Monday, February 20, 2012

Arrowhead Lake Ice

We've been going out to Arrowhead Lake in Milton for the past three Sundays, to ride on the ice. I meant to post some video from that on here, but it seems it's no longer a blogger option to post video here. Sucks.

Anyway, the ice was really good yesterday, no plowing required. We set up an oval first, and rode the hell out of it all day. I brought some cones out to mark the insides of the turns so that we weren't just riding in a big circle. The bikes with Canadian screws tend to chew up the ice, and my AMA screws don't grip in the loose chips they create, so we just moved the cones on both ends to find fresh ice.

Then Rees and I took some of the cones and set up a road course further out on more more fresh ice. It's always a little tough getting a road course right, but after a couple adjustments we had a nice flowing course with some good high speed turns and a tight hairpin. Matt and Rees and I rode it counter-clockwise for awhile, then we reversed direction and rode it clockwise, which was actually more fun. I regret I didn't have my helmet cam for that 'cause we were having a ball, and it would have been good video fodder.

There were also a couple local guys on quads riding the oval, it was a little unnerving to be out with them, but they stayed in control and I actually had a good session with one of 'em when I was riding Matt's YZ250F.

Rees built his own tires, using a Pirelli MT44 Lagunacross that he shaved, with stainless Canadian screws. He had the most grip out there, and he was ripping.

This is Jeremy Armell, son of one of our techs at work.

Scott Armstrong was ready to offer his firstborn for a ride on someone's bike. We would've let him ride for free.

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