Kacy Martinez – Honoring One Of Our most Successful Carnegie Racers

Posted by on December 15, 2010 under Updates. This post currently has 3 responses.

There are other successful racers/hill-climbers from Carnegie, but Kacy Martinez is very high profile at the moment. She is sponsored by KTM, won the 2009 2010 WORCS Women’s pro title, women’s hill-climb championship, and is the AMA 2009 woman rider of the year.

Kacy started riding Carnegie at a very early age and still enjoys riding here with her friends. Her slim graceful figure belies her profession as a motorcycle racer. Like other successful athletes, Kacy attributes a good part of her success to her family and the backing and support she received from them.

Some time ago I ran into her when I was practicing at the motocross track. That day the track was dry and rutted and I was having trouble going fast though the some of the corners. I noticed a rider on a Honda CR 125 really attacking the track, and I got off my bike to take a look. I watched her as she charged into a dry, rutted corner and then at the last minute pitched it sideways at speed. After hitting the berm, she released the clutch and gunned the bike through the turn and down the next straight. She was attacking the track and going really fast. It wasn’t until afterwards when I saw her go back to her father’s truck and take off her helmet that I realized that she was a girl. If you ride at Carnegie you have probably seen her. She still rides there when she gets a chance.

At about 10:00a.m. on October 16th Kacy was on the starting line for the 24 Hours at Glen Helen. It all began a few months ago when KTM decided to put together a professional woman’s team for the 24 hour race held in San Bernadino County. It appears that KTM supported motocross racer, Sarah Whitmore, came up with the idea after she raced the 6 Hours of Glen Helen and loved it. Her teammates, all KTM racers,
were Kacy Martinez (2010 WORCS champion), Maria Forsberg (2010 GNCC champion) and Sherri Cruse (pro motocross racer and frequent WORC racer). It was reported that they even had their own semi at the track.

Glen Helen is tough. As part of the national motocross championship series, motocross fans from all over the country have seen it on television. It is a rough demanding track, even for professionals. The 24 Hours at Glen Helen includes twelve miles of racing on two motocross tracks (Glen Helen and the REM track), an off road truck track, miles of tight and twisty trails, and a paved road course. It is legendary. Think of
it. About six hours total racing on the track for each team member and almost half of it at night. 24 hours without sleep. This race is the definition of tough. Watching the race you can see that it takes everything out of the competitors and more.

Motorcycle racing is not a team sport. When the gate drops everyone is fighting for the lead. They are all “the competition”. Being a part of a team was probably a new experience for most of these girls. Kacy’s dad, Mark Martinez tended the grill making sure that there was enough to eat and was track side where it counted. He was there the entire 24 hours and his indomitable spirit and work ethic helped the team pull
through both on and off the track. According to Sarah Whitmore in an article in the January edition of Dirt Bike Magazine, the women racers worked really well together both as individuals and as members of a team.

Eventually Kacy lined up on the men’s professional line for a Le Mans style start and took her KTM 250 into second place going through the first turn. Perhaps it was due to her experience climbing hills at Carnegie, but she found traction and sped out of the gate beating all but one of the professional teams lined up beside her. She experienced some problems coming into the Enduro Cross section and fell out of the top
three. The girls took turns riding and when night fell their lap times only fell by one minute. Have you ever ridden through dust at night? You can’t see much.

Anyway when it was all over team KTM captured the women’s pro class victory and came in a respectful ninth overall out of forty-four competitive teams. More importantly, they made history by being the first factory supported off road team. We certainly have something to be proud about. She didn’t ride the race alone. It was a team effort, but they all pushed it through almost impossible conditions and put in an
incredible performance. We at Carnegie Forever want to give Kacy a big collective hug. She is putting us on the map. Her determination and effort have definitely paid off.

See the Racer X web-site.

Carnegie Forever Meets with Park Officials

Posted by on December 15, 2010 under Updates. This post currently has one response.

