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Byron Hare Scramble this Sunday 8/25

Anyone doing this? Maynard you still in?

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Couple questions as this will be my first hare scramble. Seeing that the race is 1.5hrs, is there a clock somewhere on the course that shows how much time is remaining? Is the race based on how many laps you can complete in that amount of time? Meaning if my last lap puts me over the 1hr 30min mark will they throw that one out? Not that I'll even survive that long.

What's the Byron course like say compared to riding at FVOR? I've ridden the trails at FVOR a couple times this summer and spent a little over 2min mastering the mx track. Anything I should look out for? They mention there's a long way around the enduro cross section so I'll most likely be taking advantage of that.

Also will they provide my number(s) at registration?

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You'll need an AMA membership and a district membership. I'm pretty sure you can get both at sign up, but I'm not 100% sure. Check the club website for details

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There should be a link for race flyer on the page and an email address to ask about the AMA and district memberships. I buy mine every year online in January.

Race is 90 mins. There no time clock so alot of guys tape a watch to their handlebars. I don't use a watch. I just ride til I pass out or they wave the checker flag.

They count every lap you do. If you come to the scorer at the 89 minute mark you can go out again and that last lap will count. So you'd a a actually be riding for more than 90 mins in that case.

But if you hit the scorer at the 91 minute mark, you're done and can't do another lap. But your last lap still counts even though you finished over 90 mins

Im going on Sunday. Last years Byron race was on the difficult side, but nothing crazy impossible. The hardest part is just riding for 90 mins. Ride at a steady comfortable pace and you'll be good

Like I said. Finishing a hare scramble for me is an awesome feeling. Its addictive

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Oh and its going to be hot. You'll definately need a camelback.

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Cool thanks for the info guys! I signed up for my AMA membership recently so just need to look into getting the district and I'll be set there.

I'm ready to do this! And by ready, I mean I know how to kick start the bike and also understand the importance of lifting heavy objects with my legs instead of my back.


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I'll consider it but no promises regarding the camera.

Btw, I've been going through the archives in this forum reading up on stuff and came across your race report from your first attempt at the Moose Run. That shit should be a sticky here for all to read.

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Awesome time today! Kicked my ass but I finished and that was my goal for this first one. Loved the course, especially the tight twisty singletrack. I'm ready to go back and do it all over again! Didn't stick around to see the results but I'm kind of anxious to find out how bad I did.

Eric good seeing you man and you'll have to keep me posted of any more of these you do.

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So what did you Hare Scrambles regulars think of the Endurocross section? Did you go through it every lap or take the bypass off the grasstrack or alternate? It certainly was a great spectating spot!

"Dirt is for racing on...Asphalt is for getting there" OR "Flat trackers go in deeper and come out harder... OR (With apologies to General MaCarthur) "Old motorcycle racers never die, they just slip off the groove and fade into the dust!

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I skipped it. I could have handled all of the obstacles individually but with the tight spacing they used it would have really jammed me up.

I'm wondering why they keep throwing this endurocross stuff into harescrambles all of a sudden.
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Yep! Definately a good time! Byron is always a fun course. Nice job Chris too! Ill post up when i do the next one.

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I skipped it. I could have handled all of the obstacles individually but with the tight spacing they used it would have really jammed me up.

I'm wondering why they keep throwing this endurocross stuff into harescrambles all of a sudden.
You bring up a valid question. Not being a regular at hare Scrambles I thought that this was the first time having an endurocross section was included. Endurocross is very challenging and if you've ever attended an endurocross event you'd be amazed how popular it is...AND fun to watch. Just speculating but, promoters and clubs are trying to come up with ways to bring more people through the gate. In this economy every rider & spectator counts and if an endurocross section provides the added excitement needed that's only a good thing. As long as the promoters make it optional and provide a bypass that gives riders an equal chance to compete I don't see it as a big game changer.

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I like the endurocross stuff. We are seeing more of it for sure. I think its great as it lends to some decent spectating. Harescrambles aren't much fun to watch.

