Mike Gaynor is a traveling mad man that we first met at the Baja Rally. He generally participates in much larger scale events such as Dakar but is taking a stab at following our much more fast paced, head to head series. He is checking in with a quick write up of his experiences so far.
I hadn’t planned on doing a thread on this series that a friend and I are racing but since some ADVRIDER inmates were in attendance Sunday, I thought we all could share our stories during the year.
Rnd 2 – Feb 13/14 – WHS Rnd 2 – Salinas – Coalinga, CA *No Atv
Rnd 3 – Mar 19/20 – WHS Rnd 3 – Prospectors – Gorman, CA
Rnd 4 – Apr 9/10 – WHS Rnd 4 – Redding Dirt Riders – Reddding, CA *No Atv
Rnd 5 – May 21 – WHS Rnd 5 – SSTB – Caliente, NV *No Atv
Rnd 6 – Sept 3 – WHS Rnd 6 – Vikings – Lucerne Valley, CA
Rnd 7 – Oct 1/2 – WHS Rnd 8 – RoadRunners – Ocitillo Area, CA
Rnd 8 – Nov 5 – WHS Rnd 9 – Darkside – Logandale, NV *No Atv
Round one was held at Hangtown or Prairie city OHV and was a mudfest with el Niño in full effect. Ivan Ramerez won the A Pro AA B class.
I was 5th in my Super senior B category and just glad to finish !
My riding partner and best friend Cevquit, Ron Quitoriano had a Dnf with his Aprillia 550 not cooperating.
Salinas Ramblers MC Picatchu creek Challenge
A gnarly single track rocky and technical course was fun but extremely difficult.
Bicycle Phil from Rally Management Services and RMS rider Ian Blythe whom we all followed at this years Dakar raced last Sunday in round two.
Ian won Sunday on his KTM.
Not sure on Phillip’s finish, hopefully he will chime in on his race and I don’t know if Ian is on here much but hope he will contribute as well.
Cevquit was able to get 21st of 24 and more importantly finish !!
Aprillia problems saw me tow starting him 10 minutes before the start !
I was last off the line having my bike not fire right away, leaving me to try to make up spots. I eventually passed a few in my class and got 8th of 11 entries scoring important point for the year end total.
selfie by MG : )
photos by Mark Kariya
photo by EK of GXE.
This course had me ready to almost quit but rally racing has taught me to never give up. It was the toughest 50 miles I have ever done.
Thanks to all my sponsors listed below in my Signature, if not for the amazing help from them I probably couldn’t afford the budget it takes to race.