TRS contacted the Coronado National Forest Office in Tucson over the weekend to confirm the Coronado National Forest is in fact open to recreation. This request was made to counter faulty news report stating the Forest was closed. For those who have been visiting this FB page know, the Forest Is OPEN to recreation. There are restrictions to group size gatherings which are in line with CDC recommendations, and closures of Developed Recreational sites
The Coronado National Forest representative contacted by TRS, Dana Backer, recommended the following.
“Thanks for bringing this to our attention. At a time with so much uncertainty, misinformation can be detrimental. We ask the public to refer to the official press releases on our website for the correct information.”
In light of the virus crisis, I asked the Coronado National Forest if there are any restrictions for OHV recreation at this time. Here is the response.
At this time, the trails are open as normal. Individuals are asked to follow AZ State and CDC requirements. Do you have an upcoming event that exceeds the CDC/AZ recommended group limit size? If so, I would refer you to the Special Use Permit division. The contact is Alysa Hansen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
If things change, there will be a press release and it will be posted on the Coronado FB site.
Thanks for checking, stay well.
Coronado National Forest – Supervisor’s Office
300 W Congress Street, 6th Floor
Tucson, AZ 85701
Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) are happy to report the 2020 San Manuel Copper Classic was a huge success! Over 260 racers registered for the Mini and Big Bike courses this past Saturday; all in search of exciting competition and all out dirt bike fun. At the Riders Meeting before the racing started for the Big Bikes, we had a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Alicia Guerrero. Just as she completed the Anthem there was an airplane fly over to excite the racers and spectators alike.
The weather was cool in the morning for the younger racers and warmed considerably for the Big Bike race, which started at Noon. The warmer afternoon temperature and long West Loop took its toll on many of the Big Bike racers.
As it was last year, the Big Bike racers were challenged by the Restart Enduro race format. The challenge of racing a Restart Enduro format is to complete one test section before the prescribed start time for the next test section.
This year we expanded our racecourse by adding Grass Track #2 and also included a pass through the Gardner Middle School hallways, out under a breezeway, around the outside of the Gym building and finally down into a short tunnel. Once through the tunnel, the racers found themselves at the top of the steps that lead down onto Grass Track #1 and then off to the finish of the South loop.
For the riders able to make it to their final finish check, they received a cool red towel to refresh themselves.
In the evening after the race, TRS members gathered around the camp fire and enjoyed an outstanding meal served up by Chef Carlos Serrano and friends. After the meal, raffle prizes were awarded to the TRS volunteers as a way of saying thanks for all their hard work.
As always, TRS wishes to thank all of its club members, family members and friends who help make this event possible. We also thank AMRA for their support at registration and the scoring checks. TRS also needs to express our thanks to the club sponsors for their support; Serrano Motorsports, Tucker Motorsports, Alexandra L Miller CPA, Arizona Kawasaki- KTM-Triumph, Scott Genzman GR Financial Group, TRAFFICADE, Randy Jones Farmers Insurance, Cycle Skis & ATVs and On Any Moto.
Finally, we thank the fine residents of San Manuel, San Manuel School officials and BHP Copper for once again allowing us to utilize the school grounds and adjoining property to host this event. The Copper Classic exists due to their support and cooperation. We also thank the San Manuel Fire Department for watering Grass Track #1 to help keep the dust down.
Until next year be well and enjoy riding and racing your dirt bike.
Thanks to some very dedicated and talented TRS members, the Big Bike racecourse was “staked” this weekend. Hats off to these members for utilizing a very efficient process to get the Mile Marker, Course Worker and general course marking stakes located across both West & South loops.
This coming Thursday and Friday, the Mini racecourse and the race campus will be staked and marked in anticipation of race activities starting on Friday afternoon.