Think bush, the beaten track, you and your motorbike.
This is the reality of trials riding and everyone, no matter their skill level, can get involved.
Trials is not racing, it is simply you and your bike pitted against the terrain that lies in front of you.
It is a sport of balance, concentration and skill, which sees competitors take on an obstacle course of logs, boulders, streams and any other terrain you can imagine that can be tackled on two wheels.
Best of all, the sport can take place all year round, meaning rain, hail or shine, there will always be a challenge that needs conquering somewhere in our great state.
Who can get involved?
The simple answer to this question is EVERYONE.
From juniors aged seven years and above through to veterans from 40 to 70 years plus, there are classes to suit all riders abilities.
There are also classes available for Masters (35 years plus), Sidecar, Post-Classic (twin shock) and Classic.
As it is just you and the bike out there on the track, the sport remains very safe, as its all about control however this doesn’t mean it is boring… far from it.
In the higher classes riders really put on a show performing thrill-seeking tricks including air turns, bunny hops and bouncing from the front and rear wheels during turns.
The sport is not only great fun for the riders themselves, but also the spectators who can walk freely around the course.
From start to finish
Think natural terrain with rocks, creek beds, tree stumps and a lot of mud if you are lucky.
Each trial section is taped out and includes different colour markers to make sure the riders from each grade stay on course.
For example, if you are a trial 2 rider you would ride between the red markers, trial 3 riders would navigate the yellow course and so on.
You are also scored accordingly and unlike most sports, the aim is to score low.
A rider obtains one point each time he or she puts a foot down, otherwise known as a “dab”.
If the rider falls off or stalls the bike with their feet on the ground or if the bike moves backwards, they are given five points.
At the end of the day, the rider who earns their spot on the top of the podium has scored the least amount of points.