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Quick Turnaround to Round 10

Your race club is very excited to invite you to race an all new track at Lake Murray this weekend. Officers and generous volunteers have been cutting this new track in for some time now and is ready for action.
Its a really fast track that weaves in and out of the tree lines along the shoreline. That is a recipe for a great weekend.
**Saturday evening is Fall Potluck dinner.** Hamburgers are provided by OCCRA and the Hot dogs by Russell with Lampton Welding. Looks like we will have great weather for it as well.

Altus Motorsports

is sponsoring RD. 10. Altus Motorsports is a strong supporter of racing and has a wide selection of inventory with generous OCCRA discounts (see store for details).
Directions: THIS IS NOT THE “NORMAL” LAKE MURRAY RIDING AREA. Its at the RC Flying Field.

Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/js2ogbut79rfnjzV6

2021 Officer Nominees

Here are the awesome folks who have nominated themselves for 2021 OCCRA Officer positions.  We appreciate all of you that have nominated yourselves to contribute your time to this organization to help make a great series for all.  There’s still a bit of time remaining to throw your hat in the ring, so please fill out the form if you are interested.  There are many positions available for a wide variety of interests and skillsets.  We hope that you will consider nominating yourself for a position!

Voting eligibility: Every 2020 full Member of OCCRA who is considered a Racing Member, which is defined as a Member who has completed at least (1) race organized by OCCRA in 2020 and is in good standing at the time of the election.  Temporary memberships do not count for voting rights.  The election for 2021 officers will be held at Round 11: Battle of the Cattle in Cache, OK.  So make your plans to attend Round 11 – not only is it a fantastic venue with a unique track, you’ll also have a chance to vote for your 2021 leadership.  You must vote in person.

See the Nominees (click here)

Nominees

(presented in alphabetical order by last name per position)

President

  • Nick Cohlmia – I am currently the 2020 President. I have had the pleasure to be this great organization’s President for 2020, but I am just not ready to step back from it just yet. I would like to continue the role into 2021 and continue to work and make our great club bigger and better.

Race Director

  • Benny Darnell – Cause I’m Benny and you guys love me

Scoring Director

  • Emily Cohlmia – I would like to continue next year as our scoring director.  I have enjoyed creating and maintaining our clubs competitive classes.  I have helped modernize our membership system to include online membership sign up and hope to continue to modernize as we go on.

Work Director

  • Dylan Stanley – I race XC1 im getting too wore out these younger guys are too fast i wana step away from racing and focus on my sons’ racing by being a bigger part of OCCRA

Marketing Director

  • Allen Aboujeib – I have enjoyed being a part of this amazing team that works very well together. Working through the “2020” challenges in addition to normal challenges along side the other officers has impressed me considering what we pulled off. I believe my role has helped grow the club, keep members more informed & entertained. I still have goals to accomplish for 2020 but with what I learned my first year I feel like I can come into 2021 with more resources to keep members even more informed and engaged in their race club.

Sponsorship and Contingency Director

  • Jessica Cochran – Continue making our sponsorship and contingencies bigger and better!   Continue sponsored awards for Minis, grow awards and  giveaways to eventually every class!!   Highlight riders and assist with individual sponsorship when needed.
    I love hearing from the members and their ideas for making OCCRA better each year

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Nominate Yourself for a 2021 Officer Position

We’re looking for some awesome individuals to take on officer roles for the 2021 race season.  As you all know, OCCRA is a member-led club where a handful of folks step forward each year to donate their time so that we can all enjoy riding, racing and camping.  Unlike many jobs, what we are looking for in officers is simply motivation and desire.  Officers bring their own touch to each position and that’s why we get a unique experience this year.  Is this your year??  Check out the descriptions of the positions below.  Other than the position of President, experience is not necessary.  We’re looking for desire and willingness to learn, help and strive to make OCCRA a great place for all members.

