Trail Riders of Southern Arizona (TRS) presents a donation of $2,500 to the Mammoth-San Manuel Unified School District’s Community Schools. Shown is Lisa Armenta receiving the check from Chuck Ivy of the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona dirt bike club. The proceeds help fund a three-week sports camp in the summer for kids 1st to 8th grades as well as various field trips.
Trail Riders of Southern Arizona is a non-profit club that hosts the San Manuel Copper Classic off-road motorcycle race each year in San Manuel, Arizona and makes it a fundraiser. The race is part of the Arizona Motorcycle Riders Association (AMRA) race series. The last event was held March 9th, 2019. In addition, school kids run a food stand at the race to also raise money.
Another fine turnout at last night’s club meeting. Highlights for the meeting:
• Camp Wood Enduro race recap.
• On Any Moto Dirt Bike Swap Meet planned, May 4.
• New digital MVUM available for the Nogales and Sierra Vista Ranger Districts, it will not include the Red Springs Single Track trails. Those trails will appear in the next issue, 2020?
• Arranging a source for TRS hats.
• Dual Sport ride planned for May 4 & 5.
• Red Springs Trail (RST) project update, trail construction underway!! Additional workdays this week & coming weekend.
• TRS RST building, camp & cookout at the RST staging area April 27 -28.
• Tech Tip: focus on hydration as our weather starts to warm up.
• Helmets off to Kelly V. and wishes for a speedy recovery.
• Next club meeting May 14th.
On Thursday of this week, during the quarterly meeting TRS attends with the Coronado National Forest Supervisor, it was mentioned OHV users are riding on the large rock formation affectionately know as Chimney Rock. This rock formation (adjacent to FS Road 4431) has been signed and fenced as off limits to OHV use several times over the years, only to have the signs shot up or removed entirely and the fence taken down. There is a significant reason for keeping off the rock formation; it is a nesting area for eagles.
So please spread the word, and respect this area by not riding your dirt bike, jeep, truck or side by side on the Chimney Rock formation.
The Catalina Ranger District has a plan to reroute FS Road 4431 a safe distance away from Chimney Rock. No idea when that reroute will occur.
Map identifies Chimney Rock. Reference, 371 is Redington Road.
It’s now official. The contractor starts on April 1st, no joke.
Because we got the word yesterday, George and I laid down the first moto tracks on a few sections of trail today. Just because we could.
Thanks to all that have come out and helped with the project. Now if we could just get the cows to stop eating our ribbon.
There will be opportunities later in April for all to help, but the first burn in rides are reserved for the members that have come out to help in the past few years.
So our first chance to start burning in a select set of sections is this Sunday. March 31st.
Take I19 south to exit 40, Chavez Siding Road, which is just past the Border Patrol Check Point. Right and right onto the frontage road and go about .3 miles north and turn left onto the dirt road. Sign says Hunter Access, it’s easy to miss this. Take the dirt road about .1 miles west and turn left into the parking area. Unload here.
Time, please arrive and have your bike unloaded by 7:30. At 7:30 we will go over some instructions and safety
This we be a very short message. This is just a quick note to say thanks to all who were able to support the 2019 Copper Classic. We just hosted what some say is the best Copper Classic ever! You should be proud to be part of not just this event but also the Trail Riders of Southern Arizona. I hope you can make Tuesday’s club meeting. We will spend the meeting time focused on recapturing our favorite moments of the event.
Time to get serious about the upcoming Copper Classic. The next critical race preparation date is coming very soon. I strongly encourage you to save this date and plan to attend.
Here is what we need to do: Locate and set the wood stakes into the trail and mark the stakes using “Sharpie” markers with course directional information. We also plant the stakes for the Course Worker & Mile Markers signs. On the Friday before the race, we go back out onto the course and staple directional arrows, “wrong way” & “danger” etc. signs to the appropriate stakes.
Date: Sunday March 3, 2019
Time: Ready to work at 8:30am
Location: Last year’s location of the Copper Classic Registration area, San Manuel Middle School parking lot at Erickson & Avenue D in San Manuel.
All work materials will be supplied. Just bring your bike, water, snack and dress appropriately based on the weather.
The more volunteers the quicker this work is done.
Outstanding turning out at last night’s club meeting. There were 47 TRS members, family members, friends and several new prospect members in the audience. A few highlights from the meeting.
• Update on OHVAG and Az. Sate Parks & Trails.
• Red Springs Single track project report.
• Copper Classic race planning discussion.
• Special guest, Michael Battaglia from On Any Moto invited TRS to an upcoming Beta Demo Ride.
• Carlos Serrano explained a new water jet cleaning system he has in his shop. If you have metal or plastic parts needing to be refreshed, check it out.
• An in depth discussion about the merits of the SPOT & Garmin systems, which provided emergency response communications. Strongly recommended for us off-road riders.
• Two great memorable stories by dirt bike riders Russell & Kevin. Both involving dead animals, in retrospect kind of strange. But hearing the ostrich and rat stories had all of us laughing really hard. Thanks for sharing Russell & Kevin.
Pics of Russell telling his story and the audience.
Helmets off to all the TRS members and friends who came out to help get the race course ready for race day.
A special thanks to Kelly V. & Anthony B. for putting in OT getting the course ready. Nice work guys.
A large portion of a fence adjacent to the “grass track” was cleared of the vines. This now will allow a superior spectator viewing area for the Big Bike race. Much safer than the arrangement used last year.
This is the name list captured today of all the volunteers, but if someone’s name is missing please reply.
Gary M., Jerry K., Jim G., Chris D., Tim Mc., Charlie H., Chris A., Diego M., Alvaro M., Kelly V., Anthony B., Brad S., Kevin H., Todd D., Eric T., Chuck I., John B., George W.
While looking through an old issue of Dirt Rider (March 2013) I saw this editorial from Chris Denison. This message is still very true today. As dirt bikers we need to keep the sound down. Read & ride on!