Story by Heather Wilson
Photos by Jeff Guciardo
A “clean” in trials riding is the score that is desired by all competitors. It means you went through a section without taking a foot off the pegs.
Clubman class competitor Tony Ferrero of Ludlow, Mass., cleaned 23 of 36 sections. It was only his second trials competition and his first time competing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.
“I watched the trials competition here last year with some of my buddies,” Ferrero said. “I made the mistake of saying ‘Ah, I could do that’ and my friends held me to it.”
So it wasn’t long before Ferrero had to find a bike. He drove to Montpelier, Vt., to pick up a 1985 Yamaha TY350.
“The course was excellent,” Ferrero said. “I want to get a modern trials bike now, but still keep my vintage one. I’m trying to encourage my friends to vintage race and do motocross next year. It’s just a great time, and it sucks to have to wait a year to do it again.”
While Ferrero may be new to trials competition, Adam Blumhorst has been competing since 1992.
“I rode my first national series in 1996 and won the National Sportsman Championship in 2004, 2005 and 2006,” Blumhorst said. “This is my fourth year racing at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days.”
He rode a 1980 Bultaco Sherpa T 199A.
“I have had a fascination with Bultacos since I was a kid,” Blumhorst said. “My dad had one. I started riding trials at age 3, but didn’t compete until later.”
In addition to competing himself, he is also a minder [person who helps point out lines through the section for a rider] for pro riders in the NATC/AMA U.S. National MotoTrial Championship Series.
“Trials is fun and everybody is friendly,” Blumhorst said. “There’s enough seriousness to keep it competitive, but everyone is mainly having fun.”
There were 12 classes of trials and nearly 60 entries for the competition held on Sunday, July 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.