Obviously, when you want to excel in any sport you need to put effort in building your skills. You may want to consider training in your backyard. After all, your passion for the sport is measured by your willingness to go beyond. This apparently is still true even for motocross. If you’re a huge fan of endurocross who would like to hone your skills in your backyard here are two things you may want to take in consideration before you start building your own track.
Before you’re ready to build your own endurocross track, you may want to make sure the extra noise is going to be okay with your neighbors. Nobody wants to have a feud with their neighbors. It’s no question that not all people enjoy the sound of bike screams on a Sunday morning. Most neighbors would like some peace, and quiet in their neighborhood. My advice is to get an agreement with your neighbor first before you take any construction action.
Where to buy or find obstacles? Ask around! This is the best way to find things to build your track with. Drive around and look for people with a lot of stuff in their yards. Go and knock on the door and ask if you can buy some of it. Most times they will just give it to you for free. Concrete sewer pipes, old tracker tires, logs, stumps, car parts, all of these things make great obstacles. A good place that helped me with some obscure items was https://www.wolfautoparts.com. They are a car part salvage yard and they were able to send me some great items! I just paid the price for a pallet plus shipping and they loaded it up with old damaged hoods, trunk lids, nice aluminum bumper beams, etc. It worked out great.
Another consideration is space. I find you need at least 2 acres to make a good track that you will not get bored in a couple of min.
This is quite important when building your own endurocross track. Water will seek the lowest point of your field and take the path that has the least of resistance. This will cause erosion ruts, most specially on hilly terrains. You may also want to learn a thing or two about erosion control. Learn the characteristics of water so you can figure out how to get rid of water from your field. Lack of knowledge in these aspects will definitely ruin your track when it rains. You may want to consider putting drainage pips in some sections. Just keep in mind that buried pipes need a good amount of soil in order to not disturb your training.
Although this depends on the size of your track, you may want to rent a mini excavator. But for safety purposes, it is safe to have a mini excavator to familiarize your self with the machinery. You may also want to go over safety procedures in case you don’t know how to man a mini-excavator.
Here are some links to find some ideas on what to do with your own endurocross tack.
Several years ago, the first official all – asphalt Pikes Peak International Hill Climb took place. Until then, this dirt road included pavement sections, gravel sections, occasional asphalt parts going back to pavement. As the 100th anniversary of this legendary rally was coming closer, the State invested into infrastructure and the famous road is fully surfaced nowadays. Ever since the number of rookie motorcycle riders in our club has increased significantly. Most of our members are proud owners of powerful BMW, Honda or Harley-Davidson machines. However, in spite of the significantly improved quality of the most popular road leading up to Pikes Peak and steady, strong vehicles, riders hitting Pikes Peak passes should be aware of many other tricky features they might face down these roads.
Be prepared for temperature shocks
It is quite possible that you will experience all seasons during a single ride. What seemed as spring or summer at the starting line will turn into cold winter as you approach the ending line. The upper areas are often cover with snow, so make sure you are fully equipped for these fluctuations. It includes all from rider’s clothes to motorcycle gear. Keep in mind that the fundamental thing for the steady ride is aggressive and high-quality tires. Tires and motors suffer temperature changes, as well as the effect of the thinning air. These are the aspects you should have in mind when maintaining your vehicle and preparing for the trip.
Troubling aspect of adrenaline rides
There’s no doubt that Pikes Peak is a breathtaking road, mostly due to amazing nature, but also due to challenging terrain pumping your blood and testing your driving skills. It’s memorable experience for every motorcycle driver, especially if you’re experiencing it for the first time. However, be aware of the high-altitude sickness. If planning to reach the highest points of the summit, you will have to climb impressive altitude. Many riders fail to cope with this physically and end up feeling dizzy, weak, having blurred vision, nausea, vomiting and various other symptoms. To prevent them, stay away from heavy food and drinks, keep your body well hydrated and take some medications preventing nausea and vomiting.
Careful with bold approaches
Though Pikes Peak isn’t infamous for taking riders’ lives, the roads are unpredictable, dangerous and may easily trick you to feel safer than you should. Also, Colorado laws don’t impose helmets, but the policy of our club is to recommend full additional and safety equipment strongly. Many sections of the road are not secured by guardrails. Stick to the markers, don’t rush into bold moves and strategies. You will experience a desired dose of adrenaline even without unnecessary risking of life or injuries.
The second oldest motorcycle race in America celebrates 100th anniversary and faces the largest number of competitors taking part in the race. The so-called ‘’Mount Everest for two-wheelers” summit is an attraction for tourists, bikers and motorcyclists over the whole year, but its popularity is under the spotlight during these few internationally famous rallies and races. The area is amazing, nature breathtaking, but the road is tough and requires physical, mental and technical preparation. The Pikes Peak Road adjusted for racing is 19.5 miles long with 160 turns and no gas stations along the way.
Specific features of the track
The track starts in the area where lush forests prevail, and it ends somewhere among the clouds. Literally. The higher you reach, the tougher conditions are, and all driver’s skills and equipment are being tested. The highest sections of the road are famous after the names Devil’s Playground or Bottomless Pit. There are no safety guardrails along this section due to snow, and irregular terrain and drivers have to stick to the markers to avoid life-threatening risky turns. Since starting line lies at 2800m and the race ends at 4300m, the temperature decreases dramatically along the way. It means that Pikes Peak racing track will cool down your tires and the engines are functioning with less power once you ride into the zone of the thinning air. The same climate conditions influencing vehicle, make various effects to the rider’s body. All of this imposes various skilled approaches to the motorcycle experienced riders are well aware of. Most of the motorcycle riders pass specific training designed to adapt their bodily reactions to riding in high altitude, and the driving skills and tricks are learned.
When the best qualifying time comes as disadvantage
One of the most important features of the racing track climbing Pikes Peak is the fact that there is only one road up and one road down the hill. Theoretically, this should mean that the rider is starting first due to qualifying as the fastest, should gain a significant advantage. But in fact, experienced motorcycle drivers are familiar with a catch. The Pikes Peak race usually starts early in the morning and morning high up in the mountains include foggy air, very low temperatures, and slippery humid passes. All of this aggravates driving and potentially increases risks and makes it harder for the driver to keep the first position. Being the first one to drive through these conditions on the road is a challenging task.
Dark side of the road is not so alarming
The Pikes Peak has well-known the reputation of a challenging, adventurous and prestigious road and many experienced motorcycle drivers see it a great goal and triumph. The terrain is tough, the path long, weather conditions extreme and many sections of the road are completely unprotected. Considering all of this, it’s quite a pleasant surprise to know that Pikes Peak race took only six lives so far. Compared to some other popular rallies, this sounds as relatively safe. However, the road was surfaced several years ago, causing many drivers to increase their driving speed. It remains to be seen if this is going to increase the morbid statistic.