I'm bummed I missed this yesterday. I didn't wake up on time and didn't get near Byron until noon. This was a memorial race for Greg Moss, he was a fixture at Midwest off road races for several decades, and passed away this year pretty suddenly. He and his whole family, including AA guy Ryan and grandson Alex are just great people and ambassadors to the sport. They had a great turnout, and I know Ryan was impressed. I will definetely be making this race from here out. Its one of the best ones that gets put on in D17.
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Here is a video from Saturday of the enduro section.

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Awesome time today! Kicked my ass but I finished and that was my goal for this first one. Loved the course, especially the tight twisty singletrack. I'm ready to go back and do it all over again! Didn't stick around to see the results but I'm kind of anxious to find out how bad I did.

Eric good seeing you man and you'll have to keep me posted of any more of these you do.
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Here's another vid of the enduro cross section from Sunday. Man I would have wasted so much energy going through there. I actually missed the turn for the bypass on the first lap and was heading towards that first log. There was a brief moment of panic as I sat there trying to decide whether or not I should just go ahead and attempt it. Nope not going to happen. Then someone in the crowd yelled "PUSSY!". I chuckled for a sec and then proceeded to make a proper 10-point turn to get the hell out of there.

Start at 4min in for the good stuff.

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Haha! Big logs and C riders are a match made in heaven.

I took the pussy go around everytime. I swear ill do the hero section next year.

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Here's another vid of the enduro cross section from Sunday. Man I would have wasted so much energy going through there. I actually missed the turn for the bypass on the first lap and was heading towards that first log. There was a brief moment of panic as I sat there trying to decide whether or not I should just go ahead and attempt it. Nope not going to happen. Then someone in the crowd yelled "PUSSY!". I chuckled for a sec and then proceeded to make a proper 10-point turn to get the hell out of there.

Start at 4min in for the good stuff.


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This was a memorial race for Greg Moss, he was a fixture at Midwest off road races for several decades, and passed away this year pretty suddenly. He and his whole family, including AA guy Ryan and grandson Alex are just great people and ambassadors to the sport. They had a great turnout, and I know Ryan was impressed. I will definetely be making this race from here out. Its one of the best ones that gets put on in D17.
On a serious note, I didn't know Greg passed away until I saw it was a memorial race dedicated to him on the Forest City Riders site about a week ago. I don't know them very well at all, but I do know the Moss family is a huge reason why D17 is what it is today. They should be proud for what they've contributed.

I don't know what else to say exactly. RIP Mr Moss

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Me: "Maynard!!!! So how did you do in that race?"

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Me: "really how did you do?"

Maynard: "I finished a lap"

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Here's another vid of the enduro cross section from Sunday. Man I would have wasted so much energy going through there. I actually missed the turn for the bypass on the first lap and was heading towards that first log. There was a brief moment of panic as I sat there trying to decide whether or not I should just go ahead and attempt it. Nope not going to happen. Then someone in the crowd yelled "PUSSY!". I chuckled for a sec and then proceeded to make a proper 10-point turn to get the hell out of there.

Start at 4min in for the good stuff.

Sweet jesus! I would be dead after that. I would sit in that one spot all day and spectate with a 6 pack of beer and have enough fun for a month!
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Sweet jesus! I would be dead after that. I would sit in that one spot all day and spectate with a 6 pack of beer and have enough fun for a month!
I might be in for that last part

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The course was 5+ miles of tight singletrack from what I hear. Like so tight that you can barely fit the bars between the trees in spots.
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The course was 5+ miles of tight singletrack from what I hear. Like so tight that you can barely fit the bars between the trees in spots.
I don't see the fun in that.
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The course was 5+ miles of tight singletrack from what I hear. Like so tight that you can barely fit the bars between the trees in spots.
It was tight in a couple spots, but not that bad. Even i hit 3rd and 4th gear in a few spots in the woods. I thought it was a little easier than last years course. They didnt use that 4 foot shear drop off or that downhill section that ends with the right turn into the baby head boulders

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I don't see the fun in that.
You have to try it sometime. It's quite challenging.
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I tried once at FVOR. I felt like I was gonna die. Being a novice on the dirt a 2008 YZ450 is not the best bike to do it on. LOL I think a 250 4 stroke would be fun though.
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