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Great news for ATV and Side by Side riders in the state of Pa. The following language,
directing DCNR to complete the Whiskey Springs-Bloody Skillet Connection and
the ATV system connecting Clinton County with the NY Border, was inserted in
the Fiscal Code and was signed by the Governor:
Riders take a break at a trail head at Whiskey Springs riding area.
From HB 1929, Fiscal Code:
SECTION 17. SECTIONS 1720-E, 1725-E, 1727-E AND 1730-E OF THE ACT ARE AMENDED TO READ:
SECTION 1720-E. DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES [(RESERVED)]. THE FOLLOWING SHALL APPLY TO APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES: 30
(1) IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, DEVELOP, OPEN AND MAINTAIN AN ATV TRAIL CONNECTING THE WHISKEY SPRINGS ATV TRAIL TO THE BLOOD
SKILLET ATV TRAIL BY UTILIZING EXISTING STATE ROADS AND STATE FOREST ROADS BY APRIL 1, 2020.
The CMATVA has been working with the DCNR and Larson Design Group along with all involved to try and make this connector a reality. Thanks to everyone's hard work and the Governors ability to see the impact that these connectors can make, we are moving forward.
(2) IN CONSULTATION WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, IMPLEMENT THE FULL NORTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA ATV INITIATIVE AND CREATE A NETWORK OF ATV TRAILS CONNECTING CLINTON COUNTY TO THE NEW YORK STATE BORDER BY UTILIZING EXISTING STATE ROADS AND STATE FOREST ROADS BY APRIL 1,
Click Here to learn more about the North Central Pa Trail Initiative
This is fantastic news for the off road riding community. From my understanding this will eventually open up a grand total of 1800 miles of legal riding in central and upstate Pa. If we do it the right way this project could link 1000's more miles of available riding in Pa.
Please ride responsibly and support the efforts of all involved because our future can be bright.
Come ride with the CMATVA at their August Poker Run and help support their efforts to open more trail riding opportunities in PA.
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Round # 6 of the MDRA Race Series landed at Jeff Cernics Pleasure Valley Raceway this past weekend. In addition to all the great MDRA sponsors Thor racing was on hand to celebrate their 50th anniversary. The turnout was light due to the threat of rain but the racing was epic.
Aiden Birckbichler (04) takes a School Boy win.
Click in the video below to get more info on the day and some details on a couple of big events coming up later this year at Pleasure Valley. Then scroll to the bottom to link to pics and full results from the day.
Steve Roman (731) wins Open A and a couple of age classes at PVR.
Eddie Byrd (81) races to a win thru the new roller section at PVR.
This weekend check out Doublin Gaps new track design at their rider appreciation day.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Click Here to book your stay at Quiet Oaks Campground
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
Click Here to learn more about the Central Mountains ATV Association.
We hope you all return in 2019 – I know I’ll be there.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Click Here to learn more about this group and to find lots of
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.
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 andClick Hereto 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.