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Offline proride phil

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My first ever race outside of SoCal
« on: June 21, 2018, 05:05:12 PM »
So I have never ridden any other tracks anywhere except for So Cal. The farthest track I've been to is Zaca. Never had the desire or was adventuresome enough to go anywhere else to ride. Even back in the day when OTHG used to run races at Mammoth, and I was a club member then, did I have the urge to race there. I felt I had plenty of tracks to choose from, and then there was Gorman and the desert, so in my case, no need to go anywhere else to get my riding fix.

Well, this year, at the urging of some of my fellow friends, I was talked into/decided to go race with the Sierra Chapter of the Oldtimers club. They were holding their International race at Hangtown and since I heard so much about this top notch (sure) facility, I figured I would give it a shot. Besides, my wife was willing to make the trip and go camping in our trailer.

The races were on June 9 and 10th, with open practice on Friday. So we took off early Thursday morning pulling the travel trailer and the bike on the truck bed. Took 395 to 58, which was fine, with nice country out in the Tehachapi area, with rolling hills and clean air, plus a zillion windmills in the wind farms. Then we turned on Hwy 99 going North, as we needed to head towards Sacramento.

Ok, no offense intended, but Hwy 99 pretty much sucks. I wasn't sure that neither the truck nor the trailer were going to survive some of the areas, as the road was pretty rough. I can see why though, as it is a major truck route because of all the farms there. Oh yeah, you know the saying, "move along, nothing to see here" ok, that pretty much describes driving on 99 from Bakersfield to just before Sacramento. We finally made it to the KOA campground on Hwy 50 at Shingle Springs, which is about 20 minutes or so from Hangtown. Pretty country in that area, with rolling hills, lots of trees and actually some of that green stuff that covers the dirt.

So Friday morning I head out to meet Chuck, Corby, Tom, Steve, Thad and Bill at the track, so we can get in some practice time. Well, I guess after all the hype about this great "National Level" track, I was somewhat disappointed. But I guess I'm just spoiled by all the great tracks I have from 15 minutes to an hour and a half from me, that I was not impressed. I know many will disagree with me, of course, but it was just another hard packed track with some booter jumps and ok turns. The flow was ok, and overall the track was fine, but for me, it's not an experience that tells me "I can't wait to go back"!!


So the way the Oltimer's internationals run, is that most everyone runs 3 motos on Sat and 2 on Sunday, and the 5 motos count towards the overall for the weekend. So I get there Saturday and go check out the track before practice. Wow, the track looked awesome. It was groomed so good that it looked like a painting. During practice, the track was holding up nicely and it was fun. Then came time to race.


So, another deal with the Oldtimers international races is that the 60+ racers always have races 1 and 2, and this time I was in race one. I don't really care for race 1, since we all know that all tracks seem to water just before the racing start, but since I knew what to expect, I figured I had no choice but to deal with it. So we get ready for the gate to drop, then the gate goes down and we take off..... OH CRAP!!!! No, the track wasn't watered, I guess the crew got just somewhat overzealous and it was basically the Daytona mud bath SX track. Ok, a little exaggeration there, but it was a quagmire in many areas. Unfortunately for me, I'm having a real bad issue with my right hand going numb on me when I'm gripping the bars too tight, and that's exactly what I was doing because of fighting the bike while trying not to fall. There were 8 racers in my class, and I ended up last. This was due because I could not feel my right hand and had to get off the track to try and get feelings back in the hand so I could go back on, but I lost 1 lap in the process. Of course, that basically killed my chances for a good overall finish.

Motos 2 and 3 where fine, as I came in 2nd for both of those. Sunday I did not do as well because there was enough of a breeze for me to spook me on the jumps, so I quit doing them. Ended up with a 3 and 4 place finishes which gave me a 4th OA for the weekend. There was some other drama between the people that run the track and the hosting club and some of the riders. One rider was escorted out due to him being a D%$K. But it was all because of the way the track was watered.

