NEOTT - Dam Gate Trial
Held at the Grand Lake Dam in Disney, OK this event started in 2016 and due to the high fun factor and easy setup the gate trial has quickly become an annual event for NEOTT. In a gate trial the highest points wins.
NEOTT - 2017 Gate Trial Results
1 Pat Smage 504
2 Chris Shellenberger 454
3 Mike Cramsey 441
4 Kevin Kight 415
5 Todd Duesterhaus 402
6 Cale Duesterhaus 401
7 Matt Hildebrand 397
8 Pat Gwin 387
9 Stan Machart 383
10 Eldon Malone 382
11 Todd Phillips 370
12 Hannah Johnson 350
13 Weldon Patton 344
14 Fred Overstreet 343
15 Joel Honea 101
16 David Meyer DNF
17 Gary Price DNF
NEOTT - 2017 Gate Trial Pics
NEOTT - Gate Trial Scoring Overview
•Each section has 5 gates with point values numbered 10, 5, 3, 2, 1.
•Optionally, there can be a special ‘reset’ gate
•The gates must be ridden in order 10, 5, 3, 2, 1 though you can skip a gate. Generally:
•10 point gate = Novice Line level challenge
•5 point gate = Amateur Line level challenge
•3 point gate = Sr. Amateur\Intermediate level challenge
•2 point gate = Expert\Master level challenge
•1 point gate = should be located at or near the end of the section and accessible and rideable by all levels.
•Optional Reset gate can be anywhere in the section and may vary from section to section but should be on terrain rideable by all riders
•The rear axle must clear the gate in order to score the points marked on the gate
•Points are gained by going through the gates until you ‘fault’ (i.e. dab) or ‘fail’ (i.e. crash etc) the first time.
•You keep all points earned to the point of a fault
•You lose all points earned to the point of a failure
•The optional ‘reset’ gate allows the rider to recover from a ‘fault’ or ‘fail’ and continue accumulating points
•High score at the end of the day wins.
NEOTT - The optional reset gate
The reset gate (a "mulligan" in golf lingo) is a special gate in the section that allows riders who have faulted or failed a second chance to continue earning points. It is a mechanism to encourage riders to continue riding to the end of the section and still get points rather than being done at the point of the first fault or failure. Typically the reset gate is located between the 5 and 3 gate and in the path of travel for Novice and Amateur level riders. Advanced riders who fault or fail at the 3, 2 or 1 gate may have to come backwards in the section (without crossing their tracks or riding backwards through a gate) to catch the reset gate or it may not be accessible to them at all depending on where they are in the section. All part of the risk vs. reward aspects of the gate trial format.
Once a rider faults or fails the first time in order to continue gaining points they must ride clean from the point of the fault or failure to and through the special reset gate in order to be eligible to continue gaining points. Once clean through the reset gate the rider can continue to any other gates they have not already attempted. Any further faults results in the rider being done gaining points for that section. Any further failures results in the rider earning zero points.
Fault Example #1: Clear the 10 gate, clear the 5 gate, dab, ride clean to and through the reset gate, then clear the 1 gate - keep 15 points earned to the point of the dab and add the 1 point gate - total 16 points.
Fault Example #2: Clear the 10 gate, clear the 5 gate, dab, then dab a second time before going through the reset gate keep 15 points earned to the point of the first dab and get no more points for the section even if you ride through additional point value gates - total 15 points.
Fault Example #3: Clear the 10 gate, clear the 5 gate, dab, clear the reset gate but then dab a second time before going through any more gates - keep 15 points earned but cannot earn any more points in the section - total 15 points.
Failure Example #1: Clear the 10 gate, clear the 5 gate, crash, ride clean to and through the reset gate, then clear the 1 gate - lose the 15 points earned to the point of the crash and add the 1 point gate - total 1 point.
Failure Example #2: Clear the 10 gate, clear the 5 gate, dab, then crash before going through the reset gate - lose all points to the point of the crash and get no more points for the section even if you ride through additional point value gates - total zero points.
Failure Example #3: Clear the 10 gate, clear the 5 gate, dab, clear the reset gate but then crash before exiting the section - even if they went through the 3, 2 or 1 gate on the way to the exit a failure always puts the riders score to zero. In this case since the rider already went through the reset gate then failed they earn zero points and are no longer able to earn additional points.