Personally, I couldn’t be more excited about this schedule. Word has it that 2015 is a transition year as the folks running Quadcross Northwest continue to work on introducing some new tracks, so if you’re upset about this year, it’s probably only a year.
The thing about new tracks is, they’re great for variety, but variety doesn’t guarantee greatness. To prove this point, let’s look at the two wheeled world of motocross. The outdoor nationals have tried introducing tracks like Lake Elsinore, Utah, and Pala. All have failed and been hated by riders. You can even look within our own sport, when the ATV nationals visited Briarcliff MX and it didn’t go well.
Speaking of variety, I do find it interesting that some have an issue with alternating repeat rounds that make up four of the six stops, while other series are loved despite being at only one location. Most indoor series do this. Several tracks host their own series with several rounds. I would expect that some changes would be made between rounds, but if not, is it really that bad? It’s hard to find any series that doesn’t offer repeat rounds. Seriously, just look at Thursday Night Motocross for example.
One thing I appreciate about the 2015 schedule is the travel. Many are complaining about it, but all things considered these tracks are central locations for riders who travel from all over the region. Drives won’t be ridiculously long, tracks won’t be in ridiculous places, and that’s good for attendance. The majority of riders have to make long drives no matter what, you can’t expect every round to be close to home, and have variety.
Another thing to note is that all of these tracks offer up nice facilities. Having access to bathrooms, showers, and hookups definitely makes a big difference. Those without the nicest setup’s in the pits will still be able to comfortably stay for the weekend.
With that said, I also like that these four tracks are well-established. There’s no testing to be done. This means no injuries. There were some big get-off’s in 2014 that had to do with tracks not being prepped well or having sketchy layouts. Repeat rounds might bore some, but it also has it’s benefits.
I’m also happy to see that this season will start in late April. Last year we saw why March rounds don’t work so well. Same could be said for the years before for that matter. The weather just isn’t good enough that early.
To wrap up my thoughts, I think this is a step in the right direction in every way for Quadcross Northwest. They’ve made a bold move, but it should pay off. The tracks they picked are top notch. Maybe a second Horn Rapids round or a round at Riverdale would’ve been nice, but who knows. Sometimes things just don’t work out, and while many enjoy Riverdale, it could use some improvements on and off track. I’m not saying repeat rounds are ideal, but if you take a step back and really look at it, there’s a lot of thought and consideration towards what’s best for the majority and if they continue to select the better facilities in the northwest it will pay off.
Of course, that’s all just my thoughts and opinions. That doesn’t make them right or wrong. We here at Pit Traffic are always open to hearing what you, the reader has to say. Let us know what your thoughts are on the 2015 Quadcross Northwest schedule. If you don’t ride Quadcross Northwest, we’d love to hear how your local series compares.