December 8, 2010, Carnegie SVRA. Members of the Carnegie Forever Board of Directors met with OHV staff to review a series of developments at the park. The ongoing meetings are a way to continue presenting the views of the users to the managers. The group included Joe Ramos Carnegie Sector Superintendent, Jerry Fouts an AMA Congressman and Ole and Sherry Stortruen who represent 4WD groups. Coming to observe the meeting was Kane Silverberg one of the California OHV Commissioners. We invited him to take a ride in the park, but the weather was too wet. The on-going developments of the Alameda/Tesla Expansion Project were a key item of discussion at the round table, informal meeting held outdoors at MotoMart, our vendor store at Carnegie. Also submitted was the need to meet more frequently. Our organization hopes to have a meeting of the OHV Commission in 2011 in Tracy. In the future we will also publish minutes of our meetings so people can keep up with our activities.

Christmas Greetings to all of the subscribers to our website.

Debbie Evans, SoCal, Featured in AMA Magazine

Posted by on November 24, 2010 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

Some of you will remember the guy in Bruce Brown’s On Any Sunday who did the seemingly endless wheelie. The camera panned him as he disappeared down the road and then focused on a perplexed onlooker shaking his head. That was her father doing the wheelie. Then on Any Sunday 2 she does the balancing act that made her famous. She rides her motorcycle to a stop, kills the engine and proceeds to do a head stand on the seat balancing the motorcycle the entire time. She then comes down from the headstand, starts the motorcycle and wheelies off.

I remember Debbie in the late seventies, when I first got involved in motorcycles. She and her husband, Lane Levitt, a National Trials Champion, would come up for some of our events in Northern California. They were both very friendly and not at all stuck up.

Debbie rode in the men’s expert class and had a reputation for being a fearless rider. At that time there was a woman’s class, but the sections were too easy and so I started out in the sportsman’s class. I certainly was no Debbie Evans, but being a serious rider, I wanted to challenge myself.

We both rode the same motorcycle, a Yamaha TY-175. It was light and maneuverable. That worked out well for Debbie because she finished 4th in the 175 class in the Scottish Six Day Trial, an awesome accomplishment.

Today she is a stunt rider in Hollywood. To learn more about this amazing woman go the AMA Magazine. Debbie Evans was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2003.

Northern CA Native This Year’s National Trials Champion

Posted by on November 24, 2010 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

Cody Webb who grew up in Watsonville, California wrapped up his first AMA, NATC National Trials Championship with one event remaining by winning round 9 at Donner Ski Ranch in Nevada. Although this represents Cody’s first national trails championship few doubt that it will be his last.

Cody has been riding motorcycles since he was about three or four years old. With his father Kip as his coach and minder he progressed quickly. Kip Web, a top trials rider in the 80’s and 90’s, was known as “The Animal” due to his aggressive riding style (before taking up trials he was a motocross racer). Kip imparted his technique and desire to his son and Cody’s career took off at an early age. Before graduating from high school he had already gone to Europe to compete against the world’s best riders.

In 2002 at 14 years old, Cody won the AMA High School National Trials Championship. In 2003 he earned the AMA Expert National Trials Championship in his rookie year. In 2007 and 2008 he won the AMA Indoor National Trials Championship. At this point in his career Cody has represented the United States at the Trials des Nations seven times.

In addition to trials, Cody competes in EnduroCross. This year he won 4th place at an AMA EnduroCross in Guthrie Oklahoma and qualified for every main event that he raced.

During the last four seasons Cody captured second place Pro in the AMA National Trials Competition. Finally this year he ascended to top dog in the national trials scene and became the first “native” Californian to win the national title since Bernie Schreiber did so in 1987. Bernie Schreiber went on to win the World Trails Championship in 1989. Is a world championship on Cody’s to do list?

At Donner Ski Ranch, Cody swept both days, beating the three-time National Trials Champion Patrick Smage by 26 points on Saturday and 38 points on Sunday. Coming from Northern California, Cody has plenty of experience with the huge granite walls at Donner.

Cody credited switching to a new team and a new bike (GasGas USA) for this season as the catalyst for his recent success.

See Dirtrider for more info.

