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Motorcycle trials training workshop revs up March 29

If you’ve hiked in the Chattanooga area, you’re probably familiar with the rugged terrain of some of the city’s trails. In this mountainous region, it can sometimes be difficult just to traverse the trails by foot.

Imagine picking your way through that rugged terrain while on top of a motorcycle.

“[Motorcycle trials] is a growing sport, and we hope it continues to grow,” said Ashley Jackson, administrative assistant at motorcycle resort Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn.

The center is hosting a two-day Trials Training Days workshop March 29-30.

“This is a great way to get introduced to the sport,” Jackson said. “We say it’s the best deal of the year if you own your own bike.”

For $100, riders can attend up to eight sessions throughout the weekend. For non-riders — those who just want to observe or maybe get a first look at the sport — the cost is $10. Class instructors range from international competitors who have been in the sport for a very long time to volunteers from local clubs, Jackson said.

The training center offers events throughout the year, as well as private lessons. The location also provides cabins, RV sites and primitive camping sites.

“We are basically nestled in the valley of two mountains,” Jackson said, referring to the location of the training center. “We have a lot of rocks and valleys and our riding here is very technical. To learn techniques on technical terrain is always a plus.”

Though the thought of motorcycles careening through the forest may seem a bit alarming, Jackson said it’s actually a family-friendly sport. Her own 12-year-old son has been riding since he was 4 years old, she said.

“Trials is more about skill and technique than going fast,” she explained.