Florida Trail Riders - April 2023

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3 APRIL 2023 FEATURES AREA DIRECTORS & CLUB INFO 4 WHO TO CONTACT 5 PREZ SAYS 8 CHAPLAIN’S CORNER 11 WHAT’S NEW? 12 DADE CITY HS PHOTOS 14 ALLIGATOR ENDURO 16 FTR AT THE GNCC 18 MotoPT 20 2022-2023 SCHEDULE 30

AREA DIRECTORS & CLUB INFO

AREA DIRECTORS CLUB CONTACTS

AREA #1 - Out-of-State, Panhandle

Brandon St. John (912) 729-1089 ktm21brandon@yahoo.com

AREA #2 - Hamilton, Suwannee, Columbia, Baker, Union, Bradford, Nassau, Duval, Clay, Putnam, St. Johns

James Benton (904) 589 0093 bentonracing116@yahoo.com

AREA #3 - Gilchrist, Alachua, Levy, Marion, Citrus, Sumter, Lake

Wiliam Toreki (352) 372-1135 stillbill@cox.net

AREA #4 - Flagler, Volusia

Mike McGuire (386) 871-0666 makmcguire@yahoo.com

AREA #5 - Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, West Hillsborough

Shane Hitz (747) 213-4399 shane.hitz@yahoo.com

AREA #6 - East Hillsborough, Polk

Trey Heath (863) 326-3009 treyheath@hotmail.com

AREA #7 - Seminola, Osceola, Orange

Jason Ennis (321) 615-8227 jason.ennis@mypowersports. net

AREA #8 - Brevard, Indian River

Shaun Foutch (386) 214-4878 eastflorida234@yahoo.com

AREA #9 - Manatee, Sarasota, Hardee, DeSoto, Highlands

Bruan Dugre (941) 893-7898 brian@mycentec.com

AREA #10 - Okeechobee, St. Lucie, Martin

Ken Harris (772) 370-4434 khei9862@gmail.com

AREA #11 - Charlotte, Lee, Glades, Hendry, Collier

Ken Redford (239) 297-7170 redford_kenny@yahoo.com

AREA #12 - Palm Beach

Kyle McAfee (561) 722-1318 rkyle914@aol.com

AREA #13 - Borward, Dade, Monroe

Adam Cohen (954) 881-4211 adams.cohen.c@gmail.com

Apollo M/C

Mark Bordelon (321) 794-0993 markbord115@gmail.com

Azalea City M/C

Gary Wyatt (386) 684-2698 wyattg1@windstream.net

Big O Trail Riders

Tommy Clay 863-532-1952 tommy_clay@yahoo.com

Big Scrub Trail Riders

Curtis Bell (386) 679-8201 curtbell@rocketmail.com

Central Florida Trail Riders

Elesa Berard (407) 376-7115 elesa@embarqmail.com

Columbia Enduro Riders

Ricky Dennis (803) 786-0051 mastercraft@bellsoth.net

Daytona Dirt Riders

Joe Carrasquillo (386) 615-0722 secretary4ddr@gmail.com

Family Riders, Inc.

Johnny Thomas (843) 553-1463 familyriderssc@bellsouth.net

Greenville Enduro Riders

Chris Poole (864) 617-4342 info@greenvilleenduroriders. com

Nature Coast Trail Blazers Rob Swann (813) 731-5552 naturecoasttrailriders@gmail. com

