Monday Morning Coffee
By Billy Rainford
According to the Farmers’ Almanac, we were supposed to have one of the most severe winters in Canadian history. According to the recent ground hog emergence, winter is supposed to disappear in the next few weeks. Well, we’re caught somewhere in the middle right now with snow storms hitting all across the country.
If you’re out on the east coast, I’d like to introduce you to the term “BOMBOGENESIS.” Seriously, it’s a thing and you’re dealing with it whether you know what it means or not.
Bombogenesis results when there is a large temperature gradient, usually between a cold continental air mass and warm sea-surface temperatures. It can also be the product of a cold polar air mass and much warmer air from the south, say, over the Plains states.
Over that temperature contrast, a powerful, intensifying jet stream disturbance triggers air to rise and begins the process. This happens most often from October through March, but is possible any time of year.
Basically, don’t go changing out your Snow Bike kit just yet. It sounds like we’ll all be getting the chance to ride these things for a little while longer…
On Sunday, Feb 19, 2017, Town Moto and Lawrence Hacking are teaming up with Husqvarna Canada to host the Grand Prix de Snow! A fun event to get people riding motorcycles in the off-season and enjoy some winter weather. The event will be held at the Mohawk Inn in Campbellville, which is only 45 minutes West of Toronto. Bring out your bikes for some snow ripping! It will be fun for everyone, regardless of if you want to ride or not. Try out a new Husqvarna dirt bike, Snow-Tow a buddy, ride that dirt bike that’s in the garage gathering dust regardless of if it has studs or not. We’re hoping for snow but who knows with the weather we’ve been having. We’ll be out there having fun regardless of the weather! We want to include everyone, so if you have something you want to ride, let us know and we’ll try and make it work. As if that’s not good enough we’ll have tons of great prizes from all of our generous sponsors!
GRAND PRIX DE SNOW ROUGH SCHEDULE
Sign In / Registration: 9 – 12pm
Open Ride / Practice: 9 – 12pm
Riders Meeting: 11am
Lunch: 12-1pm Extreme cold weather motorcycler Oliver Solaro will be doing a talk on winter camping tips during lunch!
Fun Races: Snow Track, Snow Tow 1 – 4pm
Announce Winners / Prizes / Trophies: 4-6pm
Fireworks / Pack up and go home: 6pm
TYPES OF RIDING AT GPDS
SNOW TRACK – Similar to the Grass Track at Grand Prix de Mud. Size and shape of track will depend on weather conditions. Bike classes TBD. Open ride / practice all morning until 12 for early registrants.
SNOW TOW – Pull a buddy on an inner tube / sled drag style – no studded tires. Great for people without a bike who want to have some fun and get out there and get pulled by some.
SINGLE TRACK THROUGH WOODS – We will have single track trail through the woods open all day for open riding.
MINI OVAL – We’ll have a mini oval for kids that will be open all day.
TRIALS – There will be some Trials action throughout the day if you want to bring your Trials bike out.
There is a gas station within a minute walk of the hotel if you are not bringing your own gas.
We’ll have the BBQ going all day with Coffee, Hot Chocolate and drinks but the Mohawk Chop House will be open all day and serving their full menu if you want to get out of the cold and eat there.
OLIVER SOLARO WINTER CAMPING TALK
Ever wanted to brave the elements and do some winter camping? Experienced extreme weather motorcyclist Oliver Solaro will give you some tips on falling asleep with snow and subzero temperatures to contend with! We encourage you to check out some of his Brokentooth Project “One Man’s 8,000km Journey To Fort Severn by Motorcycle…In Winter” It is really unbelievable…like really unbelievable.
First come first served Husqvarna Demo Bikes
COLD WEATHER / DRESSING APPROPRIATELY
The event will take place outside so we encourage all participants to dress accordingly. There will be a fire outside to warm up by and the Mohawk Chop House will be open if you want to sit inside for a bit and warm up with a drink or food.
While we’re hoping for a good amount of snow but you never know with our Southern Ontario weather. When we were there last, there was half a foot of snow on the ground so lets hope for another foot or two! The Grand Prix will happen regardless of weather and we’re looking forward to a snowy (or muddy) good time!
We’ll have lots of great prizes from our generous sponsors! Great stuff from Husqvarna Motorcycles, Biltwell Inc., Red Wing Boots, Roland Sands Design, Deus Ex Machina, Brixton, Stance Socks, Joe Rocket, Speed and Strength, Treadwell Clothing, Moto Revere, Town Barber, Fast Times Magazine. There are prizes for participants and spectators.
If you’re interested in coming out the night before or don’t want to get up early to drive in, there are rooms available at the Mohawk Inn. Great if you’re from out of town and coming in for the Motorcycle Show that weekend. Their contact info is below.
WHERE IS IT / HOW TO GET THERE
The Grand Prix de Snow will be held at the Mohawk Inn 9230 Guelph Line, Campbellville, ON, L0P 1B0 which is literally just off the 401. Their contact info is firstname.lastname@example.org (905) 854-2277
When we spoke with Tyler Medaglia last week, he said he was going to be at this event too, so come on out and have some winter fun. Jeff McConkey and I will be there!
Tim Tremblay Goes Undefeated in Valcourt, PQ
I just stole this straight from Tim’s Facebook page:
“My weekend is very well done with another great win today in valcourt. A perfect weekend 1-1-1. Thanks to the grand prix de valcourt, my friends, my family, my fans and all my sponsors. I had a lot of fun to race in Quebec.”
#Skidoo #brp #amsoil #enzo #kyb#scheuringspeedsport #usairforce #fordtruck#milwaukeetools #woodys #klim #motovan#zoxhelmet #actiongraphics #oakley #cti
Have a look at some of the results. Lots of Canadian Pro Motocrosseres you’ll recognize.
Full results at: http://grandprixvalcourt.com/en/race-results/
We head to Minneapolis, MN for the start of the 250 East this Saturday.
DMX Toronto Supercross Parties at The Houston
It almost that time again!
DMX Toronto SX Ticket Giveaway | Photo Contest
It’s that time of year again. The time when Direct Motocross teams up with the Toronto round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. This year, we wanted to give someone the chance to win a 4-pack of 200-level tickets to the big night at the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto. Here’s what you have to do…
1. Send us your favourite motocross-related photo THAT YOU TOOK before Friday, February 17th.
2. We’ll choose the top 4 finalists and then turn over the voting to the general DMX-reading public for the final verdict.
3. The winning photo/photographer will be announced Friday, February 24th.
Please be sure you are available to go to Toronto for the March 4th event before you enter this contest.
Email your photo to: email@example.com with ‘TO SX Photo Contest’ as the subject line.
Good luck, everyone!
Get Well Soon, Kade Walker
Canadian Kade Walker has had his knee surgery over in Europe and is on the mend. His wounds, however, still look pretty angry.
From his Instagram page @kwalker651: