Magnificent motocross action at Mammoth Mountain |

Magnificent motocross action at Mammoth Mountain

by Amy Roby

Special to The R-C

Last weekend, my family and I took a beautiful two-hour drive south to Mammoth Mountain to attend the 2013 Mammoth Motocross event. Our two sons recently embraced the sport of motocross and love to watch experienced riders take to the track. What a great opportunity to see the action up close and personal. In addition to the draw of escaping the recent heat wave here at home, an event of this level in our (almost) backyard was too good to pass up.

Mammoth Motocross is the longest running motocross event in the United States; this was its 45th year. Tucked back in the Sierra Nevada Mountain range at a level of 8,000 feet, the track has changed little since the first event in 1968. This year’s motocross ran for 10 days, from June 21-30.

Practices and races are held daily throughout the event. Racers, pit crews and vendors can park at the track; spectators are shuttled back into the mountains to observe. In the evenings, there are plenty of entertainment offerings back at Mammoth Village. Motocross-themed films, live music, and the hilarious pit bike races were all available.

At the track, you are literally right in the middle of the action. The power and rumble of the engines is palpable as the racers fly by, and it’s nearly impossible not to get caught up in the excitement.

The event is heavily supported by Mammoth Mountain, Monster Energy drink, Southern California Ford dealers and Racer X magazine, along with some big names in the motocross world (BTO Sports, DC Shoes, Pirelli Tires, Fly Racing, FMF, Hart & Hamilton, and many others). Cruising the vendor booths, you’re shoulder-to-shoulder with the racers, and many sponsors pass out fun freebies such as hats and stickers. Plenty of booths offered discount prices on motocross gear, clothing and accessories.

This is a great family event and one that has become tradition for us. This was the third year for my husband and sons to make the trek to Mammoth, and my second. If you’re not yet a fan, attending Mammoth Motocross just might sway you.

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Reading “Rocks” in Genoa

As part of their summer reading program, “Dig into Reading,” the Douglas County Public Library hosts family story time under the trees at Mormon Station 10:30 a.m. July 17. Youth Services Librarian Kathy Echavarria will read stories about magical rocks and afterward, children of all ages may paint a magic rock to take home.

Mormon Station is located on the corner of Main Street and Genoa Lane in the Town of Genoa. Find more information about the Douglas County Library on Facebook, visiting, or calling 775-782-9841.

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