Trials was super popular and cool back in the eighties and nineties. The Canaan races would have observed and stock trials. It became pretty specialized after a while taking cues from the Europeans, especially the Spaniards. Trials bikes were the most capable, but not that practical for riding trail. Canaan Trials leaned towards the Scott trials format. It proved who was the best and most balanced rider and maybe gutsiest! It wasn't about the big showy party moves of Danny Macaskill. It proved who was the best and most balanced rider on technical terrain. Then the next's day xc race proved who had the lungs to back up the skill on the same bike. Nowadays in Canaan, we play Run what ya brung Trials. It was revitalized in Canaan in 2014 due to the efforts of Zach Adams, Jason Cyr and the dynamic duo and our trials hosts Vicky and Eric.
As Vicky says , it's a spectator event! It's fun to watch, cheer and wince as the riders tackle the course. I love seeing the kids line up to throw down. We've seen some kids grow up around the trials and other old riders become young. We've seen plenty of endos and some amazing feats of talent.
It's another example of West Virginia doing the organic, free, wild and wonderful version of something that makes it almost bike heaven here.
Our trials has a limited number of participants, it's not for everybody. We usually have about 18 riders who are skilled and prepared for this hardy endeavor. And then we throw in a few wildcards for their particularly entertaining characteristics.