OCCRA News

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!

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!
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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 […]

Round 8 Location Announced: Big Fox Run in Eastern OK

We are excited to announce that Round 8 will be held at a new location (to us) – Big Fox Run near Poteau, OK. This location is a lush, wooded property of over 400 acres and the property owner has already offered for our members to stay an extra day and ride recreationally after the race. Very cool. Thank you Big Fox Run for welcoming us to your property this fall!

Check out their Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/bigfoxrun/

Wilson’s Dirt Park XC Recap

It turned out to be a beautiful weekend to try out a new location in Weatherford. As most of you know, this was a very last minute change in venue and we most sincerely thank Wilson’s DirtPark for welcoming us to their property on such short notice. This was definitely another track for the throttle […]

Info About Round 6 at Wilson’s Dirt Park

While we were all enjoying a beautiful Mother’s Day weekend, our awesome Track Directors were out toiling away at Wilson’s DirtPark preparing the location for our upcoming race.
Wilson’s Dirt Park will offer a layout that will appeal to riders that liked Rush Springs and is very similar all almost all regards. It’s a fast track, totaling 5 miles for the long course. You’ll start with 1 mile of very mild MX, then a mile of open woods and ravine trails, then another mile of the MX and then 2 miles of flowing grass track. The grass track sections are mowed, so it will be very easy to follow the trail. The grass track sections utilize terraces for jumps and fun banked turns. Like Rush Springs, we are looking for our racers to respect the layout and race the track we put out there for you. Due to the shorter length of the track, we will once again use 30 second starts.
Now to the parking situation. We have a very nice parking area available at Wilson’s. The parking area is flat and the landowner mowed the whole area for us. Thank you!
This is another good spectator location as a good majority of the track is visible from the camping area, so you’ll be able to keep tabs on those exciting battles. We need race fans to be very aware of track crossings and at this location we do not want a lot of vehicles crossing the track.
I know you’re also all glued to the news channels as they talk about this week’s stormy forecast. We’re keeping an eye on it as well, but as far as the location goes, it can handle a good amount of rain and a decent rain would probably make for epic soil conditions.
Now for the thank yous – let’s give a pat on the back to David Brown, Quinton Cranford, Jason LaHood, Garret Young, Russell Doughty and the landowner of Wilson’s. Like I said before, these folks spent their weekend laying out, marking and preparing the track instead of just kicking back and enjoying the beautiful weather. Thanks again, guys. Your hard work means the world to all of us racers!
Now trudge through the week and we’ll see you all in Weatherford for Round 6!

Rush Springs Prep in Yucky Weather

Teamwork makes the dream work! With just one weekend to prep a new track, our options were pretty much to drop the round or get to work and make it happen. This awesome team of officers and members said we want to race!! So it to Pettijohn’s Off-Road Park they went to scout, layout, trim […]

Change of Venue for Round 6

We regret to have to say that we are having to switch the location for Round 6.  The Arbuckle Offroad Park has been sold and will no longer be a riding area.  This news came suddenly, but fortunately we were able to find a location to move the race to that officers will be able to add a track to very quickly.  The new location for Round 6 will be Wilson’s Dirt Park in Weatherford, OK.  Thank you to the owners of this new location for being flexible and accommodating us at a short notice.  Stay tuned for more information about the track features and thank you for your patience.

Round 3 Recap, Video and Photos

Video provided by the talented team at Ajax Motorsports in Oklahoma City! Well we just closed out round 3 with a fantastic weekend at Terbush Ranch! The Wild West Shootout saw a lot of great battles as riders enjoyed Woodward soil with good moisture. Ron Rader, Randy Rader, Vic Terbush, Russell Doughty, Mary Doughty, the […]

Round 2 Recap and Photos

(Video courtesy Ajax Motorsports) Well we “dodged a bullet” as the weather guys like to say and actually ended up with a pretty nice weekend! It was a little on the dusty side, but at least there was some wind to blow the dust away. We had a great turnout, welcoming new members and even […]

Round 2 Heads to Buckhorn Track and Trail in Ada

Ok race fans, we are primed and ready to head to Jupie’s place in Ada for 2017 Round 2!  Ada is always a racer favorite and has a great mix of soil types, elevation change, some easy MX, multiple line options and some places to crank the throttle and show off!  Spectators can enjoy easy […]

