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New Youth Racer

Postby crgirl » Wed Jan 11, 2012 9:52 pm

Not sure if this should be in Youth or Racing, but here goes...

My 13 year old son wants to try out racing this year. He's on a CR80 and has been riding for 5 years. Since we live clear down south, we want to find something he can get his feet wet in and don't really want to commit to traveling clear up north for this. What would be a good race to try out in the middle/southern end of the state for a youth?

Also, what would we need to do as parents to prepare for this. We are not members of OMRA or any other club so I'm assuming we would need to join there.

What can we do to get by without buying number plates to try this out?

What class would he need to be in?

How does the escort thing work?

How long are the races (for fuel purposes)? Are there refueling stops if needed?

What would we need to train him on in regards to how the timing and all that works - is there a posting or link somewhere I can look up for all that?

I know, lots of questions. But I can guarantee there'll be more when the time gets closer!

Thanks for any help you guys can give me on this. It will be great for him to get involved with other kids his age that have the same interests.
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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby LonnieTheGreat » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:33 am

The Timber Mountain Hare Scrambles hosted by MRA neer Medford would be a good start. I was taking my boy on all the trails there on his klx110 when he was 9. Some hills can get pretty nasty with enough rain, but the escort can help if needed. If you are confident of his ability to do the full course (usually 30 miles or so) riding with the big bikes, he would ride JX. As long as he can hold his line when the big bikes lap him he should be safe. I have never heard of a big bike tangling with a kid in any of our XC races. My boy ( now 11) rode the 2 races there this fall on his kx65 and ALL the big bike riders were very courteous when laping us. It is on public land so he will need an escort rider as well as both riders and bikes bieng all legal to ride on public land.

If you're not ready for him to ride with the big bikes, he could ride the JA class at the GP events. Prineville would be the closest to you.

There is always a pit row in the pits to gas up. This will be explained at the rider's meeting. It is VERY important to be at the rider's meeting! As you are out trail riding figure out how far the bike can go on a tank of gas so you will know if you will have to stop at the pits to gas up during the race.

The only races you need to worry about timing are the ISDE events.

As far as training, the only thing I can think of is listening for a rider behind him to yell or rev the bike and then letting the faster rider pass.

I'm sure other more experienced racers will chime in soon and give you plenty of good advice as well.

Without numbers you will be given yellow tape with that day's assigned number. For your first race you may want to just buy a OMRA $5 day pass.

Another good event to try out is the ULTRA poker ride and Ranch race on hwy 138 neer Roseburg June 30, Jul 1. The whole family can ride the poker ride on Saturday and score some prizes then if you feel good about it ride the race on Sunday.
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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby crgirl » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:01 am

Lonnie,

I was looking at both those races and hoping they might work since they're the closest. I notice the Timber Hare Scrambles are a two day event - do different classes race each day? Would we only race one day?

Also, is there other terrain (other than the race course) that non-racers can ride while everything's going on?

At the Roseburg poker run, is it quad friendly? My daughter couldn't seem to keep two wheels on the ground.

It sounds like he might want to be JX since he's very comfortable riding and can go just about everywhere we can. We'll have to train him to pull over though, that's just not in his genes right now :mrgreen:
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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby LonnieTheGreat » Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:25 pm

Timber Mountain is 2 seperate races. He could race each day or just one of the two days. At the staging area where the race is held most of the trails are used for the race, so others really can't ride there while the race is going on. There is another staging area down the hill closer to town. A person could load up and drive to it and ride out of there while the race is going on. Just don't ride the roads between the two staging areas.

The ULTRA Ranch race and poker ride are quad and side by side friendly. In fact we plan to have a side by side race this year. We also have a smaller "kid's track" open neer the camping area. Club members usually start getting to the ranch, working Friday morning. Camping starts Friday night.
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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby mudpie » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:36 pm

LonnieTheGreat wrote:LonnieSaysBewareOfSasquach


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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby sweeper » Thu Jan 12, 2012 7:50 pm

Dont they still have a track in keno?

