450 Words: Ultimate MX Road Trip

450 Words Ultimate MX Road Trip

September 10, 2015 2:15pm

Welcome to the off-season. The next four months are the slowest point in the year for us fans. While we have some big races sprinkled in—the USGP, the Motocross of Nations, Red Bull Straight Rhythm, and the Monster Energy Cup—going long stretches without racing makes us crazy. Crazy enough for the Racer X Ultimate MX Road Trip? 

To begin, you’ll first need to do two things:

1) Quit your job. This is non-negotiable. Just ask your boss about taking three months off and he or she will say the same.

2) Buy an RV and sucker two people (an odd number of friends makes it easier to solve arguments) to do the same and join you on this Ultimate Road Trip.

The goal is to hit thirteen (or fourteen) races in four different countries on three different continents over the next three months. There are only a few rules and virtually no price tag. This is our road trip and we can spend as much of your money as we want. 

(Some of you may need to consult your significant other before quitting your job and spending your life savings on a road trip. Racer X will not be held responsible if such occurrences as divorce arise, although, that would really pave the way for our 2016 Ultimate Road Trip guide, coming soon!) 

We realize this trip is virtually impossible. Unless your name is Dan Bilzerian the odds of you completing this trip are zero. But, if you make it to any stops, use the hashtag #RacerXUltimateRoadTrip and we just may do something cool with it. Have fun! 

Brave indeed.
Brave indeed.

September

September 13 | MXGP of Mexico | Leon, Mexico

The first leg of our road trip finds us in Leon, Mexico, for the penultimate round of the FIM World Motocross Championship. While Romain Febvre has clinched the MXGP title in his rookie season, the MX2 class is a nail-bitter. Tim Gajser leads another rookie, Pauls Jonass, by just 13 points entering the final two rounds.  

September 20 | MXGP of USA | San Bernardino, CA

Drive: 1649.31 miles | 28hrs, 26min

If you somehow made it out of Mexico alive and to the final round of the FIM World Motocross Championship, you’re in for a treat. This is quite a long drive (longer than we expecteded), but you have seven days to complete it, so time shouldn’t be a problem.

The GPs return to America for the first time since 2011 at the famous Glen Helen Raceway. Americans Josh Grant, Davi Millsaps, Jason Anderson, Jessy Nelson, Shane McElrath, Chris Alldredge, Joey Savatgy, and Cooper Webb are expected to compete, as are Frenchmen Christophe Pourcel and Marvin Musquin. The race will also feature Dean Wilson, Ben Townley, Cody Cooper, and more. An added bonus: the MX2 title will probably still be very much up for grabs.

September 27 | Motocross of Nations | Ernee, France 

Fly: 5,522 miles |15hrs, 50min 

Our first flight of the trip takes us to Ernee, France, and the FIM Motocross of Nations. Team USA is looking to end a three-year slide, while the home team, France, is a solid favorite and looking for a second straight Chamberlin Trophy. 

While the cost of flying to France is quite steep, no Ultimate MX Road Trip is complete without a visit to the Olympics of Motocross. 

Go watch the boys in red, white, and blue take on the rest of the world.
Go watch the boys in red, white, and blue take on the rest of the world. photo: Ortiz

October

October 2-3 | Canadian Arenacross | Armstrong, BC, Canada 

Fly: 4,693 miles | 11hrs, 53min

Once you’re back from France, complete with your picture of you drinking from the Chamberlain Trophy, you head directly to Canada for the first round of the Canadian Arenacross Championship in Armstrong, British Columbia. This is especially convenient because if you get in major trouble in France, it could be easier to get through customs in Canada. You didn’t hear that from us, though. Located on the far west coast of Canada, snuggled between Calgary and Vancouver, Armstrong kicks off the 2015 AX Championship. Last year the series featured Canadian talent as well as Americans such as Teddy Maier, Adam Enticknap, Ricky Dietrich, and more. Amsoil Arenacross runner-up Jacob Hayes nad Chris Blose have already committed to the series this year, and we hear some more talent could be going up north for the winter. 