So, after this experience will I go to another track far from home? It's possible, as it depends on who is going. I was with a great group and did get to meet some new friends, and we had a good time overall. Would I go if I knew no one and just wanted to check out a track that is supposed to be awesome. Hell no. At this point in my life I'm really not that interested in traveling somewhere I've never been just so I can ride my dirtbike. Yes, I might go check out a track if I'm in the area just to see it and spend 15 minutes there, but that's it. I rather go somewhere I never been so I can explore the sights and enjoy the time with my wife.

So in the end, overall I had a good time camping with the wife and traveling though areas I had not been at before, and also just hanging out and doing some great bench racing with the crew. Maybe I might go do the Idaho International..  :shock:

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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2018, 07:25:38 PM »
Great read Phil, thanks for sharing.
When I lived there I was just like you, never went anywhere else, never felt the need. Now that I am out here I am just the opposite and have traveled to several other states to ride/race. My craziest trip was to the Vet World's last November. I am still planning a trip to Motoland some day if I can just get some health back. Yesterday was the first time I have started my KX450 since last November. I did a lap of my property in street clothes with only a ball cap on and scared the crap out of myself.  :lol:
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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2018, 08:09:47 PM »
Thatís a lot to read. Did you win or not?

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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2018, 08:40:08 PM »
Thatís a lot to read. Did you win or not?
It is. Iíll wait for the movie.

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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2018, 10:00:05 PM »
SEE YOU TOMORROW MORNING PHIL...NOT TOO FAR FROM YOUR HOUSE..
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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2018, 05:30:14 AM »
It was really good to spend time with you there Phil, your right about the over watering. But I love the place and as the jumps didn't bother me, and I was actually doing most of them  :shock: I'm going to have to ask for your jump card back.  :lol: I wasn't going to go to this measure but Landsberg insisted  :( . In the end we got to meet Linda and grub the Fondue so mission accomplished. The area around the track is spectacular, the Idaho trip is just as awesome. Plus you get a baked potato at sign up. I'm really trying to do that round.

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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2018, 05:55:34 AM »
Thatís a lot to read. Did you win or not?

I think at his age they just give you a medal if you make it to the finish line.

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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2018, 07:58:45 AM »
Thatís a lot to read. Did you win or not?

I think at his age they just give you a medal if you make it to the finish line.

A medal? Hell, they are waiting for you with the oxygen mask...
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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2018, 09:52:32 AM »
It was good hanging out with you at a destination track, Phil, even though you were not liking the track as much as some of us.
I think the layout this year was the best and most fun of the last 3 years. The prep was great for practice Saturday, but not as good for the races as the previous years. The promoter is one of those types that you are not going to tell him anything, critical or constructive as to his races. I had fun, even though I was not in shape to get decent results.  :lol:
Like Chucky said, Some of the other tracks and destinations are great and worth a trip.
Here is a video of the track layout from our moto #4  Sunday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Qto4ytxwM&t=94s

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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2018, 03:49:42 PM »
It was good hanging out with you at a destination track, Phil, even though you were not liking the track as much as some of us.
I think the layout this year was the best and most fun of the last 3 years. The prep was great for practice Saturday, but not as good for the races as the previous years. The promoter is one of those types that you are not going to tell him anything, critical or constructive as to his races. I had fun, even though I was not in shape to get decent results.  :lol:
Like Chucky said, Some of the other tracks and destinations are great and worth a trip.
Here is a video of the track layout from our moto #4  Sunday.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8Qto4ytxwM&t=94s

The racing was definitely great even though I think that was my worst finish. Pretty much a REM type track, I felt real at home on it. The Oregon Chapter's Race at Washougal is up next Phil not too late to get up there for that one.  :wink:
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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2018, 06:06:24 PM »
No Washougal. Too many other trips coming up ($$$). But I'm still thinking about Idaho.
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Re: My first ever race outside of SoCal
« Reply #11 on: June 23, 2018, 08:13:07 AM »
Doug Todd still has a spot for a bike in his semi, and a spot in a RV at the track. All one needs to do is get there and back. Washougal is one of my favorite tracks and I was fortunate to have raced it last year. MXDad91 has the 411 on how to fly in race and fly out  :wink:

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