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Submit a Rule Proposal for the 2021 Season

The rule proposal form is now open for the 2021 season.  Rules submitted and voted in by the members will be included in the 2021 rule book.  Remember that not everything is a rule and some things are just good ideas.  In some cases, if you have an idea or proposal for the 2021 season that is more operational in nature, we would love to simply hear your feedback.  If you are unsure, just go ahead and submit it as a rule or you can contact an officer through our contact form.

The rule proposal form will be open from December 1st through the end of the day on December 31st.

Please submit the form once for each rule proposal to ensure that they are considered separately.   Thank you.

Continue reading Submit a Rule Proposal for the 2021 Season

BOD Nomination Form

Please use this form if you wish to nominate someone for a position on the OCCRA Board of Directors.  This seat will begin in 2021 and serve for 5 years.

Process
1.  2020 members can nominate themselves (or encourage an individual to nominate themselves) for a position on the Board of Directors
2. 3 finalists are chosen by the current BOD, with one being the incumbent
3. The officer committee chooses the incoming BOD member from the 3 finalists.*

*the selection committee is comprised of all Race Officers from the current and prior two years (2018, 2018, 2020) who are current paid members of OCCRA.

This form will close to submissions on Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  No nominations after that date will be considered.

Please list any experience your nominee has that would make them of particular benefit to the Club as a Board Member
Please list any personal characteristics or professional skills that make the nominee suitable for the position.
Please use this space to share any other thoughts you have regarding the nomination.
The seat will be up for re-election in 2025.

IMPORTANT “Work Points” information

As we approach the last 2 rounds, remember those chasing points for overall year end awards must volunteer to work a race.
Whatever your normal race day is (Quads Sat., Bikes Sun.) for example is the day you would work. While we give you the option of paying a $15 transfer fee to work the opposite day if for some reason you cannot work your normal race day, there are restrictions. History has taught us that the last few rounds lots of racers are trying to squeeze their work points in. While it is normally not an issue, there is a cap on the number of workers that can work if you are trying to work on your non-race day. If you show up to work on your normal race day that is great and there are no caps. Again, only people wishing to work on the opposite day you normally race can be turned away if we max out on workers. Sorry but there are no reservations, its on a first come basis.
To qualify to work, you must sign in and be present at the Riders Meeting. You must stay until you are released and be signed out to get your 35 Work Points. If you leave without being released you do not earn any points.
Those that are working on their non-race day may enjoy racing the Trail Rider class only on their race day. So for example if a Long Course Bike wanted to work Saturday and race Sunday, they would pay the $15 transfer fee, work Saturday, race Trail Rider class Sunday. You cannot race in your class on a weekend you earn work points.
See you all in just over 1 week!

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.

Mini Director

    • Mary Doughty – To continue to work with our riders to help encourage them to be the best they can be on and off the track.  To share the love of Jesus with our minis and adults.

Mini Track Director

  • Russell Doughty

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

Photo by Michal Hudcovič from Pexels

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Last Early Sign-Up Opportunity at Altus Motorsports!

Join us this Saturday, February 15th from 10-2 at Altus Motorsports for our last 2020 early membership sign up opportunity. We have been signing up so many new bike and quad riders in addition to existing members which is extremely exciting. We hope everyone has been getting the opportunity to go practice because it looks like there there will be plenty of competition this year.

So, why sign up early?

  1. Get your numbers locked in.
  2. Take advantage of the all new Gate Pass ONLY available at early sign ups. LAST CHANCE IS THIS SATURDAY!
  3. Sign up for Fly Contingency, your chance at FREE gear.
  4. Avoid potentially long lines at Rd.1 in Seminole.
  5. Generous discounts off of parts & accessories (see store for details).
  6. Drop your bike off for pre-season maintenance.

Looking forward to seeing our Shawnee area racers this Saturday.

Altus Motorsports
2116 E Broadway St
Altus, OK 73521
580.477.1500

1 click directions: https://goo.gl/maps/n6QHJ1v8jupcKS2a6

Opt In to Text Message Updates

Your race club is always listening to ideas and looking for new ways to keep racers informed. We are rolling out a new way to stay connected for convenience and safety if you choose to OPT in.

If you OPT in to our new texting services we will not “spam you” but you can expect reminders prior to each race with important information including 1 click directions to the track making it easier to find us. We will also be using it in the event of a race cancellation, special events etc. You can OPT out at anytime by texting “STOP”. Here is how you OPT in:

Text raceoccra to 84483 for anyone other than mini’s.

Text occramini to 84483 for mini’s.

FYI, when you OPT in, you will receive a text from Rainedout which is our text service provider including legal info. After the initial sign up message, it will just be OCCRA info.

Stay tuned for more exciting news about the 2020 race season which is just over 1 month away.