Originally Posted by Sting32
I think, at some point, the same has to be said for the nationals. now sure, "technically" since it is "me" against the "trials master" technically... It is, but what I am saying is different. There is still more to it. I reiterate, I will not spend $1000 to enter an event where the outcome is obvious to me, where I myself will be competing against Dustin Land, Marc Carpenter, and those top riders from my area. IF I wanted to enter the MASTER CLASS at my club, even if the masters would RIDE MY SECTIONS (intermediate) the outcome is ordained, if they even show up (or hell ordained if they DON'T show up). Now if I ride against Mike Cramsey, and those guys I usually ride with, the outcome is more than flip of the coin, nor Ordained.
So here's a thought. For the Clubman class instead of giving out trophies for first, second, third, etc., give out gold, silver, and bronze medals for how well you do against the "Trials Master"--not how well you do against the other riders. Gold medal for not scoring more than a single dab in any or all sections (no 2s, 3s or 5s on score card). Silver medal for not scoring more than two dabs in any or all sections (no 3s or 5s on score card). And Bronze medal for not scoring more than three dabs in any or all sections (no 5s on score card). And then there could be special end of year awards for achieving all gold, silver or bronze awards in the individual events.
Of course sections would have to be set up appropriately to make it possible to achieve these scores. And the Trials Master should have the authority to throw out any sections that proved too difficult and made it impossible for any rider to receive a medal. Just a thought.