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Garrahan Captures First at Round 2 of AMA West Coast Hare Scrambles
Brian Garrahan wins Picacho Creek Challenge
Northern California off-road pro motorcycle racer Brian Garrahan won first place at round 2 of the National Hare Scrambles this past weekend. After grabbing second place in round 1 at the beginning of the year, Brian is now the points leader in this series and on the road to another championship. The Picacho Creek Challenge took place in Paicines, south of Hollister.
“I was excited about this race,” said Brian. “It had been raining and snowing right up to the day before, and the course was full of mud. I feel that gave me an advantage over other racers who may not consider those to be optimum conditions.”
The AMA Racing West Hare Scrambles are conducted on long, marked-loop courses through woods or desert and over rugged natural terrain. Events feature a designated number of laps or time limit, typically two hours. Competitive riders not only need to be fast, they must be physically fit to maintain a race pace for hours.
Brian won this race by 57 seconds. Santa Cruz County was a winner too: the top three racers reside in Santa Cruz County and four out of the top six competitors, including Brian, are from Boulder Creek. Boulder Creek is a beautiful, historic mountain town adjacent to Big Basin State Park, about 15 miles north of the city of Santa Cruz.
1. Brian Garrahan, Yamaha
2. Cody Webb, Beta
3. Patrick Garrahan, KTM
4. Jonathan Davis, Yamaha
5. Justin Bonita, KTM (GOT racer)
6. Travis Coy, KTM
Racing students from Brian’s coaching school, Garrahan Off-Road Training (GOT), placed in the top five in all of their events. In the B65 Class, four out of the top five were GOT students. Tyler Ducray, also known as Snow Flake for his success racing in extreme conditions, won that race. Dante Oliveira took the top spot, once again, in the C85 Class, where the top finishers were all from GOT. In the C65 class the top three racers were GOT riders. “The GOT racers gave it their all; it’s great to see them at the top of their game and winning races,” commented Brian.
Brian Garrahan has been competing at the highest level of off-road racing and has won races in the last three decades starting in 1998. In 2008 he achieved the goal of winning a national championship by taking first in the West Coast Hare Scramble. In 2010, he recaptured the title and is motivated to defend it in 2011. In addition to professional racing, Brian teaches off-road racing to kids, adults, and other racers through his new venture, Garrahan Off-road Training (GOT). Brian’s sponsors include Yamaha, FMF, Dunlop Tires, WR1 Suspension, Craiger Motorsports, Steahly Flywheel, Mach One, Sprocket Specialists, IMS Products, No Toil, Maxima Oil, BRP, DP Brakes, Scott USA, Alpinestars, Fox Racing Shox, and Bucci Sunglasses.