Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Round # 6 SRT AMA East Regional Hare Scramble - RORR




Story By Kenny Held
AMA East Hare Scrambles Coordinator
Photos: Dan Morton and Brappmag.com

June 16-17 Tamaqua, PA  Rd 6 of the SRT/AMA East HS was to be a triple crown of sorts.  Co sanctioned by both ECEA and the District 6 HS Series.  Large crowds were expected and the 88 degree day did not dissuade attendance. 575 in total.  When I 1st pulled in I could see the heat distorting the landscape in front of me.  I felt like a roofer.  RORR is known for putting on tough events. In fact next month they will be hosting “Tuff Like RORR” an extreme event.  Held in an active coal mine just outside of Tamaqua PA, the club cut out a 9.5 mile course. 



Ryder Lafferty takes the O/A win.

The start of this event is like no other.  Racers are lined up in a literal coal dust field.  If you are not one of the 1st 10 racers into the 1st turn, you will most certainly be sucking coal dust for the next 200 yards.  For the main event 175 brave souls headed into the Coal Laced Mountain with surprisingly few DNF's.  Unlike the Morning C event which saw a 10% attrition rate.  The front line had 8 of the best rock riders on the East Coast.  When the flag dropped it was D6 racer Hunter Bush aboard his Yamaha with a 3 bike lead into the woods.  Behind Hunter was SRT-HUS Wild Wally Palmer and KTM mounted Ryder Lafferty in 3rd.  Fortunately the club provided many passing lines in their traditional single track course allowing racers to pass when the opportunity arose.  At the mid way point it was Lafferty out front with a 1 minute lead over 2nd place Jesse Groemm.  Back just a few was Palmer. This would remain until the white flag lap where Palmer would make a daring pass around Groemm for 2nd.  


Wild Wally Palmer races to a second O/A in the PA coal 

This was Lafferty's day and his 2 minute lead would have allowed him to stop and get a phone number from the Coal Miners Daughter.  Series Points leader Kyle McDonal suffered a 1st lap.  McDonal just couldn't get back in the grove and would have to settle for 5th.  McDonal still retains a comfortable points lead but should not drop his guard.  With no throwaways for the AA's it can change at any time. 


 Jesse Groemm races to a third O/A. 


In the Morning C event the newly formed Schoolboy Classes would not take a back seat.  Saturday's 2nd place Overall Racer Brayden Nolette would bring his "Rock Hound Racing" Husky to the front of the pack by the 3rd lap.  Nolette from the School Boy 1 class was battling indirectly with School Boy 2 racer Hunter Keen.  Behind them was C Vet Racer Tomasz Szczachor.  The Morning event was a bit shorter with only 5.5 miles to contend with but there were many dnf's.  This was a true East Coast Hare Scramble.



Brayden Nolette wins School Boy 1 and takes 2nd O/A in the morning adult race 
and the Saturday Youth division.


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Max Fernandez shows why he carries that #1 plate.

On Saturdays Youth Main, 100 racers lined up for the 4.5 mile event.  Some of the lines had as many as 27 youth bar to bar in the less then opportune starting grid.  Many kids struggled just to keep their bikes up right in the 2 foot deep coal dust.  If you made through the 1st turn you were OK.  Many bottle necks would cause some pretty low speed domino affect tip overs.  After the 6 Rows took off the dust would cover every spectator within 1000 yards.  The 85+ degree temps did not help things.  At the white flag lap it was 14-15 SM Racer Mad Max Fernandez aboard his Mill Hill KTM ripping through the woods with 14-15 SM Rock Hound Racer Brayden Nolette in hot pursuit.  These 2 were pushing each other so hard that we had to wait almost several minutes for the 3rd Overall to come through the gate.  That racer would be HUS mounted Ian Weisman aboard his Hus who also had a commanding lead over 4th. 


Carter Przemelewski grabs his first O/A win racing in the Jr division against the older kids.

In the Jrs it was Overall first timer Carter Przemelewski abaord his KTM from the 7-9 65cc class.  Carter would pass the entire 10-11 65cc class.  This was Carter's break out race.  Watch this kid.


Mason Tsakanikas continues his winning ways.

In the Pee Wee 50's it was no stranger to the top of the podium Mason Tsakanikas aboard his J&R KTM.  Mason is dominating the ECEA and AMA East Series.  He will be hard to stop. 

