Getting Started

BEFORE THE RACE:

  • Get your bike ready for a desert race. You will need a Bike/Tank that will get you 50 miles before refueling at race speed and appropriate gearing. Have your jetting and suspension set up before the race, there is no pre-riding available at most event sites.
  • Make sure your bike is Desert Legal. This means a spark arrestor, a State ORV Sticker and a silencer that will pass a 96db sound test. These are available at your local Moto shop. (Out of state OHV Stickers are acceptable)
  • You must have protective gear such as a helmet, boots, eye protection, pants and a long sleeve jersey. Goggle Film/Tear off's are not allowed at any SIDRA event and will get you disqualified. A hydration pack is strongly recommended. 
  • Decide which class is right for you. 
  • Pick out your favorite race # and select a back up just in case. See what #'s are already assigned and then Request your # online.
  • Sign up for your SIDRA Membership online. 
  • Sign up or renew your AMA Membership online. You must bring photo ID and your current AMA card with you. If you don't have your card yet, bring your temp card that you can print online.
  • Sign up online and save time and money! When online registration is open for a race, there will be a "sign up" link on the schedule page. 

WHEN YOU GET TO THE RACE:

  • The Race location will be on the race flier. Follow the Ribbon or arrows to the pit. Depending on your time of arrival, someone may direct you to the pit area and have you sign a waiver. Please only park in the "pit" area if you are going to need to stop for fuel during your race. 
  • Bring your helmet, Photo ID, AMA Card and $$ to registration. Please bring cash or check, some clubs are able to take credit cards, but internet service can be an issue.
  • If a minor, bring BOTH parents with you to the race! 
  • Read the rider instructions. There will be important information like course markings, start instructions, etc.
  • Get your bike unloaded and ready to race! Duct tape your fender card on your front fender.
  • Take your bike to tech for inspection.
  • Get your gear on and walk to the riders meeting. This is where to ask any questions. Pay attention! Make sure you understand where and when to start. Some races have waves or assigned minutes. 
  • If the race is a bomb start and you are allowed to walk it, do it! Pick your line and take advantage of the opportunity to see the area you will be riding alongside a lot of other bikes in the dust.

DURING THE RACE:

  • If it is a bomb start, line up on your correct line. When the flag goes up, turn off your bike. The banner will stay up for approximately one minute. When the banner drops for your wave, GO!
  • If it is a timed start, you will start on a specific minute. If your minute is 29 - you will start at 9:29. Get in line with the other racers and position yourself between 28 and 30 so you are in line and ready to go. Shut off your bike when you line up for your minute, when the green flag drops, start your bike and GO!
  • Follow the neon ribbon markings or markings described in your rider instructions. Don't follow the rider in front of you.
  • When you arrive at a check, come to a complete stop so the course worker can safely mark your presence. Come and go in a slow and safe manner. Please don't roost your volunteers!
  • If you break down, stay with your bike. Sweep riders will be coming through and will help you out. 
  • When you come into the finish, do so at a safe speed. The timing and scoring equipment is very fragile and very expensive. If you take out a scoring loop, you will ruin the race for everyone and be disqualified! 
  • After you go through the scoring loop, follow the instructions of course workers while they remove your fender card and give you your finisher pin.

AFTER THE RACE:

  • Unofficial results will be posted within the hour of the last finisher. We encourage you to stay for awards (Especially if you finished top 3 and have a trophy coming) but it's ok if you head out, results will be posted online the next business day.
  • Post your photos and tag @sidraracing and hashtag #sidraracing 
  • Say thank you to any of the club members you see. You may not realize it, but 100% of the people you interacted with today are volunteers. It takes weeks to set up the course, work with the BLM, long hours on race day and then they get to tear down the markings and finish up a bunch of paperwork with the BLM and AMA. A heartfelt "thank you" goes a long way for a tired volunteer. 
  • Pack out what you packed in. Some desert races are windy - make sure you secure your trash and papers at all times. 
  • If you enjoyed yourself and want to get more involved, join a local club. A Club is a group of dirt bike enthusiasts like yourself that have meets and generally put on one race a year.
  • If you're not sure who to join, come hang out with us at a SIDRA Monthly meeting where you can meet each club!

 

 

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