Happy Trails to you and your family!
Looking at the weather for Saturday, we've decided to cancel the first day. A small crew may still head out there but we're waiting to see the conditions tomorrow morning. We are still planning on having the Sunday workday unless the weather totally keeps us out. More updates to follow.
Brunes Mill Property Update
We hope everybody is recovering well from the heavy rainfall the Houston area has received over the past week. TRH extends thoughts and prayers to anyone that was negatively impacted by this event. In an effort not to draw attention away from the safety and security of familes that were affected by flood waters, we'd like to provide some information on the next couple of weeks with regard to the Brunes Mill property and the upcoming Sprint Enduro race. A small work party made it to the property this weekend to assess what the past week's weather left for us, and try to clean up any messes that affected the trails. Fortunately, Brunes Mill drains really well, and although it was wet and there was some damage, it was fairly minimal, and we have 2 weeks for it to continue to dry out, so it should be excellent conditions for race day. There was some talk of a washout on Brunes Mill road, which we currently don't know the status of, but we do know the washout was north of the property, so when traveling from Columbus, there are no problems with access. If you're coming from the north, we will provide updates as we receive them on if the washout is fixed. Until then, assume getting to the property from the south side.
Lynn Bailey took some pictures of the trails and the campground this weekend, which is looking beautiful as usual. We have another work weekend coming up, in which we will be setting up and getting the computer system ready for this new race format. If you're somewhat computer savvy, and think you would like to help out on race day, it would be helpful if you could attend one of the days coming up this weekend (4/30-5/1) so we can get people up to snuff on running the checkpoints. We will have 4 total checks, similar to an enduro, in which there will be two "check-ins" and two "check-outs." So we will need four 3-person crews running the checks. If you're interested in helping, please contact Brian Perret at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information to follow on this. Thanks to everybody that has already come out and helped, and we look forward to seeing you in the upcoming weekends!
Hello everyone! I hope that you are getting outside and riding your dirt bike in this beautiful weather. 2016 is shaping up to be another outstanding year for TRH, and there will NOT be a shortage of chances to ride and support club events.
CLUB NEWS AND INFO
Our next event will be on the weekend of May 14-15 at Brunes Mill in Columbus, Texas. Saturday will be a Fun Day for all TRH members - CLICK HERE FOR FLYER. This is a perfect chance to come out and ride the prepared Sprint Enduro course, camp if you want, or just hang out with your buddies. In February, TRH held a Hare Scrambles at Brunes Mill and the Saturday Fun Day saw as many riders as the Sunday event. The point is to come out and ride a beautiful property that we are lucky to have. You can sign up for your annual TRH Family membership ($45) at the gate, if you haven't already. Specific information concerning the Fun Day can be found on the flyer attached and on the TRH website, TRH FACEBOOK page, and Texas Off-Road Network (Trail Riders of Houston link). We are very lucky to have Cycle Shack North supporting our Fun Days. We will have a raffle for a smoking set of FLY RACING gear donated by CSN (winner can select sizes). Make sure you get your ticket and get in on that! We'll give that set away on Saturday afternoon. Stop by and tell Cycle Shack North thank you for supporting TRH.
The following day, MAY 15TH, TRH will hold a Sprint Enduro at Brunes Mill Ranch - CLICK HERE FOR FLYER. The SPRINT ENDURO START is 10am for AA, A, B, C, D, 50+, Juniors 13-16, and Womens Advanced!!! No parade laps on Sunday. Be ready to ride! This will be Round #2 of the TRH Off-Road Championship Series. This event is sponsored by Houston Motorsports, Tucker Rocky, Thor, Moose Racing, MSR, Pro-Taper, and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Race Gas program. These sponsors are providing outstanding giveaways at trophy presentation and will make our end of year class winners very happy. See the flyer attached and on the TRH website, TRH FACEBOOK page, and Texas Off-Road Network (Trail Riders of Houston link).
What is a Sprint Enduro, you ask? Sprint Enduro is a new discipline of competition that is taking the off-road world by storm. The basic layout is two independent 5-6 mile loops. At Brunes Mill, Loop One is designed to contain more grass track and open trails. Loop Two will be designed to have more single track trail, creek bottoms, and the technical riding that we all love at Brunes Mill. The concept is for each rider to leave the start lane on controlled 20-30 second intervals. The AA, A, B, and 50+ class riders will start on Loop One. You will "Sprint" the 5-6 mile loop (approx 12-14 minutes per lap). After you end the loop at electronic scoring, you have the option to get back in the starting lane of the same loop, or take a short breather and make bike adjustments if necessary. AA, A, B, and 50+ will have one and a half hours and MUST complete THREE Sprint laps on Loop One. Simultaneously, on the other independent loop (Loop Two), the C, D, Juniors 13-16, and Womens Advanced class MUST complete THREE laps under the same format within an hour and a half.
