Rounds 5 and 6 of Quadcross Northwest at Albany MX are in the books and they did not disappoint! I had the trailer loaded up early in the week and we took off Friday afternoon to get some good seats to watch the Portland traffic! After a six plus hour drive on what should have been four, we pulled in and set up camp. I saw some new faces as well as some old faces that decided to dust off the boots and get back at it. Oh, and I met some guy named Joe Byrd. He is a big deal or something.
This year was my first year being sponsored by Spider Graphix. I’ve come a long ways from a couple of well-placed stickers on my 250R plastics and have tried many different companies. I didn’t know what to expect from Spider, but they have a lot of riders back East as well as a few names out West.
Firstly, their staff is super friendly. It’s nice to be greeted pleasantly on the phone, instead of some shops that are always “too busy” to be pleasant to you. You won’t find that here.
Secondly, I sent a sponsor list and some general requirements over to them, and the turnaround on my proof was SUPER fast. It was so nice to have something to look at so quickly! It made the process that much easier.
Practicing during the off season can be a great way to continue progressing and getting things dialed in. Seat time is essential to perfecting your craft, and hours at the track can be fun and relaxing if you can meet up with a few of your good friends. This is also a great time to try to set up your quad or get back into the rhythm following breakage of you or your machine. Unfortunately, finding a place to ride can be difficult as some tracks close up for the season. Luckily, for riders in the North West, Pit Traffic has you covered.
My first thoughts upon receiving my Klim F4 helmet was “Wow! I love this flat black!” The new styling was great and fit and comfort has never been better. Then, I got the red and white Klim F4 helmet to match the red, white, and blue XC gear, which is new from Klim. Two words: Blown away. The F4 not only looks awesome, it’s light. Super light. Feather light. Almost nothing on your head light. The interior is plush as well. I thought my black helmet couldn’t get any better, but the ECE version of the F4 is on another level of comfort.
One of the toughest things about covering the rezoning of the Oregon Dunes, also known as the FEIS, is the fact that information has not been readily available. Instead, it’s slowly leaked out, from different sources, at different times. I have been scrambling to try to piece things together to provide the most accurate information. On top of everything, the original article was spreading like wildfire, and actually received so much traffic Pit Traffic actually went down for about a day. The ride has been crazier than a bad case of swap in the whoops, but things are under control. It’s time to get back at it, there’s a lot of catching up to do.
Since the previous article was posted, we’ve learned a bit more about the reasoning behind the rezoning. According to Save the Riders Dunes, an organization dedicated to keeping the dunes open, the proposed changes are intended to fix the issues created by the 1994 plan. Many are unaware that a rezoning took place in 1994, because it never actually went through. Due to several factors, such as funding, the 1994 plan went through, but was never enforced. This explains why Banshee Hill is considered opened in the new plan. It was never supposed to be open, but it was never closed either. This is the case for many of the areas that they are proposing to close. The new plan was made to try to keep people happy while closing land that they wanted closed 20 years ago. However, it does not change the fact that the land has been open to public use for more than two decades, and there are still concerns with closing the land.
We arrived to Riverdale on Friday morning and the track was open for practice so Hunter Friesen and I did a few practices to help get the track down better for the following day of racing. They really switched up the track this year from last year – it was backwards this year and there were jumps switched around and changed. It was still a good track but I could tell just from doing a few practices it would be a very challenging track to pass on and very one lined.
We know you have been patiently waiting for our 2014 schedule. We have decided to post it even thought it’s not 100% confirmed. We understand since our series is a traveling one that many of you need to make vacation arrangements for next year so we are releasing our schedule now. We hope to have it 100% confirmed within a week or two.
Two weeks in a row at Salem! All the dates and sign-up information below.
Saturday – December 7th
Saturday – December 21st
Saturday – January 11th
Sunday – January 26th – Sign-Up @ 10 AM; Rider’s Meeting @ 11:30 AM; Practice @ Noon; Racing @ 1PM
Saturday – February 8th
Saturday – March 22nd – Championship Night
On the Saturday Races, Speedway Karts will race in the Morning – contact Ryan Leach for more information – see below for contact info.
I want to share a bit of information from each venue and state, so that you can make your choice of where you will be Racing this weekend.
After winning the 2013 Quadcross Northwest championship, Phil Oppen plans to journey from Northwest Oregon to Kemp, Texas in order to compete with the best of the best at the 2013 ATV Pro Challenge in Memory of Caleb Moore. “I’m honored to get an invitation,” says Oppen, “I look forward to racing in Texas and I hope I do well.” Oppen earned a championship title in the Pro Production class this year in the Northwest’s premier MX series and has been hard at work to prepare himself and his bikes for the next challenge. Expecting the field to be full of talent and riders wanting to win, Oppen has taken extra care in preparing his TRX450 race and practice bikes for the Pro Challenge.
Las Vegas NV (8/12/2013) GPS Offroad Products recently made the long trip to Winchester Bay Oregon to participate in the 2013 Oregon Dunefest. As the official tire sponsor of the Pacific Northwest’s largest ATV and Side by Side festival, the tire manufacturer made a big splash with sand enthusiasts from all over the country.