The Ryan Young trials school was held at Dan Barrick’s house Saturday and the Ijamsville trials site on Sunday. Dan was a gracious host to all 20 riders. Nearly half of the riders were new to the sport of trials.
Lunch and Dinner were provided Saturday and Lunch on Sunday was provided with enough leftovers for dinner. The riders were provided drinks all day and were free to use the pool and camp.
On Saturday, Ryan started the school around 9am and went over every rider’s bike personally. He even test rode the bikes and did a few nose wheelies and show moves with each bike. Ryan was especially graceful on the front and rear drum brake Honda Reflex to the riders amazement.
The rest of the day was spent learning the basics. Proper turns, off camber turns, slipping the clutch, wheelies, pivot turns, floaters, etc were all covered. There were a fair number of crashes but no was injured and no bikes harmed. We took a break for lunch where pizza, snacks and drinks were provided. Afterwards filled the tanks and proceded to finish working on the basics. Once complete a buffet was provided to the riders including hamburgers and hot dogs from the grill and many assorted side dishes and desserts. The riders spent the time reflecting on the days lessons and eating great food.
On Sunday the trials riders met at the field of the D6 Trials event in Ijamsville. Easy ups were in place with drinks ready for the riders. Sunday lessons were geared towards advanced moves. Hopping the front wheel, hopping the rear wheel, holding pressure over and obstacle, jap zaps and splatters. The riders stopped around noon for a Subway lunch, snacks and drinks. Afterward we hit the trail to finish advanced lessons. There were more crashes on Sunday and some were quite exciting. One rider lost the bike on a jap zap and the throttle stuck wide open. Another rider continually did 180 degree floaters instead of 90 degree floaters. Amazing to watch but not quite the right move. At one point Ryan had a rider attempt a 5 foot splatter with no kicker before he taught splatters. After Ryan demonstrated how easy it was about 5 times, the rider tried but never made it even though once was close. The day wrapped up practicing splatters on a 3 foot rock with a kicker. Many riders were able to do the splatters once the technique was explained and demonstrated.
The riders all met back at the pits and thanked our gracious hosts and Ryan for running the school. I highly recommend trying Ryan’s school if you have the chance. I ride expert in District 6 and I felt I learned a lot of techniques and basics on both days.
Ryan goes out of his way to give each rider personal attention. Many of the beginner riders were doing advanced techniques by the end of the day.
There is a great article about the Dabber’s boys training with Ryan Young in Kentucky on the Durty Dabbers site. Click either link below to read the article or view the pictures.