Old School Dirt Riders Ben Kelly (941) 650-1473 ftr90racer@yahoo.com

Palm Beach Track & Trail

Randy Rash (954) 931-5709

motodadfla19@aol.com

Perry Mountain M/C

Brad Belcher (205) 340-4298

perrymountainmotorcycleclub@gmail.com

River City Dirt Riders James Benton (904) 589-0093

bentonracing116@yahoo.com

Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Randy Faul (863) 244-3709

randt817@gmail.com

Southeast Florida Trail Riders Frank Campbell (561) 951-3732

flawoods35@yahoo.com

Sumter Enduro Riders

Johnny McCoy (803) 481-5169

serma@ftc-i.net

Suncoast Trail Blazers Cary Hunt 727-635-6228

suncoastbiz1@gmail.com

Sunrunners Dirt Riders West Anderson (863) 604-1868

jetster220@gmail.com

Tallahassee Trail Riders

Mikey Rainey (350) 591-5386

trailriderstallahassee@gmail. com

Treasure Coast Trail Riders

Luis M Rodriguez (772) 801-9777

luisabx@hotmail.com

FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS

WHO TO CONTACT

OFFICERS RIDER REPS

PRESIDENT

Randy Faul (863) 244-3709

president@floridatrailriders.org

VICE PRESIDENT

Pete Rose (941) 270-1189

vicepresident@floridatrailriders.org

SECRETARY

Kelsey Saltar (386) 315-4713 secretary@floridatrailriders.org

TREASURER

Kayla Vawter (863) 381-2649

treasurer@foridatrailriders.org

HARE SCRAMBLE CHAIRMAN

Randy Rash (954) 931-5709

hschair@floridatrailriders.org

ENDURO CHAIRMAN

George Tolson (863) 698-3837

endurochair@floridatrailriders.org

HARE SCRAMBLE REFEREE

Jeff Hazeltine 941-468-7204

hsreffloridatrailriders.org

ENDURO REFEREE

Glenn Hunt (678) 231-4100

enduroref@floeidatrailriders.org

BUSINESS MANAGER

Darlene Riggs (352) 538-6291

businessmanager@floridatrailriders.org

AA/A ENDURO

Don Chriss (407) 694-5614

decorlando@gmail.com

B/C ENDURO

Sam Boydstun (407) 467-3951

woodsracercfl@rr.com

SPECIALTY A/B ENDURO

Peter Magee (352) 472-6932

cr250@bellsouth.net

SPECIALTY C/WOMEN ENDURO

Jimmy Pitts (321) 234-5086

AA/A HARE SCRAMBLE

Ryan McCarthy (941) 234-5086

ryanmccarthy90@gmail.com

B/C HARE SCRAMBLE

Roy Culbertson (407) 446-7993

roy.culbertson337@gmail.com

SPECIALTY A/B HARE SCRAMBLE

Paul Lucas (305) 244-7531

happytimesamuse@msn.com

SPECIALTY C/WOMEN HARE SCRAMBLE Holly Langford (954) 504-2659

hollylangford108@gmail.com

SATURDAY CLASSES HARE SCRAMBLE

Kurt Lucas (786) 385-7771

kurtlucas101@gmail.com

QUADS

Pete Rose (941) 270-1189

pwrracingktm@gmail.com

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7 APRIL 2023

PREZ SAYS

Words: Randy Faul

Taking the High Road

As we wind down our season with a couple Enduros and a Scramble left on the schedule, our work continues as we close out the season. Behind the scenes, meetings and emails on a weekly basis, FTR strives to promote safe, fun and organized events that can be experienced on any of our event weekends. All of this just doesn’t happen with a snap of a finger or the wave of a magic wand, lots of countless hours are spent making the best decision for the organization along with adjusting to the ever changing atmosphere. We have a lot of people on board that only want the best for FTR and are continually working to make improvements that will enhance and strengthen

our organization.

Sometimes the decisions are not the most popular and that’s okay as we accept that as part of the process. The main goal is for our family to continue to enjoy our sport, our extended weekend families and to promote good sportsmanship. I have mentioned this many times that any organization is going to have growing pains and that not everyone agrees on what the best decision is to move forward. I also have said that FTR is so well established that we are continually noticed and under the microscope as our name and reputation is known all over the country. As we continue to improve and polish our series, the likelihood of things slowing down to catch our breath proba-

bly won’t happen. With some of the biggest names in the industry like Moose Racing and FMF continuing their support along with Engine Ice, HBD and Seat Concepts on the local side, our 23/24 season will be another stellar record breaking season. As we move forward and our big show happens on July 15, remember what we have and do your part to help us continue to provide those great weekends of friendship and competition.

Thanks for listening,

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Starting Line to Checkered Flag…

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” 2 Timothy 4:7

As believers in Jesus, we celebrate Resurrection Day (Easter). Have you ever wondered what it may have been like for the apostles to be with Jesus? This may be an example.

My name is Matthew. I am one of the original 12 apostles of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Before meeting Jesus, I was a tax collector. Commissioned by the Roman government, my job was to assess and then collect taxes from the Jewish population. The amount owed under law went to Romans; anything extra went to meand I made sure there was a lot extra. I was very well off, but NOT very well liked.

I had business associates, acquaintances and friends most of whom were also hated by the Jewish population. They were mostly other tax collectors and overseers who willingly worked for the Romans; like me, well

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off but NOT well liked.

One day, while I was working in my tax office, protected by a Roman soldier, Jesus came down the street, followed by a huge crowd.

