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News.bytes Extra, issue 472

Off-road motorcyclists race at Fort Sage

Off road motorcycle riders faced changing weather and challenging terrain  when they competed in the Sierra 100 Hare Scrambles at the Bureau of Land Management's Fort Sage Off Highway Vehicle Area on Saturday and Sunday, March 5-6.   An estimated 200 racers and additional numbers of crew and spectators enjoyed a sunny and calm Saturday afternoon, but when the time came for Sunday's main event, riders found themselves up against a blustery, cold and rainy day. (text continues below)

a trail is visible on a snow-dusted slope
A downhill track bisects the east  flank of the Fort Sage Mountains of the OHV area about 40 miles south of Susanville.  The camping area, pits and start/finish line are at the base of the mountains.

a youngster on a dirt bike
A competitor in the Peewee division roars out of the pits and onto the course.

a motorcycle racer starts to lean into a turn on a brush-lined track
A main event racer leads a pack away from the start of the full course race.

mud covers a motorcyclist's rig and outfit
After completing the 30-mile race course and negotiating the 1,500-foot downhill, a racer's number is obliterated by mud kicked up  during Sunday's races.

The races, which included a division for riders as young as 6, were hosted by the Lassen Motorcycle Club of Susanville and the Motorcycle Racing Association of Northern Nevada under a special recreation use permit granted by the BLM Eagle Lake Field Office.  There were no injuries.

The Fort Sage OHV area offers 90 miles of trails on 22,000 acres of high desert terrain.   The area offers challenges for riders of all abilities, and attracts four-wheel-drive enthusiasts, all-terrain vehicle riders, mountain bikers and hikers.  As an added bonus, visitors enjoy panoramic views of the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains to the west and the Great Basin to the east.  For more information visit the Fort Sage website.

-J. Fontana, BLM Northern California District, 3/7/11.  Photos: Dennis Benson, Eagle Lake Field Office.

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Last updated: 03-16-2011