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Mud in Your Eye

Racer Dies and Still We Ride

Wednesday, November 4, 2009
The slight weight advantage and poppin engine give the Honda CRF450X an advantage at doing things like this.
Riding motorcycles is what we love to do. I suspect getting back out on the trail is the best way to start feeling normal again.
There’s an ISDE format enduro coming up this weekend which has my stomach knotted with excitement. Of course, it’s barely untied itself after learning that one of our northwestern AA riders was killed at the last event. The 24-hour race at Starvation Ridge was even longer than usual with the heavy news that Washington’s Kevin Parks died on the course.

What do you do? We weren’t friends, hell, I didn’t even know the man. He was just a rider from my geographic region, but it’s still painful. I’ve done the Goldendale event before, and I had the opportunity to participate with a new team this year, though I passed on the invitation. On one hand I’m extremely glad. Endurance races are tough enough, but it would have been enormously difficult to mount up and ride on knowing the competitor list was one name shorter.

But, ride on we must. I’ve been looking for a way to evaluate the new 2010 Husqvarna TE310, and the Fort Rock Enduro sounds as good as anything. Sure, testing this dirt bike is my job, and it’s dangerous, but I ride because it’s what I love - we all do. Kevin was no different.
Post Tags: ISDE Enduro, dirt bike racing, Husqvarna TE310
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JC -RE: Tim B November 5, 2009 05:04 PM
That's me enjoying the strength and dexterity of a healthy left knee in my career-best pivot turn. Ah, those were the days...
Tim B -Photo November 5, 2009 02:58 PM
What is going on in tnat photo?
xracer -family November 5, 2009 08:34 AM
The off road community is a close knit family. Losing a XC racer is devestating and hits close to home no matter where you're at. JC, I don't blame you at all for being nervous to race this weekend. Tragedy in the family is a brutal reminder of the risk we all take every time we line up on that gate. I give you two thumbs up for acknowledging the passion that Kevin and the rest of us have. That passion can never die.