by Steve Silva
The motorcycle racing season is in high gear here in Idaho, even though desert racers are taking a break - the schedule typically gaps with the onset of warmer weather, and will resume with the final two races in the fall. When the desert season slows, that can only mean one thing: Idaho City.
In the dirt bike racing community, the words Idaho City conjure up images of hard riding, long days and difficult trails.
The Idaho City 100 is in its 27th year and during that time it has provided a platform for the testing and choosing of some of the best riders around. Past winners have gone on to ride all over the world as representatives of the United States. Run as an International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) race, this year’s event will not be used to form the United States team, since scheduling forced the team to be chosen much earlier this year. But the race will still be a test of skill, endurance and mechanical reliability.
The race format is set up to allow one to three riders to leave the starting line each minute. The riders are required to keep a certain speed throughout the course and to reach check points at exact times, or face penalty points. Similar to golf, the rider tallying the least amount of points at the end of the day wins.
Prime viewing for spectators can be found in spots along the “grass track,” and the skills that are exhibited in this section are remarkable.
The race will be held Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, in Idaho City. For more information and an event flyer, visit the Boise Ridge Riders website.