  • President – The President shall provide general leadership and be the primary spokesperson for the club. He shall have fiduciary powers to act on behalf of the association. He shall conduct regular officer’s meetings as well as race-day rider’s meetings.
  • Vice-President – The Vice-President shall serve as the acting President and assume the duties of the President in his absence at any club function or officer meeting. The Vice-President shall serve as the Club Recorder for any race season business. He shall take and keep the minutes of any Officer’s meetings, and submit them to the Board Secretary. He shall serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the club newsletter and prepare said publication in a timely fashion. In the absence of the Board Treasurer, he shall collect all monies and fees and keep an accurate account thereof.
  • Race Director – The Race Director shall be responsible for conducting the race. He shall serve as the chief Referee, resolving all protests, and assigning penalties for various rules violations. He shall be responsible for designating work assignments for supervising track workers the day of the race. Upon completion of the course by the Track Director, he shall conduct a final inspection and review of the track to ensure proper markings and layout, and to identify worker positions and assignments.
  • Scoring & Membership Director – The Scoring & Membership Director shall direct the scoring of the races. He shall post scores and lap times for view by racers. He shall record an official account of the points and placings of each race prior to the next race. He shall hold an accounting of total points for year-end awards. He shall enroll all members and maintain the official record of club membership. He shall coordinate collection of race entry fees and race sign-ups. He shall assign race numbers to riders and assign riders to the various classes. He shall direct the Scorekeeper as his assistant to effect the scoring of the race.
  • Track Director – The Track Director shall be responsible for track layout and design. He shall cause a crew of club members to cut trail, lay out course, and mark track under his direction and to his specifications. The track shall be designed with safety in mind, and to be negotiable by all levels of rider. He shall work closely with the Race Director to effect these ends.
  • Equipment Manager – The Equipment Manager shall be responsible for transporting club equipment to the race site, and for transporting it back to storage after the race. He shall be responsible for the set-up and take-down of the score chute area, sign-in area, and line-up area. He shall serve as the caretaker of all club equipment and shall conduct proper maintenance and upkeep on equipment between races and during the off-season.
  • Mini Director – The Mini Director shall establish and effect a program of racing for children and youngsters. He shall design and lay out the Mini course, and oversee the running and scoring of the event.
  • Mini Track Director – The Mini Track Director coordinates with the Mini Director and lays out and coordinates the building of the track for the mini program.  This position should be interested in designing a creative and challenging track for our young riders.
  • Work Director – Manages and determines work assignments for members that have signed up to work a race.  Checks workers in and out.  Reports work completion to Scoring Director for points credit.  Ensures that trouble spots are manned.
  • Marketing Director – Manages communication through website blogs (news), social media, race flyers and newsletters (coordinating with VP).  Coordinates purchase and distribution of race plaques.  Uses media (photography, video, etc.) to publicize events and create post-race write-ups.  Ensures that sponsors, partners and venues are recognized in communications when appropriate.  Submits content for the website to ensure that the website is information rich and up-to-date.  This position is perfect for a person that loves to use social media and communicate with the world.  Your job is to let the world know how much fun racing is!
  • Sponsorship & Contingency Director – Sponsorships help OCCRA thrive and keep costs down by bringing in assistance from the community.  Contingencies help attract racers to the series and also helps racers with the cost of participation.  This individual is responsible for reaching out to the community to find series and event level sponsorship.  The position also seeks out contingency program opportunities and submits race results to the programs in which we participate.  This is another position that is great for an individual that likes to talk to others and tell them about how awesome the race program is.
  • Special Events & Banquet Coordinator – If you think the OCCRA experience is more than just racing, then this position is definitely for you!  The Special Events and Banquet Coordinator plans extra curricular events on race weekends such as after hours activities, cookouts, etc.  Coordinates all aspects of the awards banquet including sponsors, staffing, schedule, ticket taking, printed materials, presentations, giveaways and awards.

Nomination Form

Please only nominate yourself.  If you know someone that is good for a position, though, do not hesitate to reach out to them and encourage them to apply!!

Let us know what you're interested in! You don't have to be an expert yet - we'll show you the ropes and then you can add your own flair to your position.
Please let the members know why you wish to run for the position you selected.

Rd 9 at Big Fox Run

Your race club is excited to invite you and anyone you know with a bike or quad to our Big Fox Run  event September 5/6 in Cameron, OK.

