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BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy North America

Team CEEU leads the GS Trophy tonight after impressive performances in the first two special tests of the 2014 edition. Team France and Team South Africa are snapping at their heels in second and third place respectively.

Day one of this once-in-a-lifetime week-long adventure saw the 48 competitors and 16 journalists taking part in the 2014 Trophy get their first real taste of Canada, as the route took them right into the picturesque Rocky Mountains.

An early departure time meant that a 6am wake-up call was necessary to give participants the chance to strike camp, eat breakfast, attend the safety briefing and pose for the customary team photos before finally setting off. Despite early morning temperatures as low as two degrees, clear, sunny skies soon warmed the riders, and an initial paved section gave them all a taste of the wild beauty of Alberta.

The route passed by interestingly-named places such as Widowmaker Creek and Grizzly Creek, offering stunning views of the Glacier National Park. It also took the riders past the towns of Canmore and Banff before heading off on a forest trail towards the first special – the aptly-named 'Broken Bridge'

Here, each three team members and their accompanying journalist had to haul all four of their GS Trophy bikes – one by one – across a rocky, shallow, but fast-flowing river and up a steep muddy bank. It was great to see the legendary spirit of the GS Trophy already in evidence, as teams cheered on and supported their 'rivals', constantly encouraging them throughout the duration of their tasks.

Several hours were needed to get all the teams across the river, after which they continued on their way on a fantastic trail through pine forests to their camp for the night at the resort town of Golden – where another special test awaited them. This 'Golden 8' test required each team rider to complete a slow-speed figure-of-eight course, collecting a ball at the start and then depositing it back in the same bucket at the end. With points deducted for stalling the engine, dropping the bike, or even putting a foot down, the pressure was on but again, all teams supported and applauded each other's efforts.

Soon after, the day's results were announced and then the entire Trophy team enjoyed a fabulous buffet dinner, after which each team made a short, informal, and often funny presentation about themselves and their country. As the competitors continued to bond late into the night as they camped under the stars, the opening stage of the 2014 International GS Trophy was well and truly a success.

The day, however, belonged to Team CEEU, whose excellent teamwork strategy at the 'Broken Bridge' and highly-skilled riding technique saw them propelled to the top of the leaderboard. Mariusz Lowicki, Team CEEU commented: “This is just the first day, the beginning of the competition. Of course it’s nice to be on the top but we know we still have six days left and although we are excited about the prospect of those we need to concentrate on the coming days. When we keep this result on the last day – then we can be very happy! On the Broken Bridge test we decided we should keep every man just doing one thing. On the Golden Eight test we scored maximum points – a great result! The ride today has been spectacular, the nature and scenery is amazing. In Europe we have high mountains that we can ride, but in these mountains there’s so little civilization that it’s completely overwhelming for us.”

GS Trophy 2014 Day One results and overall standings:
Pos.TeamPoints
1CEEU38
2France33
3South Africa31
4Germany23
5Alps21
6USA20
6Latin America20
8Italy18
9Russia17
10UK14
11Brazil13
12Argentina11
13Korea9
14Canada7
15Japan7
16Mexico6

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2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship dates announced

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2014 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship.  We are looking forward to another great season of off road racing across Canada.

The CXCC East Championship kicks off May 25th at Motopark in Chatsworth, ON.

The CXCC West Championship begins in June with a double header weekend at the Famous Monkey Wrench in Lytton, BC.
We would like to thank our Western Partners – Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association and the Alberta Motorsports Association for working with us to incorporate these events into thier respective calendars.

We want to thank all our sponsors for their generous support.

Title Sponsor – Royal Distributing
Premier Sponsors – Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, Wiesner Insurance, Kawasaki Canada
                               

Support Sponsors – Kawasaki Canada, Parts Canada, KTM, Husqvarna, Sherco, Rekluse Canada (Mongoose Racing), Goldentyre, Inglis Cycle, Langs Off Road, West Coast Transportation

CXCC West
June 28 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
June 29 - Lytton, BC (Monkey Wrench)
July 5 - Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)
July 6 – Old Man River, AB (Shale Shaker)

CXCC East
May 25 – Chatsworth, ON
June 22 – Alvinston, ON
July 27 – Parry Sound, ON
Aug 17 – Wingham, ON
Aug 24 – Wheatly, ON
Sept 6 & 7 – Walton, ON

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Canada’s First Urban Endurocross Challenge

-- Red Bull Rocks & Logs will challenge competitors on a custom track built at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary --

CALGARY, AB – April 24, 2013 – Calgary will host for the first time Red Bull Rocks & Logs, a head-to-head competition taking place on a course filled with natural and man-made obstacles. Professional off-road racer Shane Cuthbertson (Airdrie, AB) designed and built a custom track, taking elements from enduros and harescrambles from around the world to the Wild Rose MX Park.

