Welcome to Weekly Dirt, the best place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we’ve got Adventure Rally—Sierra Edition, ISDT ’73 Redux, Unadilla GNCC, and Trials des Nations News! Hey, we got a lot to talk about, so let’s get goin’.
Update: Adventure Rally—Sierra Edition
Last week, we told you about the Adventure Rally – Sierra Edition, which is basically a weekend of epic on and off-road riding as various teams negotiate special tests and hone their navigation, riding and adventure skills. Produced by the Bonnier Motorcycle Group, this event will be based out of China Peak Ski Resort in California’s Southern Sierra Mountain Range, and will target bikes of 650cc or larger. There are some big name riders helping put the event together, and the weekend is shaping up to be a great destination for adventure riders of all ages, experience levels and riding preferences.
This week, additional details about the ARSE were announced. The “all-inclusive” aspect of the event is unique, but there’s a lot of incentive for riders. For $600 (double occupancy) or $700 (single occupancy) you get:
· Three nights at the China Peak Resort
· Three complete dinners
· Three complete lunches (two are portable to take on the trail)
· Three breakfasts
· Chance to compete for the Adventure Cup
· Custom Adventure Rally roadbook & keepsake
· Custom Adventure Rally Map of Bonuses
· Special tests and rider training
· Product demos and giveaways
· Adventure Goodie Bag
So, what do you need to bring?
· A desire for adventure and challenge
· Your motorcycle
· Your gear (it is the mountains, so make sure your gear is versatile)
· A riding buddy/teammate, or two, or three…
· Money for any post ride libations, gas as needed and other sundry items
To sign up or read more, go to www.cycleworld.com/adventure-rally-sierra-edition. We’ll see you there! —Chris Denison
ISDT ’73 Redux
August 23rd through the 25th saw the 17th annual Leroy Winters Memorial ISDT Reunion Ride weekend return to the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the first U.S. International Six Day Trials in Dalton, MA in 1973. The Pathfinders M.C. of Connecticut hosted the weekend which consisted of an AHRMA Vintage Cross Country event as well as a new feature, the Legends Backroads Tour, presented by the Stateline Trail Riders.
108 competitors lined up for the Cross Country event, which was patterned after ISDT/ISDE rules, with long trail loops interspersed with special test sections timed to the second. Rules for this special event dictated that ISDT/ISDE veterans could enter their class with any year or brand bike they chose, while non-ISDT/ISDE riders must ride a vintage-age machine. In the spirit of the event, dictated by Dick Mann, one of the ISDTRR’s founders, all riders were encouraged to ride an older bike, and most did. Three of the premier ISDT vets in attendance, Drew Smith, Geoff Ballard and Fred Hoess, competed on older machines; with Smith riding a 1978 Suzuki PE250, Ballard on a 1987 KDX200, and Hoess on an early ‘80s Husky.
The Legends Backroads Tour was a new event this year, with an easy dirt and paved road course designed to cater to any kind of bike. Everything from a late-‘60s Zundapp to a Harley touring bike was spotted on the ride. The “Legends” part of the title came from the opportunity to ride with notable participants in the Backroads Tour, and the 60 or so riders had the chance to spin wheels with Jack Penton, Carl Cranke and Paul Danik of the Penton ISDT team of the 1970s. As if that weren’t enough, 88-year-old John Penton joined the riders for both days of the Backroads Tour on a 1974 Penton 125 motorcycle.
The premier event of the weekend was the Saturday night banquet, where 22 ISDT/ISDE vets took the stage to tell a quick story and enjoy the appreciation of the audience. Marie Eames, wife of the late Al “Mr. Six Days” Eames, trail boss of the 1973 Six Days, opened the evening with a brief greeting to the crowd, holding a framed photo of Al in her arms. Recognition awards were handed out for the event, and John Penton addressed the gathering to remind everyone that though we all share the same motorcycling passion it was love for one another that brought us all together every year. After John’s eloquent speech there was nothing left to say, and everyone retired to prepare for the second day of the event.
Next year the ISDTRR returns to the John Zink Ranch in Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the 20th anniversary of the second U.S. Six Days event, held there in 1994. —Paul Clipper
Russell Wins Unadilla GNCC
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell took the win at the 10th round of the GNCC Series this weekend after an all-day battle with teammate Charlie Mullins. Russell’s win at the Unadilla facility moved him into the lead in the championship points standings.
Russell and Mullins put on a great show for the Unadilla fans, as the two KTM riders crossed the finish line just a second apart.
It was Mullins who grabbed the holeshot at the start of the race and was able to lead the first lap. Russell made a pass on Mullins for the lead at the beginning of the second lap but Mullins never fell back. The two riders remained within 5 seconds of each other for the eight lap race. After the halfway mark, they were joined by the third place ride of Josh Strang who had stepped up to challenge for the lead position. The three riders continued their close battle.
Despite being pressured the entire race, Russell was able to hold on to take the victory while Mullins held off Strang to secure second place. Now ten rounds into the series, Russell leads the championship point chase by 5 points over Mullins.