The National Sprint Enduro Championship website has additional information for the format and very cool videos. Check it out www.sprintenduro.com
After the initial 1.5 hour Sprint competition comes to an end, the course will be swept and all riders will swap to the opposite loop. The AA, A, B, and 50+ riders will have 1.5 hours to complete THREE Sprint laps on Loop Two, and the C,D, Juniors 13-16, and Womens Advanced will complete THREE Sprint laps on Loop One.
Our current Moto-Tally Electronic Scoring system will be used and all Sprint lap times are counted. For instance, a AA rider's six individual Sprint laps will be counted. Lowest aggregate time wins. A "C" rider will have all six laps counted. Lowest aggregate time wins. DNF/Unfinished laps will have a standard penalty time determined by course conditions (i.e., 20 min).
So, how much fun can this possibly be? Several Houston riders attended a Texas State Championship Enduro Circuit Sprint Enduro in early March. It was the first attempt by a Texas Enduro club with the new format and it worked excellent. The format as a rider was as much fun as the other styles of competing off-road. It is another excellent chance to beat your buddies and have something to brag about on FACEBOOK.
After the Sprint Enduro is finished, the Youth 10-12, Beginner, and Women's classes will race a 45 minute Hare Scrambles. Immediately after that event, the Youth 0-9 will race for 30 minutes. Trophies will follow.
We hope to see you there!
As everyone knows, TRH completely depends on volunteer help from the club members. Here is the schedule for April and May as we get ready for the Sprint Enduro at Brunes Mill. So that you can plan your next few months and find a spot or two to help me, please note the schedule below and be on the lookout in your emails for event updates and reminders.
Apr 17 / Course layout and clearing / Please bring trail clearing tools and equipment (please email email@example.com if you plan to attend)
Apr 24 / Back-up Work weekend - Finalize Course concept / Please bring trail clearing tools and equipment (please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend)
May 1 / Final Scoring shakedown and layout - Position stakes to open track areas and arrow wood sections
May 1 WILL ALSO BE THE SCORING TEST!!! If you plan to be at and help with the Sprint Enduro and can help run one of the scoring computers, please plan to attend and help. We want to know that everything works!!!
May 8 / Mother's Day (Don't even think about it!)
See you out on the trail!
Welcome to the Trail Riders of Houston 2016! With the New Year comes the expectations for another fun filled schedule of Off-Road riding, racing, and Family fun. So load up those bikes, bring the family, and enjoy some of the best off-road riding that Texas has to offer.
TRH is proud to announce the 2016 Off-Road Championship Series. Our Off-Road series is very unique in the fact that you will be able to experience and compete in three different forms of off-road competition in a four event series. Each Off-Road Series event will consist of an open ride funday on Saturday, and then competitive events for each skill level on Sunday. Gate fees will vary with each property, but the event Entry fee will be always be $25 for each rider. Transponders for electronic scoring will be available for a fee at Hare Scrambles and Sprint Enduros.
For more information and videos on the Sprint Enduro format, please check out www.sprintenduro.com
For more information or videos on the Re-Start Enduro, please checkout www.nationalenduro.com
Go to EVENTS tab for upcoming races and funday events!!!
The TRH Board is still engaged in a two pronged issue: the search for quality properties to ride and potentially lease similar to the Skull Creek lease, and the ability to obtain a General Liability policy for the lease property. This is not to be confused with event insurance. TRH is still insured on all of our events. We had the 1100 as a lease property, but had to cease our riding activities as we search for adequate and affordable insurance. Once we obtain GL insurance, we could potentially regain the use of the 1100 for club members. This is a time consuming task, but one that we are working on.
For 2016, our plan is to continue having fun days and TRH competitive events at locations like Brunes Mill, Sterling Ranch, Rio Bravo and the Sam Houston National Forest. All is not lost, TRH existed well before Skull Creek. We promise to continue holding fun events. Please watch your emails and updates to the TRH website for membership renewal and 2016 events schedules.
It is time for TRH members to step up and help out with several Board positions. It is not as time consuming as you may think and the current crop of Board members (pick one) has worked in the same or rotated to different positions for the last 5+ years. If you have fresh ideas and an opinion on the direction that TRH should evolve, please speak up and volunteer. The club stays strong if everyone participates. Hope to see you out there!
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