Where to race? (SoCal)

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12/9/2020 3:01 PM

It has been years since I lined up for a race, and even then it was a big event. (The most recent ones were the TWMX Invitational, Mammoth, and a bunch of Dealer Series events at Glen Helen.) I want to race a regular-old, single-day, local MX race where I don't have to join a club for $100, pay a $50 entry fee, and then a $30 gate fee if I actually want to bring my bike to the event.
Most importantly of all, My daughter wants to race for her first time. She's on an 85. She has no qualms about racing with the boys, but I don't want to drop her into Supermini. An 85cc beginner class would be awesome.

What's the hot ticket these days?

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12/9/2020 3:16 PM

I would say REM series at Glen Helen or the Swapmoto series are probably your best bet.

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12/9/2020 3:18 PM

I would suggest either SwapMoto as they have a bigger turnout for the youngin's

I enjoy racing with the vet clubs and REM but their mini turnout is on the small side.

For example OTHG or OTMX is about $40/year membership. Can not remember if SWAP charges a membership?

And OTMX/OTHG/SWAP are all $10 gate entry on race days.

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12/9/2020 3:52 PM

REM would welcome you and your daughter like family. Tell em it's her 1st race and I would not put it beyond Myra to do something special for her at the riders meeting!

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12/9/2020 9:12 PM

Hi Falcon I just started riding and Mx @66yrs
I entered my first Mx race at Cahuilla in October run by SoCal old timers it was around 60$ total Great bunch of guys!!

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12/9/2020 9:50 PM

Was just thinking about this. Unless you’re a vet, are there any other series besides Swap and REM? Regardless, I’ve raced both and they are run very well. I don’t think I’ve ever had to hang around the track after 2:30

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12/9/2020 10:36 PM

biondo wrote:

Hi Falcon I just started riding and Mx @66yrs
I entered my first Mx race at Cahuilla in October run by SoCal old timers it was around 60$ total Great bunch of guys!!

SoCal OTMX is racing the main at Perris this Sunday if you wanted to check them out.

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12/10/2020 9:02 AM

Thanks for the responses. I'm going to let her get some practice during the Christmas break and then we'll see which of those organizations are racing in January.

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12/10/2020 9:17 AM

Swap and REM could be a bit intimidating for your girls first race. OTHMX would be your best bet.

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12/10/2020 2:52 PM

Falcon wrote:

Thanks for the responses. I'm going to let her get some practice during the Christmas break and then we'll see which of those organizations are racing in January.

Have you taken her to the new Pala kids track yet? They just re-did it and it is a fantastic track with bowl turns and tables.

I take my son and daughter there every Sunday and I can't get them off the track...

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12/10/2020 9:13 PM

You should check out Fire/Police mx. They have a civilian class if you are not Fire, LE or military. Kids get to race for free. Its really laid back. Everyone is really cool. I believe there next race is at Lake Elsinore in February.

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12/11/2020 8:46 AM

xrmark wrote:

Swap and REM could be a bit intimidating for your girls first race. OTHMX would be your best bet.

I don't really care how intimidated the boys will be of my daughter. wink laughing laughing laughing laughing

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12/11/2020 8:47 AM

Bobby Skeet wrote:

You should check out Fire/Police mx. They have a civilian class if you are not Fire, LE or military. Kids get to race for free. Its really laid back. Everyone is really cool. I believe there next race is at Lake Elsinore in February.

This would be fantastic. We ride at Elsinore a lot.

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12/11/2020 9:20 AM

xrmark wrote:

Swap and REM could be a bit intimidating for your girls first race. OTHMX would be your best bet.

Falcon wrote:

I don't really care how intimidated the boys will be of my daughter. wink laughing laughing laughing laughing

Lol, but I don’t think Mark was making a sexist comment.

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12/11/2020 11:06 AM

xrmark wrote:

Swap and REM could be a bit intimidating for your girls first race. OTHMX would be your best bet.

Falcon wrote:

I don't really care how intimidated the boys will be of my daughter. wink laughing laughing laughing laughing

HazemG wrote:

Lol, but I don’t think Mark was making a sexist comment.

Neither did I. I'm just making a joke that she probably won't be intimidated. She's a born racer.
She won't win Supermini, but I think she has a shot in 85cc beginner or 14-16. We'll see.

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12/11/2020 2:55 PM

Falcon wrote:

Neither did I. I'm just making a joke that she probably won't be intimidated. She's a born racer.
She won't win Supermini, but I think she has a shot in 85cc beginner or 14-16. We'll see.

I caught the joke! Haha said you ride Elsinore a lot? I’m down the street from that track, ride there a lot. If you ever see a white crf450 with #432 come say hi grab a beer

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12/11/2020 3:01 PM

HazemG wrote:

Lol, but I don’t think Mark was making a sexist comment.

