|Posted by Chris Ow on January 6, 2011 at 10:59 PM|
Chris and Eyvand made the trip to Arizona Cycle Park outside of Phoenix for Round 1 of the AMA West Coast National Hare Scramble Series on January 2, 2011. The course was better than expected and overall a fun filled race. The course was a mix of MX tracks, sand washes, high speed sand, up/down and across the pit and a small enduro cross section.
The turn out of Nor-Cal District 36 riders waqs impressive. Overall though the number of racers was small compared to the Nor-Cal races. The fast guys and girls from Nor-Cal had some impressive results in the race.
Arizona Cycle Park - Section of MX track in the pit.
One of the many up hill sections used at the pit. Ironic as this is where I lost the lead after getting my ankle pinned in the rut at the top. The ruts got pretty deep and extened during the race.
The endurocross section was pretty easy until your arms and legs were exhausted and cramped.
It was interesting as there was no riders meeting. All of a sudden the flag dropped and the Pro's were off. We were in the 40+ B Class - Row 9. It was agood thing too because I soon realized it was a live engine start. Usually Hare Scrambles are dead engine. I actually like the live engine and was stoked to grab the hole shot with Eyvand right on my rear tire. I led for about half the first lap until dumping it over in a sand wash dropping to 5th or 6th I think. Eyvand took over the lead and and was moving quick while I made it back to 3rd. On Lap 2 Eyvand lost the lead and I was able to pass him right before the finish line on the MX track. I found my zone on Lap 3 and was able to get the lead again and led until the 5th lap where I got tired and pinned under my bike on that damn uphill rut. Eyvand held his own to this point and then found his zone moving into 2nd place while I dropped back - how far I don't know, but ended lap 5 in 4th. Eyvand passed for the lead in lap 6, but was moving very fast trying to cross a g-out and got sent off the bike. I came across him a bit later and he had his bike up and seemed ok. Later I found out he tore ligaments in his right knee and the fall ended his day. I was albe to get to 3rd at the end of the race and Eyvand 9th.
In the Pro Class Nor-Cal took the top three spots 1st Kyle Summers, 2nd Brian Garrahan, 3rd Travis Coy:
Overall B Class was won by the young Tucker Larrieu from Nor-Call. He was moving very fast out there and will be a name you will see on the podium for years to come.
Sorry about the bad cell phone pictures.
You can see all of the results here: (Race 3 - ACP 1/2/11 Click Class)
Check out the Photo Section of 3 Cuz Racing for more pictures of the race.