To bring Queensland in to line with most other states of Australia, Qld. Trials sub-committee decided to change the names of some of the grades used for the last 20 years.in MQ sanctioned events.The changes also have a corresponding change in the background colour of the name plate.
Introductory- is now called 'Clubmen' or 'Clubperson' depending on how sensitive you are to these issues.'Clubmen' grade follow the white arrows in the sections and have a white background name plate.
Clubperson- is now called 'C' Grade, following a blue arrow in sections with a blue background name plate. More than 50% of the riders at any Trial event follow this blue arrowed line.
'C' Grade- is now called 'C+' Grade, again with blue plate and arrows that clearly display the plus + symbol.
Grades-B, A, Expert- no changes
There is also an 'open' line in the sections where the riders follow the path of least resistance from start to finish, without following arrows. This line can be made suitable for 'Introductory minibike' in some sections. All other grades on offer at events are based on machine age, rider age or gender and follow any of the above mentioned lines at the discretion of the promoting club.
In summary, the technical progression of the rider is mirrored by the severity of the sections. The progression is now Clubperson,C,C+,B,A,Expert or white,blue (+),yellow,red or green arrows in the sections, keeping it simple.
Richard Kent, Queensland Trials sub-committee