The Sang-Froid Riding Club thanks to everyone for attending — and racing in — last week’s Bol d’Oregon. Hope you had fun!
We had a blast organizing the race. Saw and heard lots of great bits.
In the Modern class, less than fifteen laps separated the top three finishers, after six full hours of racing. Reverse Oreo Racing and Hot & Hazardous fought an exceptional, prolonged battle. In over five hours of racing, the two teams were never more than a couple laps apart … sometimes Reverse Oreo in the lead, sometimes Hot & Hazardous. A crash by Reverse Oreo in the race’s sixth hour helped their opponents ease ahead. Hot & Hazardous continued to lay down consistent laps, giving them a three-lap lead over Reverse Oreo Racing by race’s end. Team Dirt Trackers finished third on their 300 Ninja. The Dirt Tracking team (or are they really road racers trapped in a dirt tracker bodies?!?) traveled down from Washington to compete, and included a father and son (Happy Father’s Day!) and AMA racer Kurt Hawk.
In the remainder of the Modern field, myriad battles ensued. Team Half Fast relentlessly challenged the Dirt Trackers, finishing only two laps behind when the race clock hit 6 hours. Team Incomplete, Tres Hombres, Team Vicious, and the “Spencer, Matt, and Mike Experience” rounded out the Modern field, with Team Incomplete refilling their leaking rear tire every three laps. At race’s end, the pile of broken 250 Ninja windscreens seemed as high as a mountain. Is that part of the “streetfighter” look we keep hearing about?
The Vintage racing was just as competitive, with a heavy dose of mechanical resourcefulness thrown in to keep things interesting. TSX-R placed first on their unusually-named machine (Yamaha DT360), overcoming a flat-tire-induced 12-lap deficit to finish with 362 laps under their belt. Hot on their heels was Flying Fifteen racing, mounted on their 1980 Honda CR250R. A chunk of the bike’s expansion chamber (the size of an iPhone) blew out mid-race, pegging the decibel meter. After a Mountain Dew-can-based repair failed, the Coconut Water-can-based repair held fast, eventually putting the team in second place, four laps down from the leaders.
Cretins Racing’s MX250 Yamaha ran solid all day, leading the Vintage class for hours in the middle of the race. Racer Scott Odegaard described the machine as getting “looser and sketchier” as the day went on. A handful of broken spokes nearly turned the rear wheel into a taco during the final hour, but their consistency throughout the race logged them enough laps to finish in third. Meanwhile, Meticon “opted” to switch to a different piston mid-race (after a hole was discovered in their first piston), with Team Sharky and Team Pizza succumbing to unresolvable mechanical failures.
THANKS AGAIN to all the teams and spectators. Tell your friends about the race, and let’s do it again next year!