International Six Days Enduro Qualifier
Boise Ridge Riders
By Sam Bangert
File Photo by SteveGrayphotos.com
IDAHO CITY, ID, JUNE 2-3, 2012
After pounding whoops for so long, I decided to try something new. Shayla Fulfer’s family told me about the ISDE qualifier up in Idaho City. Even though I wouldn’t be able to qualify because of my age (I’m 14), I still wanted to check it out for next year.
Idaho City is in the mountains just outside of Boise, Idaho. It’s definitely not the desert! It was great: single-track through the trees and mountainside switch-backs – so fun! Rain on Friday night made the conditions epic!
The first day, I would start on the 98th minute. (I was pretty far back.) There was a short transfer section into a grass-track. As they counted us down, the butterflies in my stomach started to fly: five, four, three, two, one! I was off, flying through the trees.
It was very hard to pass people in these specials (unlike the desert). The rest of the day didn’t go as planned; I was having stupid little tip-overs all day and getting my time messed up. I ended up second and 12th overall Amateur. With 10 minutes to impound, I changed the oil and air filter, and tightened bolts so I would be ready for Sunday.
The second day, I would start on the same minute. This day’s course was the same as Saturday’s, only run backward. All of this day’s specials went great. During the last special, my brakes got really hot, but it didn’t make me slower; I felt as if it made me faster! As I cruised through town toward the finish line, I felt a huge relief because I didn’t go flying off one of the cliffs. I took first place and got the gold and was first overall Amateur!
Thanks, Boise Ridge Riders, for the most fun race I’ve ever done! I want to thank all my sponsors: Blais Racing Services, Bio-TearOffs, Troy Lee Designs, Alpinestars, Asterisk, Amsoil, KTM Powersports, ESR, and IMS, and my parents for being there for me, and the Lord for keeping me safe. I also want to thank the Fulfer family for telling me about this race. I loved it and can’t wait until next year!
Come on out to Glen Helen Raceway this Saturday, June 16, to watch the mayhem at the “Last Dog Standing” event, where three of our four riders will be competing in this extreme event. Come cheer on Brendan Crow, Kevin DeJongh and me.
Thanks for your support!