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The Evergood Open Experience

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Hello ThumperTalk readers! I have to say that of all the things I write about, I enjoy writing about going to races that are put on by great companies to recognize the unrecognized talent. Recently, I made the trip to such a race in Iowa, called the Evergood Open at Oak Ridge MX, and I’m here to tell you about it.

I will admit, I have a certain level of bias when it comes to races like the Evergood Open or the MX Reunion races, because it was through the Vurb Classic in 2012 at Echeconnee that I was recognized for my never-quit pursuit of a W against some stiff competition. Through the help I received from Race Tech because of the recognition and my performances at other Vurb Classic events and amateur nationals, I’ve brought myself to where I am now, and that’s not something I take lightly. Being brutally honest, the top level of support in the motocross industry is a tight nit group and it is hard to break into without solid results. These events give those who truly need the help the opportunity to get the help they need to make their journey to the top a possibility. Hats off to the companies who participate in these events that are giving deserving riders the opportunity to succeed, because that’s truly what you’re doing.

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2013 Vurb Classic @ MX207

The staff at Evergood Co truly put on a great event that I will not soon forget. Not only did some great riders get recognized, but the event was held at possibly the coolest track I’ve ever been on. Also, the event was just plain fun! It wasn’t super high stakes, and instead was laid back and all about everyone having a good time. Everything from the track, to the people, environment, and activities after racing made the event feel like the drive was paid back in spades.

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Evergood Open @ Oak Ridge MX, photo by Jordan Hoover at Evergood Co

Whether we realize it or not, if you’re a racer who competes for money or the goal of making a career of it, we get so sucked into the winning mindset that we forget that there’s more fun in motocross (or whatever you race) than just winning. One thing that I found super fun about the Evergood Open was the holeshot competition! It was intense… and I was genuinely concerned when I saw a 1200cc BMW flat-track bike pull up. However, I did end up winning on the 250f! If winning it wasn’t cool enough, interviews and popping a champagne bottle is icing on the cake to top off a good day of racing on a great track! I also think it’s great for the spectators, being able to see more than just racing, and it creates a great atmosphere for everyone. I mean, who doesn’t love watching people bang bars off a start for $100 all while playing some AC/DC?

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Evergood Open @ Oak Ridge MX, photo by Jordan Hoover at Evergood Co

Another great thing about the Evergood Open was being able to meet different people, including those that we look up to. Over the weekend I got to meet Jeff Emig and Jason Anderson… not during a schedule; just walk up and started talking. Being able to chat a bit to people you look up to and get their perspectives and simply listen to what they have to say about a track is priceless. Being able to talk to Emig one-on-one about his ideology towards racing and explaining why he maneuvers the track like he does creates a new perspective that can be utilized if implemented correctly into your own personal riding style.

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Evergood Open @ Oak Ridge MX, photo by Jordan Hoover at Evergood Co

Overall, great time at a great track that will have me coming back next year! Hats off to the whole Evergood Co crew, as well as everyone at Oak Ridge MX, y’all killed it!

 

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Dang, OakRidge sure is a fun track, isn't it?  I do enjoy watching A-class video taken on the same day I was there, but with me simply putting around in the 50+ class.  The humbling part is when I watch your video and then compare it to mine, it makes me wonder if I should give it up and start looking for an assisted care facility.  :(

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13 hours ago, FooBarr said:

Dang, OakRidge sure is a fun track, isn't it?  I do enjoy watching A-class video taken on the same day I was there, but with me simply putting around in the 50+ class.  The humbling part is when I watch your video and then compare it to mine, it makes me wonder if I should give it up and start looking for an assisted care facility.  :(

Oak Ridge was awesome! Lot of high speed sections, good flow, and fun jumps. Wish it wouldn't have been as windy as it was, it was making the big jumps a little sketchy! As long as you're having fun, that's what matters, my friend. Besides, when you go fast like me, getting hurt means getting pretty hurt.

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