Tag "OpEd"

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Welcome to the Monday we’ve all been waiting for for quite some time – the one after Round 1 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross! How good did that feel to be watching Supercross again?! That was a rhetorical question – I know exactly how it felt…GREAT! Although it really sucks that I’m not going to be at the races, physically, at least we’re going racing and I’m

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Hello and welcome to Monday Morning Coffee #1 of 2021. Happy New Year. I’d like to say, “Let’s all just forget about what happened in 2020,” but I don’t think we should put that much pressure on the New Year. It’s a big ask to have things immediately go back to normal. It’s just not going to happen. It was a very strange year for us, wasn’t

The Story Behind the Photo | 1985 Hully Gully Newsletter

The Story Behind the Photo | 1985 Hully Gully Newsletter By Billy Rainford Besides good looks, charm, and a dashing personalty, motocrossers all share another more unfortunate thing in common – we’ve all pretty much missed one season’s racing due to injury. It’s a sad but very real part of the sport we’ve all chosen. I’m not even sure why my name pops up in this little Hully Gully Newsletter

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Welcome to what is usually my favourite non-moto week of the year – the week between Christmas and New Year’s. It’s always a week at home with my family that I spend visiting close friends and their families. I really enjoy driving around to different homes to visit and have some Christmas “cheer” with buddies and their parents who had to put up with me as a

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Welcome to the last Monday Morning Coffee before Christmas! It’s green and warm enough to go for a comfortable ride here in London, Ontario, today. Jeff McConkey‘s Yamaha YZ250 is already winterized and sleeping in the garage, so I guess my riding will be of the non-powered type today. We seem to be in a bit of a holding pattern here in Canadian Motocross. With so many

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Hello from my final day out in BC. I’ve been here since last weekend for rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020 Future West Moto Canadian Arenacross Championships in Chilliwack. I stayed out between the final two weekends and it allowed me to spend some time with my mom, who is now calling Kamloops home as she lives out her final time with my sister there. The

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in Canada reading this. I hope you are able to visit with the important people in your life over this extremely abnormal holiday weekend. We’re supposed to be having dinners and drinks with family but in true 2020 fashion we are still needing to keep the older and compromised members of our population at arm’s length. What a mess this year has been

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford As I sit here trying to think of something relevant to talk about now that our Rockstar Triple Crown Tour has come to an end, I find myself going down the rabbit hole of Twitter. I don’t even know why I follow some of the people I do – it just makes me angry every time I end up scrolling through the comments. If you’re like me,

Monday Morning Coffee

By Billy Rainford It’s over! We put a fork in this weird 2020 season on Saturday afternoon at Gopher Dunes. We just did our 2-week stint at the outdoor Supercross track just outside of Tillsonburg, Ontario. What did you think? I think they gave us a couple very good tracks to race, however, the rather extensive injury list would point to another issue. It’s like trying to get your first

Monday Morning Coffee | 2020 MX Nationals Report Cards

By Billy Rainford Usually around this time of year we’re getting ready to head somewhere super cool for the annual Motocross of Nations. Sure, there have been years in the past where the politics of the whole thing have gotten in the way of our sending a team, but that wasn’t the roadblock this year. Chalk up another win for the Coronavirus. It’s also around this time when I’d be