TPAAA Offroad Challenge
Did you know the TPAAA has an Offroad motorcycle team competing at the Provincial Level? We DO! Chris Scherk and Nic Snykers are running the colours, and we’re looking at getting more of the TPAAA membership out to try this exciting sport. Mike Kiproff, Nelson Barreira, Roger Swart, Mike Bowmaster and Claudia Cid has have all given this a shot. In fact, Claudia is now a full time racer in the Ladies B Class!
WHAT IS THE OFFROAD CHALLENGE? The challenge is simple. I think riding off road motorcycle racing is tough. Really tough. A cross country race is two hours of hanging on to a 240 pound motorcycle over a narrow trail of rough rugged natural terrain. Lots of other people think it’s just sitting on a bike twisting your wrist…. they think it’s barely a sport! If you think you’re up to the challenge, come out sign up for an Offroad Ontario or World Enduro Canada Cross Country race this season (Dates Below). Race licence is $25.00. Event entry fee is $50.00. You pay up front. If you finish the two hours and place in the event the team will reimburse you your licence and entry. In the spirit of the challenge, quitters will NOT be reimbursed…. C’mon… Everyone needs some motivation!
WHAT YOU NEED: An offroad motorcycle in good condition. I strongly recommend one with hand guards, the trails can be TIGHT. You do NOT require a plate or insurance although a 94 DB sound level in enforced at most races. If you are unsure if what you have would be appropriate, please contact me. Most motocross or trail bikes are perfectly acceptable for this kind of racing, but a good running machine is essential. Beg, borrow, steal one and give this a shot. A camelback type water system is also recommended. MEC carries these for as low as $30.00.
I’D lIKE TO TRY THIS, BUT I’VE NEVER RACED A MOTORCYCLE BEFORE: Both Off Road Ontario and WEC both offer multiple classes from Beginner to Pro. Veteran (+40) and Super Veteran (+50) classes are also offered. Again, contact me and we’ll help you pick the right class for your skill level. You don’t have to be David Knight, but you need to be at least a competent trail rider with a fair degree of confidence in operating the machine.
SEEMS LIKE A BOY THING. CAN GIRLS TRY THIS? Boy, can they! There’s a ladies A and B class available, and if you’re really good, you can race any of the men’s classes up to Pro! Did I mention Claudia Cid from the Mounted Unit took the challenge and now is racing full time in the Ladies B class. Check out the Race Reports to follow Claudia’s progress!
HOW HARD IS GETTING A RACE LICENCE AND HOW DOES SIGN UP WORK? Getting a race licence is a simple on-line affair, and generally takes less than 5 minutes. Sign up at the races can seem a bit confusing, but once you’ve been through is a few times, it’s not an issue, and Nic, Claudia or I will be there to walk you through it.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE EVENTS? Go to the Off Road Ontario Website or WEC and look at the Cross Country Schedule.
WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION? I’m your TPAAA Motorcycle Chair, Chris SCHERK, Detective 4306 at Crime Stoppers. Email is your best bet of getting in contact with me. firstname.lastname@example.org
THE FOLLOWING DATES ARE ALL AVAILABLE FOR “THE CHALLENGE”
OO Cross Country’s (XCs)
June 1st – Mansfield XC, (Orangeville Area)
June 8th – RJs XC – (Barrie Area)
June 29th –Free Flow XC (Kingston Area),
July 13th – Motopark – Chatsworth, ON
August 10th – Anthill Classic (Kitchener Waterloo Area)
September 14 – Codrington, OffRoad Ontario (Brighton Area)
Saturday Aug 24 – Gopher Dunes – Cortland, ON (also round 1 CXCC East) WEC
Sunday Aug 25 – Gopher Dunes – Cortland, ON (also round 2 CXCC East) WEC
Saturday Sept 7 – Walton, ON (also rounds 3 CXCC East) WEC
Sunday Sept 8 – Walton, ON (also rounds 4 CXCC East) WEC
Sunday Oct 6 – Parry Sound, Offroad Ontario
Club races such as OCMC, SCORRA, HORRA ect are also eligible, so contact me, and we’ll try to find an event you can try!
See you at the Races