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News.bytesNews.bytes Extra, issue 381

Dirt bike riders converge on Fort Sage for races

Dirt bike riders of all ages and abilities converged on the BLM's Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area in Lassen County May 2 and 3, for the Cinco de Mayo 100 motorcycle races.  The event was organized by the Lassen Motorcycle Club and the Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada, under a special recreation use permit issued by the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office. (text continues below)

A flock of racers gather on dirt bikes
Above, racers converged at the start/finish line under threatening skies at the start of a race.  Below, racers are tightly bunched at the race start...
Riders follow each other closely
...before stretching out as they continue on the 28-mile course.
Four riders stretch out over the trail

Race organizers reported no serious injuries in the two-days of events.  BLM Outdoor Recreation Planner Marisa Williams said she was pleased that racers stayed on the posted and approved route that follows designated roads and trails within the OHV area.

The Fort Sage OHV area, west of U. S. Highway 395 about 40 miles north of Reno, offers about 90 miles of trails for motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles and four wheel drive vehicles.  It covers about 22,000 acres of public lands managed by the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.

Photos by Marisa Williams and Stan Bales.

- Jeff Fontana, BLM, 5/5/09.

BLM-California News.bytes, issue 381

Last updated: 05-06-2009