As we head to our Eastern borders make sure you contact all the racers you know in the surrounding areas to come race with us at BFR.

If you only attend 1 special event this year, the Power Wheels downhill is almost as excited as a spectator as it is to pilot one in a race. Be looking for a separate post about this special event as there are some very important details.

You can thank our very own David Brown with Brown Oil Tools for sponsoring the BFR race. Brown Oil Tools is your go to place for Down Hole oil field tools and can reach them at 580.436.0002.
If you are looking for lodging, Poteau is the closest town with modern amenities. You can also camp at BFR.

Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/yKUu4pX7B4uckhtr9

Round 8 Recap

We had a great turn out for RD 8 at Stroud lake and would like to thank everyone for coming out. The more you race, the more you realize some races are tougher than others. Your race club knows how demanding the conditions made that track and applaud your positive attitudes that proved to be wildly contagious. Glad to see so many people enjoying themselves. Now we leave RD 8 in the dust as we head to Big Fox Run September 5/6.

Thanks again to

Shawnee Honda Polaris Kawasaki

and the Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union for sponsoring RD 8.

RD 9 is at Big Fox Run in Cameron, OK (near Poteau) in Eastern Oklahoma. We will have the flyer up by the end of the week but for those of you that like to plan ahead, here is the location of the track in case you need to secure lodging, want to check out videos of previous races held there etc. https://goo.gl/maps/pd5MhaUACDdqveot7
Check out results at http://www.moto-tally.com/occra/Results.aspx/2020/8/O1/CT

Bill Walker Benefit Ride

https://m.facebook.com/OCCRA/photos/a.390926917637422/3454936657903084/?type=3

Who would like to ride their dirt bike for a great cause?
Our long time member Bill Walker was recently in a terrible motorcycle accident requiring extensive medical treatment. Your monetary support in any amount will go a long ways to help him and his family.
Please help us share this information with your friends to get the word out especially those that do not use social media.

Welcome Back for Round 8

Here we go…RD 8 at Stroud Lake will kick off the 2nd 1/2 of the 2020 season in less than 2 weeks!
We hope that everyone has been enjoying the Summer break. Some of you may not have touched your machine since the last race and others have been riding a lot. Either way its time to start preparing.
If you are needing parts, maintenance or maybe a whole new machine one of our RD 8 sponsors is Shawnee Honda Polaris Kawasaki and will take very good care of you. They have experienced off-road enthusiasts on staff that would love to help you get what you need.
Central Oklahoma Federal Credit Union is also sponsoring RD 8 so we would encourage everyone to check out their website which offers a large variety of banking solutions. https://cofcu.net/
For those of you that are camping, RV hook ups are on a first come basis. Gates open at 3pm Friday. Please do not show up before 3pm.
Your race club will be very excited to see everyone. Please help us continue to grow our amazing sport by sharing this flyer and reaching out to those that do not follow social media.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/pjgaFcHGqeJ6BuLXA

Short Week to Fry Lake

Your race club is excited to invite you to race Round 7 at the always popular Fry Lake track June 20-21 in Seminole, OK.
We have so many new members for 2020 that may not know just how amazing this property is. Racers will be treated to lots of rocks through creeks, fast sandy sections, tight woods and brand new for this year is the all new optional hard enduro section that would impress pro GNCC racers.
We would like to thank Cannon Racecraft for sponsoring this race. If you look around the local trails and tracks you will see Cannon Racecraft suspension logos on a lot of bikes. We will be bringing you more information about how they can get your machine set up to perform the way you want early next week so stay tuned for that as well as more details about the race.