Competitors will battle on a tough off-road style track that goes over logs, rocks, and other challenging obstacles. On May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MDT, pro and amateur riders will take on the custom course and battle for the title of Red Bull Rocks & Logs Champion.

Red Bull Rocks & Logs is an endurocross competition that will be taking place on a course filled with a variety of natural and manmade obstacles. Competing in a head-to-head, knockout format, 136 top riders will take to the track – divided by class. The 112 riders in the Amateur category will have four laps in their qualifying heats and six final laps to determine the champion. In the Pro category, the 24 riders will do four laps in qualifying heats and then eight laps in the big finals. The top six winners will in each category will share a prize purse totaling $8,550.

Register Now

Registration is now open via www.redbull.ca/rocksandlogs for all competitors 18 years of age and older - skill required.

Cost per rider is $55 for the amateur category (112 riders maximum) and $70 for pros (24 riders maximum).
Registration fee includes a rider welcome package, track entrance fee, and race insurance (waiver to be signed on-site).

WHAT: Red Bull Rocks & Logs Finals
WHEN: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. MDT (Amateur Qualifying: 11:30am | Pro Qualifying: 2:00pm)
WHERE: Wild Rose MX Park (5608 Burbank Crews SE, Calgary, AB, T2H 1Z6)

Website: www.redbull.ca/rocksandlogs

Facebook: Red Bull
Twitter: @redbullAB #rocksandlogs
Instagram: RedBullCanada



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2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship

World Enduro Canada is pleased to announce the 2013 Royal Distributing Canadian Cross Country Championship will kick off in June. This season is the start of something new and exciting. In an effort to allow more riders, from all classes, to contend for an industry recognized National off road racing championship there will be Champions crowned in both eastern and western Canada.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

The CXCC West take place over four weekends in June and July. The championship will consist of two rounds in BC, part of the Pacific Northwest Motorcycle Association Championship, and two rounds in Alberta, part of the Alberta Motorsports Association Championship. World Enduro Canada is very proud to partner with these racing organizations and their associated clubs.

The CXCC East will feature two exciting double headers in August and September at two of the most historic racing facilities in Canada, Gopher Dunes and Walton. These events will also pay points to the Wiesner Insurance Ontario Cross County Championship.

WEC would like to thank the National sponsors that make this series possible. Title Sponsor Royal Distributing, our Premier sponsors Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, KTM Canada and Husaberg as well as our supporting sponsors Parts Canada, Mongoose Racing (distributors of Rekluse), Goldentyre, Emperor Racing, West Coast Transportation, and Wiesner Insurance. In addition to these national sponsors there are many regional sponsors who will be involved as well – check our site for details.

CXCC West Round #1 June 9 – Chilliwack, BC

The Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club will host round one of the CXCC West in Chilliwack, BC. The event is less than an hour drive from Vancouver in the scenic Fraser Valley. Named “The Piston Run,” it is the longest running off road race in British Columbia and this year marks its 65th anniversary.

The terrain at the Piston Run has "West Coast" all over it. The Chipmunk Creek riding area offers a great combination of tight and technical trails mixed with fast, wide open, flowing deactivated logging roads to get racers into a groove. To keep it interesting there will be some challenging shale rock hill climbs and the occasional "maybe I should walk my bike down" decents. Organizers recommend that you don’t forget to pack a rain coat.

CXCC West Round #2 June 16 – Pincher Creek, AB

“The Porcupine Hills Hare Scramble” has been organized by the Lethbridge Motorcycle Club for the past 10 years. They have been doing a cross country in this area for 25 years. Riders can expect to run loops between 20 and 25 kilometers long.

The loop is a 50/50 mix of flowing single track and fast quad type trails with lots of elevation changes, log crossings, rooty sections with little to no rocks. The soil is rich black dirt that is great to ride on when moist but turns extremely slippery when it gets really wet. This event is a favorite with Alberta racers – considered one of the most fun races of the season.

CXCC West Round #3 June 30 – Lytton, BC

The West Coast Dirt Riders Club will host racers at the third round of the championship at a BC favorite, “The Monkey Wrench Cross Country”. The Wrench has been around for 28 years. The riding area is in, more or less, the middle of nowhere about a 25 minute drive north of the small town of Lytton, BC and considered the gateway to trail riding paradise.