October 10 | Red Bull Straight Rhythm | Pomona, CA 

Fly: 1,330.2 miles | 7hr, 35min 

You’ll complete a multi-city flight from Cali to France to Canada and back to Cali for the second annual Red Bull Straight Rhythm event in Pomona. (Note: The best flight we found was from Vancouver to Ontario, CA.) The event is a must attend this year, as Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart will compete in his first race of the season after serving a sixteen-month suspension from the FIM..

An official rider list hasn’t been announced, but, besides Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Dean Wilson, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin are all expected to appear. They’ve also moved the race from a drag-racing track to a horse track this year, so this will be a really unique setting. It was a big hit last year. 

October 17 | Monster Energy Cup | Las Vegas, NV 

Drive: 242.30 miles | 3hrs, 53min 

Okay, maybe a flight to Motocross of Nations is a stretch. But you can easily make this Red Bull Straight Rhythm/Monster Energy Cup tandem work. This is shortest drive of the trip, as Vegas is just under four hours from Pomona. You should get there early and spend the week in Vegas. If you get there by Monday, you could drop by Matthes’ and check out a live showing of the Pulpmx Show. I’m sure he won’t mind. (Note: You better like dogs—he has like fifty.) 

This is the Anaheim 1 of the off-season. All the heavy hitters will be in attendance sporting new gear, sponsors, and maybe even new colors. Nothing is confirmed yet, but Chad Reed may be returning on his new brand.

October 23-25 | Talladega Nights (and days) | Talladega, AL

Drive: 1867.55 miles | 28hrs, 32min

Time to head east, and we’ve got a heck of a pit stop for you on the way. We found no major motorcycle races the weekend after the Monster Energy Cup, but on your way across the country, hit the legendary Talladega, Alabama, superspeedway for NASCAR racing at its most NASCAR-y. This is bucket-list stuff. They’re qualifying and racing all weekend, but the big Sprint Cup race is on Sunday, October 25.

There’s a good chance you’ll run into Weege in the midst of rooning another sport steeped in tradition. 

October 31 – Nov 1 | GNCC Ironman | Crawfordsville, IN

Drive: 580.13 miles | 8hrs, 57min 

You’ve got a day to work off the NASCAR hangover and get your stuff back together for a jaunt to Indiana for the Amsoil GNCC finale. The Ironman is the best track, packs the biggest crowd, nice fall weather, and even some Halloween hijinks. Go watch all day at Ironman Hill and tell us it’s not way, way more entertaining than Talladega was. 

Don't miss Halloween at Ironman!
Don't miss Halloween at Ironman! photo: Ken Hill

November

November 7 | GEICO EnduroCross | Nampa, ID

Drive: 1807.88miles | 27hr, 38min

From Indiana we head west to Idaho for the penultimate round of GEICO EnduroCross. Colton Haaker, Cody Webb, and the ageless Mike Brown are locked in a tight points battle and provide quite the show.   

November 14-15 | Bercy Supercross | France 

Fly: 5,060miles | 12hrs, 5min 

This is an awesome, unique, unforgettable event. You’ll want to say you went one time. Not sure who is even racing it yet this year, but that hardly matters—it will be, as they say over there, 200 percent show.

November 20 | AMA Pro Flat Track | Orleans Arena, Las Vegas

Drive: 640.37 miles | 10hr, 25min 

Remember that you flew from to France from Nampa “International” Airport, so you’ve got to fly back and get your 1982 Winnebego from there. We’ve got a second Vegas road trip coming, complete with a double feature—two titles, two disciplines, two nights. Ready? First it’s the Orleans Arena in Vegas for the AMA Pro Racing Flat Track final. A good points battle is shaping up between Bryan Smith and Jared Mees. One of them will grab the title at a unique event inside the Orleans Arena, and then you will grab some drinks and some trouble after the event is over. But, you need to rally on Saturday morning because you’ve got to get to California. 

November 21 | GEICO EnduroCross | Ontario, CA 

Drive: 235.16 miles | 3hrs, 49min 

Once you’ve nursed off the hangover, you’ll make the short drive—just under four hours—into California for the GEICO EnduroCross finale. Big points battle going between Webb, Haaker, and Brown; you’ll want to be there for this one. Your next question: where to go for Thanksgiving? 