Round 7 at Gruber ORV

Your race club is excited to invite you to spend the weekend playing in the dirt with us at the Camp Gruber ORV park June 13/14. There are only 2 races left before the Summer break and know you will want to get as much racing as possible in.
Gruber is located in a mountainous part of the state with lots of adventurous activities to do around there for those that want to make a full weekend trip. The track has lots of elevation changes, rocks, tight woods that really flow well and of course a few wide open sections.
We would like to thank the foundation repair experts at Ram Jack for sponsoring this event. We will be posting more about what they do earlier next week. If you are in need of foundation repairs check out their website www.ramjack.com for more information.
Here are your 1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/2phsWxTHAK2MtFTH6
GPS:35.712143, -95.203948

Important Location Change for this Weekend

Very important race update. Please help us share this information.
Fry Lake can handle a lot of rain but once it is saturated it creates too many problems to race. It was looking like it would be good for the weekend but the sky just opened up this afternoon and dumped too much rain to have the race.
Now for the GOOD NEWS…we are still racing but are swapping with the Williams Ranch in Skiatook, OK which would officially make this round 4. The B Bikes should be happy because you finally get to race first.
We understand that this is last minute but your race club knows the vast majority want to race opposed to canceling.
The Williams Ranch has not got much rain in the last week and should provide great race conditions.
We will be updating the flyer as well as other information this afternoon so please stay tuned for that.

Baldwin Ranch Updates

Please share this important race update:
All races for Sunday are delayed 2 hours.
All practices are cancelled for Sunday.
We will have a parade site lap prior to all races.
85’s will race for 30 minutes instead of 45.
We have a great track that should be pretty good tacky dirt for most of the track and of course there will be a few sloppy sections you would expect in any “mud race”.
We had several people say how much fun it was racing in it today.
We will be doing lots of work on the creeks by race time tomorrow to present a great race. Thank you for your patients and understanding today. We were posting info as quick as we were getting it.

Next Up: Round 3 Make-Up Race at Baldwin Ranch

Hey racers, your race club is excited to invite you to what we are officially calling Round 3 Make Up Race at Baldwin Ranch in Indiahoma May 16-17 next weekend.

We have a few special events we know you will love. There will be a Team Night Race as well as Littles XC and of course Bible Study Saturday evening. There are recent Facebook posts with more details as well as on the flyer.

Round 3 is sponsored by Ajax Motorsports in OKC. Lets show our support to the shops that support our club by supporting them. We will be doing a video with Ajax next week to spotlight some of the great things going over there. They are well stocked with all the parts and accessories you will need and if you let them know you are an OCCRA member they have special benefits for you.

Get directions: https://goo.gl/maps/4KwyrG1hhbey4KfB7

34.536700, -98.738286

Turn by Turn Directions: From OKC/Tulsa: Take I-44 south towards Lawton.  Take Exit 40B to US 62 West.  Travel about 21.5 miles to Indiahoma Road.  Turn left (south) and go 5.6 miles.  Turn left onto Woodlawn Road.  Go 1 mile and turn Right on Bandy Road.  Entrance will be on the right (west) side of the road.

Special Event Night Race at Baldwin Ranch

Special Event at Round 3 Baldwin Ranch!!!
Night Team Race!! Saturday at 8:45 PM (registration at 8:15 pm)
++Teams can be quad-quad, bike-quad, or bike-bike.
++Must have lights…they can be factory lights or something you can rig up. I would suggest a headlamp too.
++There will be a mini class (85 cc 2 stroke bike max or 150 cc quad max and 14 years old or younger) and a big bike class (minis can ride in the big bike class if they would prefer or have an adult team mate.)
++Teams may share one machine or have two machines.
++They will race at the same time.
++45 min. race
++Prizes for 1st place in both classes
++ Goggles, boots, and helmet required.
++ Need to have a team name.
++ Hand scored event, you must completely stop at scoring
++Registration for this will be at 8:15 PM on Saturday and race will start will be at 8:45 PM.
++Volunteer helpers would be very welcome if you want to come help out.
Let the trash talk begin…..

