Ruidoso Hill Climb

Slinging mud, rocks, bikes, knobby tires and the smell of two strokes, I’ve never been to a hill climb competition before but it sounds like fun to watch. I was disappointed during the spring rally when there was a hill climb event scheduled at the Travel Center and it was canceled due to weather and that the course was never built. There was some issue with getting permission to cut down a tree.

This time had similar controversy. The tribe had agreed to the event long in advance and they were going to build the course. Then they backed out then agreed to do it again then backed out again. The course wasn’t actually built until Friday afternoon, the day before the event was scheduled. Up to a half hour before things got started a half dozen guys were still throwing the largest of the rocks off to the side.

Of course because of all the back and forth the motorcycle club putting on the event couldn’t advertise it and only one guy showed up. He did his best to entertain the crowds with some stunts and wheelies and did his three runs to win first second and third. I was more impressed by his riding down the hill the last two times than going up it, that’s freaking hard.

With the course built now, hopefully the next time will be more entertaining and more of a competition. Our one rider didn’t seem to have any trouble at all with the hill so maybe its not that challenging. I wonder how these things are scored, time, style? Cant wait till next time. Its nice to have a bit of variety at these rallies and get the adventure riders involved too.

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