Tag "OpEd"

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford OK, so how about this? You’re getting ready for the Walton TransCan — the biggest and best week in Canadian Amateur Motocross — you’re going to follow that up with what is likely Colton Facciotti‘s final National, you drive up to the track for the Opening Ceremonies on Monday, park the van, open the door, and a headache hits you in the face! And guess what? The

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Welcome to the second biggest Monday of the year. That’s right, we’re about to put the cap on the outdoor season for another year, starting with the TransCan at Walton Raceway. We’re getting ready to head north from London to actually stay on site for the first time…ever. Yes, I’m sure I spent the odd night at the track in an old station wagon or maybe the

McThoughts | Deschambault National | 450 Class

McThoughts | Deschambault National | 450 Class By Jeff McConkey Photos by Billy Rainford It’s crunch time in the 450 class. 2 motos left, and the 5-time champion Colton Facciotti is leading Mike Alessi by 14 points and Phil Nicoletti by 31. Heading into Deschambault, like always, anything can happen. Mechanical failures, crashes, off days and troubles with pampers could all take a championship away from one rider and give

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford No matter where you go and what you do, there’s no place like home. I had one of my best road trips out in the maritimes the past couple weeks, but I can say that I’m extremely happy to be typing this Monday Morning Coffee from the comfort of my home office. After River Glade, I decided to head over to Miramichi, NB instead of immediately making

McThoughts (Bigwave Edition) | River Glade National | 450 Class

McThoughts (Bigwave Edition) | River Glade National | 450 Class By Billy Rainford Photos by Bigwave Who was going to step up to shut up all the haters from the previous week at Sand Del Lee? That was the question. The track was prepped beautifully this year and the 450 riders had nothing to complain about, as far as the conditions were concerned! Well done, gang. Let’s have a look

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Happy Monday from downtown Ottawa. Emily’s Aunt Brenda and Uncle Larry live in the Westboro area of Canada’s capital and so we get to piggyback a nice visit on top of the Sand Del Lee round of the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Nationals. Actually, they have a nice cottage on a lake in Mont Tremblant and that’s where you’ll find us for the next few days before

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Like I always say: “Sometimes, you just have to be there!” That was definitely the case Saturday at Red Bud in Buchanan, Michigan. With the 3-weekend/month-long break in the action up here in Canada, it gave me the chance to head south to the classic Red Bud track to watch a couple Canadians line up against some of the best in the business. #610 Hayden Halstead from

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford It doesn’t happen very often, but it did this weekend — I wasn’t at a race. After all the travel out west for the first 3 rounds of the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Nationals, I decided a weekend away would do me good. Not that I don’t like being at the races, it’s just that sometimes you need to remember what life away from Moto is like.

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Welcome to Headingsley, Manitoba. Doesn’t sound familiar? Well, I’ve driven directly east from Brandon, MB to this small town on the outskirts of Winnipeg for another FXR Ride Day at Milt Reimer‘s place just south of here in Oak Bluff…or close enough. Milt is the founder of the ever-growing brand and if you are curious to know some of his history and how he got FXR rolling

McThoughts (Bigwave) | Prince George MX National | 450 Class

By Billy Rainford Photos by John Meaney We headed into the middle of BC for round 2 of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown MX Nationals at the Blackwater MX track. The weather was perfect for racing and the track got as rough as can be expected from a Pro National. Cole Thompson came in with the red plate but left without it, after the track bit him with a derailed