Falcon wrote:

Neither did I. I'm just making a joke that she probably won't be intimidated. She's a born racer.
She won't win Supermini, but I think she has a shot in 85cc beginner or 14-16. We'll see.

xrmark wrote:

I caught the joke! Haha said you ride Elsinore a lot? I’m down the street from that track, ride there a lot. If you ever see a white crf450 with #432 come say hi grab a beer

Will do! I'm on a YZ250 #991. My kids ride a TT-R and an RM85.

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12/26/2020 4:54 PM
Edited Date/Time: 12/26/2020 4:55 PM

I took her to Glen Helen today for a shakedown. Like usual, she was faster than lots of adults on the vet track. cool I think we're about ready.
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12/26/2020 5:06 PM

Falcon wrote:

I took her to Glen Helen today for a shakedown. Like usual, she was faster than lots of adults on the vet track. cool I think we're about ready.
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that is awesome. Swap races there in a few weeks I belive. And OTHG and OTMX race there often.

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12/26/2020 5:16 PM

REM is at GH next Saturday, Jan 2 for there 2021 opener for the year. Practice is around 830am and your typically out by 200pm. GH gates open 7am. Fun days and the moto's are 15 min long. REM signups are on line. It's pretty simple and quick to register + Frank and Myra run a really good program. https://remsatmx.com

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12/26/2020 5:59 PM

Be sure you have a transponder and it is pre-entry only due to covid.

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The older I get, the faster I was.

12/26/2020 6:50 PM

Any golf course closed for the winter.

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12/26/2020 7:45 PM

SRA is always fun. And a 45 minute race is good seat time.

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12/26/2020 10:33 PM

I can’t speak to a specific series, but don’t EVER pass the opportunity for a race on the main of Cahullia Creek or Glen Helen, especially Glen Helen.

That’s all I have to say on the matter.

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12/27/2020 8:05 AM

I was there yesterday too. Were you parked next to Keefer? GH is so gnarly on practice days. I swear it’s smoother at the Swap races

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12/27/2020 12:37 PM

Both are great, benefit of swapmoto is they have classes on the vet track to ease into racing a bit

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1/5/2021 1:49 PM

Just an update: I entered her in the 85cc Beginner class for this Saturday at the Glen Helen Swapmoto event. She and I both think it would be unfair to put her in the "Starter" class. I don't think she'll win, but heck, she could. We'll see.

I'm going to let her race a round or two before I jump in as well.

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Braaapin' aint easy.

1/5/2021 4:16 PM

Falcon wrote:

Just an update: I entered her in the 85cc Beginner class for this Saturday at the Glen Helen Swapmoto event. She and I both think it would be unfair to put her in the "Starter" class. I don't think she'll win, but heck, she could. We'll see.

I'm going to let her race a round or two before I jump in as well.

I’ve seen you ride falcon, get your old ass out there and race!!!! cool

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1/5/2021 5:04 PM

Falcon wrote:

It has been years since I lined up for a race, and even then it was a big event. (The most recent ones were the TWMX Invitational, Mammoth, and a bunch of Dealer Series events at Glen Helen.) I want to race a regular-old, single-day, local MX race where I don't have to join a club for $100, pay a $50 entry fee, and then a $30 gate fee if I actually want to bring my bike to the event.
Most importantly of all, My daughter wants to race for her first time. She's on an 85. She has no qualms about racing with the boys, but I don't want to drop her into Supermini. An 85cc beginner class would be awesome.

What's the hot ticket these days?

The answer is obvious. The problem is you will want to make it regular weekly event after 1 race at REM

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1/5/2021 7:13 PM
Edited Date/Time: 1/5/2021 7:46 PM

Falcon wrote:

Just an update: I entered her in the 85cc Beginner class for this Saturday at the Glen Helen Swapmoto event. She and I both think it would be unfair to put her in the "Starter" class. I don't think she'll win, but heck, she could. We'll see.

I'm going to let her race a round or two before I jump in as well.

Swap Moto will have the most riders in her class, but just for your info, the majority of the riders in swap moto are riding at least 1 class below their skill level. I know this because I ride with every single club in so cal, but that being said, I think you put here in the right class.

There are only a couple riders in the class she would be in with othg and otmx, so that isn't much fun, plus, swap moto almost always runs the vet track for the lower skilled riders and the main for the higher skilled ones, but if she has no problems riding the main track at elsinore, she won't have any problems on any other main tracks, which is what otmx and othg run except at cahuilla.

calvmx.com is a vintage bike club but they also have a modern bike class she could ride in, and they race on both tracks at glen helen and will be having 3 races on the vet track at elsinore this year, and every person in that club is very nice.

Also, always, always, always, take the inside line if it's not muddy, lol.

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