OMA Race Team 331x Interview
2021 Baja 1000
Chris Johnson: 322x
2021 Baja 1000. We came, we saw, we started drinking early. Dissapointing ending, but not for the lack of effort. Only 35 miles in, Dustin got clipped from behind and got sent sideways into a barbwire fence. After some time and 155 miles, he limped into our rider exchange point south of Ensenada where his day ended. After a painfully long pit stop to safety wire, zip tie, and tape our bike back together, we decided to keep pushing and got Dave out for his first section. About 50 miles in to his section, our fuel line that had been unknowingly damaged during our early yardsale, had ruptured, leaving dave stranded without fuel about 20-25 miles from our planned rider exchange. After attempting to fix the problem and trying to contact our chase crew without any luck because of a lack of service, he thought he was stranded. Luckily a honda civi packed with race hungry locals showed up and sprung into action. They broke out some fuel line and hose clamps to fix the leak and siphoned some gas out of their tank to get him going again. All while refusing any form of repayment. Dave made it to the rider exchange and handed the bike to Derek. In his haste, Derek hopped on the bike and pinned it through the next 120 rocky and fast paced miles without grabbing the fanny pack (loaded with supplies) we were transferring between riders. Luckily, he made it through his section without incident and handed the bike to me at race mile 351. After a quick shock and air filter swap, I threw on our fanny pack and headed into my section. I only made it 5 miles before I tangled a cactus and had to stop to remove as many poisonous thorns as possible from my left hand and forearm. Wasted about 5 minutes. Once I got going again, I made it through the first offroad section without anymore incidents and got to a 60mph speed zone the highway where the clasp on our fanny pack broke. We’re assuming it was damaged durring dustins yardsale, but wasn’t noticed. I rode with it in my lap about 5 miles and offloaded it to a fellow racer that promised to hook up with me in lapaz. I finished the rest of my 93 mile section in just over 2.5 hours with only a minor detour from a missed turn off a highway (while trying to pass a semi) that cost me an additional 6 miles of backtracking. My section was everything from paved road and silty (rutted) lake beds to a 10 mile rock section that resembled an enduro cross course that passed over a mountain range and through a couple seasonal creek beds. Look it up on youtube its called (Freds Tractor Trail). I made a few passes on quads and bikes before I made it to the next rider exchange just after dark and handed the bike off to Patrick. I stuffed a couple wrenches and zip ties in his hydration pack before he tore out of our exchange point and into the night. Pat was averaging between 50-80 mph in a futile attempt to outrun the lead trophy trucks that were destined to catch him. He was making great time as he blew through the first 160 miles of his 186 mile section, but unfortunately the fuel line that had been previously “fixed” ruptured again and stranded him around race mile 608. Without the proper tools and parts, pat tried calling our chase crew on his sat phone, but we were in a poor service location. After a few attempts he finally made contact and we made a plan for extraction. His location was looking tough to reach, but we were on our way. As the trophy trucks approached, pat went into mcguyver mode and chewed off a chunk of the hose on his hydration pack and used it as a temporary fuel line to get him to our accessible extraction point. Once we all met up, we tried to mend the high pressure fuel line, but the hoses we had wouldnt fit without kinking and we had to call our race short in fear of another breakdown in an inaccessible part of the course. It was midnight, and we were gutted. Though Dave, Derek, Myself and Patrick rode our asses off on a mangled bike in an attempt to get us back in the race, we were forced to finally call it quits at race mile 619. Im proud of the miles we rode, but extremely bummed we didn’t finish. Congrats to our OMA “lites” team on their 3rd overall in class. They rode all of the miles without hitting the ground and had none of the mechanical issues we were plagued with. Huge, endless thanks to Jeff and Mark for keeping us going. You guys are the best chase crew/ life coaches we could ask for! Heres to 2022.
Videos of OMA RACE TEAM going through tech inspection for Baha 1000
Here is Team MRA in Oklahoma! On the left is Matt Jensen. Matt placed third in his class! In the center is Zeke DeGeyter and on the right is Steve DeGeyter. The both of them placed First in their classes. Congratulations Guys!!!
|Join the Coalition for Recreational Trails in Honoring Outstanding ProjectsThe Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has selected 12 trail projects and a state trail program to be recognized for outstanding use of Recreational Trails Program funds. The CRT awards, honoring former U.S. Representative Tom Petri, will salute the winners at a live virtual ceremony with participation by members of Congress and several noted champions for trails.For more than a quarter century, the Federal Highway Administration RTP has provided funding for recreational trail development and maintenance across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With more than 30,000 projects across the nation since its inception, the RTP benefits motorized and non-motorized trails for people of all interests and abilities. From motorcycles to mountain bikes, snowmobilers to cross country skiers, hikers to horseback riders, and handicapped accessible trails and facilities, RTP funds are used to design, construct, and maintain our local trails.The CRT invites your participation in celebrating the deserving trails heroes from across the nation. The 2021 Tom Petri Recreational Trails Program Annual Achievement Awards will take place November 10 at 2 p.m. Eastern. Click here for access to the live virtual event.|
In Memory of Don Fallgreen. Don passed away Sunday night. 10/10/2021
The latest MRA history video is shared by Bonnie Sutphin and Don & Nancy Fallgreen.
In memory of George Flanagan
Tyrell and George telling about MRA history.
AMA WEST HARE SCRAMBLES JACKSONVILLE
The project is complete at the Overlook.
Randy Wilkes, Steve Robinson & Conner, Joe Fort, Richard Rogers, Jim Betschart and Forest Bohall all volunteered their time. Jim and Forest traveled 18 miles up Elk Creek to pick up gate.
Randy Wilkes excavated the footings for the 3 posts which took 2.9 yds of concrete to set posts and Joe Fort set and welded the two lock boxes. I just finished painting second coat of construction yellow and the green gate is now also yellow. Both gates will have the same keyed lock for access as soon as I can get a BLM lock for the new gate. Gary Howard made 2 signs which are in place one at Chicken Foot and the other at 14A stating locked gate ahead and no access to Kane Creek. I am contacting Steve Mac to see if he can get Tony Hess to set a couple signs on Forest Park property alerting travelers to road closure ahead. I have several keys available and be sure to lock gate in open position when using to prevent someone from stealing gate slider.