If you’ve never ridden trials and maybe you haven’t even seen a trial, then we suggest first of all that you visit a trial and see what it’s all about. Don’t watch an indoor trial on the telly and think “I couldn’t do that” – well neither can we, and “real” trials are nothing like what you see featured on the ‘box.
First of all ask questions of the club officials – we have a link on this site for you to contact us – and they’ll tell you all you need to know and probably a lot more. If you think you have the capabilities to take part – and only rudimentary off-road ability is needed, then it’s quite simple, enter and ride!
However, if you think you need some practice and experience before entering an event, we suggest you locate a venue where you can legally try out your trials riding abilities, or even better, have a training session at one of the many trials schools that are held up and down the country.
One of the best locally is operated by Matthew Alpe who runs an organisation called Inch Perfect. He offers Trials Training, which is what you are likely to be interested in, but also he sells both secondhand and new bikes, offers workshop facilities and also operates a trials display team. Matthew started his trials career with Lancs County as a schoolboy riding the club's events and has progressed through to successful completion of the Scottish Six Days Trial as well as many other national events. He is a natural teacher and has all the training and practice facilities at his home, New Hey Farm, Whitewell near Clitheroe. He has a great website - www.inchperfecttrials.co.uk which will tell you more.
Lancs County also have occasional try out days and when they are organised details will be on this site.
Whilst the way into the sport is actually dead easy, becoming proficient is another matter altogether. Most riders have some degree of off-road ability and that’s normally enough. Youth riders will usually have the balance and skills from riding cycles and with some degree of guidance can usually convert those into riding a trials bike.
Do not be afraid of taking the easiest road into the sport. Ride the easy routes first – that’s what they are there for. Inevitably, you’ll find trials at some clubs are more suitable for your particular ability level than others. Most clubs have trials aimed at newcomers, our Wednesday evening trials throughout the summer are perfect, but ask first if you are not sure.