Wednesday, May 4, 2011
at 9:04 PM
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
at 7:57 PM
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Sorry for the lack of updates! As most of you know, 2010 was a very busy year for me. There was a lot of good that came with it, but I really want to put an emphasis on racing this year! Though it seems way too early, this year's racing has already started. The first two rounds of the RMEC are co-sanctioned with Arizona's AMRA, so I get the opportunity to travel to warm weather every February. It's hard to properly prepare during the winter in Colorado, so Justin Petty and I decided to travel down few days early to get some riding in and dial in our bikes. It's always a harsh awakening when you first twist the throttle on the Arizona terrain. The traction is mediocre, the ground is rough, the rocks are sharp, and if you make a mistake, you will end up covered in poisonous, barbed cactus needles. Smooth and precise riding is the ticket down here.
Erin had to work back home, so we brought her bike down and she flew in on Friday afternoon…. VIP STYLE!!! Saturday morning came sooner than I expected, and the first day of racing was under way. There were four tests on each day. The first was a fast seven mile section that provided a good wake up call to the high speed terrain we’d be racing on. The second and third were around 17 miles each, and had a good variety of high speed roads, whoops, winding trail, and sand washes. The last test was also just under twenty miles, but had a very technical, steep and rocky side-hill trail in the middle.
I felt good on the bike all day, and accomplished my main goal of staying off the ground and out of the cactus. My test times improved all day as I got used to the desert terrain. I knew that there were a lot of fast riders racing (including Destry Abbott on the row behind me), so I was happy to finish day one inside the top 20 overall. I usually do better the second day of a two day race, so I was anxious to get some food and rest and see what I could do on Sunday.
Sunday’s course was the same as Saturday’s, but each test was run in reverse direction. The course was getting rougher on each lap, and it took me a while to get used to the different lines. I struggled with the dust and speed again in the first test. Luckily I was able to put my head down and put in some better times for the remaining three loops. I stayed off the ground again, and only got a few cactus needles in my hand on the last loop! My times were good enough for a 14th overall finish. I was really happy to finish the first two races safely, and in the points on both days.
I have some new sponsors this year that I would like to mention. I’m really excited to be racing for the Stillwell Performance/Carbon Raptor team again this year. My suspension is incredible, and I truly believe that regardless of the motor you have, it’s worthless if you can’t ride the bike in control and put the power to the ground. Fay Myers Motorcycle World helped me get a new fuel-injected 250 SXF, and it rocks! Between my new Moose gear and PG graphics, nobody can deny how good I look out there, haha :) . I would also like to congratulate my teammate Ray Barnard on some of his best results to date, and my girlfriend Erin who took a 3rd and 1st in the Women’s class!!! Wooooohooooo, looks like 2011 is going to be an awesome season!
at 8:02 AM
Monday, April 26, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
Last Tuesday felt like any regular Tuesday, little did I know it was gonna be one of the best days ever! When I got home from work, Erin asked me to grab something out of my van while she took out the trash. I went to unlock it, and to my surprise, it was left unlocked. I was a little bit nervous, but Erin re-assured me that she had been in there just a short while earlier and didn't lock it. I casually opened the back door and my eyes went directly to the floor where I was looking for the Leatt brace that Erin wanted me to grab. A few seconds later I noticed my bike had a new tire. It took another few seconds to realize that the whole bike was new, and that my brother and our friend Allen were sitting in the back with a video camera to catch my reaction.... IN HD!!! Maybe I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed, but what Erin had done didn't hit me until what must have been 30 seconds after I opened the door! I was in complete shock. As if she doesn't do enough for me on a daily basis and treat me better than I deserve, she bought be the bike I've been drooling over for months. Apparently all of our friends knew this was coming, and for the first time EVER(!) they actually kept a secret! Thanks so much to the guys at Fay Myers for helping her out with this, but mostly, I have to thank the coolest girl in the world for making a little dream come true! I'm the luckiest guy in the world!!!
at 7:19 PM
Monday, March 8, 2010
March has arrived, and that usually means the RMEC season is about to kick off in Texas. However, this year we were all given the chance to get a warm-up race under our belts down in Phoenix. Last year, I wasn't quite ready to race when Caprock approached, and I got my butt kicked! Hopefully we all got the bugs worked out and are ready to smoke some of those Texans!!! I want to see the Colorado guys show up ready to race so I thought I'd put together a list of things I've learned about this fun race :)
at 6:32 PM
Saturday, February 13, 2010
at 7:04 AM