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Friday, June 15, 2018

8th Annual BMC - CMATVA Cruise for a Cure


Riders Raise Money for Cancer Patients
June 9, 2018
Renovo, Pa
By: Jim Bull BrappMag.com

Eight years ago, the Relay for Life Team from the Bucktail Medical Center teamed up with the Central Mountains ATV Association (CMATVA) looking for an “out of the box” way to raise money for cancer patients and cancer research.



              Riders Line Up to Start The 2018 Cruise for a Cure


Hence the Renovo ATV Cruise for a Cure was born and over the years has raised close to $60,000 that comes right back to local people who are both fighting and have survived cancer. Matter of fact the 2017 Cruise set a record, raising over $10,000 after all expenses were paid.




I learned in speaking with Tim Reeves, the CEO for Bucktail Medical Center, that their facility that was founded in 1909 is not only the local hospital for the residents of both Renovo and South Renovo but is also a Critical Access Hospital which is a designation given to rural hospitals that meet guidelines to receive certain benefits, such as cost-based reimbursement for Medicare services.

Mr. Reeves explained that their Relay for Life team that was started by local cancer survivors was looking for a different type of fundraiser when they stumbled across the CMATVA who was looking for additional opportunities to ride in the area.


         CMATVA President Henry Sorgen and BMC CEO Tim Reeves 
thank the riders for coming.

The two groups teamed up for what has become the largest fundraiser that the Relay for Life Team sponsors each year. “That first year we had 60 riders,” explained Reeves. Due to the CMATVA’s involvement and the support of the local community the event has grown tremendously. He also wanted to thank the DCNR and the local fire companies and landowners for cooperating and opening the town and sections of trail to ATV traffic that would not otherwise be allowed. He also wanted to thank the Jimmy Dremel family and Hope Enterprises for opening their property for parking and camping for the close to 400 participants that rode in this year’s Cruise.

The Cruise for a Cure is a 46 plus mile controlled guided trail ride that starts in downtown Renovo and South Renovo and travels to the Quiet Oaks Campground in Tamarack, Pa. (Near Cross Fork)  There, Boy Scout Troop 137 offered a catered lunch to help raise money for the cause before riders traveled an alternate route back to Renovo to enjoy a Chicken BBQ dinner at the Renovo Fire Company that was included in their donation for the ride.


Riders enjoy lunch prepared by the local Boy Scout Troop at Quiet Oaks Campground


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What will this year’s numbers look like? It was too soon to tell at the writing of this article. I would guess however with the large participation plus all the extra fund raising going on during the event that 2018 might yet set another record.


                                                        Riders take a break out on the trail.

Thanks go out to everyone involved, especially the riders for turning out. It is a different type of ride that many are not used to but I believe well worth the cause. It just goes to show that the off-road community wants to give back and what better way to do it than helping someone improve their quality of life. 

If you couldn’t make this years Cruise and still want to help you can contact the Bucktail Medical Center directly at: (570) 923-1000 or a member of the Central Mountains ATV Association at: www.cmatva.org


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We hope you all return in 2019 – I know I’ll be there.


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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

AMA Featured Event - Sponsorship Opportunities

Mark your calendars for Sept. 21-23, 2018 as the 6th Annual Kevin Crine AMA Featured Event is coming back to the world famous Budds Creek Motocross Park.


This event has been well attended over the years and with the AMA coming on board in 2018 and naming this an official AMA Featured event the numbers should be phenomenal.  With a $1332 Dash for Cash and a minimum Pro Payout of $3000 the racers should be there.


Many levels of sponsorship are available to both motorcycle and non motorcycle industry type  businesses. Come join the Mid Atlantic Motocross Association and take advantage of the area's only AMA featured event. If you offer your products and services to Motorcycle and ATV enthusiasts this just may be a great fit for your business


Info is above for you to get involved in this first year AMA Featured event at 
Budds Creek Motocross Park. 
If you prefer a PDF file or would like more information please contact Bonnie Garaway at:  treasurerformama@gmail.com  



Monday, June 4, 2018

Memorial Day ATV Ride with the CMATVA

Karns Performance Trail Report
CF Moto Z Force 800 Trail Takes on Potter County
Memorial Day Weekend - 2018


In late May my wife and I loaded up to embark on our next fun adventure with the Central Mountains ATV Association. As we headed north towards Karns Performance in Mechanicsburg, Pa to pick up our test vehicle for the weekend we once again wondered what Mother Nature would throw at us on this ride. The weatherman was saying it was going to be dry to start the weekend but that the rain was coming.



