Zaca Station MX Park Equals Real Motocross
Thursday, April 16, 2009
As far as motocross is concerned, it doesn’t get much better than Zaca Station during spring.
I've just returned from what maybe the finest motocross track in all of California. Sure, given the scores of amazing tracks here in The Golden State no doubt my assertion could be hard to believe. But after an afternoon riding at Zaca Station Motocross Park
, this place is the definition of real motocross.
Located about 3 hours drive north from Los Angeles, Zaca MX is located in some prime real estate right off Highway 101. It’s set in one of the many lush Santa Ynez valleys which during spring make you feel like you’re somewhere east, like say Tennessee, only with less sticky air, cooler temperatures and no bugs.
The facility itself features 3 separate tracks: A main course, a vet track, and smaller setup for the kiddies. Built into the surrounding hillside the main track measures 1.3 miles long which equates to a lap time the low 2-minute range if riding dirt bikes fast is your chief profession.
If you’re a big fan of elevation, Glen Helen-style, then you’re going to love the track as it snakes all through the valley and surrounding hillside. Steep full-throttle climbs, in which you mash through the gearbox shoot you into super-fast top gear downhill sections. There’s even a number off-camber turns, some tight and some more arched-out with silty berms just waiting to be blown up.
Zaca Station Motocross Park is a dirt bike rider's Garden of Eden.
The track presents a wide variety of jumps—various tabletops, a few doubles and some mondo step-ups and downs that really separate the men from the boys. Yet the takeoffs and landings are perfectly manicured making Zaca about as safe and forgiving as you’re going to find considering the big air time of some of its hits.
The composition of the dirt is just another one of Zaca’s many pluses. The soil is predominately loamy conditions with very few hard-packed sections. Sure there are some big rocks that’ll hurt if you’re caught in the roost of a faster rider yet the track is up to 50 feet wide allowing for ample safe passing opportunities.
Amenity wise you won’t find any Carl’s Jr. or AM/PM’s next door, or, for that matter any kind of retail services within a 10-mile radius but that in itself is a pleasurable experience. For it allow you to escape the urban grind that many deal with day-to-day. Breathe it all in because at Zaca you really are one with Mother Nature.
Lastly, unlike your typical Southern California MX track you don’t need to join any clubs or obtain any special memberships to ride. All it costs is $35 per bike and you’re ready to ride. After just one ride you’ll be hooked. Then you can think about becoming a member of Zaca which entitles you to reduced gate fees, free camping and access to their pressure washer in order to clean off your machine.
During the week Zaca Station is open Wednesday from noon until dusk and on the weekend from 9:00am to 2:00pm. So if you’re looking for a break from the often crowed and sometimes lackluster conditions of other popular California tracks Zaca Station MX is literally a breath of fresh air.
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