Last weekend the High Mountain Dirt Riders held their second annual Sprint Enduro at the South Side Conservation Club near Catawisa, Pa. This event was held as a Harescramble for many years but due to some changes in the property there they revised their format last year and it has been a hit.
I wasn't able to attend this years event but noticed that a long time motocross friend of mine decided to give some off-road racing a try along with his wife. I talked to Greg and got his permission to share his take on the weekend because I thought it was definitely worth sharing with the racing community.
Greg "Frenchy" Pamart (second from left) has been a life long motocross racer. He has been a French National Champion in years past and continues to strive for excellence both on and off the bike. Pamart travels to all the big Amateur National events and you can always find him finishing in the top five if not on top of the podium. Greg's motto has always been "MX for Life"
Below I'll share his words in his typical Frenchmen style:
Something weird happened yesterday..
by Greg “Frenchy” Pamart – Motocross
I raced something else than motocross (second time in like
35 years) ... A "sprint enduro" that is, and I enjoyed the crap out
of it. This is a few fun factor that made it a kick ass experience.
Greg "Frenchy" Pamart races the HMDR Sprint Enduro
Fun Factor #1
: it was a event that my wife Marika Krejci
Pamart was participating in as well. It was her very first time racing offroad
so I was very excited, nervous and pumped all at the same time. supporting her
like she support me was a great feeling. She raced in the morning and me in the
afternoon so we pitted for each other. I cried like a little school girl when
she took off, thanks good it was pouring rain nobody noticed. So proud of her!!!
Marika Pamart races her first off-road event ever.
Fun Factor #2:
the unknown. We had no expectation and any
remote idea on what we were getting into. It rain like hell, rocks everywhere,
roots central, trees every 2 inchs, oil on ice hill climbs, who in ze world
want to pay to ride a motorcycle in this shit..? We and a bunch of insane ppl
Fun Factor #3
: being not prepared.
Showing up with the wrong bike, wrong tires, not knowing
what's the right bike or tires in the first place, no food, no spares.. not
caring, over thinking and winging it is a great feeling. We work the day before
so we just throw some bikes in the Sprinter and hit the road to the race. No
Fun factor #4
: no expectation.
Even so we push ourself 100% (and I won my class 40A) we had
nothing short of a near death experience (à la Delivrance) to finish.. we show
up humble and ready to get our asses kicked. We did.. I got 20th overal and
Marika crashed a zillion times, but we kept going and smiled (when done).
Ivan Pier Rat Tulala (I owe ya a tube btw), Eric Moose, Alex
Alexandre, Bob Monko, Doc Mc gee and few other unknown ppl make it a absolute
blast. They actualy have a award ceremony when we all hang out and bs about the
day. Bad ass! The event (ecea) was well organized, club members were helpful and
friendly, a pleasure.
Click Here to learn more about the ECEA and find full results from the day.
Fun factor #6:
+2 hours of hardcore riding in shitty condition. Im ready
for loretta, heat, ruts and mudd are my friends.
Fun factor #7:
When you're done and did your best, you actualy feel like
you accomplish something. You and your bike are beat but in one piece. Now time
for food and a couple brew with your mates.
So why not mixing it up a little? What's next? Road racing?
Mini GP? Adv 24 hour race (let's do it Marco Sanna!)? Riding around the
world..? We set our own limit in life... at the end of the day, the right
peoples, 2 wheels and a motor and life is good!
#ridingisriding #mx4life #xcmaybenot #puravida #whyweride
Thanks to the Pamart's for trying something new and sharing their experience with the world.
Read on below to learn more about the Sprint Enduro format and see who won the shotgun.
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Matto Cycle is a long time supporter of off-road racing.
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What is this ECEA Enduro Series Sprint?
The Sprint Format was adopted into the ECEA almost 4 years
ago as an alternative event for clubs. In 2017 HMDR held it’s the first ECEA Sprint Enduro as a test bed.
The ECEA Youth Jr Series has run this format for a couple of years. In regards to an old school time keeper
Enduro, the Sprint has little in common but to a Check in / Check out or restart format Enduro, the Sprint has some
Click Here to check out the ECEA Jr. Sprint Enduro Series
The Sprint is basically a set of special tests run without transfer sections or time keeping, all
being located is a central staging area.
HMDR runs three Loops or test sections in a clover leaf layout
to keep everyone organized. At HMDR the sections vary from 2.8 miles to 3.7
depending on weather. HMDR is real PA enduro single track with a couple log roads
for a break. We will run a mixed set of Loops, we call them Red, Blue and Orange. Red
is easiest and used by our Youth. Loop times can be from 7 min, 10 min to 20 min.
Word is they got some rain at this years event. Above Chaplain Joe did survive.
Riders will run multiple loops depending on class in any order they wish.
There is a time limit set to
finish all your loops. It is based 3 or 3.5 hours from when
you started. So you have to keep track of time and laps from the electronic scoring. Two large displays are in the staging area. Last year most guys had enough time to finish.
There is plenty of seat time at this sprint and we hope to see you all at future events. Please contact us with any questions.
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Hunter Bush wins the coveted Shotgun at this years event.
Coming up next for the ECEA this weekend July 22, 2018
The 20th Anniversary Rattlesnake National Enduro in Cross Forks, Pa
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