Apr 25

For a while we weren’t quite sure if we were going to be able to say this but with considerable negotiations with DCNR we have come to a compromise that will enable us to have the event.  As many of you already know the DCNR has posted new guidelines for all motorized events in state forests  which basically eliminates all single track trails in the state forests. Our event on Sunday was not affected by these guidelines due to all the single track riding is either on private ground or in the ATV Area of which we have an exemption for.  However Saturday’s event was severely impacted by these guidelines.  Last year we had 4 alternate courses or sections of single track riding for the more aggressive riders  which DCNR wanted to eliminate all of those areas this year.  After several meetings with DCNR locally and DCNR headquarters from Harrisburg along with state representative Mike Hanna and John Wozniak and the Clinton County Tourist Promotion Agency we ended up with a compromise that will allow us to use 2 alternates this year for the Saturday ride. The main course and the adventure bike course have actually been improved considerably because in our search for available single tracks we found some very aggressive and scenic drivable trails.

This year our usual Friday night format has changed slightly due to the fact that our local Honda Shop has changed locations. In order to eliminate confusion and driving time we have decided to have the rider reception and early sign up on Friday night at The Castanea Picnic grounds (start and finish of the event). At the rider reception our plan is to have representatives from all the manufactures including Husqvarna, KTM, Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, Beta, BMW and Triumph.  There will be a limited amount of parts and accessories provided by the local dealers. Also Wheels of Williamsport is planning an open house and early sign up all day Friday (see flyer with your entry form or website).

We will be having snacks and other goodies provided by the Laurel Run Church ladies at the rider reception on Friday night. For more substantial meals we have included a brochure from the tourist promotion agency with a list of local restaurants and bars. Ask any club member for their local dining recommendations.   Breakfast will be available Saturday morning from the Castanea Fire Company for a nominal fee.  As has been past practice there will be a snack stop mid- way through the ride Saturday and BBQ meal Saturday night. Sunday morning there will be a continental breakfast provided by the club and Sunday mid- way through the ride a full pasta meal at the North Bend Fire Company.

Other points of interest include:

GPS download will be available for the adventure bike course only.  Navigation for all dual sport main and alternates will be by the traditional roll chart map.

We would appreciate you pre-entering for our event as this provides us with the opportunity to plan adequately and gives us leverage in getting support from our representatives and the tourist promotion agency.

Stay tuned to our website for periodic updates.

Apr 25

2014 Dual Sport Information

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Dual Sport 2014 Papers (3 pages of information)
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Apr 25

2014 Frequently Asked Questions about the Durty Dabber Dual Sport Dual Sport

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Address of Campground/ weekend activity
859 Lower Creek Road, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Address of Friday Night Rider Reception at Castanea Picnic/camp ground
859 Lower Creek Road, Lock Haven, PA 17745

$10 for the weekend. There is plenty of camping. No hookups. There is hot showers, flush toilets, cell service.
You may have pets and campfires (pending weather conditions)
There is a designated noisy area at the campground behind the large building.

Rider Reception
A rider reception is held Friday night at Castanea picnic grounds.
The club provides drinks, snacks, home baked goodies.
Sign up is also available at the reception from 6-8 PM.

What kind of gear will I need to wear?
It is recommended that helmet, goggles, boots, gloves and any other protective equipment be worn throughout the weekend.

Bike requirements
All bikes should be licensed and insured.

The evening meal will be served at around 5 PM. The menu items haven’t been finalized yet for this year however in the past the fire company has served ham, hot sausage, beans, salads, cake, beverage.
During dinner our trials riders will put on a spectacular demonstration that is always a crowd pleaser. We are happy to report that several of our trials riders obtained national titles in 2011.
The prizes will be given away after dinner as in the past. We try each year to improve and simplify that process.

How difficult is the course?
The main course is designed for dual sport bikes such as the DRZ 400 and the Honda XR series along with any standard enduro type bike.
Riding ability is intended for the average dual sport rider. The alternate course in more difficult and is intended for the true enduro rider.
The adventure bike course is intended for the larger bikes such as the Yamaha Tenere, BMW GS series and he Suzuki V-Strom. This course is less single track and more of a scenic nature ride.

(NEW) Why No GPS for Main Course?
We feel through past experience that a good part of the fun of the main course is the ability to navigate the course using a map/roll chart and is more challenging and adventurous.  GPS coordinates however will be available on the roll chart for the fuel stops, snack stops and any other key areas in the event you should get lost.

Course Makeup
Our goal is for the main course to have less than 15 miles of the 100 per day of paved roads.

Can I ride with my friends if we have different types of bikes?
The course intersects approximately every 10-12 miles so you could meet up at different intervals during the event.

How much fuel range is required?
Saturday fuel stops will be no further than 40 miles apart
Sunday fuel stop is approximately 60 miles from the start therefore a truck will be available to carry your gas cans to a designated spot if you may need gas before that time.
The truck will bring your gas can back to the picnic area as soon as possible however in the past riders have had to leave for home before the truck returned. So a suggestion is to not use your favorite/expensive gas can in case you decide to leave it behind.

Knobby tires are preferable for the alternate course and nice for the main course but not necessary. Dual purpose and adventure bike tires are fine foe the adventure bike course.

Flat Tires (the biggest mechanical problem of the weekend)
If you run 15 pounds or greater the chance of a flat tire is minimal.
If you run under 15 pounds you can count of a flat tire! Please come prepared with extra tubes.

What if I am not sure of my riding ability?
The way the course is designed all participants can start out on an easier route and move to a harder route at any of the resets.

The “Famous” water crossing
The water crossing is FUN and not as hard as some people make it! It is an alternate so you do not have to do it however a tip for getting through the water crossing is to stand on your pegs and go slowly through the water. The kids will be there to help you if you get hung up and the large crowd of locals enjoy cheering you on as you blast your way through. Don’t be intimidated!!!!

What happens if I break down or get hurt during the weekend
We have a minimum of 6 (usually many more) rescue trucks that are placed strategically on the course. The guys have minimal maintenance capabilities such as assisting with a tire change but can transport you and/or your bike back to the pits if needed.
The phone numbers of the club members in the rescue trucks will be included at the end of your roll charts however keep in mind that cell service is limited in some of the areas you will be riding in.

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