Rally News You Can Use
It's official, these past three months have been the coldest in Pacific Northwest history in some years. There's a healthy snowpack. What that means is that a lot of higher elevation riding won't be accessible until later in the summer.
Good news - The Rally in the Gorge is one of the last rallies of summer and by late August we expect all our favorite routes to be open with breathtaking views across three volcanoes and the beautiful Cascade Range. Per northwest weather guru, Cliff Mass of the University of Washington, look for mild weather this summer as we swing into an El Nino pattern in the fall. Sounds like August will be the perfect month to be riding in the Pacific Northwest!
We're hard at work laying plans for the 2017 Rally in the Gorge. Here's a few highlights we know right now:
The popular Thursday night Burger Feed and Sunday Pancake Breakfast return to the rally this year. We're pleased to announce that All Moto Tires has come on board as the sponsor for the Sunday Pancake Breakfast. Having sponsors for these meals allows us to keep registration costs down for riders. Be sure to say thanks to Don, Debbie and Bill at the All Moto booth during the rally or on Facebook @AllMotoTire.
We still have sponsorship spots open for the burger feed if you know someone who wants to get their name tied into it.
Jesse Murphy and the Truitt Motorcycle Education team are busy putting together a curriculum for the Saturday clinic at Maryhill. Due to numerous requests over the past years, Jesse and his crew will be running a special 3-hour downhill cornering clinic on the road Saturday morning.
A separate fee of $109 is required and you must be registered for the rally to participate in the clinic. Click here to register for the rally and clinic now
As usual, the road will be open to two-way traffic by all other attendees in the afternoon.
Whitney and Jason from Dirt Bike Safety Training will once again be running clinics on Thursday and Saturday for those wanting to up their off-pavement skills.
Bring your dual sport or adventure bike to improve your skills with the instructors of DirtFirst by MotoVentures and Dirt Bike Safety Training, LLC, or use one of their bikes.
Each clinic begins with a brief "riders meeting" followed by a number of Level 2 exercises that include: how to handle common terrain challenges, how to "clutch it" to control your speed and traction, how to position your body and maintain your balance at low speeds, how to execute tight turns while both sitting and standing (counterbalancing), how to handle extreme braking for those challenging downhill trails, how to change directions at speed to conquer hill climbs and sand washes, how to ride in ruts and on single track trails, and how to wheelie over small logs or rain ruts.
$149 pre-register, $160 at the event
The schedule goes like this:
August 24th - Ladies Only Clinic 9 AM - 1 PM Click here to register for the clinic
August 26th - Skill Builder Clinic - Open to everyone 9 AM - 1 PM Click here to register for this clinic
Participants must be registered attendees for the Rally in the Gorge to take either clinic. Click here to register for the rally now.
Admittedly, nearby restaurant choices aren't all that great, unless you travel into Hood River itself. Our experience with food trucks at this rally and others in the Pacific Northwest has been - for a number of reasons they don't work out to well.
The best food experience we've provided over the years is when we run the food concession ourselves. Say hello to the return of the Moto Mojo Café. We'll have food service from Wednesday lunch through Saturday dinner. We'll release more details about this as they become available. Then, of course there's the hosted Pancake Breakfast Sunday and that delicious hosted Burger Feed Thursday night.
As for adult beverage service, attendees provide that themselves, often stopping by the nearby grocery store at the end of the day to restock provisions for the evening. The simplest and least expensive way! Impromptu social circles are available to drop into along vendor row each evening.
We've signed on as the Pacific Northwest outpost for this year's Gypsy Tour series being revived by the American Motorcyclists Association. Gypsy tour events were quite popular from the 1920's into the 1950's when they disappeared. Attendees can expect some additional rally features as we take part in reviving this tradition. More details in future newsletters.
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