This Noob’s Second Enduro Race Will Be the Last…

Waiting for the Riders Meeting.

And here it is… The race video. I hope you enjoy seeing my pain. If you haven’t already, please subscribe to my YT channel.

A few of the details…

This is my second go at cross country racing with LACC series in south Louisiana. This round happened to be at the same place as the last one, which I hoped would give me a chance to redeem myself from the mechanical issues I faced on the last race.

To get to the point early, this is going to be my last race… at least on this old Honda XR250R. Though I’ve gotten it where it can recover from a crash fairly quickly, it is too heavy and not nimble enough in the tight single track. I’ll be selling this bike and looking for something better suited to this type of riding. Shoot me an email through the contact for if you are interested.

As you get into the video, I had a pretty hard crash and was injured. My motorcross boot saved my ankle by transferring the twisting action of my crash up my leg into my knee and hip joint. I got lucky, and was fortunately wearing the proper gear.

There’s a bit of screaming, and images of my twisted leg that might be disturbing… Also, there’s quite a bit of heavy breathing, because my cardio is severely lacking. To all of those that ride and race like this all the time, you are all so very impressive. I hope you enjoy the video.

Noob’s First Race… It did not go so well. XR250R – LACC Round 7 – Wilson, LA

I purchased my first dirt bike back in January, a 1986 Honda XR250R.  It’s a tank of a machine.  We took a road trip to Colorado the first week of June, and I rode this bike all over the alpine loop.  There’s a few videos already up on the YouTube channel from that trip, with more to follow. Check ’em out!  Anyway, after returning home I was looking for opportunities to ride trails on this old XR.  With the prompting from a coworker, I found out about a local cross country racing circuit, LACC, and decided to enter my first race, ever.

I figured that since I had just recently ridden the tough terrain in Colorado, that I’d be fine. I couldn’t have been more wrong.  At the start of the race, I took off for the hole shot and I’m happy to say I wasn’t last, but shortly after clearing the field and entering the woods my front end nearly washed out and I stalled the bike.  It took about 3-4 kicks to get going again, and in the mean time 4 of the 5 people I beat on the hole shot passed me up.  It really didn’t matter though, because I soon after crashed for the first time.  It took me about 4 minutes to get the bike started again.  That’s a TON of time in a race.  I continued on my way to have my handle bars caved to the side by clipping a tree.  With this crash, it took me 45 minutes to restart the bike.  To put this into perspective, this was a 90 minute race, and I lost half my time on this one crash.  I finally got it going again and crashed a third time, to end my race. Neither I, nor the bike wanted to go anymore.

The clean up crew caught up to me after the checkered flag flew and towed my bike to a flat area where I was able to bump start it and ride in shame back to my trailer.  All in all I rode for about 6 minutes and covered a little more than the first mile of the 8 mile loop.  Featured below is my “race” video.  You’ll see the 6 minutes of riding with crashes, followed by a montage of me trying to kick start the bike, then followed by lots of the riders that passed me by.

For a first race, I really didn’t know what to expect.  I certainly expected to do better than I did, but couldn’t really come away angry or upset.  I was laughing at myself actually.  I met some wonderfully nice folks, and encountered the nicest people, all asking me if I was OK as they passed me by in the woods…

If you ever have the chance… Go race!