Around 75 big bike riders showed up Sunday to do battle on the 44-mile long course. Last week's storm set up the dirt so it wasn't too dusty and Sunday's weather was almost perfect for racing.
"I got off to a little slow start there at first but then just started to pick up the pace," Ross Neely said after taking first overall. "We were battling back there a lot, then I got clear air and luckily it wasn't too dusty in the pass so it was all good. This was one of the best conditions and courses out there and the washes were perfectly watered."
The race itself began on the side of a wide sand wash where the riders parked their bikes then lined up about 30 feet behind them. On a signal was a mad rush to the bikes where the riders either went over the side bump starting them or having kicked started their bike before taking off.
As usual, the expert line started first followed, after a time interval, by the amateurs then the novice riders. Once in the wash the riders took a fast sweeping left turn then a sharp left turn before heading up a trail into a canyon.
At the end of the 44-mile long lap, riders rode in the opposite direction through the wash to where they turned into the scoring chute and pits.
Asked about the fast downhill run, Neely said, "It was a little steep at first then it goes down the ridge, it was pretty rocky but it was good."
At the end of the first lap Neely led second-place Steve Tichenor by more than three minutes. And it took him about one hour and 15 minutes to cover the loop.
Heading for the checked flag Neely had about a four-minute lead on Tichenor, who was racing for the overall MRANN points championship.
This was Neely's first race with MRANN this year.
"I've been doing District 36 events, the whole series and it ended last weekend in Marysville. I think I got third in the points and second in that race, but this race is awesome, one of the best of the year."
It's been a great year for Tichenor and he only really needed to finish in the top 15 to be crowned the 2013 overall points champion in MRANN. However he gave it his best shot.
"It was a lot of fun, really great terrain. I always have a great time coming out to the Tankslappers race as they put on a really good quality event," he said. "I was going for the overall championship but was having so much fun as I rode a good pace and had a good finish."
Every rider that finishes a lap gets a special pin made for the particular event. Many of the novice and older riders, decided to call it quits after one circuit.
One of them was Pete Prichard, who earned the Number 1 plate for the 60+ class. All the riders that earned championships get to ride with a number 1 plate on their bikes next year.
There were some pretty good battles back in the pack and a trio of Over-40 riders, Alan Camron, Trey Moncrief and Eric Hansel all finished very close to each other.
Coming home 13th overall was the first amateur rider, Stephen Helms from Gardnerville.
"The race was awesome, off the start I was probably fourth or fifth through the turn then I slowly picked off a couple of guys then followed Joe Gatie and Mason Stone for a long time. I finally got around Gatie here on the second lap and figured I have to go rush it to the finish and not let them by me. So it all worked out well today," he said.
He dedicated his race to Kurt Caselli, who lost his life last week during the Baja 1000.
Finishing 19th overall was Drew Chattin, a freshman at Spanish Springs High School.
After catching his breath, he said, "It was fun, long, rocky and whoopy and I had to pass a lot of people. The course was pretty good but a lot of whoops," he said.
His efforts also earned him the Novice championship. And he thanked his parents, and CMS then dedicated his race to Bobby Potts, a REMSA medic that recently passed away as well as Kurt Caselli.
Medics from REMSA are a feature of all MRANN events and have been instrumental in helping injured riders. On this day only two competitors needed attention and thankfully no one needed to be transported.
OTHER RACING NEWS
• Next Saturday and Sunday, Exit 28 will once again be open for practice from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving local riders a chance to keep their skills sharp over the winter.
MRANN Round 8 - The Flying Chukar 100
Purgatory Peak - Nov. 23 & 24
Sunday, Nov. 24
Big Bike Overall - 1. Ross Neely (Open Exp.), 2. Stephen Tichenor, 3. Brody Honea (Exp. 4-Stk), 4. Dakota Jamieson (250 Exp.), 5. C.J. Crandall, 6. Tanner Tremaine, 7. Adam Thissen, 8. Ryan Hamel, 9. Josh Wilson (30+ Exp.), 10. Marcus Loll, 11. Titan McKibben, 12. Paul Ziegler (220 Exp.), 13. Chris Maas, 14. Stephen Helms (4-Stk, Amateur), 15. Joe Gatie (Open Ama.), 16. Alan Camron (40+ Exp.), 17. Trey Moncrief, 18. Eric Hansel, 19. Drew Chattin (200 Novice), 20. Jack Reeder Sr., 21. Mark Dowers (50+), 22. Wyatt Brittner, 23. Kevin Fox, 24. Pete Neely, 25. Kevin Wallace, 26. Austin Wilson, 27. Dave Rennie, 28. Steve Davidson, 29. Darron Huck, 30. Dusten Baldwin
Saturday, Nov. 23
Overall - 1. Camie Ingram, 2. Tristan Morrice, 3. Lawson Williams, 4. Austin Hough, 5. Ryder Thomaselli
50cc (7-9) - 1. CamieIngram, 2. Tristan Morrica, 3. Lawson Williams
4-Stroke - 1. Andrew Anderson, 2.Anthony Brown, 3. Brooke Davis
50cc (6 & Under) - 1. Austin Hough, 2. Ryder Thomaselli, 3. Landen Williams, 4. Ava DeLaney, 5. Jordan Maas
Overall - 1. Austin Serpa, 2. Kurtis Bray, 3. Dallas Serpa, 4. Folsom Smith, 5. Jonas Thissen
Novice - 1. Folsom Smith, 2. Matt Tucker, 3. Sean Dingley, 4. Tristan Furlong, 5. Amanda Ross
Amateur - 1. Kurtis Bray, 2. Dallas Serpa, 3. Jonas Thissen
Expert - 1. Austin Serpa, 2. Austin Wilson (DNF)
65 Amateur- 1. Kody Bray, 2.Ezra Belingheri, 3.JesseWhite, 4. Henry Anderson
Overall - 1. Steve Grandinetti (Bomber), 2. Bary Moore (Bomber), 3.Colleen Connors 4. Jim Berryman
(Bomber), 5. Devynn Muhlenberg
Women (Nov.) - 1. Colleen Connors, 2. Devynn Muhlenberg,3. Denise Schwartz
Women (Ama.) - 1. Kylee Spring, 2. Alyson Wilson, 3. Megan Touchette, 4. Jessica Ruiz
Bomber - 1. Steve Grandinetti, 2. Bary Moore, 3. Jim Berryman