Things to know about motocross in Colorado?
Motocross in Colorado in dominated by two organizing bodies. The RMXA (website here http://rmxa.com/ holds a majority of the races in the Northern part of the state and the SRAC (http://members.srac.org/index.php) holds the majority of their races in Southern part of the state. The dividing line is I-70. The SRAC also sanctions several races in the western slope (Grand Junction) area of Colorado.
The SRAC also holds a half day program. You get both of your moto’s in a half day divided program, so you can be done either in the morning or the afternoon and then just go home. It’s for the person that does not want to spend the whole day at the track. The RMXA holds a traditional full day program one of your moto’s will be in the morning , the other moto will be in the evening. So this gives the Colorado motocross racer a choice in how he wishes to get his race day in.
Major points for each organization in Colorado Motocross are:
The SRAC follows the AMA amateur rule book, they do allow 250cc two-strokes to race with the 250 4-strokes in the A, B and Novice classes.
Both organizations that sanction motocross in Colorado are AMA sanctioned.
Both organizations of classes for age groups including youth (50, 65 85 cc bikes) and older (veteran riders through age 50+).
The SRAC offers classes for quad racers in Colorado motocross. The RMXA does not have quad classes.
The SRAC offers a Supercross series, Colorado Supercross District 25 races are held in Greeley, Colorado Springs and Grand Junction.
Colorado motocross is fortunate to have a racetrack that is on the national AMA motocross schedule. Thunder Valley located in Lakewood, Colorado just west of Denver, has a National AMA motocross race every June. This track also holds a qualifier for the Lorretta Lynns AMA amateur nationals. The Thunder Valley national is held in late June.
Most the tracks are located along the front range corridor (Fort Collins to Colorado Springs). There is a club track in Sterling, Colorado that host RMXA events and a track in Alamosa that hosts SRAC events. The terrain on the tracks is varied. Several tracks feature some great altitude changes(Thunder Valley) while some tracks any hills are man made (IMI). Over the last few years many of the tracks have made major changes to improve the track surface for better racing for the Colorado Motocross racer. Organic matter( some vegetation, some shall we say animal matter) has been added to the natural clay that is common in this front range Colorado area. This has greatly reduced the mud hole in the morning, dust bowl in the afternoon condition that was common for tracks in the past. Many tracks offer a high traction loamy condition that experienced motocross racers prefer. Some impressive ruts will develop but they usually don’t “blow out” they under the heavy pounding of pro level racers.
Colorado has produced several top racers in the past and today is proud to claim racers as Eli Tomac and Andrew Short as professional motocross racers who learned and grew up racing in Colorado.
Outlaw racing in Colorado is somewhat limited. Aztec Raceway offers a “Winter Combat” series that is popular. Classes are limited but they run a nice tight program that gets the race day in very efficiently. You can be done and on the road by the early afternoon. Both IMI and Aztec during the summer months have a limited Wednesday night races. Aztec’s series is modeled after the Winter Combat series and IMI offers their Dash for Cash series.
Motocross in Colorado offers the racer a number of options and locations that can maximize your racing enjoyment.
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