The Home Stretch

The last leg of the Racer X Ultimate MX Road Trip we’re leaving up to you. We’ve laid out three options—you can’t go wrong with any.

November 27-28-29 | A Day in the Dirt | San Bernardino, CA 

Drive: 24.28 miles | 27min

We’ll start with the most logistically logical stop—a short twenty-seven minute drive to San Bernardino and A Day in the Dirt. Becoming a Thanksgiving tradition on the West Coast, A Day in the Dirt started as a cool way for Hollywood stunt types to get their racing and riding fix, but has now turned into a cool weekend-long race, ride, and party at Glen Helen. By November, nearly all of the pro supercross world is out in California, so you never know who will show up. Have a look.

November 23-28 | Mini Os | Gainesville, FL 

Fly: 2,087.35 miles | 8hrs, 35min 

One of the longest running amateur events, this is considered the kick off to the annual amateur racing season (Loretta’s, in August, is the closer). The famous Gatorback Cycle Park in Gainesville, Florida, is the host site—this is a great place to see all the “next” kids making their debuts on new bikes and in new classes. Austin Forkner will still be an amateur at this point, so you get to say you saw him before he was a superstar.

Or, you could do something really big. We’re talking Stew v. Reed!

November 28 | Australian Supercross | Sydney, Australia

Fly: 7,528 miles | 21hrs, 10min

Let’s get crazy, bros. James Stewart will meet Chad Reed on Reed’s turf in Australia, for the next-to last round of the Australian Supercross Series. This is superb, and by the way, it’s summer in Australia this time of year, so you can take in Sydney and also some great weather. Do it!

Spend your long holiday weekend in sunny San Bernardino.
Spend your long holiday weekend in sunny San Bernardino. photo: Garth Milan

December 

December 5 | Australian Supercross | Sunshine, Australia  

Drive: 637 miles | 11hrs, 20min

If you’re already in Australia, you might as well stay for the final round of the championship. Thanksgiving is an American holiday; it will be there next year. Blow it off once for a week on an Aussie beach in the summer. 

El Fin

Well, that’s all there is to it. You’ve completed the first Racer X Ultimate MX Road Trip, and all you’ve done is lost your job and blown your money. But, hey, think of the memories! You also have a sweet 1982 Winnebago now, so get the oil changed in that thing. Anaheim 1 is just over a month away!

Check out the entire off-season schedule and visit your nearest event. See you at the races?

Date Event/Series Venue City/State
September 13 MXGP of Leon Parque Metropolitano de León Leon, Mexico
September 19-20 GNCC Unadilla New Berlin, NY
September 20 MXGP of USA Glen Helen San Bernardino, CA
September 26 EnduroCross Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, CA
September 27 Motocross of Nations Circuit Raymond Demy Ernee, France
October 2-3 Canadian Arenacross Armstrong, BC
October 3​​ EnduroCross National Western Complex Denver, CO
October 3-4 GNCC Mountain Ridge Central City, PA
October 10​​ Australian SX Bathurst Showgrounds Bathurst
October 10​ Red Bull Straight Rhythm Fairplex Pomona, CA
October 17​ Monster Energy Cup Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas, NV
October 17​ Australian SX Jimboomba Jimboomba
October 17 EnduroCross XFINITY Arena Everett, WA
October 17-18 GNCC Powerline Park St. Clairsville, OH
October 31 Australian SX Adelaide Showgrounds Wayville
October 31 – November 1  GNCC Ironman Crawfordsville, IN
November 6-7 Canadian Arenacross Cloverdale, BC
November 7 EnduroCross Ford Idaho Center Nampa, ID
November 14-15 Bercy Supercross Stade Pierre-Mauroy Lille, France
November 21 Australian SX Coolum Sunshine Coast
November 20-21 EnduroCross Citizens Business Bank Arena Ontario, CA
November 23-28 Mini Os Gatorback Cycle Park Gainesville, FL
November 27-29 A Day in the Dirt Glen Helen San Bernardino, CA
November 27-28 Canadian Arenacross Chilliwack, BC
November 28 Australian SX Allphones Arena Homebush
December 4-5 Canadian Arenacross Chilliwack, BC
December 5 Australian SX Knights Stadium Sunshine