logs, easy camber turns with an escape route.

Advanced : 12 inch approach, 24 inch or smaller logs square on, 12 inch or smaller diagonal logs, off camber turns slightly wider than full lock to allow for errors.

Expert : full lock turn radius, floater turns, 36 inch logs square on, 24 inch diagonal logs, difficult but not dangerous off cambers.

Champ : hopping for setup required, rideable obstacles

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