THE ULTIMATE BUCKET LIST
Hell’s Gate has a
final ascent to the
finish line that is
virtually impossible without spectator help.
Kendall Norman isn’t just a desert racer. He’s been to Erzberg,
the Romaniacs and all of the extreme enduros in the U.S.
Erzberg, Austria, to drink, dance and have a good time. The
entrants race in the Prologue, which is nothing more than a
timed ride to the top of the mountain on a dirt road, and those
with the best times qualify for the Hare Scrambles. Everyone
else heads for the beer tent. The Hare Scrambles is generally
about three hours long, and the terrain is insanely difficult, laid
out through boulders the size of small cars. You must complete the course within 30 minutes of the leader to be credited
with an official finish. Typically, only about 10 riders make the
cut. A trials bike would be the hot ticket for the Hare
Scrambles, but it would never qualify out of the Prologue,
which favors big bikes with ample horsepower. It was Erzberg
that first thrust Taddy Blazusiak into the international spotlight.
There are 1500 slots open each year, but the event sells out in
less than an hour online.
JUNE: LAST DOG STANDING
The Prairie Dogs MC is an AMA club that puts on one of the
largest club-run races in the country as part of the District 37
Big Six Grand Prix series. Some of the more aggressive members of the club wanted to do more, however, so two years
ago they came up with the Last Dog Standing. The day starts
off with a more-or-less conventional Grand Prix around Glen
Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. If you finish that
race in the allotted time, you advance to the next stage, which
is a particularly brutal fight through the brushy, snake-infested