A rider getting launched out of the "pit" ... I'm pretty sure that they dug the pit and used the dirt for the rest of the jumps around the track. You betcha ... drainage was definitely an issue.
Classic "Berm Shot" -- this rider looks like he pretty seriously overcooked it and is in full slide and hanging on for dear life. Railing berms was virtually impossible ... but, you would probably have dominated if you had that skill mastered back then.
Once again ... thanks to everyone who helped make this last weekend so special. The I Raced the Ranch event was really put together in a couple of weeks ... but, I think the idea had been rattling around somewhere deep inside my head for close to 20 years.
- The Mittelstadts: (John, Michelle, Dana and Leah) for starting up and sticking with Milwaukee BMX
- The Bratz family: (Terri and son Chris) for their almost constant effort at making things work this summer
- the Kohls family: For helping out whenever they are around in just about any way that we may ask
- Doug Tweedie: Yup, this slippery character gets the kids in the right gates, at the right time, and even gates up himself from time to time.
- Randy Olson: Rollin' Randy is also the grille master -- he's got Fire Magic !!!
- The Eckarts: Ray procurred sponsorship, and jumps in wherever his help is needed.
- Pa Smith: Every race, every class -- Devonte and David's dad is on the gate -- "Rider's Ready"
- Curt Brezinski: Always a crew in tow, and usually down in a corner helping out.
- The Weimer Family: Every big race, Linda is in that sign-up booth ... cranking away on the most thankless job in BMX ... registration.
- Hinzpeters: Keith will always jump in to lend a hand -- Jacob helps with new rider clinics and is absolutely a joy to watch go around the BMX track.
- Steve Campanelli: John was really up to his armpits in regular track stuff in the run-up to this weekend and had a lot of questions. The best advice I think I gave, maybe this whole year, was to think of somebody like Steve, who might want to help out with the museum portion of things. What a job well done there!
- Tina Gillis: For always having a camera crew in tow whenever she shows up. Sam's and Guy's photos are just the best.
- The Raffelnator - Kevin: Every event we do a raffle, he's pretty much 100% of ticket sales.
- Mark Kluth: Racer, fabricator, volunteer -- if you like our new gate ... you have Mark to thank.
Though I'm afraid I'm missing a few ... I hope that I've solidly identified most ... I'll add as other's come to mind ... it's important that we recognize how much effort goes in to something like last weekend.