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Seeking some advice from you guys especially up north that have large entries (150 plus) in a conventional multi lap trial in a relativly small quarry or wood venue. What is the best way to avoid riders waiting in numbers at section starts and keeping the trial moving.

Given a breakdown of 60 Sportsmen / 60 Clubman / 30 Inters / 30 expert for example

Is it best 10 section over 4 laps or 13 sections over 3 laps?.

Start everyone together at section one or split entry up?.

If split what is best way - Riders 1-10 section 1 / 11-20 section 2 etc or different classes start at different sections ie Sportsman (beginners)section 1 / Clubman section 4 / Inters section 8 / Experts section 12 (based on 13 sections)

Give me your thoughts please.

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i prefer it when the experts start at one section and everyone else at another because the sections don't get too busy and you can talk more with the other riders around you because they are all your ability level.

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A higher number of sections ridden over fewer laps (as you say 3 x 13 rather than 4 x 10) will give less queues as more riders can be in sections simultaneously.

In terms of splitting up the entry then I would choose to do it by the route ridden; all the A route guys at section 1, all the B routers at section 6 for example. This makes life easier for everyone including the observer.

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A higher number of sections ridden over fewer laps (as you say 3 x 13 rather than 4 x 10) will give less queues as more riders can be in sections simultaneously.

In terms of splitting up the entry then I would choose to do it by the route ridden; all the A route guys at section 1, all the B routers at section 6 for example. This makes life easier for everyone including the observer.

Spot on, plus starting all the riders on each route at the same section allows a furthest clean tie break if needed.

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It all depends on how many observers you can get. Yes it is better to have more sections because the queue should be shorter at each one, but this can sometimes mean that you nead 4 more observers to do 3x12 rarther than 5x8 which some clubs do. ;)

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at our busiest trial (130 - inc chairs and experts) do 18 to 20 sections and send evens one section 1 and odd to section 9 or 10 - mixing all classes up

we manage to do 2 laps comfortably in winter with time to spare, but don't feel we can take more than 120/130 otherwise you do get queueing

rabie ;)

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