Enduro motorcycle race is Sunday

The American Motorcycles Association National Enduro Championship Series is returning to Grand Junction this year.

The Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle Club is hosting the Rocky Mountain Enduro Circuit Snow Shoe National Enduro race at 9 a.m. on Sunday at the Uncompahgre Plateau Divide Forks.

More than 300 riders from across the United States are expected to compete, according to Thomas Hundtoft of the Bookcliff Rattlers Club. There is a 500-racer limit.

The trail-riding enduro event is a timed race with six sections. The winner is decided by fastest time.

Four riders go at a time. Every four minutes a new group of four starts.

The course is 90 miles, all on motorized U.S. Forest Service roads.

Jesse Groemm is coming off his first-ever national win in the most recent race of the series last month at the Rattlesnake Enduro in Cross Fork, Pennsylvania. Andrew DeLong held on to the series points lead in the overall class.

There are close to 30 classes based on experience and age. There also are two women’s classes.

The Snow Shoe National Enduro is the eighth race of the 10-race series.

The riders sign in Saturday and will be treated to a spaghetti dinner Saturday night with the proceeds going to a Grand Junction Little League program.

The Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle Club hosts the event every other year. The motorcycle club has been around since 1998.


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