Grand prix motorcycle racing this weekend in Marion County

Grand prix motorcycle racing this weekend in Marion County

May 23rd, 2013 by Staff Report in Chattnow Outabout

Riders practice their balancing skills at the Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn.

Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press.

IF YOU GO

What: Wagner Cup -- FIM Trial World Championship motorcycle racing

When: 10:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday, May 24; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, May 25; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday, May 26 (all times Central)

Where: Trial Training Center, 300 Woodland Road, Sequatchie, Tenn.

Admission: $40 weekend or $20 per day for adults; $10 kids 5-12

Phone: 423-942-8688

Website: www.trialsusgp.com

One of the most prestigious motorcycle competitions in the world is coming to the Trial Training Center in Sequatchie, Tenn., this weekend.

Riders from all over the globe will compete Friday through Sunday, May 24-26, in the 2013 Wagner Cup FIM Trial World Championship. FIM is the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme, the governing body of grand prix motorcycle racing.

It has been five years since the competition has been held in the United States.

Spectators will be able to watch professional riders defy gravity on courses that would challenge a mountain goat, event organizers say in a news release. The newly redesigned layout has been enhanced to allow for more and better viewing by visitors, and they will have more access to the riders.

Vendors will be on hand providing food and drink. In addition, spectators will find a number of activities, including an adventure ride, guided sightseeing tours, a vintage motorcycle exhibit, unicycle and trials bicycle demos, mini showrooms and a concert on Saturday night featuring the Collins Brothers Band.

Spectators wanting to watch the testing sessions on Friday should arrive early. These practice sessions typically prove to be entertaining. As the trials motorcycle riders test their equipment, they are also testing the laws of traction and gravity on the challenging Sequatchie Valley terrain.

Primitive tent and RV campsites are available for purchase online at $30 per night.

SCHEDULE

(Subject to change; all times Central.)

Friday, May 24

9 a.m. Family sightseeing

10 a.m. Self-guided adventure street rides begin (start any time)

9-11 a.m. Rider/minder check-in at Green Shop

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Rider test (practice)

1-5 p.m. Riders visit sections.

2 p.m. Vintage trials demo

5-7 p.m. Rider tech inspection

5-7 p.m. Free trials clinic

6 p.m. Observer training class

Saturday, May 25

8-9 a.m. Observer training class

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors/vintage motorcycle display/mini bike/ATV demo

9:30-11 a.m. World Championship start times

4:30 p.m. World Championship ends

4:45 p.m. Awards ceremony

5 p.m. Bicycle trials/unicycle exhibition

6-9 p.m. The Collins Brothers Band concert

Sunday, May 26

8 a.m.-9 a.m. Observer training class

8 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors/vintage motorcycle display/mini bike/ATV demo

9:30-11 a.m. World Championship start times

4:30 p.m. World Championship ends

4:45 p.m. Awards ceremony

5 p.m. Bicycle trials/unicycle exhibition

Monday, May 27

9 a.m. Civil War history tour

9 a.m.-3 p.m. Trials School taught by Eric Storz

10 a.m. Self-guided adventure street rides begin