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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby tang8u » Thu Jan 12, 2012 9:03 pm

crgirl wrote:Not sure if this should be in Youth or Racing, but here goes...

My 13 year old son wants to try out racing this year. He's on a CR80 and has been riding for 5 years. Since we live clear down south, we want to find something he can get his feet wet in and don't really want to commit to traveling clear up north for this. What would be a good race to try out in the middle/southern end of the state for a youth?

Also, what would we need to do as parents to prepare for this. We are not members of OMRA or any other club so I'm assuming we would need to join there.

What can we do to get by without buying numberplates to try this out?

What class would he need to be in?


How does the escort thing work?

How long are the races (for fuel purposes)? Are their refueling stops if needed?

What would we need to train him on in regards to how the timing and all that works - is there a posting or link somewhere I can look up for all that?

I know lots of questions. But I can guarantee there'll be more when the time gets closer!

Thanks for any help you guys can give me on this. It will be great for him to get involved with other kids his age that have the same interests.



All Lonnies Points are Great.


1. Also, what would we need to do as parents to prepare for this. We are not members of OMRA or any other club so I'm assuming we would need to join there.

You will need to Join the OMRA, Great group of People. Will always help the youth coming up.
Some races will require you to have a AMA card. Insurance. The escort will have to have both also. If they are racing XC.

2. What can we do to get by without buying numberplates to try this out?

If your racer is not running for points. The clubs will issue you number tape.

3. What class would he need to be in?

What class are they going to enter? Are they going to enter GP or XC
GP have a lot of different classes. From what I have read I would enter Junior JX.
XC only have one JX.

4.
How does the escort thing work?
If you are racing GP. …. Escort will not be needed, There are held on private land.

If you are racing XC …Escort, your rider will need. Also all cards that show that they have done the Oregon ORV safety and hands on coarse. Escorts will have to ride will the junior racer.
Events in the past have been cool, the clubs have let the escort ride for a smaller fee. China Hat or big venue, the escort will pay a full race fee.

On the ISDE races this year some clubs have made it easy for the escort to keep up with the junior racer.



5. How long are the races (for fuel purposes)? Are their refueling stops if needed?

Gp and XC are half of full race time.


6. What would we need to train him on in regards to how the timing and all that works - is there a posting or link somewhere I can look up for all that?


If he is running GP. Just need to come and watch one. It is a big moto cross type of track set up. I mean by this is you can almost see your rider the whole time. Truck and help is not far away.

XC now. 60 miles sometimes away from help or the truck. Great riding skills, take tools, know how to work on bike skills, ect.


Last keep asking???’s OMRA people are great and help out. I had a Juniors rider for the last two year, and are moving up.

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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby crgirl » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:16 pm

sweeper wrote:Dont they still have a track in keno?


There is still Sportsman's Park out there. It has a small mx track that we tried once. My husband cost us about $500 in broken parts, almost broke his arm, and my son played superman over a triple. #-o Haven't been back to the track since! We do go out there all the time to shoot though. Nice park!
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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby crgirl » Thu Jan 12, 2012 11:20 pm

tang8u wrote:If he is running GP. Just need to come and watch one. It is a big moto cross type of track set up. I mean by this is you can almost see your rider the whole time. Truck and help is not far away.

XC now. 60 miles sometimes away from help or the truck. Great riding skills, take tools, know how to work on bike skills, ect.


So is the Timber Hare Scrambles an XC event?

Thanks all for the input. You've already put my mind at ease on some of the issues I had with all this racing stuff. I know he'll enjoy it but I don't know how much hassle I'm ready for. Especially when I'd rather be out riding! :mrgreen:
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Re: New Youth Racer

Postby tang8u » Fri Jan 13, 2012 7:28 am

crgirl wrote:

So is the Timber Hare Scrambles an XC event?

:mrgreen:


Yes, it is XC venue. It is a two day event. Race on Saturday and Sunday.
One your faimilies favorite places to ride. Worth the 6 hour drive. :lol:

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