24 Hours Of Glen Helen – Two-Stroke, Four-Stroke, Don’t Have A Stroke

Story And Pictures By Adam Booth

Dirt Rider’s weapons of choice for the 24 Hours of Glen Helen, the 300 XC and 350 XC-F.

Dirt Rider’s weaponry of choice for the 24 Hours of Glen Helen, the 300 XC and 350 XC-F.

The JCR Honda team composed of Colton Udall, Ryan Dudek, Bernard Weigand and David Kamo offers won another John Burr Cycles/ Glen Helen 24 Hour Endurance race, but this year the well known event wasn’t as easy as it has been previously. The Precision Concepts team of Robbie Bell, Chris Hollis, Mr. bieber Seeds and Ty Renshaw direct a large portion of the race after the Zip-Ty/ Bonanza squad (consisting of Mike Brown, Gary Sutherlin, Ty Davis and Bobby Garrison) experienced some fuel injector problems, quitting the lead.

Quinn Cody grabbed the holeshot aboard the KTM 300 XC two-stroke, which in a 24-hour race really isn’t that important.

Quinn Cody grabbed the particular holeshot aboard the KTM three hundred XC two-stroke, which in a 24-hour race really isn’t that essential.

The JCR crew had to battle back from a seven-minute deficit after a failed front brake master cylinder at the beginning of the particular race had them scrambling in the pits. They rode a strong night portion, and as day broke the particular JCR team snuck into the direct, passing the Precision Concepts bike after spending all night shrinking the time space. Well-planned and careful pit prevents kept the Precision Concepts group from making any time back in the JCR team. The Purvines Beta team, racing the expert class, finished strong with third general.

The JCR crew had to make a front brake change early in the race.

The JCR crew had to make a front brake change early in the race.

The JCR team late in the first day.

The JCR team past due in the first day.

Two Bikes Plus (Almost) Six Riders
A good idea can go south quickly and usually the good idea to race the 24 Hours of Glen Helen goes sour about the time sunlight sets and the motivation level plummets. Ad in one of the most brutal and beat up courses in the history of the particular 24 Hour and you quickly discover your teammates aren’t springing from their comfortable chairs for a chance to beat the fillings from their teeth from 2am. I’ve raced the 24 Hours of Glen Helen quite a few occasions and this was the dustiest, most brutal and hacked up course I can recall. Of the 10-mile loop there was clearly about five percent that was really enjoyable. All the blame can’t be put on the designers of the racecourse; Southern California hasn’t seen more than a drizzle in nine months. There was a few awesome single track downhill valleys that were a blast to carve and weave through, distracting from the severe (literally) reality that lie at the bottom. There was rarely a time when I was not riding in some density of dirt and at times I had to come to some complete stop and wait—I could not even see my front fender! The saying it was “real, it was fun, this just wasn’t real fun” bands loudly now that we are done.

Quinn gives an example of the dusty conditions.

Quinn provides an example of the dusty conditions.

Dirt Rider assembled a very reduce crew on short notice in order to race at Glen Helen. The particular core of the team was Quinn Cody, Michael Allen, Jesse Ziegler and myself. In the expert class you can use six team riders and two bikes so Mike through Corona Motorhome Rentals came out and spun some laps aboard the particular 300 after dropping off a 40-foot diesel pusher RV for the team to use as basecamp. Then we had a rock star appearance through previous 34-hour Ironman class winner Alexander Smith, who came out after the sun went down to burn a few fuel in the dark. Alexander would be training for the Baja 1000, which they are going to solo in a few short weeks. Being the extra nice guy, Alexander rolled back into the pits regarding 10 minutes behind normal lap occasions without his helmet light. He had stopped to donate his for an Ironman racer who was out on the particular course without any light. After looking for Mr. Smith for his next time slot on the bike we received a text that simply stated, “that was fun, thanks, speak with you guys soon! ” We’re guessing that he wasn’t a huge enthusiast of the dust, either.

The Purvines Beta team cuts a corner short to save some time.

The Purvines Beta team cuts a corner short to save some time.

The Precision Concepts team slipping and sliding.

The Precision Concepts group slipping and sliding.

At about 10pm the Dirt Rider team was back down to the core four and the KTM 300 XC two-stroke we rode during daytime was parked and the KTM three hundred and fifty XC four-stroke was doing night duty. We chose the 350 for the night because in stock form, the KTM stator puts out 196 watts, plenty of power to run the particular Baja Designs Squadron X2 light setup we had picked. We also wanted to compare the two-stroke towards the four-stroke in the same brutal Glen Helen conditions. The “in this for the fun” Dirt Rider team finished 50 laps and five hundred miles, finishing 7th in the expert class and 21st overall. The best part about the conditions being nasty and suggest for the 24 Hours of Glen Helen is that it made for great testing circumstances and next year, unless we by no means see rain again it has to be better, it can’t really obtain any worse! As with any endurance race, since the days pass post race, the particular memories of the event grow fonder. Of course , I’ll be back next year, ready to wake from a dead sleep from 4am to head off into the night with lights a blazin’!

David Kamo enjoying the motocross portion of the course.

David Kamo enjoying the motocross portion of the particular course.

If you think you are tough, you aren’t—this guy is. Brian Adams won the Ironman class, completing 39 laps on the tough course.

If you think you are tough, you aren’t—this guy is. Brian Adams won the Ironman class, completing 39 laps on the tough training course.

Jesse Ziegler hops through the Endurocross portion of the track on Dirt Rider’s KTM 350 XC-F.

Jesse Ziegler hops through the Endurocross portion of the track on Dirt Rider’s KTM 350 XC-F.

This was a smooth part of the course!

It was a smooth part of the course!

A longer-than-expected pit stop with only an hour to go made it impossible for the Precision Concepts team to catch the winning JCR team.

A longer-than-expected pit stop with only one hour to go made it impossible for the Accuracy Concepts team to catch the particular winning JCR team.

JCR with just one lap left in a long tough race.

JCR with just one lap left in a lengthy tough race.

The Dirt Rider team was not suffering when off the bike thanks to this motorhome from www.coronamotorhomerentals.com. They also supplied the UTV, making spectating even easier.

The Dirt Rider team was not suffering when from the bike thanks to this motorhome through www.coronamotorhomerentals.com. They also supplied the UTV, making spectating even easier.

Quinn relaxing between his time on the bike inside the RV.

Quinn relaxing between his time in the bike inside the RV.

The course at night truly is a sight for sore eyes.

The training course at night truly is a sight intended for sore eyes.


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