Earlier this year we decided that it was time for us to have some fun and that we wanted to add an off road element to our local racing publication, hence Outdoorzmag.com was born. We joined the Central Mountains ATV Association based out of Lock Haven, Pa and we went all in saying hey, we'll even take over some press duties too. So here we are, having the time of our lives, riding with other like minded individuals and trying out new machines along the way.


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trail riding opportunities around our state.

The association rides twice a month, every month and this holiday weekend took us north to the Potter County Family Campground to ride the miles and miles of both DCNR trail systems and township roads that the area has opened up to ATV and Side by Side use.


PCFC is a true hub for riding in the state of Pa.



Being a dirt bike rider from way back, I wasn't sure how much I would enjoy this type of off-roading, but like a good friend of mine said earlier this year, with age comes the cage, lol. I tell you what though, cage or not the beauty about the side by side is, that if you want to do 10 mph and look for deer you can but in the same token, if you want to get your groove on, given the right machine you can do that too.

Anyhow, we're here to promote safe and responsible riding so you didn't hear that from me. So like I was saying we went and visited our friends from Karns Performance in Mechanicsburg, Pa to pick up our CF Moto Z Force 800 Trail model for our ride and another shout out here to Keystone Trailers in Lancaster, Pa for letting us use a classy aluminum hauler to tote this baby around on.



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We arrived at the campground Friday evening and got camp set up. On this particular weekend we rented a cozy little cabin where we got a good nights rest. We were up early Saturday morning to join the 30 plus machines for our days ride in the Pa Wilds. 



Our Morning excursion took us south to Lyman Run State Park where we stopped for a group picture and some refreshing ice cream from their snack bar. Lyman Run is a staple in the area and offers fishing, swimming, camping and of course access to the state trail system.


From there we headed back to the campground for a short break for lunch then we all met back up and headed north towards NY State. In all total on Saturday we rode from 9 in the morning until about 5 at night putting on just over 100 miles.

You can check out a video below to see some of our adventures on the day and get a little walk around that CF Moto Z Force.





Oh the CF Moto you ask? My wife and I rode with the group all day Saturday but weren't able to stay for the full ride on Sunday. We did take the Z Force out on a solo journey putting another 30 miles on for a total of 130 miles in two days.

I've been actually trying to get in this machine for close to a year now and the circumstances finally became right. I've ridden many different makes and models and I was curious to see just how this value priced machine would make the cut.

800 liquid cooled twin with electronic fuel injection, electronic power steering, standard winch, roof and aluminum wheels. Adjustable suspension, high, low range with 2, 4 and 4 wheel differential lock all for only $10,500.

Too good to be true right? 

This unit made plenty of power, shifted smoothly and sucked up the bumps with ease. Believe me, there's days you ride 100 and feel like you went 200. Not the case with this beast. The low range pulled us through the deepest mud hole and up the mountain with ease and when in high we could cruise comfortable at 50 mph when needed.

Would I buy one you ask? Probably not because its not the specific ride that would meet my needs right now. If I were thinking about a two seater trail machine it would definitely be on my list however.

Would I be afraid to buy one? Not at all, the machine performed well and in talking with another member in our group he is on his third one in 6 years  and has had nothing but great experiences.

Check out Karns Performance or a dealer in your area for the full scoop and Click Here to learn what CF moto has to say. 


By the way, the group put on another 100 plus miles  on Sunday departing the campground and riding south to Cross Forks in Clinton County, then traveled thru Germania and into Tioga county and ended their day back at the camp ground logging another 100 plus miles. Three counties in one day riding legal with a group of good friends and having a blast. Go to the CMATVA website above to learn more and maybe we'll see you out on the trail.

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Weekend Race Report - MDRA at Pagoda MC

Mother Nature once again thru her fury at the racers of the MDRA for round #5 of their 12 round series in 2018. Both the racers and the Pagoda Motorcycle Club had other plans in mind however. The racers came and the crew at Pagoda once again worked their magic to pull off this event. Props to the MDRA for staying the course and saying - the race is on.


The Junior Mini racers charge the first turn.

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Keith Naugle (150) and Larry Fulford go 1-2 in 40 plus B racing action.


William Carling would win both premier expert divisions at Pagoda.


Great 25 plus battle with Hougentogler taking the win over Pamart.


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Jenna Schulties goes 1-1 to win the Womens division.


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Orion Gregory is on fire marching towards the LL Amateur Nationals.


Gregory wins Schoolboy 2, 250 and Open B on the day.

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