The 2013 King of the Motos competition is just around the corner. The organizers have challenged me to come out and try my hand at it, so I figured I better find out a few more of the details for this year’s event. The 2012 inaugural enduro was an invite only affair, so race information was on more of a “need to know” basis.
The upcoming event is open to anyone who wants to give it a go, with new classes for amateurs and experts. Here are the details that I have put together so far:
Event date is Sunday Feb. 3rd., registration is still open at http://ultra4racing.com/entryforms/king-of-the-motos-registration/
Along with the Pro class, there are Expert single and Amateur Team classes, similar to Romaniacs
The event will consist of two loops totaling about 80 miles
Expert and amateurs will complete the loops once, Pros will do it all twice plus have an extra credit section
The expert loop is about as hard as last year was- open desert, big loose climbs, tons of rocks up and down
Experts should be able to complete in about 5 hours
Riders will have 8 hours to complete the course
The course will be marked, but riders are encouraged to use their own GPS for navigation help, routes will be available for Garmin and Lowrance units
IRC trackers will be used on all the bikes
There will be 3 spectator areas on the course
Live Jumbotron coverage will be broadcast in the pits with 4 cameras on course plus one helicopter
All racers will have garage space for the entire week of Hammer festivities, everyone is invited to enjoy the week
Promoter Dave Cole tells me that trail boss Jimmy Lewis has put together some extra special trail for the pros as part of the second lap. He is hinting that it will be all about stamina. Sounds like the pros will have their work cut out for them this year. I know that Graham Jarvis will be back to defend his crown. He had some good competition from Kurt Caselli and Kyle Redmond last year. I hear that Destry Abbott will be back and has been training hard. I hope that we will see Cody Webb, Max Gerston and Cory Graffunder too.
I snapped this photo of Destry right near the finish. The look on his face was priceless. He looked completely spent.
For the experts and amateur things should be a bit tamer. This looks to be a course that many riders could hope to complete. The concept of the amateur team does very well in Europe at Romaniacs. Two riders stay together and help each other over the rough parts. Sounds like “tuggers” will be in order and possibly a short tow rope also. As many of our local races get shorter and faster, it is nice to see an opportunity to really measure yourself against the toughest terrain of Johnson Valley.
I guess it is time for me to get out training and start prepping a bike for the event. I will be interested to see who else shows up to have a go in the expert class.