2017 Round 1 Photos & Videos

You’ve seen some of these links already, but I compiled them into one post for your convenience.  For being such a muddy weekend, y’all hauled in a lot of photos!  Thank you very very much to Dylan Pilgrim, Kristi Salek, Stacie Ann Wyatt and Emily Cohlmia for some great memories!  And, thank you to Cody […]

Round 1 Recap

Well round 1 is in the books. It started off pretty muddy and ended up pretty nice. The sun even came out for a bit! Thank you to Williams Ranch for allowing us to ride, race, and hangout with friends. Thank you to the title race sponsor Sprinkler Works, and thank you to the officers and members that helped make the weekend possible. Be sure and check out our contingencies on the website. Enjoy the extra hour of sunlight and be careful on you way home.

Some photos that have turned up (will update this post if we see more pop up).  Thank you to our volunteer photographers for recording the memories!

 

Race results have been posted, so head on over and check out your times.  Thank you again to everyone for a great weekend despite a little interference from the weather!

GNCC Big Buck

OCCRA Racers Heading to GNCC Big Buck

The opening round of GNCC Racing is this weekend at Big Buck in Union, SC. OCCRA Oklahoma Cross Country Racing Association is going to be well represented by four young racers. Tucker Grooms (#412) will be racing the 85 Senior race at 8:00 a.m., Nolan Birks (#438) will be racing the School Boy class at 10:00 a.m., Dillon Trail (#415) in the 65 7-9 class, and Kristian Brooks (#404) will be finishing it up in the 1:00 PM race in the Open B class. You can get live text alerts on these racers by texting ‘sub’ and the rider’s number to m@gncclive.com and you can also check out the action live on http://www.racertv.com. Best of luck to these young racers as they take on #xcracing on the big stage! #occra

Honda Red Rider Contingency for 2017

We’re very excited to announce that OCCRA has been included in the Honda Red Rider contingency program for 6 events in the 2017 season. The program pages are still being updated, so check back to see which rounds (6 out of 12) are the ones that will qualify. The link below has all of the details, including which classes are eligible and the requirements. If you ride red, or are thinking of a new ride, be sure to take a look at the Hondas. Those new RX models look pretty sweet! Let’s give a big thanks to Kristopher Erik Hoopes for reaching out to Honda and submitting our series for consideration. Don’t forget that we have several great Honda dealers in the area that are big supporters of OCCRA! #honda #ridered #occra #xcracing

http://www.xtrm.com/contingency/honda/index.asp

Thank you 2017 Round Title Sponsors!

We would like to give a quick shout out to all of our awesome 2017 race title sponsors. These wonderful businesses have made contributions to help us present race awards to you. Please check them out at their websites below to see the products and services they offer. We’ll be highlighting each one more as the season progresses, but we would like to say thank you for your support!

Round 1 – Sprinkler Works Llc (http://sprinklerworks.publishpath.com/)
Round 2 – Brown Oil Tool
Round 3 – Mike’s Dirt Bike Suspension (http://www.mikes-dirt-bike.com/)
Round 4 – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas (https://www.ramjack.com/ada/)
Round 5 – Oklahoma Honda- Suzuki (http://www.okhonda-suzuki.com/)
Round 6 – ROKK Construction (http://www.rokkcon.com/)
Round 7 – BluewaterOKC (http://bluewaterokc.com/)
Round 8 – Brown Oil Tool
Round 9 – 3S TEAM, LLC (http://3s-team.com/)
Round 10 – Ajax Motorsports (http://www.ajaxmotorsports.com/)
Round 11 – Ram Jack of Oklahoma & Arkansas (https://www.ramjack.com/ada/)
Round 12 – Innovative Comfort Solutions (http://icsheatair.webs.com/)

We also can’t forget our series sponsors and contingency partners Fly Racing, Western Power Sports, Rocky Mountain ATVMC and Husqvarna Motorcycles USA. There’s still time to get signed up for the contingency programs – get the details at http://www.occra.com/2017-contingency/.

Update on Mini Riders and Number Reservations

First, scoring would like us to relay that if you did not receive a response to your number reservation, it may be because your number selection(s) were already reserved or you did not choose the correct number for your class.  Please review this article for the links to see what numbers match your desired class and which numbers are already taken.  If you are unsure of what to pick, please contact scoringdirector@occra.com.  And, please send THREE choices for your number.  Putting the same number three times doesn’t help if that number is already taken by somebody else.