OCCRA Littles Super XC 4-Part Series

I am super excited to announce the
### #OCCRA Littles Super XC 4 Part Series ####
SPONSORED BY AJAX MOTORSPORTS
**Classes for our littles (under 7 years old):**
–Strider Bike (5 min race)
–12 in. Stacyc Bike (10 min race)
–16 in Stacyc Bike (10 min race)
–PW50 Training wheels (10 min race)
PLEASE READ DOWN FOR ALL INFORMATION!!!!
All riders will get a “jersey” with their name on it for the series IF you preregister prior to 10 AM Wednesday, May 13th.
Parents may follow their racer on foot (in fact, we encourage this), but may not hinder the race of any other racer. Helmets are required (a bike helmet is fine). Liability waiver must be signed by a parent or guardian.
1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes will be given in each class and year end awards will be given to the series winners at the OCCRA Banquet in January.
Series Locations:
  • Race 1 Baldwin Ranch May 16th at 6 PM
  • Race 2 Fry Lake May 30th at 6 PM
  • Race 3 Williams Ranch date TBD at 6 PM
  • Race 4 Part Land and Cattle October 3rd at 6 PM

Make-Up Race Scheduling

Hello Racers,

Here’s the revised schedule for the 2020 season.  This will take us up to the end of the Spring half of the season.  From there, we will pick up in the fall as usual.

  • Baldwin Ranch will be a rescheduled round 3 that is being made up in place of round 6 may 16th and 17th
  • May 30th and 31 – Round 7 at Fry lake
  • June 13th and 14th (Rain Date) – Round 2 at Gruber ORV
  • June 20th and 21 – Round 4 at Williams Ranch

Round 6 will be rescheduled using the fall rain date at a location TBA.

Venue Change for Round 6

IMPORTANT Round 6 UPDATE.

RD 6 will now be held at the Baldwin Ranch. We believe in being transparent yet also maintain professionalism. To keep it simple and ease gossip there was a contract dispute at Pettijohns that could not be worked out. We wanted to let you know as soon as we did. We will put an official flyer with announcements out very soon. Everything is the same for the Round 6 race except for the location. Please share information with your friends that may not be on social media, get emails or texts from us.

Round 5 at MPH is ON!

We are very excited to invite you to race Round 5 Make Promises Happen (MPH) this weekend, May 2-3.

MPH is not only an extremely popular track but it is also a charity race for a very good cause.

PLEASE PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO SPECIAL GUIDELINES UNIQUE TO REBOOTING THE SEASON.

For this race to be a success it is critical that everyone respect and follow all guidelines. Do not overlook the CDC flyer even if it looks familiar. We have added addition guidelines to the top of the flyer.
In the event that you are affected in a way that prevents you from attending this race, we have options for you. These options can be discussed on a personal basis by calling Emily at 405.612.2660.
Please help us share this information. We will also be pushing out more information throughout the week.

The address to MPH is:

One Twin Cedar Lane
Guthrie, Oklahoma 73044

314915

Round 3 Postponed and Outlook

Effective immediately we have to hit the pause button on round 3 at minimum. We have more questions than answers right now and will continue evaluating all options for future rounds as well as make up races while keeping you in the loop along the way.
Our goal is to keep racing and believe that the passion for what all of us do on the track is essential for happiness in life. Your race club is still planning on delivering the epic season we promised you for 2020 but we are going to have to wait until the restrictions handed down to organizations like ours have lifted.

Round 2 Postponed

Hello Racers!!!
We have been weighing many factors as to whether or not we should race at our Round 2 Gruber this weekend. Unfortunately with all of the rain and the Covid-19 situation, we feel that the best course of action is to postpone the race to our rain date in June. We know that everyone wants to race, but the safety of our members is the number one priority. Continue to watch Facebook and the website on information for upcoming races.

OCCRA Events & COVID-19

You don’t have to search too hard to find reports about the threats of The Corona virus. We are in the business of adventure and plan to continue. Currently, we believe that being outdoors with minimal contact to others we will continue racing as scheduled. Please use all precautions being discussed from sources you feel are credible. If you believe you are sick or do not feel comfortable for any reason, please stay home. Otherwise, we believe the majority of the club understands and accepts the risks of exposure and desire to continue racing.
Your race club understands this is a sensitive subject with many conflicting opinions. Do not think for a second we are not discussing this rationally using the most credible information available.
Occra expects each individual to be responsible and self sufficient with any resources you believe are important such as hand sanitizers.
Please don’t be offended if your buddies or OCCRA Officers are hesitant to hug, shake hands etc. for the time being.
In short, we ask that regardless of what your stance on this subject is, you respect others stances. If you want to race…race. If you are uncomfortable with any aspect of racing please stay home.
As this subject continues to evolve we will keep you in the loop.
The image is just a cool picture of dirt bikes we thought you would enjoy.

