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Brainstorm | London SX | 450 Class | Strikt

Brainstorm | London SX | 450 Class | Strikt By Billy Rainford With Jeff McConkey unable to make it to this last round of Supercross, his McThoughts-style column rests with me this week. Here’s what I thought of the top 10 in the 450 Pro class at the London Supercross at Delaware Speedway this past Saturday night. 1. #16 Cole Thompson KTM – Cole is definitely in his wheelhouse. Take

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Let’s start this week off with a “funny” story. The Rockstar Triple Crown Supercross Tour was in my home town this past weekend. Delaware Speedway sits just southwest of the city of London, Ontario. I’ve cycled past it often ever since I started riding a road bike back in the late 1980’s. It was nice to sleep in my own bed on race weekend, for once. Before

McThoughts | Montreal Supercross | 450 Class | Strikt

McThoughts | Montreal Supercross | 450 Class | Strikt By Jeff McConkey Photos by Bigwave The Montreal Supercross is finally back. We haven’t been there since 2012, but we definitely made up for it this year. There was no lack of star power — Malcolm Stewart, Colt Nichols, Alex Martin, Josh Hill, and Josh Hansen to name just a few. Add in our Canadian stars and you have the recipe

McThoughts | Montreal Supercross | 250 Class | Strikt

McThoughts | Montreal Supercross | 250 Class | Strikt By Jeff McConkey 250 Class Coming into the Montreal SX, there was little doubt who the heavy favourite in the 250 class was going to be. Jess Pettis has been having a dream season, and there was no reason to not continue it in Montreal. This year’s edition of the race had some of us guessing about the track. In past

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Good Monday Morning from what will be the hub of Canadian Motocross in just over a week’s time. That’s right, my hometown of London, Ontario, will be playing host to Round 2 of the Rockstar Triple Crown Supercross Series at Delaware Speedway. We live in the west end of the city and the Speedway is, literally, a pleasant 10-minute drive southwest of here. It will be a

Adventure Guy | Which Adventure Bike Do I Buy?

Which Adventure Bike Do I Buy? By Chris “Adventure Guy” Vandelaar Photos by Chris Vandelaar I’m in the market for an adventure bike. Ever fun. I get to select one of the many machines within my modest budget of $10-11K…. about one third of the cost to buy a new state-of-the-art, fully farkled machine with luggage and all of the creature comforts us adventure bike riders have come to expect.

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford If you’re a regular reader of Monday Morning Coffee, you know I’m ready to travel almost anywhere to witness a Canadian making the effort to be at a big race, anywhere in the world. Having said that, I was ready for a break, after driving out to Moncton then Loretta Lynn’s and then Walton for a week. It was a grind and I was ready for a

McThoughts | Walton National – 450 Class | LRX Performance

McThoughts | Walton National – 450 Class | LRX Performance By Jeff McConkey Photos by Billy Rainford   Congratulations to our 5-time Canadian National Champion, Colton Facciotti. Colton came out at Round 1 in Calgary and showed everyone that he was the guy to beat. He was very good all season right up until the final moto at Walton where he sealed the deal. 2018 was our most stacked top

McThoughts | Walton National – 250 Class | LRX Performance

McThoughts | Walton National – 250 Class | LRX Performance By Jeff McConkey Photos by Billy Rainford Congratulations to Jess Pettis and his team. They were the fastest right out of the gate. He had 2 DNF’s and he still won, which is pretty impressive. Going into the final round, it was a complete nail-biter as the top 2 title contenders were only separated by 3 points. That is the

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Well, I guess if I’m going to catch a cold, now is the time to do it. What a week that was at the Walton TransCan GNC and then Round 9 of the Rockstar Triple Crown MX Tour. Everything just felt right. The TransCan is the crown jewel of the Canadian amateur calendar and it’s back. The sport needs it. The riders need it. The industry needs