On the Pegs - November 2021 Volume 6 Issue 11 - November - Page 82

requirements were implemented and may have prevented entry .
The most obvious difference between the TdN format and the National Trials Championship rounds in the United States , aside from the dropped ride rule , is the no-stop format . Riders must be in constant motion from the start to the end gate in order to avoid a maximum penalty score of five points . Per Roper , “ the sections used in the TdN are a bit more spread out ; instead of being crammed together [ having to navigate multiple gates without a break ], the sections in Europe tend to be eased up a bit , allowing for you to hit one obstacle and have some rest before the next obstacle . Personally , I ’ m not really the biggest fan of no-stop ; I prefer to be stopped , but when it comes down to section time and practicing it , I think I do ok .”
“ It ’ s tricky ,” said Alex Myers when asked his opinion of the no-stop . “ You can practice it all you want in the United states . It ’ s weird ; I thought I had a good grasp on it until I went there , and even practicing in the practice area I though no-stop was easy . Then I get out into the sections and it ’ s not the same . By the end of the first loop , I was getting the flow of it . You could watch how the Europeans were riding and the techniques that they were using to keep moving through really tight stuff .”