On a more personal note; I have known Cody’s father Kip since the early 80’s through the late 90’s, during a time when my husband and I competed in local trials events. I remember Cody riding on the tank of Kip’s motorcycle before he was barely able to walk. I also recall an incident when Cody and his friends urged my grandson to ride his tricycle down a steep and scary hill. They were a year or two older than my foolhardy grandson and were riding BMX bikes. They didn’t realize the danger of riding a fixed wheel trike at a high rate of speed. Thank god we caught my grandson in the nick of time and stopped him before he followed the others in what for him would have been a wild ride. Who did he think he was – Travis Pastrana?

At any rate, Cody has graduated from riding his BMX bike down steep, scary hills and my grandson… well that is a story for another time.

Einer’s Bicycle

Posted by on November 24, 2010 under Uncategorized. This post currently has no responses.

I am no Jessica Paterson, Debbie Evans or Kacy Martinez. I just love dirt bikes. I enjoyed sports from an early age. Before I entered junior high school I played kids’ baseball, football and ice-hockey. All my life I enjoyed competition in individual sports such as horseback riding, skiing, back-packing, mountain climbing, sailing and bicycling. I didn’t buy my first motorcycle until I was in my mid to late twenties and at that time I didn’t know anybody who rode motorcycles. In fact I had never ridden a motorcycle except as a teenager on the back of my former boyfriend’s BSA Gold Star.

I bought my first motorcycle in 1977, a Yamaha RD-125. I was going to school and I needed transportation. It all started when my friend Einer asked me to return his bicycle which I had been riding on loan. Somehow in the process of looking for a new bicycle I ended up walking into Berkeley Yamaha, a motorcycle dealer. In those days Karl was a young man and it didn’t take much persuasion before I handed over a check and Karl rolled my new motorcycle out of the shop. The only problem was that I did not know how to ride a motorcycle.

Karl instructed me as to where the throttle, clutch, shifter and brakes were located. He also warned me of the neighborhood dog who made a sport out of terrifying unsuspecting bikers. It was a small displacement 2-stoke and as I let out the clutch to merge into traffic on University Avenue I was afraid to rev the engine thinking that it would blow to kingdom come. Eventually, before I had made it halfway home, it fouled a plug and refused to start. I didn’t know anything about fouled plugs on 2-strokes and I just assumed that my new motorcycle was broken.

I was standing beside the road wondering what to do when a friendly Berkeley police officer stopped to see what was wrong. When I told him what had happened he knew right away what the problem was. He got a spark plug wrench out of the trunk of his cruiser, pulled the plug out of my bike, cleaned it off and re-inserted it. After I got it started he warned me to keep the motor revved up. That was almost thirty-five years ago and I have been riding ever since.

Less than I year later I sold the street bike and purchased a dual sport Yamaha DT 175 and a little bit later a trails bike Yamaha TY 175. After learning how to ride off road I purchased my first motocross bike. What a long strange
trip it has been and I wouldn’t exchange it for anything. I made a lot of new friends and traveled to different places. I joined PITS (Pacific International Trials Society), FIM, the AMA and District 36. For years I competed in trials, motocross and cross-country. I also joined NORBA (National Off Road Bicycle Association) and raced cross-country, dual slalom, down hill and trials on bicycles. Now I just ride for fun.

November 2nd is Fast Approaching

Posted by on October 12, 2010 under Updates. This post currently has 4 responses.

As Skip said at Carnegie Freedom day; “We have to vote those so and so’s out of office”. We live in a free society and it is more important than ever to exercise our right to vote. But which so and so’s do we need to vote out of office? This is why we need to educate ourselves about where particular candidates stand pertaining to issues that affect us. The Internet is an invaluable tool to find out about candidate voting records and which candidates are introducing legislation that diminish our riding opportunities. Beyond just doing basic Internet research there is help on the way. In Dirt Rider’s latest issue there is an article entitled “You Lose! Don’t Make Dirt Bikes Extinct” by Jimmy Lewis.

