May 2nd, 2010 — While looking though my thousands of motocross pictures for a possible book project I came across this gem of a young rider at Agassiz who has had enough mud, rain, crashes, and stalled bikes and is waiting patiently at the side of the track for it all to end. It’s one of those pictures that might not make a lot of sense unless you were at the track that day but it was one of those days. More pictures like this will be posted over the next few weeks as they are discovered.
Circa 1990 — One of the things I liked about motocross riders is that they do what they have to do to race. No pickup truck or trailer to carry the bike to the track then strap it to the top of dad’s old station wagon. So what if the roof gets dented it’s just a car, an appliance for getting somewhere. An unknown rider at Duncan motocross track.
April 1985 — When a rider was crawling around on his hands and knees looking for his bike after a crash you know the landing had been hard. Luckily in the days before insurance companies became very nervous there were lots of spectators and riders lining the track to help. #053, #084
April 1985 — As I said in a previous post, the sand whoops at the old Mission track were nasty, and berms when you found them, were soft and in the wrong place, so fallen riders had to be taken advantage of whenever possible. #053, #241, #230
April 1985 — The sand whoops at the old Mission track were nasty and this rider knows this crash is going to hurt especially since the guy beside him is already lining him up for use as a berm. See the picture below. #053, #241
April 1985 — Ross Pederson at Mission the morning after a supercross race at BC Place Stadium. How many of today’s pro riders would attend local race the day after a big race. None that I can think of but during 1980’s most of them would. The real significance of this picture is, however, that Ross is wearing the legendary R&M Pro Flo gloves and if he was riding today he’d still be wearing them as they never wore out. I still have three or four pairs in my gear bag and use them regularly for mountain biking as well.
April 1985 — A much younger Paul Budai but even then an oldtimer (27) leads Cliff Anstein (208) and Preben Hesel (17) just after the start at Mission. #027, #208, #017
June 5th, 2005 — Dusty Klatt at Mission in conditions anything but dusty. #001
April 5th, 2006 — A blur at Mission. #020
July 4th, 2004 — Is riding through the pink tape excusable on days it’s so dusty you can’t see which way the track turns? #688