Ty sets sights on France
A fundraiser is being held today in Reno to help send Ty Tremaine to the U.S. at the International Six Days Enduro in France.
Tremaine will appear as part of the Bike Night Wednesday activities from 5:30-8:30 p.m. hosted by P.J. Company Restaurant and Saloon, located at 1590 S. Wells Ave. in Reno. Tremaine will sign autographs from 6-6:30 p.m., to be followed by a raffle and live auction at 7. T-shirts will also be available for sale.
The goal is to raise $10,000.
Proceeds will go to help cover the expenses to compete at the ISDE.
Contact TTremaine114@yahoo.com for information on the fundraiser or to make donations.
From Carson Valley to Europe and back again, 21-year-old Ty Tremaine has compiled an impressive competitive motorcyle resume since turning pro four years ago.
Just consider that in 2015 Tremaine became the first American to win the International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) junior world SuperEnduro championship, not to mention his three American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) junior championships and three appearances at the X Games between 2013-15.
And now, Tremaine is preparing to write a new chapter as he looks forward to the prestigious International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) on Aug. 28-Sept. 2 in Brive-la-Gaillarde, France. This one is special as far as the 2014 Douglas High School graduate is concerned.
“I’m super excited,” Tremaine said. “I’ve been to Europe a lot of times, but this race is exceptionally different because I‘m going to represent the United States. It’s six days of racing, probably six to eight hours a day, 140 miles each day, so it’s going to be tough.”
He is representing the U.S. in an event that is billed as the world’s largest annual off-road motorcycle competition and as the annual FIM Enduro World Championship for National Teams. The objective is simple: After six days, the national team that finishes with the fastest accumulated time wins the race.
By the way, the 6-foot-4 Tremaine clinched his junior world SuperEnduro title in France two years ago. He’d like nothing more that to reach the top of the world again.
“Obviously the goal is to have six good, consistent days, so finishing all six days well is my goal,” Tremaine said. “I don’t want to be great one day, and then the next day, something goes wrong with the bike or anything like that. I just want to be consistently toward the top for the full six days and I think that will put me in a good position to hopefully get a gold medal for the U.S.”
There is another unique aspect about the six-day race, he added.
“It’s an event that’s super unique in its own right because the riders have to work on all the bikes and do everything themselves,” Tremaine said. “We are not allowed a mechanic or anything like that. We have to change our own tires, change our own oil, we have to maintain the bike throughout the six days.
“You only get a certain amount of time — I think it’s 15 minutes a day — so in 15 minutes, I have to change a front tire, change a rear tire, change my oil, change my air filter, look over the bike. It’s all about being smart and fast.”
Tremaine will compete on the same club team with Cody Webb from Santa Cruz, Calif., and New England racer Ben Kelley, who is making his fourth straight ISDE appearance. Tremaine earned the trip to France by winning his East Coast qualifier.
“That was a big achievement,” he said. “Cody and I compete against each other regularly — I did my qualifier on the East Coast and Cody qualified from the West — so for us to be going on the same team is pretty awesome.”
Tremaine is coming off an impressive win on April 29-30 at the Virginia City Grand Prix. Back in October, he won the Donner Hare Scramble in the snow, rain and mud at Donner Ski Ranch — “by minutes, and with no rear brake,” he posted on the Naturesbakery.com website.
“Although the race was one of the most demanding races I’ve done, and without a doubt the coldest, I had a great time and will definitely be back to do it again next year,” he posted at the time.
That type of grit will be needed later this summer in Brive-la-Gaillarde.
“I hear it’s fairly mountainous in France and then a lot of farmland, so geographically, I think it’s going to be similar to Carson Valley,” Tremaine said. “You have to be ready for anything. Every day can be so different, one day it could be 70 and sunny and the next day could be rainy and cold, so you have to be ready for whatever elements there are.”
Then again, for a competitor coming out of Northern Nevada, that should be a piece of cake.
“That’s right,” he said, laughing. “We’re ready for anything.”