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Discussion in 'Racing' started by nachtflug, Apr 11, 2013.
Washougal is on a dead end road that makes that look like a freeway!?!
and just as an additional FYI....in case you've got a Friday to kill. There is amateur racing on Friday and Sunday at the "back track" U2 as they call it which is a pretty decent track. there will be WELL over 500 riders making a weekend out of it and it's pretty surreal watching them race on a Friday when the rest of the world is running the rat race. closest town with hotels is Norwich with a Super 8 and a HoJo but I'd be surprised if you could get a room at this point. Utica is more likely, maybe 50 minutes away. Oneonta might be a hair closer.
NBC has LL MX racing on in less than an hour!
Good thing because I'm stuck at home this weekend.
More Unadilla questions
Haven't been since the early 80's and am thinking of riding down Sat AM. Many fond memories of Unadilla including seeing Roger De Coster race. So...
Is there mc specific parking and does that make easier to get out afterward ( going north )?
If I get there at noon what are the chances of finding a decent spot or is it all 5 deep at that point?
Are there any good go-go bars in Utica? Can't be doing the nostalgia thing part way can we.
There are specific bike parking on both sides of the road. At noon you will be sitting in traffic or riding down the center or the edge of the road pissing off everyone in a cage. Get up and get there early. They start bikes on the track early. It's the best time to walk around and watch from different places. There are lots of good places to watch from, but not a lot that are close to the bikes. If you want to watch from the fence, by noon you will be out of luck.
Man Id sure love to see Unadilla before the whole show is over,its a part of the Holy Land,especially for us Geezer types.
Even though Im in CA.
Hannah dug deep there a couple times.
yes and no. you are correct and it was a point I meant to bring up, people probably don't realize these guys are out riding (some very desperately trying to post a good time) at 8:30 and it's pretty cool to see. he's coming from Burlington which google shows as 225 miles 4.5 hours. thats getting up pretty early. to arrive at noon while you won't be getting a seat in the gravity cavity bleachers you'll still get your moneys worth. the track is pretty good for spectating and lends itself to walking and seeing all the different perspectives.
as far as motorcycle parking, they do have loosely designated bike parking area's which are close to the road and as he's heading north he's got it made.
this is an event that is not to be missed if anyone can possibly make it they should. any pro MX/SX event in 2013 is a chance to seeing some of the fastest riders to ever sling a leg over a bike. you've got RV,RD, Roczen, Tomac, Barcia, Reed, JS7, Canard and on and on. Weather at this point looks good. One of the top 5 tracks on the planet. If I had the choice of getting there at 12 or not going, I'd get there at 12. Wait until the start of the first 450 moto and let the first turn spectating area thin out and then get a ringside seat for the first 250 moto you'll get your money's worth right there. exit stage left and head for skyshot and bring an air horn.
I can't wait...
Man, I sooo wish I was heading up to Unadilla this weekend. I haven't been there since the late 80's and I'd really like to see the ole gal again, but the wife isn't issuing any more race passes this year. I can't complain though, I did go to Muddy Creek, Budds Creek, and Southwick, plus a two week trip to Labrador. So, I've kind of had my way this summer. But next year, it's on the top of my list.... Wait a minute, I think I said that last year.
I'm looking forward to this. 2 16 gig cards for the D90 and a 70-210 f4 not to mention the MB-D80 battery pack w/spares. Thinking of dragging the F5 along too.
Any advice on the best places to shoot?
Thanks, all the encoragement I need.
Had hoped to ride down Friday and enjoy a full day at the track but the scheduling gods aren't having it. I am a little concerned bombing along through the Adirondaks early in the day or evening as I almost hit a deer last Sunday.
Unadilla is a beast of a track. 9 years ago I rode there from NE Mass on Sunday AM. I arrived just in time for the races and had a great day. It was the year of the Bubba V. Carmichael incident, the races were tight. I think the big ski jump was still in the back. I miss that bad. After the race I rode back to MA. I did that trip on a 1994 DR 650. I lost my camera on the ride home but I still have the THOR jersey I bought that day.
I wish I could make it this year......
Hands down skyshot. :huh:eek1
The fence gets packed with people but last year getting into the bleachers was fairly easy, people seem to come and go. The sky shot bleachers are PERFECT for the 70-200 lens. The action is non stop every lap as the whips are not all for show those crazies really mean business with those whips. :huh Gravity Cavity is no where near as photo friendly. The first turn is nice but once the start is over you got to get hiking as it becomes just a drama free passageway. The 2nd best area is the little corner of the track where Barcia and Dungey bumped last year(?) where Barcia went down from the result. That's a pretty sick jump, the hill paralell to it is tree shaded, there is food and portacans close by. The fence is lined with people but you'll get a post when people get bored and move on. Skyshot is even better from the bleachers than from the infield as when you shoot from the infield your autofocus tends to grab onto the trees behind the bleachers. Shooting out into the void of sky shot the focus can and will lock onto the rider. If you set up shop at skyshot ALL DAY you wouldn't regret it. Just bring water and food if you can't go long without it.
I know. One of these days I'll make it back. I'm on the fence for a torturous 13hr Vstrom ride for this weekend....but Kate and I are trying to hit Indy next weekend.
So the Miller Utah track looks interesting...well maybe the start
Thanks nachtflug. You're going aren't you?