Round 2 at Gruber Coming Up!

With Round 2 at Gruber approaching in 2 weeks we hope that this extra time everyone is getting has allowed everyone to get those race machines back in tip top shape. All of our officers and BOD would like to thank YOU the MEMBERS for a amazing turnout at round 1. Let’s keep this large number of riders going and continue to make this year amazing. We also want to challenge everyone to bring a new rider to every race this year to help grow our membership. So dial in that suspension for the first rock race of the year. Please do not forget to thank David Brown and Adam Criner for laying out this awesome track.

Race report: Round 1 at Strother XC was a huge success!

First off, the weather was 70+ degrees all weekend and attendance was off the chart! What a great way to start the season.
We are very happy with the overwhelming attendance and want to thank our members that have been referring their friends. Lets keep the momentum going…join us by setting a goal to get at least 1 person you know to start racing with us. This weekend we did a spotlight on Jay, a brand new rider that has never raced before and he is so excited to race with us now. Let’s get more stories like Jays and keep growing our sport.
Being a new track there were a few learning curves.
Thanks to Dave Campbell and everyone that helped fix the “soft spot” in the road. Also, thank you to those that patiently waited.
The Long Course (LC) Quad race had more than double the attendance of last year and got to enjoy laying down first tracks on this brand new venue. The new Short Course (SC) Quad race was also a success and looks like it will keep growing.
A and B big bike attendance was overwhelming. Bikes usually like tight woods and that’s exactly what they got. The majority of the track was nice tacky dirt but there were some mud bogs that could eat bikes which led so some really wide sections of track. The OCCRA crew worked hard between races to reroute and repair areas. Overall, most people we talked with or read on social media said they had a great time and enjoyed the technical challenges.
We introduced the all new Ajax Motorsports Medic Quad piloted by Michael Montgomery “Cheeseburger”. Your race club takes safety very serious and are grateful to Ajax for making this possible. Without your support, shops like Ajax would unlikely be able to support such critical portions of our club. Next time you are thinking about clicking a button to get those parts you need, check them out. They stay very well stocked on parts and accessories for popular brands in addition to a loaded showroom full of machines. We will be doing a better feature on the new Ajax Motorsports Medic Quad in the next round or 2 once Cheeseburger gets it set up the way he likes.
Easy Lay Liners is who sponsored Round 1 and would love it if anyone needing a pond, water treatment or trench pit liner will call them first.
Moving on to Round 2 at Gruber will be a completely different type of track and hope to see you there. Stay tuned for the new race flyer and venue information this week.

Pitch in with Work and Get 35 Points

Who wants an easy 35 points and a shot at a championship?

Working a race can be FUN, easy and often times very rewarding.

When you work a race you not only get 35 points but you also become eligible for overall season awards such as a championship, an embroidered jacket and personalized plaque. To be clear, you can win every race of the year but not be crowned champ or take home overall awards if you choose not to work a race. All OCCRA Officers and Board of Directors are volunteers, the help that you give on your work day greatly improves the overall experience of the weekend.

It is not necessary to put yourself on the schedule, just make sure you are ready for action at the time our race flyers indicate. Your work day needs to be the same day as you normally race. LC Quads for example would work a Saturday and LC Bikes would work a Sunday.

Working a race can be anything from being a flagger to getting on your bike or quad and following racers to make sure everyone is ok which we call a sweeper. If there is a tough section of track you may be asked to assist riders in need for example. Aaron Waldon is our work director you will report to by the scoring trailer and will explain the different positions available the day you work. The scope of work changes race to race.

OCCRA allows you to choose which race to work. Maybe you are still nursing an injury coming into Round 1. Take advantage of work points if you are able to be mobile. Maybe you are not great with certain types of tracks like rocks or sand, take home 35 points instead of riding a track you know you wouldn’t do well on.

If you are not chasing overall season points and awards you don’t have to work even though it can be a lot of fun and rewarding.

You will need to work 1 day for each class you race in.