Mike Steidley giving some bike trials coaching
Mike Steidley giving some bike trials coaching to the Sport class riders

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The Concept

Instead of hosting a traditional trials competition this fall, Tony came up with the idea of hosting a two-day competition and clinic. The first day riders would ride the sections twice, with expert/pro riders providing coaching during and after each run. The second day would be just the competition. And of course we’d add some other fun events as well.

Event Highlights

Frankie rides over a rock on his trials bike
At 70 years old, Frankie is still riding bike trials! That takes away all the excuses.

While most of the riders were from CT and MA, some of the participants traveled from more distant states as well, including VT, VA, and AZ. We had a group ride Friday afternoon (as opposed to the normal Thursday) so that travelers could join us. Despite a meager turnout, Jim and I were able to ride the UCONN Avery Point campus with Josh (there’s a separate video for that ride). Friday evening, several of the riders got together for dinner at a local restaurant.

Saturday was Day 1 of the event. Everyone rode two of the sections twice (well, except me because I was busy filming), with some coaching throughout the day. After riding the first section, we had a brief rain delay (apparently the rocks weren’t slippery enough yet), followed by a gap competition. Then we rode the second section, followed by a skinny competition. Saturday evening included another group dinner.

Tom nails it during the gap competition

On Sunday, Day 2, we rode the two sections a couple more times and a third section 3 times. This was all riding, no coaching. Since I still haven’t figured out how to be in multiple locations and once, my wife and son filmed the novice, expert, and pro riders while I filmed the sport group (since that’s the group I rode with). In addition to the riding, we also celebrated two birthdays! Apparently Frankie and my wife share the same birthday. Frankie just turned 70 and my wife just turned… well, much less than 70.

In addition to the folks we usually see at our annual events and weekly group rides, we also had some new faces this year. Tom drove down from VT early Saturday morning. He’s pretty savvy on a street trials bike. Jason and Jen drove in from VA. I’d met them at two other comps this year: Arrowhead Bike Farm and Bentonville Bike Fest. Josh flew in from AZ; I also met him this year at Bentonville. Robbie Pfunder appeared Sunday as well, which was a nice surprise – it’s always fun to watch him ride. Finally, Brendan showed up Sunday also, without a bike. Apparently he used to trials trials about 20 years ago, and figured he’d swing by and give it a go. Since he didn’t have a bike, Gary shared his with Brendan who rode pretty for not doing this for 2 decades!

Jen demonstrating her balancing skills during the skinny competition

Competition Results

The competition spanned two days, so the scores from the two days were combined for the totals. Unfortunately, some of the riders could not attend both days. Here are the results, by category.


First Place: Mike Steidley Score, 540 (uncontested)


First Place: Robbie Pfunder, Score 310 (uncontested)


First Place: Anthony Delima, Score 510

Second Place: Garry Culbert, Score 470

Third Place: Jim Cochran, Score 460

Fourth Place: Brendan Cavanaugh, Score 450

Fifth Place: Scott Lynn, Score 400

Sixth Place: Warren Kennedy, Score 310

Seventh Place: Tim Chemacki, Score 180 (was only able to ride 5 of 9 sections due to camera man demands)

DNF Ryan Rebholz

DNF Tom Wood


First Place: Jason Disch, Score 400

Second Place: Josh Wittlieff, Score 390

Third Place: Frankie Roderigues, Score 340

Fourth Place: Dan Leclerc, Score 320

Fifth Place: Jen Everhard, Score 100

Sponsors & Coaches

Thanks to ESI Grips and to Abad Trials for generous place prizes!

Thanks to our coaches: Mike Steidley, Joe Janicki, and Alex Belmont!


The event itself was Saturday and Sunday, but we also had a group ride on Friday afternoon. There are three separate videos that capture the overall event.

Friday: Group ride before the competition
Saturday: Day 1 of the competition & clinic – ride a couple sections and get some coaching
Sunday: Day 2 of the competition & clinic – ride more sections, this time without the coaches

1 Comment

Interview With Mike Steidley - This Is Bike Trials! · December 15, 2023 at 12:03 am

[…] So the Northeast has always had a pretty solid chunk of riders and over the different years we’ve seen some come and go. Right now the scene out in the Mystic [CT] area is pretty strong with the weekly group rides that go down. We normally have one comp each year in the fall. […]

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