OCCRA News

The 2017 Season Finale is Here!

Wow, can you believe that another season is almost over? We’re within 5 days of kicking off the 2017 season finale at Sundog Trails! This race is sponsored by Innovative Comfort Solutions and that certainly seems like a timely placement because it looks like it’s going to be a chilly weekend! Time to check your heat pump and check your gear bag to make sure you pack the necessities for a chilly weekend! Sundog Trails will be providing a concession stand.

As for this weekend we have an awesome final round planned. A host of volunteers and current/future officers, led by David Brown, have been out at the track laying out the course and cutting in new trail. Amazingly, these courses don’t just materialize out of thin air and we are super appreciative of the wonderful folks that give up their off weekends to build our race tracks!

You can expect some wooded sections, some high speed beach and of, course, a bunch ‘o sand! The exact layout will be revealed this weekend after we see how much water soaks in and what the river level is at. Regardless, it should be fun! Note the Saturday schedule – it had to be tweaked a little to accommodate the decreasing light situation and a shared track.

Now after the races on Saturday, we hope you stick around for some trick or treating for the kids and a walk through the spooky mini track. The spooky forest is spearheaded by Amy and Bobby McIntire! We also encourage everyone that is interested to dress up or decorate your camp site. 

The OCCRA scoring folks are also going to be handing out goodie bags to our awesome youth racers at registration AND Trackside Supply is going to be providing holeshot awards for the kiddos. Sounds like the kids are really in for a good haul this weekend!

We can’t wait to see everyone for one last round in the 2017 season. This is a great spectator track, so bring your family and friends to watch you race or – even better – bring some buddies out to take advantage of the discounted fall membership. Please share this with your friends and we’ll see you this weekend! #occra #xcracing #sundogtrails

Fantastic Race at Fry Lake

What a FANTASTIC weekend for a race! The weather was perfect and it was certainly nice to have a little moisture in the soil. A big thanks goes out to Dave Campbell and his Fry Lake crew that put together two separate tracks and invited us to their awesome property to have an event. We would also like to thank Ajax Motorsports for not only sponsoring this event, but also for putting on the fun bike games Saturday evening. We really appreciate your support!

Round 10 was also officer election time. Since no positions ran contested, there was no election held. I will announce the new officers in a separate post, but I can definitely say that we appreciate the fine folks that have stepped forward and look forward to building a great series for 2018!

Next stop is OCCRA 2017 Rd 11 Discoveryland XC near Sand Springs, OK, generously sponsored by Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas! I have to say that I think this is a pretty cool spot. The camping area is awesome…nice and flat with a bunch of space. Terrain is relatively flat but very wooded…I think it’s pretty similar to Skiatook if you’re looking for a comparison. We also have a cookout planned for this event – OCCRA and Lampton Welding Supply in conjunction with Schwab Meat Co will be providing the burgers and dogs and condiments. We just ask that you bring a side or dessert to share and a drink for yourself. $10 Fall membership will also continue, so bring your friends.
Anyway, have a great couple of weeks and we’ll see you in Sand Springs!

Fall Fun Membership Promotion

Round 10 is here and we are heading into the final stretch of our 2017 season. With the coming of autumn, we are also looking for new members to jump in and join our fun, family-friendly racing circuit. This year, we will be doing a flat $10 per new member “Fall Fun Membership” that will carry each new member through the last three races. Fall Fun Members will not receive season points, but will be eligible for awards at the races.

Speaking of points, don’t forget to check yours at http://www.moto-tally.com/occra/Standings.aspx. You need to race 7 races and work 1 race to qualify for season awards. If you’re missing your work, there’s still plenty of time!

So please spread the word to your friends and family that might be looking to dip their toe into the racing scene or maybe just haven’t been out to join us in 2017. We have a great last three races planned, with some fun after-hours games at OCCRA 2017 Rd 10 Fry Lake XC and a cookout at OCCRA 2017 Rd 11 Discoveryland XC. You won’t want to miss out. As usual, camping is included in your per-carload gate fee (membership not required to spectate/camp), so bring the whole family for some great fall camping and racing.

Cedar Valley Offroad CAMP XC

CAMP XC is a premiere, unique opportunity for riders/racers of all levels and ages!