Now on to minis…the scoring team and mini directors analyzed last year’s mini riders compiled a list of class assignments for minis and noted riders who have “aged out” of a division.  Some of you have already registered, but the majority have not.  The riders were analyzed similar to how the adults were analyzed, so a few were placed “backwards” in a division.  A rider does not have to move back, though, and can elect to stay in the class up.  Please review the list below:

FCA MX/Offroad Discount Coupons Available

***UPDATE – BOTH COUPONS HAVE BEEN CLAIMED***

Gene Thomas, director of the FCA Oklahoma program, has informed me that two $100 gift certificates are available to use for the 2017 FCA camp.  He would like to offer them to someone that plans to attend the camp this year.  If you haven’t heard about the FCA MX/Offroad camp, it’s held at Fry Lake over the summer and brings together awesome training from skilled riders with fellowship.

Read more about FCA MX/Offroad on their homepage or Facebook page.

Change of Venue for Round 2

We would like to notify you of a change of venue for Round 2.  Due to a scheduling conflict that arose, we will not be racing at the Ninnekah location this season.  Instead, we are going to head west to a crowd favorite track – Buckhorn Track & Trail in Ada. Jupie’s place is always a great place to ride and has plenty of spectator access and good camping spots.  Stay tuned for updates about track layout, etc.  So revise your calendars and we’ll see you at Ada for Round 2.

Skiatook Track Preview

Who is ready for round 1 at Williams Ranch in Skiatook? Cole Williams took the time to give us a track preview compete with his signature running start. Thanks to Cole, Ty Richardson, Clint Cranford, Brian Knepshield and David Brown fit putting in the work to get us a fresh new look at Skiatook. According […]

Husqvarna Contingency & Ajax Signup

We are very excited to announce that OCCRA has been chosen to be included in the 2017 Husqvarna contingency program!  If you ride one of those awesome Husky machines or are considering a new ride for 2017, you will definitely want to check out Husqvarna as they have put together some amazing 2 and 4 strokes designed exactly for our style of racing.

Pit Bike Racing in 2017

Calling all big kids with little bikes!  Did you know that OCCRA will be adding four pit bike classes to the Saturday Short Course bike race this spring?  That’s right, you can now take that mini dirt bike back away from your kid and ride it yourself!  Just kidding, of course, we don’t want you snatching your young racer’s race machine, but we do have a place for you to bring your own mini moto for some offroad racing action!  Minimum age is 16 to race these classes – these classes are for the big kids!

The pit bike classes will consist of:

  • Outlaw – The craziest of the crazy!  This class is for the highly modded bikes with a maximum 14″ front/12″ rear wheel.
  • Mad Dog – We’re talking air cooled, slightly larger wheels allowed (max 19″ front/16″ rear) and a few normal bike mods.
  • 12 inch – This is the larger-wheel option for the stock bikes.  Think KLX/DRZ/CRF/TTR 110/90 with no mods.
  • 10 inch – If you really like being close to the ground, here’s the class for you.  This class is designed around CRF/Z50, DRZ50, TTR50, and alike bikes with no modification.

So what are you waiting for?  Drag those mini bikes out and sign up on Saturday for 30 minutes of good clean fun.  We’re running this as a 3-round trial series so we’re looking for riders to make sure it “takes” for the whole season.  Get all of the finer details on the classes page.

Possible Tariff on Euro Motorcycles – Action Needed!

Take a look at this American Motorcyclist Association article about bill that may impact your ability to purchase European made motorcycles in the future. This could hurt you as the consumer and also our local brick and mortar dealers like Ajax Motorsports and Honda of Tulsa (and all the others that carry euro brands).  There’s a link in the article to send a message and make your voice heard.

http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Home/News-Story/whats-the-beef-with-motorcycles

Twilight Team and UTV Mini Series

Did you know that we will be hosting a two-race mini series for evening bike teams, quad teams and UTVs?  Races will be held after practice on Saturday at HOTT and Lone Tree Ranch.  UTVs will run first with the team races held afterward.  The team races may run into the night, so headlights are recommended!  Check out the page below for the details.  If you’re interested in participating (particularly UTV racers), please fill out the form on the details page so we can judge what classes we will need.

More Information

Twilight Team & UTV Mini-Series

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