“It feels really good to get the win here today and take over the point lead,” stated Russell. “As usual, Charlie gave me a good battle the whole day and I am happy I was able to come out on top.”
Overall Results GNCC XC1 Class
1. Kailub Russell – KTM
2. Charlie Mullins – KTM
3. Josh Strang
4. Rory Mead – KTM
5. Jordan Ashburn
6. Jonathan Girroir – KTM
7. Chris Bach – KTM
8. Ricky Russell
9. Thad Duvall
10. Takeshi Koikeda
Spain Wins Trial des Nations, US Men Third In International Group
The Spanish men’s team won the FIM Trial des Nations for the 10th time in a row as they ran out easy winners at this year’s event held in La Chatre, France. Captained by recently crowned FIM Trial World Champion Toni Bou (Mon), Spain had pure quality right through its ranks as Bou was joined by Adam Raga (GG), Jeroni Fajardo (Bet) and Albert Cabestany (Shr). Spain’s winning margin was a massive eighty-nine marks over runners up Great Britain after two laps of eighteen dry and dusty sections. This was the twentieth time that the Spanish team has won this team competition in the thirty editions to date.
In the International Trophy Group, the US Men’s team finished on the podium in third. Out front, it was once again a tense affair with Germany finally coming out on top, but only by a mere five marks over runners up the Czech Republic, which produced an outstanding final lap to snatch the trophy that they last won in 2011.
The USA team of Pat Smage, Ray Peters, Eric Storz and Bryan Roper completed the podium in the International Trophy Group as they delivered their best result since they won this division in 2005. The Americans had to fight off the advances of Australia who eventually took a hard earned fourth spot just two marks ahead of Sweden who were unable to find the form that has seen them finish as runners up in the last two editions of this event.
Great Britain won the Women’s Trial des Nations, the British trio dominated the event from start to finish with a winning total that was less than half of their nearest rivals Spain. Meanwhile, Germany completed the podium ahead of France in fourth place, while the Italians rounded out the top five.
Australia were the highest positioned non-European nation in sixth place as they beat the USA by a mere two marks after two laps of fifteen sections. American riders Caroline Allen, Caroline Altman and Rachel Hassler had headed their Australian counterparts by seven marks after the first lap, but saw their advantage become a deficit as the Trial came to a close.
Vets Motocross of Nations
If you’re into vintage racing, there’s going to be a pretty impressive event going on this weekend at Farleigh Castle in Great Britain called the Vets Motocross of Nations. The Vets Motocross of Nations is just that, a copy of the modern Motocross of Nations, but with vintage bikes (and a few vintage riders). Among the Americans slated to attend are
Guy Cooper, Jon Dowd, Doug Dubach, and Shaun Kalos. Meanwhile, top Euros attending include Jean Michel Bayle, Yves Demaria, Fred Bolley, and Jacky Vimond. For results and more info check out http://www.vetsmxdn2013.co.uk.
Love motorcycles? So do we—that’s why we work here. And right now, Dirt Rider’s parent company (Bonnier) is looking to fill some positions with qualified people who dig the two-wheeled deal. If you have skills, energy and attitude that would benefit our team, we’d like to hear from you. To apply, go to www.bonniercorp.com, click on Employment, and Search for Job Openings in Irvine, CA. Convince us you are the one in your cover letter. And yes, you have to live in Southern California in order to qualify! —Shan Moore
The Marriage Season
Not a whole lot to report on the racing side of things, though that’s not to say nothing’s going on since last week–au contraire! With a slight break in racing action leading to the Labor Day weekend, there were still a couple notable events involving off-road racers.
One is that Robby Bell got married to the former Katie Harstine. Second, Kurt Caselli got engaged to Sarah White, wedding date to be determined.
Congratulations to both couples!
Oops, almost overlooked round seven of the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) Nationals, which ran for the first time near Clay City, Kentucky, which is about two hours east of Louisville.
Once again, it played into the hands of Husaberg’s Russell Bobbitt, who nabbed his third straight OMA victory. Coupled with his pair of wins at the beginning of the season followed by a pair of seconds, he’s well on his way to his first OMA title, which would stop Paul Whibley’s streak at five in a row. (Am Pro/FMF Yamaha’s Whibley remains on the recovery list, but at least he’s been cleared to start riding now and could make it to one of the final rounds.)
AirGroup/Radiant Racing Husaberg’s Nick Fahringer finished second for the third time in a row, which he’s getting tired of. Third went to 30-39 A winner Curtis Ryan by just over 35 seconds ahead of class runner-up and fourth overall Marty Michels. Open A winner Steve Leivan rounded out the top five overall. —Mark Kariya
1932-2013 Ed Kretz Jr.
Dirt Rider would like to honor the passing of Ed Kretz Jr., a Legendary racer who was inducted into The Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the Sturges Hall of Fame and Recent recipient of the Life Time Achievement Award from The Trailblazers.
Known mostly as a TT and roadracing specialist, he also was a leading off-road rider in the 1950s and one of the first Americans to race a Honda four-cylinder Grand Prix in the 1960s.
To learn more about this motorcycle legend, check out www.motorcyclemuseum.org. —Chris Barrett
That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.