I’m a big fan of going to the racetrack. It’s good practice for other types of riding and it’s overall a fun experience. This last weekend we took a trip up to our local racetrack and spend the weekend with some old friends who we haven’t seen in a long time.
First think I do in order to head out for a weekend of racing is get the trailer ready. We have a pretty big bike trailer that can hold up to five bikes, all of our gear, tools, etc. It’s a beast to drive with, but it is really handy. So the first thing I do is do a complete once over of the trailer. I check all of the tire pressure, I check to see if the lug nuts are tight, and I check all of the taillights and turn signals. Then I do an interior once over. I make sure all of the tools are in the proper place and nothing is missing. We work on our bikes, so much that our tools get spread out all over the place, so this really is the most important step.
After I am finished checking all of our gear, I focus on the food. Just like our trips to the sand dunes every year, we bring lots of food! We always bring a grill and have a big old-fashioned grill out for the races. The racetrack is perfectly situated for it too. Where we park and grill out you have a great view of the entire track and can watch everything. It’s great because even the people who aren’t racing can see everything that is happening.
Everything is done. All the gear is packed up. It’s time to drive to the track. The track we usually go to is about two and a half hours away. It’s a little bit of a drive, but nothing too major. It’s takes awhile to get set up once you’re there so we try to get there a little bit early. Also, we want to secure our primo parking spot to view the track.
Next what we do is tune up all of the bikes. We take them all for a preliminary ride along the track to make sure everything is running smoothly and to get them up to operating temperature, and if everything looks good it’s time to race!
For those of your who have never raced motocross, it’s an experience like you’ve never known. First of all, after you finish one or two races, you are completely beat. Racing motocross is one of the hardest workouts you will ever experience. You know the feeling you get after a long day of tubing out on a boat? How your entire body is sore? Well, multiply this by about 100 and that is how you feel after a race. It is very much a physically demanding activity.
But the thrill that you get from flying around the corners, or riding across the moguls cannot be beat. And of course after awhile you grow accustomed to it and it doesn’t wear you out quite as much anymore.
This week I finished 2nd and my buddy finished 3rd. I was so close to getting 1st place, but I messed up on the final lap when I hit the final jump. I didn’t quite clear it and it cost me a second and my first place spot.
If you ever want to go racing, let us know and we’d be happy to let you come with. We usually go at least once a month.