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    1. Spots in Davis
      1. The old Yolo County Landfill
      2. Under the railroad bridge over Putah Creek
    2. Spots nearby
      1. Rockville Hills Park in Fairfield
      2. Cold Canyon (just below Monticello Dam)
      3. Beals Point at Folsom Lake
      4. Auburn Confluence

Observed Mountain Bike/Unicycle Trials (called "Trials" for short)

Observed mountain bike trials is a genre of bicycle riding dedicated to getting across obstacles. Picnic tables, benches, large spools, rails, walls, tires, blocks, boulders, ledges, even cars and roofs are all familiar trials objects. Competitions are laid out such that each rider navigates a tight course across the above-mentioned obstacles. The winner of the competition is the person who puts their feet on the ground the least. Not to be confused with BMX, trials is built on balance, timing, and precision, and leaves little or no impact on the terrain ridden.

dropoff.jpgBainer Hall daviswall.jpg rail.jpg

As can be seen by the pictures, the UC Davis campus is an excellent playground for trials riders.

While the UC Davis campus is good place to learn moves, the sterile 90° ledges and perfect runups and runouts will not teach a trials rider the finer points of balance. So you need to find some rocks to play on. Davis has a few spots that are okay for riding trials and there are several more, including one world class venue, a short drive away.

Spots in Davis

The old Yolo County Landfill

Under the railroad bridge over Putah Creek

Theres a few other rocks here and there in Davis, but nothing that would entertain for more than an hour or so.

Spots nearby

Rockville Hills Park in Fairfield

Cold Canyon (just below Monticello Dam)

coldcanyon.jpgthis is a Sacramento rider getting his trial on. Can you guess where I was just sitting? (hint—my nickname is "The Incredible Sweating Man")

Beals Point at Folsom Lake

nikolai folsom.jpg

Auburn Confluence

auburn.jpgthis is at the mototrials park, and it shows approximately .01% of the rocks that are there.

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