This article contains some really useful information about voting. Check out all three pages especially the section on how to obtain information about candidates and issues. According to this article there is a 2010 AMA member voter guide (you need to login). The AMA doesn’t tell you how to vote but tries to help AMA members understand where candidates stand on issues important to the future of motorcycling. Although most of the candidates did not return the AMA questionnaire, and this tool is limited, do take a look here if you are an AMA member.

Over the next couple of weeks we have to find out about the candidates and the issues. As Jimmy Lewis says: “Shortly, if things continue the way they are going, you will not have dirt bikes to ride or places to ride them.” Read the article and take action. It was never more important than it is today to exercise your right to vote. Know the candidates and the propositions before you enter the voting booth.

Getting ready for elections and making sure we understand the issues is very important. I have been voting since I was eighteen years old and take my duty as a citizen of this great country very seriously. Sometimes a particular issue is not as cut and dry as it initially seems.

I recently had a discussion about Proposition 23 with a friend. As I understood it, Proposition 23 would suspend AB-32 (a greenhouse gas reduction program) until California’s unemployment drops to 5.5 percent or less for four consecutive quarters (not very likely any time soon). I originally assumed that Proposition 23 was not a good thing.

After listening to his arguments I researched the issues and this is what I learned.

According to the literature AB-32 is a comprehensive greenhouse-gas-reduction program that includes increased renewable energy and cleaner fuel requirements, and mandatory emissions reporting and fee requirements for major emittors such as power plants and oil refineries.

It sounds like AB-32 will reduce green house gases. Isn’t that a good thing? Aren’t green house emissions responsible for global warming? We all have our own answers to this question. I believe they do. There are scientists who believe that they do and others who believe that they don’t. Beyond this question, other issues germane to this proposition are more complicated than I thought.

Some newspaper articles blame out-of-state oil companies for sponsoring and funding Proposition 23. Yet according to a site called Ballotpedia, Proposition 23 supporters include Dan Logue, US Congressman Tom McClintock (see my previous post about Tom McClintock), Steve Poizner, The California Republican Party, Jim Kellog, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association and Americans for the prosperity of California.

Then there is the issue of who will be responsible for implementing and making regulations pursuant to AB-32. According to the language of the statute, The California Air Resources Board (CARB), under the California Environmental Protection Agency, is to prepare plans to achieve the objectives stated in the Act.

We all know these groups. The day before yesterday there was a newspaper article about CARB, the state agency charged with researching and adopting air quality standards. CARB grossly miscalculated pollution levels for diesel-fueled off-road vehicles used in construction and other industries. Its scientific analysis was off by 340 percent.

“The setbacks in the air board’s research – and the proposed softening of a landmark regulation raise questions about the performance of the agency as it is in the midst of implementing the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, or AB-32 as it is commonly called, one of the state’s and the nation’s most ambitious environmental policies to date.”

So the question also becomes – do we really trust the California Air Resources Board to implement this law in an unbiased manner? Among other things, my friend said that the CARB used junk science with the OHV Red Sticker/Green sticker issue and based current emissions on tests from a mid 1970s 2- stroke.

According to a comment to the Chronicle article alluded to above there are also other questions pertaining to this agency which include among other things poisoning California wells by forcing refineries to add MTBE to gasoline and forcing independent truck drivers to sell their rigs when they issued draconian standards based on phony science. The author of the comment said that its director, Mary Nichols, has arrogantly joked, “I can do anything I want–I don’t have to stand for election”.

Need I say more? Voting is not easy and I cannot tell you how to vote. As Wooster says in P.G. Wodehouse’s popular novel, “there are circles within circles”. Nothing is easy or even cut and dried. I don’t want to tell you how I will vote. Everybody has different values and beliefs, but it has never been more important than it is today to exercise our right to vote and educate ourselves about the issues.

As I said before, the Dirt Rider article has some very good ideas. It is an invaluable resource to look at before you step into the voting booth. Also talk to friends and look at websites for organizations that represent our interests like Blue Ribbon Coalition, CORVA, AMA, District 36, and others to find out what the issues are and where the candidates stand.

News from Carnegie

Posted by on September 10, 2010 under Updates. This post currently has 4 responses.

