Endurocross Invades West Jordan
Riders as young as 4 years old are scheduled to compete in the West Jordan endurocross Sept.17. — Michael Bateman
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On Sept. 17, the West Jordan rodeo grounds will be transformed into a mess of logs, obstacles and high-speed jumps. Motorcycle endurocross riders will let loose on a course built to test their stamina and riding skills.
Last year’s champion, Nick Tolman, is scheduled to be one of more than 50 riders to take on the strategically laid out race course. He graduated in 2014 from Copper Hills High School.
“My cousins had dirt bikes, and I was super jealous, so I finally talked my parents into getting me one,” Tolman said. “I have been involved ever since. I started racing endurance desert races, and the last five years I have done these endurocross races.”
In a similar race recently held in Herriman, riders ranged from 4 to 55 years old. Tolman place fifth overall in the pro/expert racing class. Colton Haaker of Hollister, Calif. Was the overall winner.
“I love this sport. I feel like I am always fixing my bike, but this race is a great one that my friends and family can come and see,” Tolman said. “I am constantly looking for the best line. Every lap it can change. I just try to be smooth and fast as possible.”
Tolman rides a KTM 250 –KTM is a popular manufacturer of motocross motorcycles. He regularly races endurance desert races as part of the Utah Sportsman Racers Association Desert Series. He said he thinks he has more than $8,000 in riding equipment.
Many local endurocross riders use KTM, Husqvarna, Honda or Kawasaki manufactured bikes. The engine is typically a single cylinder 2-stroke or 4-stroke. A large and powerful engine is not always an advantage. Many riders prefer a smaller lighter bike for easier maneuvering over the obstacles.
Endurocross is a hybrid motorcycle race which includes aspects of supercross, trials and endurance racing. Events are generally held in small arenas, such as the West Jordan rodeo grounds, or indoor sports arenas. The course can include rocks, boulders, sand, mud, logs and other obstacles. It is designed to be faster than a motorcycle trials race but slower and more technical than a supercross event.
Edge Motorsports and race director Bryan Green promotes the race. His staff builds the race course and attracts riders from around the area to compete.
The mini-motocross (ages 4–12), UTV and tough trucks are also scheduled to compete.