Josh Stevenson, Josh Carr, Elan, Mike C, Patrick, Theo and I were discussing this sport of ours over lunch yesterday, more specifically if and when trials would ever become a mainstream sport. Regardless of what each of us thought, I began to wonder just how big our sport is. So here is my question for the rest of you: how many people in the United States can be considered trials riders? What about just in Colorado? or all of North America? But this raises the question; what defines a trials rider. Someone who owns a trials bike? someone who can back wheel hop? someone who occasionally rides their XC bike in a trials way? What about somebody who rode trials 10 years ago? If we only consider Sport level riders and above, who have ridden in the last 6 months, my rough guess would be somewhere around 5000 in the United States. This is based on the fact that Colorado alone probably has under 200 people who match the above criteria, and guessing that Colorado probably has more riders than all of the other states excepting possibly California, I'd estimate that on average each of the 50 states probably has around 100 riders. Thus 50x100 equals 5000. Who knows, I'm probably WAY off. Tell me what you guys think.