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News and Updates

6/20/16

SORRY FOR THE LATE NOTICE!  GENERAL MEETING TONIGHT!

The Trail Riders of Houston Will be holding the next General Meeting this Monday at Rio Bravo MX Park at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 20th.  We encourage all members interested in TRH Business to attend if they can.  Rio Bravo MX Park will be open to ride (weather dependent) subject to normal day use fees.  Please visit their website for more details.

11610 North Lake Houston Pkwy

Houston, Texas, 77044

www.riobravomx.com

PLEASE SEE EVENTS PAGE FOR DETAILS.


6/15/16

The Trail Riders of Houston is being forced to postpone Round 3 of the TRH Off Road Championship Race Series.  Due to massive amounts of rainfall received in the Sam Houston National Forest over the past months, the erosion has rendered the trails “unrideable,” and ultimately closed until further notice.  As this is sad news to all of us, the select few TRH members that have been out the past few weekends to try and mend the damage have begun to understand what it will take to get these trails reopened and get us all back in the saddle.  The task seems daunting, but if we come together in force, we can get things done quickly.  Fortunately, we have a very motivated person now at the helm of the Trails Coalition of Texas, Ed Ponikvar who has graced us with the availability of information and channels to record and track our progress, which goes a long way with the governing authorities.  Every little bit of help he receives brings us closer to having our trails reopened, so The Trail Riders of Houston is requesting you to please get involved.  How do you get involved?  Want to get the trails open ASAP?  Here’s a few places to start:

  1. Find solutions on the Trails Coalition site  www.trailscoalitionoftexas.org
  2. Join the Trails Coalition of Texas.  The money will go to this effort.
  3. Review the Trail Stewards program, “The Book” and dive in  http://gt.nohvcc.org/
  4. Take ownership of safety and immediately sign off areas that are in desperate need of attention.  How do you sign off?  See contact information below. 
  5. Check all bridges and follow the guidelines to keep them in good working order.
  6. When you form a plan of action, email your motorized representative of your intentions for guidance and safe passage into the forest.  For TRH members, this is currently Robert Applegate.  RApplegate@slb.com
  7. Contact anybody in TRH, and if we don’t have the answers, we will find the answers.
  8. Log your hours.  Look at the bottom of the Trails Coalition website for the form.
  9. Can't find time to do anything and unsure what to do?  Donate.  The money will go to this effort.

We can’t stress enough how important your help will be as we attack this problem and get our trails opened back up.  How fast we get it done is up to you, so again, please get involved in any way possible.

Please see the following update from the Forest Service:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/texas/news-events/?cid=FSEPRD505548

Sincerely,

The Trail Riders of Houston


A note from Ron Taylor:

It's not good, but guys, We have A LOT of work to do in the forest after all the rain. We have had TRH work days in the forest the last 2 weekends. We had a total of 10 members come. We need better participation on work days and we'll have the trails open sooner!

Thank you for those interested in the race and work days. We will get these trails fixed and have an awesome TRH event.

We'll continue to organize work days, and coincide them with the ODODB guys.

We may not have Skull Creek, but TRH is all about riding with friends of the offroad community!



6/9/16

WORK WEEKEND UPDATE

Due to turnout response and weather forecasted for Saturday, we're going to make this weekend Sunday ONLY.  Rain or shine, we'll be out Sunday to work through some trail and we could use your help!  If you're available, please come out and help.  Check the events page for information.

6/6/16

TRH Members, we had a bit of a poor turnout this past weekend at the Sam Houston National Forest work day for race prep, so we really need to rally the troops.  We need your help, so please check the updated events listing for upcoming work weekends.  We'll be holding work weekends both upcoming weekends as these are the last chances we have to get the overgrowth and obstacles moved out of the way.  Contact information for the race chairman is provided, so if you have questions, please reach out to them.  Also, we'll need some help on the event weekend, so if you'd like to help, please contact the race chairmen.  Don't worry if you have no experience running a check, as we have plenty of experienced people to teach you how to do it.


6/2/16

TRH Members, we apologize for the late notice, but we will be holding a workday event at the Sam Houston National Forest this Sunday, June 5th at 8AM at the East Side Trail Head.  Please see the events section for more details.  If you need directions to the trail head, please visit the SHNF web page at the following link:

http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/texas/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=30282&actid=93


5/18/16

Good news!!!  The Trail Riders of Houston's first Sprint Enduro seemed to go extremely well.  A very special thanks to Lynn Bailey for spear-heading this event, and of course thank you to everybody that pitched in and made this even a success.  Fortunately, the weather cooperated just enough to allow us to have this excellent event and a great track!  For those that didn't make it, don't worry.  You missed a great race, but there will be more to come.  We are going to embrace the Sprint Enduro format and make it a regular event in our series.  Thanks again to everybody who made it out and we appreciate all the support.

I would also like to humbly thank John and Pam Prosser from TSCEC (Texas State Championship Enduro Circuit) for making the haul down from Lubbock to oversee and facilitate the scoring of our Sprint Enduro.  We couldn't have done it without them and we sincerely appreciate their support.

A few words from our hard-working Juliet Peters who was integral to this event:


Thanks to Lynn Bailey our president for putting on our first Sprint Enduro & coming up with new ideas to hold our club together. Thanks to the scoring crew Brian Perret,Toby Landry,Kirby Kunze, Sharon Pavlicek Geigley, Also to the people behind the scenes who put in a lot of weekends of work getting the place ready. Eric Pullen who hauled all our equipment out there & helped Marcus Peters with Bob Cat work,Herb Fish for getting all the work done on the new TRH flat bed trailer. Robert Granger,Kristi Granger,George George Miller Brad Bradley Geigley, Barry Green, Ron Taylor & family,Ken Grundmann (hauling back dead bikes!)Zaphod Peters, Laura Peters & their kids 3 & 5 year olds who actually cut trail with pint-size loppers!
Sorry if I missed anyone out!
We got rained on hard again right after Trophy Presentation so nothing has been cleaned up yet. We are a club & you all have a responsbility to help out. We are hoping to get a bunch of you back out next weekend to pick up all the race markings & stakes so we can leave Brunes Mill perfectly clean so the landlord welcomes us back for future events.



4/5/16

From the TRH PRESIDENT:

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!

 

SCHEDULE

 

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 lynnbailey24@gmail.com if you plan to attend)

Apr 24 / Back-up Work weekend - Finalize Course concept / Please bring trail clearing tools and equipment  (please email lynnbailey24@gmail.com 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!)

May 14-15 / Fun Day-Race weekend

 

See you out on the trail!

Lynn Bailey



2016 TRH Off-Road Championship Series

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

Please mark your calendars and come out to ride the 2016 TRH Off-Road Championship Series. Bring a buddy and introduce them to the FUN!


5/18/Due

Go to EVENTS tab for upcoming races and funday events!!!






An Ongoing Hunt...


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!

Thank you for your support,
Lynn Bailey
VP   


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