Greetings to all the people who want to support ongoing OHV recreation at Carnegie SVRA. Substantial progress has taken place in the last 9 months after our park was almost closed.

For the previous 10 years a group of Carnegie riders has met with park staff to try to make our ideas part of the park’s future. Some of our efforts were useful but others were unfortunately never implemented or accepted. We originally worked under the name CORE.

We are now pleased to announce that our work for these past months and years will culminate with our application this month (September) for Federal non-profit status as a 501(C) (3) corporation called – Carnegie Forever, Inc. We know that this is the only way to have our views credibly represented at future meetings.

Relative to this new status we will apply to California’s OHV Commission for a major round table discussion about Carnegie this year (hopefully December) in Tracy. We want to discuss many problems at the park and ways to keep environmental organization from trying to close our park. Carnegie was a test case for attacking OHV areas and we are dedicated to keeping the gate closed to these persistent intruders.

Special Request 1
One of our greatest allies over the last 15 years is Don Amador. As the Western States Representative for BRC (Blue Ribbon Coalition), he travels to “hot spots” all over the West fighting for our recreation rights. Don came to our rally the day we expected the park to cease operations – now let’s rally to support his work. He keeps us informed of issues all over the state and appears as an expert witness on our behalf. Don NEEDS our financial help right now. Please take a few minutes and make a donation to his work. Access this web page. On the right side of the page is a donation box to direct your gift. Under “contribution instructions” enter “Western Rep. Expenses”. Your support will get some critical financial help to the office of the man we have all come to trust and respect.

Please, do it today!

Special Request 2
Dirt bike season starts in October. The dreaded and totally unfair Red Sticker season also ends at the same time. With perfect symmetry we can celebrate this occasion with an annual reunion of sorts at Carnegie by attending the Horne Family’s California Hillclimb Series Round 3 on October 2nd and 3rd. Round 4 will be on November 6th and 7th.

This series has grown in popularity over the last 20 years and the Carnegie hills have produced many champions in the sport. Also added is a new twist – side-by-side racing called VERTICROSS©. Motocross riders are now entering hillclimbs! Previous events brought 500 riders who compete in classes from 50cc to 1500cc. There will be a pit-bike race Saturday night under the lights.

Special note: Carnegie Forever, Inc will have an information booth at the event.

Join the fun and support the event and the Skip, Lynn and George Horne Family that has put Carnegie on the map. Visit Skip’s Promotions for more info.

Keep the faith. Send us your suggestions and ideas, especially for the OHV Commission Meeting this year. We will keep you informed of the progress of our corporation.

Remember – financial support for Don Amador and Skip’s Hillclimb supports all our efforts as a recreation community.

Thanks for helping us,

Mark Speed, Mark Martinez, Pete Krunich, Dave Duffin and Diana Tweedy

Congressman Presses For Public Access To U.S. Forests

Posted by on August 30, 2010 under Press. This post currently has 2 responses.

Check out this article published by The Union.com serving Western Nevada County in California entitled McClintock Blasts US Forest Service for “Abusive” “ Predatory” Fees.

Congressman Tom McClintock describes examples of cost recovery fees collected by the US Forest Service which he labels as abusive and predatory. This abuse, brought to his attention by his constituents, portrays an attitude within the service which he said requires immediate correction.

He documents examples of the U.S. Forest Service demanding excessive fees from various organizations running events in the National Forests and then pulling permits when the organizations could not afford the fees. Groups including the California
Endurance Riders Association, the Polka Dot Motorcycle Club (motorcycle clubs) and Gold Country Endurance Group (an equestrian club) were forced to cancel events that they had been holding for decades.

These along with other documented abuses caused Tom McClintock to bring concerns and complaints of arbitrary and capricious conduct to the Forest Service’s attention. “Combined, these actions evince an ideologically driven hostility to the public’s use of the public’s land – and a clear intention to deny the public the responsible and sustainable use of that land.”

He said that if the Forest Service fails to reverse these policies he will use his use his position on the National Parks, Forests and Public Lands subcommittee of the House Natural Resources Committee to press for hearings into the economic damage their actions have caused.

