The youngest generation in a family with a long motorcycle heritage, with a mother who broke all kinds of gender barriers in the super bike world and a multiple ISDE medal holder father, these two girls have their sights set high and some big goals. I got a chance to catch up with them and play "20 Questions" with this sister duo who hold both the Off Road Ontario Cross Country (Melissa) and Enduro Championship (Emily).
The movie that started a new trend in off road films, juxtaposing enduro and moto riders, show casing the best of the best: Moto the Movie. It's been a while, but in the cold winter months it's worth a second watch while we wait for the snow to melt so we can ride.
Bowers Has Championship in His Sights as AMA Arenacross Series Season Concludes in Minneapolis
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Champion Will Also be Crowned
Red Bull/KTM Factory Team riders Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen made it a night to remember at the Cowboy Stadium in Texas to both finish on the podium in second and third places respectively in the seventh round of the AMA Supercross and the opener of the SX Lites East.
Villopoto Flies to Third Consecutive Monster Energy Supercross Win at Cowboys Stadium
Barcia Opens Eastern Regional Supercross Lites class Championship with Big Win
KTM rider Johnny Walker put in another impressive Extreme Enduro ride on Saturday to finish second in the notoriously difficult Hell’s Gate in Italy coming in behind veteran Husaberg rider Graham Jarvis. It was only Walker’s second attempt at Hell’s Gate and his first as a KTM factory supported rider.
I get that... a lot.
"Oh wow, you take pictures of dirt bikes. That's so cool. But isn't it dangerous?"
Long story short: Yes.
With the winter season in full effect most MX racers are stuck sitting at home playing MX vs ATV, watching Supercross and dreaming about getting back on the bike. Of course there are the lucky few that have the ability to go south and ride in the warm weather and get ready for the season, but for those of us who stay here to enjoy the winter months there is X-Town in Mirabel, Quebec. They give riders the opportunity to ride year round, as long as we don’t mind the cold.
On January 26th Andy Smith, Taber Burns, Jeremy Wallace and myself set course for Mirabel Quebec to ride at X-Town for a few days. Although we have very little snow here on the east coast this year some cold weather has set in and hard frozen ground is a little bit too unforgiving to ride.
The drive up was awesome; we could not have asked for better weather for driving and since we were not planning on riding until Friday it gave us the ability to take our time and not worry about getting there. About an hour into the trip our trailer plug came disconnected from the truck, by the time we got stopped and pulled over there was about a ¼ of it ground off. But it was nothing a little electrical tape couldn’t fix, and we were back on the road fast enough.
We arrived at X-town around 7:30 in the evening to check things out before making our way to the hotel. We were very thankful when the staff at X-town told us we could store our bikes in there garage for the weekend and leave our trailer in their pit compound. After the bikes were unloaded and the trailer was parked as close to the main doors as possible. We threw our gear bags in the truck and headed off to the hotel.
Friday morning the four of us decided we needed to get a good breakfast before a day of riding so we walked down to Cora’s and loaded up on coffee, bacon and eggs before we left. When we got there the track looked great! I could not wait to get out and ride. Unfortunately my RMZ250F wasn’t ready to make the trip so I want to put out a huge thanks to Jeremy for lending me a KX250F for the weekend.
All three days we rode the track was in amazing condition. After not being on a bike much last year due to my injuries it felt great to pound out some laps. The X-town track was great; with the wide variety of skill levels in our group of four, it was nice to see a track that was good for everyone. As a Pro rider the track is a basic layout however it is a blast to ride and makes it so all skill levels and all size bikes can go out and have fun on the track and help to grow the sport we all love so much. X-town is a great facility for anyone to go ride and the staff and accommodations are excellent. Huge thanks to everyone at X-town for putting together such a nice facility for the MX community to ride in the off season.
Monday morning we hit the road around 6:30AM to head for home, the drive was great besides almost running out of gas and coasting into a gas station. Hahaha. Apparently the truck doesn’t get as good of mileage when we are hammering down to get home. We didn’t end up getting back into Lawrencetown NS until about 10 due to some really harsh weather near the end of our trip but all in all it was a great weekend and I can almost guarantee that we will make the trip back to X-town next winter for some riding and try and make it there this summer to check out there outdoor facility.
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Ontario Arenacross Facility in Wallaceburg, Presents a New Track Layout For Round 2 of the Ontario Arenacross Championship Saturday, February 25.
Siblings and rivalries go together like peanut butter and jam and given that Motocross is a family sport, there are no shortages of great sibling pairs in the moto and enduro world. We've gone through the results, the press releases and the history books in some cases to find ten of the best one-two punch siblings.