Those of you who have followed this blog over the years know how much I hate winter. It just doesn’t work for those of us who maintain our sanity by getting on two wheels as often as possible. In fact, I hate it so much that I coined a phrase a few years ago that has stuck. I call the period in Middle Tennessee from November 1 to March 1 — when the days are short, the air is cold, precipitation transforms into solids and good riding days are few-and-far between — the “Dark Months” which is appropriate on many levels. But the good news is that the “Dark Months” are not a total loss, and it is possible to maintain some two-wheeled sanity during the worst time of the year if you have a plan! Here’s mine:
1 – Move south for the next 4 months. Preferably Arizona or Florida. OK… this one is not happening. Let me start over.
1 – One word… Supercross. I’ve been riding dirt bikes since I was 8 years old and watching the pros race to the wire each week gets the riding adrenalin pumping. The season starts in Anaheim, California on January 7 and concludes in Vegas on May 5 so it more than covers the DM. This year there will be 11 live broadcasts on SPEED/CBS with the others on delay. Watch once and you will be hooked! Better yet… if you are close to an event, go see James Stewart, Ryan Vilopoto, Chad Reed, and the others in person.
2 – Motorcycle Shows and events. Winter is the perfect time to hit the indoor motorcycle shows, regional indoor motocross races, swap meets, etc. I’m planning on hitting four events in the Nashville area this year to keep the two-wheeled juices flowing.
3 – And finally… a project! It’s the prefect time to finally get around to that bike project you’ve been putting off. Parts for mine started arriving this week (see pic above) and by March 1, the end of the “Dark Months,” my Sporty will be looking radically different. Wish me luck!
Last night I made my way to Murfreesboro, TN. which is just south of Nashville to check out the 3rd round of the 2010 Arenacross Tour. Over 400 amateur and pro riders competed and the action was non-stop for over three hours. It was a great time! Here’s a couple snapshots and a video of the festivities.
My new Cycle World came in the mail today and one of the first things that grabbed my attention was this full-spread ad from Yamaha. That’s my man James Stewart on the right… contemplating a 2010 Supercross Championship!
As far as I’m concerned… January is only good for one thing and that’s the kickoff of the AMA Supercross season… and tomorrow night is the night. Anaheim, California will be rockin’ with the best off-road riders in the world and if you have SPEED channel you can see all the exciting action LIVE beginning at 9:00PM (Central). Will you be watching? I CAN’T WAIT!
Man… I HATE THE DARK MONTHS. Not being able to ride sends me into mental meltdown this time of year and just when I don’t think I can take anymore, Supercross arrives and pulls me from the depths of motorcycle hell! This year everything gets started on January 9th and I cannot wait. Not a Supercross fan? Well, I challenge you to watch once and see if you don’t become hooked like me. Here’s a little 2009 highlight video to wet your whistle… courtesy of LN Motorsports. Check it out and then be watching CBS next month for some of the most exciting racing you will ever see!
Some of you may remember a RANT I posted back on January 24th about the indoor motocross event I attended in Shelbyville, Tennessee. That night I didn’t get a lot of pictures but I did shoot a little video with the point-and-shoot. Thought I would put a 30 second clip together for you to check out.
BTW… anybody been watching Supercross this season? My fav rider James Stewart is dominating… having won every race but the first one, where he crashed out. The dude is awesome to say the least. There are still a few weeks to go in the season so check it out on SPEED channel… good stuff!
Please watch both of the identical videos below and tell me which looks better to you… YouTube or Vimeo. You can email me or use the comment link at the bottom of this post.
Last night I headed south out of Nashville to the town that country music star Miranda Lambert shot her video “Famous in a Small Town” in. But Shelbyville, Tennessee is not just the video home to the girl who gave us huge hits like “Kerosene”, “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” and “Famous in a Small Town”… it is also home to the Calsonic Arena which among other things hosts a Victory Sports Indoor Motocross event each January.
Sorry Miranda but on this night your small town belonged to Motocross racers. And there were all types. I saw races with guys, girls, 4 year olds, 40+ year olds and every age group in between. There were even ATV (4-wheeler) races. It was an awesome event and I can’t say enough what a fantastic job Victory Sports did in presenting a family oriented fun event.
Of course there is more to this than just fun. The riders in the PRO classes, coming from all over the mid-south, are most definitely out to WIN and there were some great finishes in these classes that left no doubt about it. You can check out the series point standings at www.victory-sports.com if you are interested. On this night Robbie Horton grabbed the top of the podium in the 450 Pro Class and Chris Osborne narrowly got the victory in the 250 Pro Class. To borrow from Miranda… those 2 guys were definitely “Famous in a Small Town” last night!
I had intended to get a bunch of pictures but in a bonehead move… I forgot to charge up the batteries to my Canon. I fired two shots (posted here) and that was it! But here’s an idea… instead of looking at my non-existent pictures, go check out a local MX event for yourself. I promise you will have a great time!
Photo courtesy of Transworld Motocross.
Supercross season is in full swing now and after three weeks of competition there have been some interesting developments. That’s not what this RANT is about… but Supercross does indirectly inspire it. You see, this time of year I read a lot about off road riding and I came across a story not long ago that is worth bringing to my little spotlight.
Most people aren’t aware that there is a Women’s Motocross Association. Yes, girls can race dirt bikes too… and they are darn good at it! But one of these pro racers stands out to me. Not so much for her many accomplishments on the track… but more for the inspiration her life is.
Ashley Fiolek started riding when she was 7 years old. In 2004 she won the 9-13 class on her 85cc Honda at Loretta Lynn’s… the most prestigious amateur event in the nation… and by the time she was 17, she had earned the 2008 WMA Pro National Championship. But all of these accomplishments are magnified when you find out that Ashley is profoundly deaf. Imagine racing at a pro level without being able to hear your bike… relying purely on feel. It is an amazing and completely inspirational story. In life so many times we are prone to say “I can’t” but obviously Ashley has not let her circumstances dictate what she can and can’t do. I applaud her and now consider myself a HUGE Ashley Fiolek fan! Check the video below from RedBull… and you can visit Ashley’s website by CLICKING HERE.