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.
The Trail Riders of Southern Arizona