The US National MotoTrials Series moves on to the higher elevations of Colorado for rounds 3 and 4 at Texas Creek, on April 28–29, where Sherco USA’s Pat Smage hopes to build on the series lead he established as a result of his performances this past weekend in New Mexico. The Sherco USA rider swept both days of rounds 1 and 2 of the series near Roswell in dominating fashion.
The Colorado event will be a true test of each rider’s ability due to its slightly higher elevation, technical terrain, and intimidating rock walls.
GasGas North America teammates Alex Niederer and Daniel Blanc-Gonnet will be looking to continue the battle they had in New Mexico, which saw the two riders split runner-up finishes. Meanwhile, Beta USA’s Andreas Niederer, Sherco USA’s Sam Fastle, and Scorpa USA’s Quinn Wentzel will be waiting in the wings.
The Expert class battle should continue to rage as well. Last weekend, Sherco USA’s Josh Roper and Scorpa USA’s Alex Myers traded wins, while GasGas North America’s Micah Hertrich kept the two teenagers honest.
Another battle to look for in Colorado will be between Women’s Pro riders Maddie Hoover and Kylee Sweeten. Hoover won round 1 in a tiebreaker over Sweeten, but then turned around and won Sunday’s event by eight points.
If you are into exotic machinery, come check out the latest in motorcycle technology. During the competition, you will see 140-pound machines specially built in Spain, France, Italy, and Japan for conquering the craziest terrain imaginable. Over the years, manufacturers have used trials competition as a test bed for improvements such as fuel injection, water-cooling, and disc brakes. You saw all of these innovations on production trials bikes first!
The first rider takes off at 9 a.m. In addition to the Pro and Expert divisions, the US MotoTrials series offers several support classes for a host of age and ability ranges, including youth classes on Friday and Saturday.
This weekend’s event will take place at the Texas Creek OHV area. Almost all of the sections can be visited via the existing ATV trails and Jeep roads, making for good spectating. The pits will be in a designated area with convenient access, but since this is a public (BLM) area, dispersed camping is allowed as per the BLM land-use rules. The nearest amenities can be found in Canon City, Colorado (about 30 minutes east of Texas Creek on Highway 50).
To get to the event, from Salida, head east out of town on East Rainbow Boulevard/US 50 East. Continue approximate 31.1 miles to Fremont County Road 27. Turn north on Fremont County Road 27 to access trails.
If you’d like to see some of the most skilled athletes in the country riding motorcycles over insanely impossible terrain, then you need be to in Colorado this weekend!