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Farewell to Tom Bickauskas

Last Thursday at the BLM Phoenix Field Office Don Hood had the honor of attending a “farewell” party for Tom Bickauskas and presenting him with a plaque from ATR and AZOHVC for his many years of promoting OHV recreation within the BLM.   Tom was a member of ATR in the 90’s and actually met his wife Karie at one of our club meetings.  An engineer by trade he somehow wound up working for the BLM, where he had to forego his ATR membership to insure no conflict of interest, and literally wrote the BLM book on how to successfully manage OHV recreation.

Tom is stepping up in the BLM ranks and moving to Alaska but he will be missed in Arizona.  Here a few pictures from the event.

FastrMC – Nichols Classic 2

FASTR will be returning with the Nichols Classic Sprint Enduro for 2016. This is the second year we have decided to dedicate this race to Bill Nichols, the man responsible for a large portion of the trails we have come to love. Be ready for a little bit of everything the Mile Markers has to offer with a few surprises to keep it fresh! Thanks to the “Arizona Sprint Enduro” format there will plenty of time between loops to recover and then charge each loop fresh.

Click here for Race Flyer
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Sheridan Mountain Showdown – Sections 1 and 2.

These are the kinds of trails that make racing the Sheridan Mountain Showdown fun! Thanks for sharing Nick Gabbert!

This footage is from round 1 of the 2016 AMRA (Arizona Motorcycle Racing Association) championship in Camp wood, Az. In this video is sections 1 & 2. On board: Nick Gabbert. Bike: 2007 Kx 450F. Captured on a GoPro HD Hero 3 silver.

The Arizona Trail Riders “Sheridan Mountain Showdown” has a new date, new location, and a new format!

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Yes, you are reading the 2016 AMRA MotoCity Off Road Championship Series schedule correctly! The Arizona Trail Riders “Sheridan Mountain Showdown” has a new date, new location, and a new format!

Typically known as the season finale, the Camp Wood Enduro is now kicking off the season and scheduled for September 27th, 2015. After 9 years of holding the event in the spring we decided it was time for a change in seasons. You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you but we’re hoping for a little wetter dirt but with temperatures about the same as in April.

The event location is still generally the same but staging has moved 6 miles closer and will be located at Camp Wood (see map on flyer). This will shorten the drive and hopefully make it easier by staying on the graded/bladed roads. The Camp Wood location has plenty of room for camping with two large areas separated by just a ¼ mile of road (FR95). There is no longer any 4×4, 2-track road to drive down either so bringing the RV should be a much easier affair.

The format of the event is also changing this year to a Qualifier format which means participants can start Test Sections whenever they are ready, at 15 second intervals. Scores will still be determined by elapsed time in the Test Sections but once you Checkout of a Test, you can take a break without having to worry about getting to the next Test on time. The staging location is also allowing us to change the course up a little which should make the race course a little easier and a lot more fun.

The Qualifier format is a favorite of many AMRA enduro racers so we hope this change, along with the new date and location will motivate everyone to attend and start off the 2016 AMRA MotoCity Off Road Championship the right way, with a good, fun, challenging race for everybody.

See you in Camp Wood,
Arizona Trail Riders

Pre-entry opens on September 1st at www.amraracing.com or by clicking Here! Event Flyer Here as well.

Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coaltion (AZOHVC)

As you know ATR supports the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coaltion (AZOHVC) with donations through out the year however right now, though the end of July 2015,  the awesome folks at Blue Ribbon Tire Company (1446 N 24th Ave Phoenix, AZ 85009 – 602-973-0222) will match all donations dollar for dollar! This is an amazing offer and we are hoping everybody will throw something in the pot.  $10, $20, $50, $100…its all good and Blue Ribbon Tire will match it!  You can send a donation via PayPal to AZOHVC@yahoo.com. The AZOHVC started back in 1997 with three major groups, Arizona Trail Riders (ATR), Arizona State Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs (ASA4WDC) and the DSOB Quad Club all working on preserving OHV rights. In the Mid 2000’s they worked with the National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation Council (NOHVCC) as it was determined that to further advance opportunities to preserve OHV rights the group would benefit from creating a 501C3 organization that could allow for application for more grants, allow for tax deductible donations from user groups and numerous other benefits that having a 501C3 would allow the group.Officially in 2006 the Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (AZOHVC) was created. The group continued efforts to preserve trails, develop working relationships with land management groups, learned that they needed to know land management regulations better then the land management groups, develop strategies to preserve rights and defend the public’s right to recreate on public lands using OHV’s.Since 2006 the AZOHVC has been very successful and protecting and developing OHV recreation across Arizona but it is only through your donations that we have the resources necessary to keep existing trails open, develop new OHV trails/areas, and educate legislators/land managers.

Also, the primary reason there is an OHV Sticker program is because the AZOHVC spent months working with legislators, land managers,  Az State Parks, Az Motor Vehicle Dept, AZ G&F, OHV Clubs, and others to develop and implement the AZ OHV Sticker Program.   It is because of the OHV Sticker Program that there is grant money for Arizona clubs and land managers to protect and develop OHV trails and areas across Arizona.

As President of ATR and AZOHVC I would urge you to take advantage of this very generous matching offer and donate.  $5, $10, $20,  whatever you can do would be very much appreciated.  You can read more about the AZOHVC at www.azohvc.com or look for Arizona Off Highway Vehicle Coalition on Facebook.