Finally a powerful ally willing to stand up for public access…

A Threat from the Inside

Posted by on August 18, 2010 under Updates. This post currently has 2 responses.

After injuring myself I was back on my motorcycle for the first time in over a month. I noticed a lot of changes since I was my last ride. Not good changes. Let me explain what I mean.

“Viewed from a jetliner at 35,000 feet Carnegie is indistinguishable from other geographic features like farms, shopping malls, housing tracts, and the military installation across the road from us.” Dave Duffin.

The danger lies not so much that the environmental extremists will close us down outright. They will take little chunks out of our riding experience bit by bit until we finally leave of our own accord.

Back on the ground and behind the scenes the rangers are being forced to kowtow to these extreme environmental groups and take action based on their interpretation of the Recreation Code.

The rangers are putting up more fencing and constructing trails that are finely graded and almost flat. These new trails pose no challenge to long time Carnegie riders. Some say that the many blind corners, easy terrain and increased speed pose a safety hazard on the narrow two-way trails.

“The “improvements” will add a new component to many unskilled riders’ experience – SPEED!!! This will result in accidents.” Dave Duffin.

What can we do to pressure the rangers into taking the riders needs into consideration when they make changes? Will Rodney Smith still be able to say that Carnegie is the most challenging place he had ever ridden?

“They act like we are riding on their front lawn not in our off road park.” Mark Martinez.

Someone is trying to turn Carnegie into a kind of safe amusement park like the snow coaches in Yellow Stone. Long time riders did not start riding here because they didn’t like challenging terrain. What can we do? We need to take action immediately or it will be too late.

Update for the Supporters of OHV Recreation at Carnegie SVRA

Posted by on August 18, 2010 under Updates. This post currently has 8 responses.

Eight months ago we had a rally at our park to signal the last day of riding before it was due to be closed. We were in the national spotlight with TV news crews attending and articles written in the local and national press. The motives of our protagonists were not based on water quality, soils mitigation, or wildlife preservation. The burning idea in their minds was to close our park and end, by any means possible, family OHV recreation here and eventually at as many other places and State OHV Parks as possible.

After years of experience at closing other riding areas in California they finally found a way to “hack” into Carnegie and release a virus that would destroy our Off Highway vehicle lifestyle here. Our little Carnegie was to become a test case to see if their venom could be replicated at other places in the state and nation. The argument they used before a Judge in Alameda County, stated the water quality was harmed by OHV use in the park. An Appeals Court overruled this first decision and the park has thankfully remained open. The poison however, is still in the system since the Park Staff base many of their land use decisions on possible future lawsuits from these relentless, well funded, and yes selfish environmentalists.

Viewed from a jetliner at 35,000 feet Carnegie is indistinguishable from other geographic features like farms, shopping malls, housing tracts, and the military installation across the road from us. The alleged environmental groups Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance are currently probing for cracks in the wall that the Appellate Court erected. They won’t give up until this little dot on the map, Carnegie, becomes a hiking and nature area.

We have spent the months between December and August holding riders’ meetings with the intent to develop a substantial riders’ organization to represent the beliefs, aspirations and requirements of the 150 -200,000 OHV recreation enthusiasts who have come to Carnegie for over 40 years.

In the photo above we met in June with Dave Pickett AMA D.36 President and Legal Affairs Officer and Blue Ribbon Western Sates Representative Don Amador. At that meeting we decided to apply to the CA OHV Commission to have a future meeting in Tracy to discuss current issues and re-opening the application for the 4000 acres west of us – The Alameda-Tesla Expansion Project.

Finally we are in the last segment of establishing a Federal non-profit corporation called Carnegie Forever, Inc. The filing will take place in mid-September and we will be pleased to announce the GOOD NEWS this Fall after our corporation is approved. We desperately need this designation to effectively fight for our piece of the pie, our tiny dot on the map. At that time we will respectfully ask for your financial support with a tax deductible donation to fund the future defense fund of Carnegie.

Dave Duffin, Pete Krunich, Mark Speed, Mark Martinez and Diana Tweedy

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