The Laluwissen riding area is known to be one of British Columbia's best riding spots. Breathtaking scenery mixed with trails that will blow your mind. The Wrench will toss riders into tight, gnarly single track, fast flowing open areas and hill climbs that will have them bouncing off the rev limiter. Definitely a “can’t miss” event.

CXCC West Round #4 July 7 – Coleman, AB

The Crowsnest National Enduro Club will host the finale of the CXCC West at the “Shale Shaker Cross Country” in the scenic mountains north of Coleman, AB. The event will be about 40km north of Coleman in an area known as Old Man River. Any riders familiar with the area know to expect lots of steep elevation changes, rocky trails, tight trees and “I wish I had my camera” type scenery. The loops will average 50 km to guarantee a long, fun day of racing. There has not been a cross country event hosted here for over 10 years so all riders, either local or travelling, can expect some fresh trail to enjoy.

This event will also be the Canadian qualifier for the Big Sky AMA Off Road Championship event on in August at the Big Sky resort in Montana. This Championship is going to be off road version of the AMA Loretta Lynn Amateur MX National Championship that the AMA will use to crown amateur Off Road Champions in all classes. The AMA and Big Sky race organizers recognize the number of Canadians who travel south to race and want to make us part of their championship. Racers, from all classes, who do well at this event, will be invited to compete at the Big Sky XC Championship.

On Sunday afternoon once all the racing is completed WEC will be handing out #1 plates in all classes along with prizes from various sponsors like Royal Distributing and Parts Canada.

CXCC East Round #1 & 2 Aug 24 & 25 – Gopher Dunes - Courtland, ON

The opening rounds of the CXCC East will be held at the famous Gopher Dunes Raceway. The famous deep sand track, mixed with the fast wide open trails will make this one of the highest speed events of the season. Taking place the weekend after the CMRC Walton Trans Can MX the Shuster family is planning to bring some of Canada’s best MX racers to mix it up with the top cross country racers for an epic event.

To keep things interesting there will be two racing formats utilized on the weekend. On Saturday riders will race the Moto XC format and on Sunday the traditional XC format. Two years ago WEC began utilizing the Moto XC format and it was a hit with both traditional XC racers and MX racers who were giving XC racing a try. In the Moto XC format each class runs two one hour moto’s instead of the traditional two hour long (or two and a half for Pro’s) event. Saturday will cater to the sprinters and Sunday to the endurance racers.

CXCC East Round #3 & 4 Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON

The finale for the CXCC East will take place at the historic Walton Raceway. The entire MX course, famous for its elevation changes and natural jumps, combined with tight flowing trails and a special extreme section has been a favorite on the Ontario cross county circuit for the past few seasons.

Similar to the Gopher Dunes double header the Walton weekend will utilize both XC formats to keep things interesting. Saturday will feature the Moto XC format and Sunday the traditional XC format. After the podium presentations on Sunday WEC will award the #1 Championship plates to the CXCC East Champions along with prizes from our many sponsors.

Pro Racer List - This is a list of some of the top riders and the manufacturers who support them that will be competing this year.

Yamaha –
Brian Wojnarowski – Ontario

Honda –
Jason Schrage – Alberta

CGRT Husaberg Team –
Shane Cuthbertson – Alberta
Ben Rego – BC
Victoria Hett – BC
Ryan Linderman – Alberta

Guy Giroux – Quebec

KTM National Race Team –
Bobby Prochnau – BC
Chantelle Bykerk – BC
Ryan Graffunder – BC
Josh Long – ON
Félicia Robichaud – ON
Philippe Chainé – Quebec
Loic Léonard – Quebec
Francis Ouimette – Quebec

KTM Supported riders -
Jack Sawatzky – Alberta
Ty Mckenna – Alberta
Ben Riviere – Alberta
Kevin Cockayne – Ontario
Denis Libersan – Quebec
Jason Griffeth – Ontario
Shelby Turner – Alberta
Malcom Hett - BC
Geoff Nelson - BC
Allan Lachapelle – Quebec
Jarrett May – BC

Lang’s Off Road Gas Gas
Steve Bond – Ontario
David Taplay – Ontario
CXCC WEST

June 9, 2013 - Piston Run – Chilliwack, BC - Greater Vancouver Motorcycle Club

June 16, 2013 - Porcupine Hill – Pincher Creek, AB - Lethbridge Motorcycle Club

June 30, 2013 -Monkey Wrench – Lytton, BC - Westcoast Dirt Riders

July 7, 2013 – Shale Shaker - Coleman, AB - Crowsnest National Enduro Club

CXCC EAST

Aug 24 & 25 - Gopher Dunes - Cortland, ON

Sept 7 & 8 – Walton Raceway - Walton, ON




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