Please feel free to forward this information to your dirt bike friends and other clubs who are interested in preserving OHV recreation in Arizona.
Thanks!
Don Hood

Howlin’ At The Moon 2015

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The 2015 “Howlin’ at the Moon” AMA National Dual Sport and Adventure Rally is scheduled for October 24-25, 2015 in Payson, Arizona.  We have some great riding in store for everybody with 3 different levels of riding on both days to choose from.  This year we have also enlisted the help of the Arizona Adventure Riding Group to ensure our ‘C’ or Adventure Bike routes are all big bike friendly as well as fun and scenic.
The event is under permit from the Tonto National Forest so keep in mind we will be at a much higher elevation than last year.  Also, we want to mention that this years routes are easier simply due to the fact that the elevation change is not as great, 5000 – 7500 ft.  Most of the routes are fun 2-track, 4×4 routes, dirt roads and pavement but we have worked in as much single track as possible and technical rock sections for those ‘A’ riders who want a good challenge.
Along with great riding the banquet on Saturday night at the Elks Lodge will feature a prime rib dinner followed by a raffle with great stuff to win.  We are still taking Sponsors for the event but so far the following awesome companies, Giant Loop, Klim, MotoCity, MotoLab, Rocky Mountain MC, NAPA, Dirt Riders West, and Dirt-Bagz, have committed to donating product for the raffle. Thank You Sponsors!

Hope to see you in Payson!

 Hotels

  • Paysonglo Lodge (866) 972-2496 – 1005 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ
  • Majestic Mountain Inn (928) 478-1230 – 602 E Hwy 260, Payson, AZ
  • Holiday Inn Express Payson (877) 410-6687 – 206 S. Beeline Highway, Payson, AZ
  • Days Inn & Suites (928) 474-9800 – 301-A S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ
  • Mazatzal Hotel & Casino (928) 474-6044 – Hwy 87 Mile Marker 251, Payson, AZ
  • Best Western Payson Inn (928) 474-3241 – 801 N Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ
  • Holiday Inn Express Payson (877) 865-6581 – 206 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ
  • Budget Inn (928) 474-2201 – 302 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ
  • Americas Best Value Inn (928) 474-2283 – 811 S Beeline Hwy, Payson, AZ

RV and Tent Camping Accommodations

  • Oxbow Estates RV Park – www.passport-america.com – (928) 474-2042
  • Payson Campground & RV Resort – www.paysoncampground.com – (928) 472-2267
  • Lamplighter RV Resort – lamplighterrvresort.com – (928) 474-5048
  • USFS Houston Mesa Campground – (928) 472-7658

Event Details

Pre-registration for this event has closed.

We are accepting walk-ups starting Saturday morning however due to pre-order requirements for T-shirts and food, walk-up registrations maybe subject to restrictions at a reduced entry fee.

The event will be held October 24- 25, 2015 at the Elks Lodge, 1206 N Beeline Hwy, Payson Az.

Saturday:
Check-in and Breakfast start at 6:00am. All riders out by 8am. Riders meeting 6:30am and 7:30am.

Riders choose the route of their choice to Young for Gas and Lunch at the Community Center 11am – 2pm.

•The ‘A’ route is 148 total miles.
Gas is at mile 82. Lunch is at mile 85. The A/B route is the same to the mile 64 A/B Split. If you reach this point after Noon you must take ‘B’ route to Young.

•The ‘B’ route is 143 total miles.
Gas is at mile 78. Lunch is at mile 81. A/B same to mile 64 A/B Split.

•The ‘C’ route is 135 total miles.
Gas is at mile 76. Lunch is at mile 79.

Come to the Elks Lodge for a great buffet dinner, story telling, and some fun and games. Happy Hour starts when you get there and the buffet dinner will begin at 6:00pm. After dinner we will give away some great prizes and all participants will receive one (1) raffle ticket with dinner. Additional raffle tickets will be available.

Sunday:
Check-in and Breakfast start at 6:30am. All riders out by 9am. Riders meeting 7am and 8am.

•The ‘A’ route is 81 total miles. No Food or Gas.

•The ‘B’ route is 80 total miles. No Food or Gas.

•The ‘C’ route is 105 total miles. Food and Gas mile 80.

  • ‘A’ routes are for experienced riders. Includes pavement, all types of un-maintained/4×4 roads, and sections of 50” trail. We do not recommend motorcycles over 650cc attempt the ‘A’ routes. Knobby tires are highly recommended.
  • ‘B’ routes are for the Intermediate rider who is confident in their riding abilities on pavement as well as un-maintained and 4×4 dirt roads. We recommend the B routes for riders on 650cc and larger bikes looking for a challenge. Knobby tires are highly recommended.
  • ‘C’ routes are pavement and maintained dirt roads for the Adventure Riders looking for a great scenic and fun ride. All participants who requested Roll Charts can receive them Friday evening at the Elks Lodge or during Check-In on Saturday. If you need a roll chart holder now is the time to order it. Most shops do not stock roll chart holders but they GPS track files will be sent separately to all Pre-registered participants via email PRIOR to the ride date. You are responsible for ensuring the track logs are downloaded correctly so please do this upon receipt.

All participants are responsible for their own safety and should ride defensively at all times. For Emergencies call 911. There will be Sweep riders but they can only do so much. Please come prepared. All participants should check-in at the Elks Lodge before and after each ride so we know where you are.

For assistance call any of the following cell phone numbers and we will do our best to help you.

Registration(602.722.6993)
Don Hood (602.692.9382)
Frank Staley (623.826.1092)
Pammy Grimm (602-909-7175)

ATR out cleaning up!

Cleanup complete!  On May 17th sixteen guys and gals collected 13 bags of trash along highway 74. Great job and many thanks for helping out. We had bunch of bikes and SxS headed out for a great day of enjoying last few days of cool weather. Hope everyone had a safe day. Donna Blatt took some pictures of the crew so I’m sure they will get posted.  Once again thanks to all.

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