In conjunction with BMW Motorcycles of Iowa City, Jefferson County Ciderworks, Giant Loop Moto and I am pleased to announce the 4TH Annual Dirt Orcas Summer Classic will be happening this year with some minor changes.

First and foremost we will be ending at a campground in Jefferson County this year instead of Ciderworks. They are closed for the year. That also means dinner will be catered and therefore the price of the meal is now included in your ticket price. So tickets are more expensive than last year, but you get more included. Finally, I am also limiting the size of the event to just 30 riders this year. We want to make sure this event still has its backbone, but we also really need to keep people safe. We will be breaking into three groups for the ride and all festivities will take place outdoors. We also encourage everyone to bring a mask to wear in the event that you need to go inside to use the restroom at Sun and Fun or buy a bike from Steve.

The event will take place Saturday September 19th, 2020. If you aren’t familiar with the event, it’s a wonderful off-road motorcycle ride on mostly B-Roads and gravel from Iowa City to Jefferson County, Iowa that ends with a showing of the latest Backcountry Discovery Route documentary feature on an outdoor movie screen.

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.

This year we have added an alternative “road ride” at beginning of the route that will effectively bypass the first half of the off-road route. I wanted to make sure people who have done this event in the past had a new experience and got to see some of the “better parts” of the track towards the end of the ride that they may not have seen in the past. Of course the entire off-road route will be available for those of us who want to ride it.

*Preregistration is required. Event will be capped at 30 riders.
Email to secure your spot.


11am – The event will begin at  Sun and Fun Motorsports in Iowa City. They will provide us with lunch while we check out new models from BMW, Triumph, and others. I will also offer up some off-road tips and advice for those interested in how to navigate difficult situations on the trail. Later in the day we will have some friendly competitions for prizes.

1:30pm – We will break into groups of 10 and start the ride south towards Fairfield. There will be 3 assigned group leaders who have the GPS tracks for the ride.

6pm – We will arrive at the campground just off the route. Dinner will be served. Beer and Jefferson County Ciderworks fantastic hard cider will be available for purchase.

7pm – Raffle drawing will commence and great prizes from our sponsors will be distributed to winners.

8pm – Once the sun sets, We will watch the latest Backcountry Discovery Route Movie, NEBDR, on the outdoor movie screen.

Tent camping is included with admission, but if you prefer to stay at a hotel there are several withing a few miles of the campground.


*Preregistration is required. Event will be capped at 30 riders. Email to secure your spot.

$50 ticket includes Dirt Orcas event stickers, tent camping and one free drink ticket from Jefferson County Ciderworks, Lunch at Sun and Fun Motorsports, raffle entry ticket, BBQ dinner, and one Backcountry Discovery Routes Movie premier ticket.

6 replies
  1. Trevin
    Trevin says:

    For those of you that missed it this year (2020), make sure you get registered for next year. This year was great: weather, roads, camping, food, organization. I can’t wait to see the videos and pictures. Maybe next year we can expand the route??


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