In the meantime, we are racing select AMA District 36 Enduro and Hare Scrambles, as well as in the Supermoto USA Nor-Cal Series.]]>
Motorcycles were always a fixture at our house and I learned to ride on a 1974 yellow yamaha gt 80. The classic film On Any Sunday opened my eyes to the broad scope of motorcycle racing and riders like Malcom Smith, Gary Nixon and Mert Lawwill. I unearthed a stash of old motorcycle magazines and became enthralled with pictures and stories of wide open desert racing, especially the now defunct Barstow to Vegas race. The idea of tearing across the desert WFO sounded like the coolest thing on earth! From there I moved on to a variety of bikes on which I rode around our rural neighborhood on makeshift tracks we would cut into the empty lots. Into my teenage years I got heavily into skateboarding, though I did own a streetbike for a while and would occasionally take out my dad's classic Triumph 650 Bonneville for a spin.
I became involved with my future wife, the lovely Nicole, who by chance, had a sweet 74 Honda CB400-4 that she had bought at 16, much to the chagrin of her parents. Now thats my kind of girl! One day out of the blue, she suggested we get into dirt biking, how could I resist! Soon she had a cr80, I had a rat cr250 and all the old memories came rushing back as we started exploring our local riding areas.
Fast forward to today and Nicole and I have a small fleet of bikes that we do our best to ride whenever possible. We discovered supermoto, and after a couple years of track days I wanted to take my riding to the next level. With Nicole's encouragement I signed up for the SupermotoUSA Nor-Cal series and went racing! I completed my first season, getting on the podium at my home track and meeting some great people while enjoying really fun competition, even if it was sometimes for last place. During this time, I was also connecting with other local riders through various forums, getting back in touch with old friends who had also gotten into dirt riding, and even getting my good buddy Jim hooked to the point of picking up a brand new KTM. Group riding trips to the woods and desert with friends and family followed, along with lots of good times and great memories.
As a result of broadening my circle of riding friends, the inevitable 'wouldn't it be cool' conversations started taking place. Talk of doing a Baja race, especially the 1K, always seems to be near the top of every rider's bucket list and knowing the effort that would take, both financially and logistically, that challenge was put on the back burner. However, the legendary Vegas To Reno race was much more within our means and grasp. In order to prepare, I got my D-36 card and went off road racing. I've gotten my feet wet in cross country and enduro racing and will continue competing in supermoto. Training and planning for the V2R has started and I'm looking forward to fulfilling a dream I've had since childhood.
I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my wife Nicole for all her support and to my parents for their continued enthusiasm for getting out and having fun on their bikes.
My race numbers are:
D-36 AMA - 196F
SupermotoUSA - 47
Race Result Highlights
SupermotoUSA 2009 series top ten results
I got my first taste of motorcycles in 76 on the back of my cousin Pats Harley. That first ride around the block fired me up and my interest has never stopped.
I've been riding, building and racing for almost 25 years now. I’ve done some drag racing, a little flat tracking and road racing. Now, it’s the dirt. Enduros and Hare Scrambles in Northern California, with (hopefully) a few desert races thrown in for fun.
My first bike was a ratty 78 Honda CB125. That poor little bike was rusted, rattling and free. The paint, that had once been a bright Ruby Red, was now faded and chalky. The previous owner had changed the sprockets and mounted knobbies up to make it into a little rally bike. To me it was priceless. I would ride that bike through the pastures of Idaho, ripping down the canal ways. I can’t even remember how many times I was chased by the police for riding an unlicensed bike down the side roads.