Word had traveled through the whole region about this young teacher. We had heard about many miracles, turning water into wine, healing the crippled and even one story about Him raising a dead girl back to life. Everyone was talking about the power and wisdom of His teaching. He taught scripture in ways never heard before.

So, He’s walking along the road and I look up and He’s staring at me. He called out, “Follow me.” To this day, I have no idea why I did it but I got up and walked away from my job and went after Him. Soon after, I found myself walking beside Him. I even invited Him to dinner at my house.

On short notice, I put together a feast for Him and his closest followers, inviting all of my friends and acquaintances. Some of the religious leaders stood outside grumbling and asking why a teacher would willingly dine with sinners.

Jesus knew their thoughts, smiled and said, “It is not those who are well

who need a doctor but those who are sick.” I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners.”

That is how I became a follower of Jesus. The other apostles took a while to accept me but eventually they came to understand I was a different person-totally changed by our Savior.

Over the next 3 years I came to understand He is truly the Son of God. Before then, I wasn’t even sure if there WAS a God. When He would look at me, it was as if He was seeing right into my soul; the good and the bad. Despite all of bad, He just loved me.

This same love and acceptance is there for anyone who will take the courage when He calls, “Follow me”. Blessings on and off the road,

11 APRIL 2023

WHAT’S NEW?

PROPOSED 2023-2024 EVENT SCHEDULE

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09-03-2023 Enduro #1 Little Brown Jug Enduro Union, SC 09-24-2023 Enduro #2 Croom Enduro Croom, FL 9-30/10-1 2023 HS #1 Central Florida Trail Riders 10-14/15-2023 HS #2 Azalea City Motorcycle Club 10-28/29-2023 HS #3 Sarasota Area Dirt Riders 10-29-2023 Enduro #3 Gobbler Getter Enduro Maplesville, AL 11-11/12-2023 HS #4 Sunrunners Motorcle Club 11-19-2023 Enduro #4 St. Mary’s Shoals Enduro Glen St. Mary, FL 12-9/10-2023 HS# 5 Old School Dirt Riders 01-6/7-2024 HS #6 Suncoast Trail Blazers 1-20/21-2024 HS #7 Palm Beach Track & Trail 2-3/4-2024 HS #8 Treasure Coast Trail Riders 2-17/18-2024 HS #9 Daytona Dirt Riders 2-25-2024 Enduro #5 Straight Arrow Enduro Richloam, FL 3-7-2024 Enduro #6 Alligator Enduro Favoretta, FL 3-16/17-2024 HS #10 Nature Coast Trail Blazers 06-9-2024 Enduro #7 Cherokee Enduro Greensboro, GA

DADE CITY HARE SCRAMBLE PHOTOS

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Photos: Jamey Perdue
15 APRIL 2023

ALLIGATOR ENDURO RACE REPORT

Words: Kurt Lucas Photos: Jamey Perdue

The Alligator Enduro is one of my favorite events. The event is on a Thursday in the heart of the infamous Daytona Bike Week. There is so much to do around the event and the majority of the motorcycle industry is in the surrounding area with a multitude of events going on. The event is put on by the Daytona Dirt Riders at the Strickland Ranch property (the same spot as the DDR Hare Scramble). The property is huge so the majority of the endure trail was fresh. Which was good because it was super dry, the state has not seen much rain lately and it is really showing out on the racetrack.

This endure was the “sprint endure” format which allows you to go out whenever you please, after the first test at least. I like this format a lot because if you are feeling good and don’t want to take a break in between tests then you can just keep going. It is also nice because if you are a faster rider you do not have to keep starting behind the same riders each test, this really helped in the dust.

The loop consisted of three tests; all a lot different from each other. You had to ride the loop three times, so nine tests combining for just over 60 miles of race trail. It was gnarly and long and really tested the rider’s endurance as well as skill. The first test was the longest, it felt like 20 miles but was probably closer eight or nine. This was a tough one, the roots were tough and only got worse as the trail wore on. I always struggle at the beginning of an endure, you get zero practice and its 0 to 100 right off the bat. The test also featured some mega sandy hills that made even the

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best riders flounder. The test opened up near the end to some fast, flowy palmetto sections followed by some slick black dirt where throttle control was key. Tests one, four, and seven were really tested the rider’s concentration because any lapse could cause mistakes.

