Hare-Scramble Series will host dirt bike motorcycle races Oct. 20-21 at Pajarito Mountain. Photo by Brandom Turman
By BRODIE ANDERSON
Looking for something to do next weekend? How about driving up to Pajarito Mountain Ski Area to one of the largest motorsports event to ever come to Los Alamos County.
Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 20-21, WeBe Racing – Hare-Scramble Series, will put on dirt bike motorcycle races on Pajarito Mountain. Many riders will compete at the Pajarito Mountain Ski Area in various classes. From 50-cc Minis, with riders as young as 3 years old, through novices, women, intermediate, expert and professionals, this will provide excitement all weekend long for both riders and spectators.
James Wagner, and his wife Chelsea (Anderson) Wagner, a 2000 graduate of Los Alamos High School, purchased the WeBe Racing Series two years ago. They put on Hare-Scramble and Enduro races throughout Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico and are bringing the series back to Los Alamos. The race was scheduled at Pajarito Mountain back in June; however, due to fire restrictions, they had to reschedule.
This is a very family-oriented race series, with children, women, men and senior divisions, with some riders in their 70s. You’ll be able to see some of the best expert and professional racers from all across the Southwest, including Utah, Colorado, Arizona, Texas, New Mexico, etc.
Oct. 20 begins with a practice session. The racing will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a two-hour Relay-style Team Race. The kids’ mini races will follow on a separate loop from 2:30-4:30 p.m. These races are divided into groups by bike size (50cc, 65cc, and 85cc) and followed by a women’s beginner competition.
Oct. 21, the racing begins at 8:30 a.m. with C-class Novices, 60+, Women, and Iron Minis, which are older kids who ride on the full course. This race will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes. The B-class Amateurs, A-class Experts, and Pros will begin at 11a.m. and race for approximately two hours.
These races, known as Hare-Scrambles, will cover an approximate 8.5-mile loop on the ski slopes. A pre-race team has been laying out the course, clearing new trails through the trees, as the races will not be using any of the existing mountain bike trails.
Tickets for entry to the area will be $10/per person, with those 10 years of age and under being free, and they are good for one or both days. Bring lawn chairs and a blanket for watching or move around the course to different views. Food and drinks will be available at the Ski Lodge.
If you are a local dirt-bike rider and would like to race, you can go to WeBeRacing.com to preregister, or you can register at the event. Sign up is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19 and again 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 20 and 7-10:30 a.m. Oct. 21.
James Wagner, and his wife Chelsea (Anderson) Wagner, a 2000 graduate of Los Alamos High School, are bringing dirt bike motorcycle races to Los Alamos. Photo by Brandom Turman