Valley Forge Trail Riders host the 2017 Hare Scramble in Mahanoy City PA

valley forgeSaturday morning I was driving home after my morning hike, I heard the rasping sound of a 2-stroke followed by a 4-stroke dirt bike.  As I got closer the nostalgic sound (I rode a KX125 growing up) grew louder.  Some orange cones and barrels lead you down a dirt road normally closed off.  As I got closer I would see trucks here and there with some motorcycles loaded up.  After a short .5 mile drive in, I came across the VFTR (Valley Forge Trail Riders) at the entrance.

valley forgeThis is where the fun just began. The guys at the gate were awesome and gave me a lot of good information. When we were talking, photography came up and one of the workers (Shout out to Bob”) said I should go talk to a guy named  “Mike(Another shout out!)  to get some press access to the track.   I parked my car and took the walk farther down the road until it I was right in the middle of it all.

One bright green vest later (Allowed me to roam the track without getting thrown out)  and I was in the action, I started finding my position for the start.   I couldn’t wait to smell the mixed fuel and hear the tires rip through the dirt on the turn.

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Where it all began..

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Riders ready to start

 

The following shots show how competitive this sport really is.

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Battle for the holeshot!

 

Racing to turn one.

 

 

A couple of photos of turn 1 where things started to get congested.. and fast!

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Heading into turn 2  the riders slowly start to spread out and get their positions.

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Racing through the 2nd turn where things start to spread out.
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three riders fight for position with the pack right on their tail.

 

 

 

Once the first turns were out of the way, I decided to get shots in different spots having to quickly move in and out as the track goes through 7 miles of woods.  Riders get so close that the rocks pelt you which is why I had to take the shot and get my camera out of harms way.

 

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And when it all comes to an end riders reflect on the race against their former rivals.

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Congratulations to:  Ryder Lafferty, Michael Lafferty,  and Thorn Devlin!

 

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