The second test was my favorite. It was a shorter test at about six miles but every bit of it was super fun. It started out with some sweet fast sections through the pines, multiple lines made it super fun and easy to pass other riders. About halfway through the test opened up to an epic grass track section. This part got better every time around as berms began to develop and allow the riders to carry more speed around the sweeping corners. At the end of the test was some very soft, sugar sand that got very rough. A lot of riders were in limp mode through here at the end of the day.

The last test was rough, plain and simple. This test jumped on to the hare scramble trail a few times and just got rougher as the day went on. The whoops were soft and deep, I had nightmares about them for a few days. Of course, this test was three, six, and nine so at the end of the loop when riders were the most fatigued. I saw a lot of tired riders through here.

All in all it was a great event and the Daytona Dirt Riders did an excellent job with the trail layout. 60+ miles of dusty, hot, rooty trails tested every single racer.

17 APRIL 2023

FTR AT THE GNCC

FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS
Photos: Brianna Avirret Barry McCarty Alex Lugar Jesse Ansley Brandon Frazier
19 APRIL 2023
Landon Lynn Codie Benton Garrett Edmisten Linkin Bischoff Antonio Gaya Kai McCullough

MotoPT: IMPROVE YOUR MOVE

Neck Braces: Are they worth it?

Hello FTR Family,

At the time of this writing, we have just wrapped up a successful FTR round 9 by the Big “O” club at the Big Buck III hare scramble and are heading into the final round of the 22/23 season. Man does time fly. I have been asked to cover a controversial subject this month, but I am happy to do so. Let’s discuss the pros and cons of neck braces this month. Everyone seems to have a strong opinion about neck braces in our sport, I hope to provide some fact-based information about the topic.

Let’s start off with the pros for neck braces. There is a large quantity of data that shows us there is a correlation to spinal cord, neck fracture and not wearing a neck brace. A cervical spine injury is 82% more likely and a critical cervical spine injury such as spinal cord pathology is 89% more likely when not wearing a neck brace (Great Lakes EMS, 2018). This means that neck braces are a vital piece of equipment that decreases the occurrence and severity of neck and spine injuries. Further research is

needed to strengthen the methodology of these studies and to mitigate some inherent bias due to the funding for these studies. From a quantity of evidence viewpoint, it is hard to argue with the current best evidence. Another pro is that neck brace design and materials have evolved in the last decade and the current models have more adjustability while allowing more range of motion (ROM) and enhanced safety when compared to old brace designs.

The con side of the discussion is mainly about misconceptions sprinkled with a few facts. Some of the most common misconceptions about neck braces are they cause other injuries such as a collarbone fracture, and limit neck ROM too much. Those of us that rode with a first generation Leatt neck brace can attest to the amount of motion they limited and the forces into the spine they created due to how they contacted your collar bones and the neck strut in the back. Neck braces no longer have this design, are much lower profile and allow greater ROM. Additionally, the current best evidence on the

topic appears to show us that neck braces increase safety and decrease serious injury rates (Great Lakes EMS, 2018; Sharma et al., 2015; Theile et al. 2015). However, neck braces absolutely limit your neck ROM to a certain degree. They must for effective protection against outside forces during an accident.

Another con for neck braces is that they do not work for all types of body sizes and shapes. Do you have a short neck and wide shoulders? The best option for you might be a neck collar like the Atlas Vision which offers side bending protection (most common force in neck injuries) but does not protect against forward bending and backward bending motion (picture 1). If a neck brace like the Vision does not work for you based on your anatomy, a neck brace might not work for you at all. Neck braces do not work for every body size/ shape and that is perfectly fine. The truth is that most of us hate wearing protective gear, especially the type that might restrict our movement (Gorasso & Petrone,

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2013). A recent researcher found that riders complained about a neck brace affecting their “flow “on the bike (Broman, 2022). Flow is that deep state of concentration that you achieve when you feel as if you are riding your bike or ATV well. I think this is the number one reason why we have seen so many pros ditch the neck brace in the last few years. Chase Sexton, Justin Barcia, Jason Anderson, and Marvin Musquin just to name a few.

What is interesting is most riders who were not wearing a neck brace when they broke their neck, start wearing one when they make their return to racing. Steward Baylor and Kyle Peters are a few recent examples. For me this says a lot about the deep-rooted beliefs of most riders: “They work but I don’t want to wear one unless I have to.”

