Hey Everyone- The mtn states cup was a joke this year. It was partly our fault and partly the fault of the mtn states cup folks. There was plenty to be learned from this last season though and hopefully next year we can have a great year. Also, if Pancho and Mike do the front range series, colorado could have some seriously good comp action going on. With the mtn states cup, the front range series, a nats event lookign likely and the independent events like salida and gunnison, colorado should have some pretty heavy slinging pros by the end of next year! I want to get some feedback from riders here on what you would like to see in next year's MSC. We have some ideas so far but want to take any tips into consideration. here is what we have so far: -Split pro and expert: no more of this combined class crap. it not only frustrates experts but holds back pros. it's stupid to keep this class combination around. next year we will split pro and expert up. expert will probably be about the level of the keystone sport class (sorry about that) but with some tricky moves thrown into each section. if you have to dab a tricky exp move, do it. otherwise it will be just more technical sport class basically with somewhat bigger moves. think the easier exp/pro section from this last year. pro sections will be hard. hard. i want to get people like matty r getting a five or two at each event. pro will be big moves, really technical stuff, shorter run ups- that kind of stuff. the lower pro class guys (probably like me i guees) will be fiving almost everything if we build em right. beg sections will stay basic to accomodate crossover folk from dh/xc events. sport will not be as hard as i was at keystone. technical, but not big. -No more Pedal/Bash: uci rules aplenty. pro and expert classes will be uci rules next year. this is one thing we need to take riders input on: should sport be uci also. if it isnt, then the gap between sport and exp gets bigger. i would like to see everyone go by uci rules. aside from looking cleaner it causes less damage to any obsticles we may use for course bulding. even if the mountain people dont care about the stuff any more it reflects well on us if we dont smash the piss out of everything. uci rules means the hub axle cant cross the tape, exp and pro get 2:30 for sections, sport/beg gets 3-3:30 for sections. there are other rules but those can be gone over at riders meetings if any come up in a section we build. keep in mind you still can use pedals and bash but it will cost you a dab every time it touches. -Pro gets prize money: yeah, we havent been on par with any other pros when it comes to this and we never will be. it is crap though that we dont get anything in trials. we will be workign on getting prize money for the top three in pro 20 and 26. expert/sport/beg will get prizes and the little plaque things as before. hopefully we can get some really nice prizes for next year. pros work their butts off to get to that level and should be rewarded just like any other descipline of cycling. this will bring us closer to the same level as other aspects of the MSC. -Behavoir changes: the trials community is hanging on by a thread in the mainstream racing scene. the last thing we need is to alienate ourselves out of it completely. this means ALL riders need to be on their best behavoir at these events. no huffy chucks, no screaming obscenity, no helmet tosses. all this stuff reflects incredibly poorly on the sport. sure we all get mad at times but a trials event is neither the time nor the place to vent that. any one who cant keep their frustration in check is not welcome at events next year and outbursts will result in DQ action and will be asked to pack up and leave. trials is really fun to watch for spectators but with little kids and church ladies watching we cant let "fuck this piece of shit bike!" be heard. -Post comp demo riding: some events that are very spectator friendly are great venues to showcase talent. sometimes true rider skill is not shown in the sections we build. keystone and steamboat come to mind here. post comp demos are somethig we all do anyways but next year i would like to make it official that people can come after the comp and before the awards to watch what we can do when not in the confines of a section. riders are encouraged to stick around and possitively represent the sport. show people your skills, answer questions, let people take pictures. lets keep up the good work with this. -look professional: score cards. anyone who went to durango (yeah, all couple of y'all ) know what they did for score cards. not only does it look like crap but it makes it hard on promoters to get accurate scores when us riders turn in sweaty, water logged, crumpled, nasty score cards. next year we will have nice laminated stuff like at the durango event this year. little touches like this will make the trials community look much more professional and will present people with a better image of trials. it may be picky but the details can make all the difference. Hopefully we can get some music playing at events next year too, at least in the spectator crowded areas. ok well, that's basically what we ahve on the drawing board for next season. if you have anything to add, please do post your thoughts. though we might not be able to put it into action, we do want to hear ideas.