Wanna ride smoother? Wanna go faster? Wanna get those lap times down? Then you don’t wanna miss this chance!

Come ride & train with some awesome guys and have a blast while doin it!

$325.00 — Camper tuition includes:

  • FREE primitive camping all weekend (bring your rv, trailer, tent, etc…)
  • Camp t-shirt & water bottle
  • Welcome dinner Friday evening
  • “Ultimate Dodgeball” Friday night
  • All day training Saturday
  • “Extreme Iron Man” obstacle race
  • Full XC RACE: (1) entry fee on Sunday

Bring the family & enjoy the weekend! Visit Cedar Valley on Facebook or on the web for more information and to sign up.

Join the 2017 Member Focus Group

The Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association Board of Directors are seeking members to join a focus group to help discover areas of success and areas for improvement.  We would like to seek input from members well in advance of the 2018 season so that we can factor in your feedback and desires as we build a 2018 championship series.

Once you have signed up for the list, you will receive a series of surveys, covering a range of topics.  Questions will range from feedback on recent events, to opinions on organizational issues, to ideas for 2018.  Participants will have ample opportunity to offer feedback and propose solutions.

Fall Schedule Updates

The fall half of the season is approaching and we are looking forward to heading out to a new location on the circuit – Big Fox Run in Cameron, OK. I’ll have a lot more info about this location in the next couple of days, but in the meantime I have some more schedule information to share.
 
So some of you may have already heard, but Lafferty Motorsports has shut the gate and will no longer be a riding area. So yet again, we are faced with another change. The positive side of the situation is that we now get to go to a new location on the circuit – Discoveryland OK. Discoveryland is actually a public riding area, so not only will we be able to try a new place, we will also be able to contribute new trails to their trail system for everyone to enjoy.
 
Due to time constraints of adding new trail, we have worked with the landowners to swap the locations for round 9 and 11. So we will now be going to Baldwin Ranch for Round 9 (this track was built over the summer, so is ready to go) and will head to Discoveryland for Round 11. We are very excited about both of these new locations as they hold a lot of potential for being perennial visits on the circuit and are very appreciative of these property owners for inviting us to their land to hold our races!
 
Now I want to close this by saying that while it has been a bummer of a season in terms of reschedules, the real loss is in the public riding areas that we are no longer able to visit on non-race weekends. I think this really highlights the importance of patronizing these public riding areas on off weekends and spreading the word to other riders. That’s how we keep these places open and profitable.
 
I summed up the revised fall schedule into the attached graphic. Please share this info with your friends so that they are up-to-date. Thanks to all of our riders and officers for being so flexible this season and we’ll see you in just a few short weeks for OCCRA 2017 Rd 8 Big Fox Run XC!

2018 Schedule Dates

The 2018 schedule dates have been picked out.  We can now begin filling them in with locations.  So here’s your dates – mark ’em down!

Round 1 – March 10-11
Round 2 – March 24-25
Round 3 – April 7-8
Round 4 – April 21-22
Round 5 – May 5-6
Round 6 – May 19-20
Round 7 – June 2-3
Summer Break
Round 8 – August 25-26
Round 9 – September 8-9
Round 10 – September 22-23
Round 11 – October 6-7
Round 12 – October 20-21

Location Change for Round 11

Unfortunately, we have had to make yet another location change for the 2017 season.  Round 11 will now be held at a member owned property of approximately 300 acres just west of Lawton.  It offers wooded areas, desert-like mesquite, gradual elevation change and a huge canyon for us to play in.  You don’t have to worry about rocks and the soil is a nice, black loam.  The parking area is about 17 acres and is nice and flat.  Although we were definitely looking forward to the Seminole location and regret having to change, at the same time, as they say, where one door closes another one opens.  We now get to explore a new location with a lot of potential and hopefully a good run on our circuit!  We are very appreciative of the landowner and to the round sponsor – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas for helping us present this round!

You can get directions and other information as we add it on the event page: http://www.occra.com/events/2017rd11/

Attention Quads: We Need Rear Facing Numbers!

Good morning guys and gals. Round 7 is coming up and we need to tackle an issue – displaying your numbers. We’re going to start with quads and it’s really pretty simple. We need you all to have your numbers displayed from the front AND rear of your quad. So basically, you need to obtain […]

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