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.
PHOENIX – H.B. 2246 would require all motorcyclists, passengers and ATV operators to wear a helmet at all times while operating the vehicle. The bill also would require protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield, unless the vehicle is equipped with a windscreen. Riders and passengers can opt out of the requirement by paying a fee when registering their vehicles. Revenue from the fee would be split between the Arizona Highway User Revenue fund ($200) and the Spinal and Head Injuries Trust Fund ($300).
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 1024) is bipartisan legislation that would require the EPA to revise the labeling requirements for pumps that dispense E15 and conduct a consumer education campaign to inform the public about the risks of improper use of E15 and the vehicles and equipment that are prohibited from using E15. The current E15 label doesn’t mention motorcycles specifically. The new label would call out motorcycles, ATVs, boats, lawnmowers, chainsaws and snowmobiles with pictograms of these vehicles and equipment specifically prohibited from using E15. Also included in this legislation are provisions specific to blender pumps that would require warnings about residual high-ethanol-content blends left in the fueling hose from the previous customer. U.S. Reps. Austin Scott (R-Ga.) and Lois Frankel (D-Fla.) reintroduced the bill.
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!
Final notice for the February club meeting. Be sure to attend, expect to hear some great stories about favorite or most memorable rides. I am especially interested in hearing the ostrich story told by Russell Hacker.
Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2019 Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (social 1/2 hour starts at 6:00pm) Place: East Coast Super Subs, 187 N Park Ave near the U of A.