THE 3RD ANNUAL DIRT ORCAS SUMMER CLASSIC RECAP

By Paul Strubell of Dirt Orcas – 3/26/20

First of all, thank you to all of the riders who attended. It was fantastic to see many of you return for the third year and to meet many you for the first time.

Secondly, thank you to our sponsors for helping me put this event together. The 3rd annual Dirt Orca’s Summer Classic was produced by Paul Strubell of Dirt Orca’s and Cullen Powers of Powers 4×4. In conjunction with Sun and Fun Motorsports of Iowa CityBackcountry Discovery RoutesJefferson County CiderworksGiant Loop and TheWarmingStore.com.

We once again reached our target number. 53 riders preregister for the event. We saw about 40 riders start the ride from BMW and this year nobody even came close to completing the entire route due to the muddy conditions. Most people completed about 40% of the ride or less before hearing the dinner bell and heading straight for Ciderworks.

We also had a small group of very intelligent riders who took me up on the back up route that avoided the mud all together, but rather focused on a nice windy gravel tour along SE Iowas creeks and rivers.

For those of you not familiar, here is a recap of the event description.

“We have once again put together a adventurous route that winds on mostly B-Roads and gravel from Iowa City to a beautiful cidery in Jefferson County, Iowa. There will be water crossings and ample dirt under our tires, but this track will be doable for all adventure bikes with at least 50/50 tread. It’s not epic, but sometimes one day is just right.

We ride from Sun and Fun Motorsports of Iowa City, on a predominately off road route, to Jefferson County Ciderworks. There we grab a great dinner and some adult beverages, while I pass out the prizes to our raffle winners. Once the sun goes down, we watch the latest Backcountry Discovery Routes film on an outdoor screen and finally turning into the tent for the night.”

Hope to see you along for the ride this summer. You can search DirtOrcas.com for the registration information for the 4th Annual Summer Classic on June 20th, 2020.

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