Rockabilly Racing – #2 Race Report

Sub-Freezing temps couldn’t hold these Race-Heads back as another 65 riders showed to do battle on Tuesday night.

When registration opened on Tuesday night, the temperature outside was -6 degrees Celsius. Which as it turns out is pretty dang cold to be out racing bikes. But the temperature inside the Abbotsford Agrifair heated up nicely as riders tore around the track while warming up for the 2nd race in the 6-race series. Abbotsford BMX’s maintenance of the track has been amazing, and the traffic on the track so far has formed it into a smooth, quick, and really fun track to ride.

A few new riders built up the existing classes, while other classes were combined which resulted really great racing in the Pro/Vet Pro class and the Pro/Open Women’s class. Vitamin Water was on hand with free Multi-X Lemonade for all riders, and Sponsors Kona Bikes & Chromag drew a few toques, hats & hoodies to keep the draw prize winners toasty between motos. Points are starting to add up in the series, and the overall leaderboard is now online!

The series also received a new Sponsor and Lensman with the arrival of Clayton Racicot. Clayton snapped up a ton of pics of the riders and are now posted in his Gallery. Check out the gallery and if you see yourself on the track, contact Clayton for the ultimate Christmas gift for your Grandma. I guarantee she probably won’t recognize you.

In the Women’s class, FOUR classes came together for some great racing. One U15 rider, One Junior, Five Opens and Two Pros got the full race experience as they battled over 3 qualifiers, a consolation round and a main event. Although they were combined, overall points are always applied on where the rider finished in their respective class. So if you think you came 4thth, make sure you check the leaderboard to see how you finished overall. Last week’s Open Winner, Beatrice Jakob was upset by her runner up Crystal Lambert and Tuesday Night’s winner Paula Armstrong. Jakob holds a 1pt lead on the Open Series just ahead of Lambert. But look for Paula Armstrong to continue riding strong in this great class. or 5

If you’re interested in racing 4x, and want to try it out, there will be a Women’s clinic next week at the track at 7:30pm. A UCI Licence or Rockabilly membership is required, but the clinic will only cost you the price of a race fee. Some come on out and get some good training, advice, and coaching in the sport of 4x. Micayla Gatto, the 3 time Indoor 4x Series winner, Crankworx Dual Slalom champ, and World Top 20 in Downhill will be on hand for training assistance and tips to make you more confident and faster on the track and on the bike.

Now back to the racing… In the PRO class, Vet Pro mixed it up with the regular Pros to show the young guys what track management and tactics are all about. Cam Murphy went undefeated again ahead of Harold Woolnough, Todd Castonguay, and the O-Show Brian Onofrichuk. Woolnough’s another rider who’s taken up riding 20″ bikes to boost his speed and traded paint with Murphy a couple of times resulting in at least one photo finish. The Pro class racing is as tight as ever.

Next Tuesday is Track Practice and the Open Women’s Clinic. Then the track shuts down for the month of December. Race #3 is January 8th on a new track! But remember that 2011 Licences apply! Hope to see you all then!

And a HUGE round of thanks to our generous sponsors! Please remember the guys & girls that give back to the sports when considering your next purchase.

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