If you want to IMPROVE YOUR MOVE in the off season to get better results next racing sea-

son, please let me know. We can develop an individualized performance improvement plan, injury prevention or rehabilitation program to help you meet your goals. I can meet with you via video conferencing, phone calls, email, or text. If you live close to St. Augustine, I can also come to you! Whatever type of training program you need, I can make a customized training program just for you and coach you through the off season. I highly recommend you consult a physical therapist or physician for a general health and physical activity readiness screening. If you are experiencing pain while riding, it is always beneficial to have a complete evaluation by a physical therapist or physician. If you have any questions or comments, please email me at contact@motopt.com, or call 904-395-5379. Let’s IMPROVE YOUR MOVE so you can ride pain-free with MotoPT.

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Gorasso, L. & Petrone, N. (2013). On-Track measurements of neck movements and muscle activity during motocross sessions with or without neck brace, Procedia Engineering, 60, pp. 337-342.

Great Lake EMS Inc., (2018). Neck brace effectiveness case study, Great Lakes EMS Inc. Retrived from https://www.actionsportsems.com/case-studyneck-brace

Sharma, V.K., Rango, J., Connaughton, A.J., Lombardo, D.J., & Sabesan, V.J. (2015). The current state of head and neck injuries in extreme sports. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 3(1), 2325967114564358.

Matthew Daugherty PT, DPT, OTR/L, MOT, DBA Associate Professor Board-Certified Orthopaedic Clinical Specialist Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists

Manual Therapy Certified

References

Broman, D. N. (2022). A Phenomenological Exploration of Neck Brace Use in Motocross. Sport Journal, N.PAG-N.PAG. https://search.ebscohost.com/ login.aspx?direct=true&Auth-

Thiele, G., Kafka, P., Litzenberger, S. & Sabo, A. (2015). Neck braces in motocross: Different designs and their effects on muscular activity of the neck. Procedia Engineering, 112, pp. 71-76.

21 APRIL 2023

RIDER: JIMMY WALKER

PHOTO: TYLER MILLER

813-592-1228 sclark@mosaicfingroup.com wwwmosaicfingroup.com

Dade City Harescramble is always one of my favorites. Love the course and the weather is usually really nice. This year I have really enjoyed watching my kids race in Peewee Beginner. This weekend they were both in the top 10 which is high stress for me. My son Kai had worked all the way up to 4th and was having his best ride of the season. Then one lap he didn’t come around and I knew something must have happened because he lost several spots. When he came off the track after the race, he was complaining that he hit his face on a tree. He’s only 5 years old so I don’t really know how much of the story is true.

However, later that day, I had two different dads let me know that he smashed an oaktree head on and hit his head pretty hard. They said it was a big hit. I was proud that he kept going even though those trees do jump out at you now and then.

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2022-2023 SCHEDULE

FLORIDA TRAIL RIDERS
09-04-2022 Enduro #1 Greenville Enduro Riders Clinton, SC 09-24-2022 Enduro #2 Suncoast Trailblazers Croom, FL 10-15/16-2022 HS #1 Azalea City Motorcycle Club Palatka, FL 11-06-2022 Enduro #3 Perry Mountain Motorcycle Club Maplesville, AL 11-12/13-2022 HS #2 Central Florida Trail Riders Bartow, FL 11-20-2022 Enduro #4 River City Dirt Riders Macclenny, FL 12-10/11-2022 HS #3 Sarasota Area Dirt Riders Bartow, FL HS COMMITTEE MEETING 7PM (12/10) AT SIGN UP 01-07/08-2023 HS #4 Suncoast Trail Blazers Brooksville, FL 01-21/22-2023 HS #5 Palm Beach Track & Trail Riders Okeechobee, FL 02-04/05-2023 HS #6 Treasure Coast Trail Riders Indiantown, FL HS COMMITTEE MEETING 7PM (2/4) AT SIGN UP 02-18/19-2023 HS #7 Daytona Dirt Riders Ormond Beach, FL 03-09-2023 Enduro #6 Daytona Dirt Riders Ormond Bech, FL 03-18/19-2023 HS #8 Nature Coast Trail Blazers Dade City, FL HS COMMITTEE MEETING 7PM (3/18) AT SIGN UP 04-01/02-2023 HS #9 Big O Trail Riders Indiantown, FL 04-29/30-2023 HS #10 Old School Dirt Riders Punta Gorda, FL 05-21-2023 Enduro #5 Central Florida Trail Riders Richloam, FL 06-11-2023 Enduro #7 Cherokee Cycle Club Greensboro, GA
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