For your attention:
Link: www.biketrials.in/the/world (don’t click yet!)
Let me introduce to you a mini-web-service that helps by a little bit to connect trials riders all over the world. The point is simple: you write in the address bar the url www.biketrials.in/countryname and you’ll be redirected to this country’s main1 trials board/forum. (substitute the *countryname* with country name, duuuh)
Why would anyone need this? For example, when I’m traveling abroad, I always try to write to local trials-riders. They can always be of help – and it’s just fun to meet and ride. All the trials riders are bro’s :). But sometimes it’s hard to find the right website (for they are not always called like “biketrials dot domainzone”) and you rarely have time for search when you prepare for your departure.
That’s why basing on this little project I’m making a, If you want, a world trials-hub. It can also be viewed as a step towards globalizing the trials “content” — media, to be exact. But that’s in the future.
But, to deploy this idea in it’s full force, we all need to participate. I ask you very little – if you know of a country’s main forum/message board – post about it or email me (direct at petergreen.ru).
Also, any other comments, suggestions, corrections are more than welcomed.
Right now I have these countries (shown the ways to put in the address — biketrials.in/ru is the same as biketrials.in/russia):
russia / ru
uk / england / greatbritain / gb
romania / ro
ukraine / ua
korea / ko
hungary / hu
spain / es
usa / america
france / fr canada / ca
argentina / ar
china / cn
taiwan / tw
norway / no
lithuania / lt
italy / italia / it
czech / czechrepublic / cz
estonia / ee finland / fi
filipino / philippines / ph
slovenia / si
slovakia / sk
belgium / belge / be
netherlands / holland / pays–bas / paysbas / nl
australia / au
sweden / se
So, I am searching for info about the lacking countries and, if there’s any, corrections (i.e. you could request another country name alias, or correct the link to a more crowded forum).
The links should lead to forums, not to the websites, that means directly to people. What would I do if there is two national forums? I would choose the one where there’s more active users. The preference should be given to trials-specific forums rather than general MTB trials sub-forums.
If you accidentally didn’t learn the Chinese or Norwegian languages, there’s a shortcut for you through the biketrials.in main page: click on the country’s name and you’ll be taken to a google-translated English version of the forum.
This website is conceived as totally non-profit, and it’s utility depends on the riders themselves. A great way to help would be to put a link to it on the national trials-boards and sites2. Hopefully someday it will become a sort of tool for searching trials-friends all over the world!
1 — as you can tell trials-forum.co.uk is the “main” trials resource in GB.
2 — I understand, that for smaller (competing) national forums, putting this link would be the same as aknowledging their “secondariness”. I need to think of something here.
p.s. Yes, that’s right, it’s an Indian domain.