Top pros and industry legends get together for a good time and a great cause.
After a successful GRINduro 1.0, event organizer Cole Kirkpatrick decided to return in 2017 with GRINduro 2.0. If the first two years are any indication, this event has quickly become a bucket list item that attracts top pros and industry legends. Held in the rugged west Texas terrain of the U Lazy S Ranch in Post, Texas, the event is a fundraiser for the Kurt Caselli Foundation and all proceeds go back to the KCF. Cole Kirkpatrick gave us a rundown on GRINduro 2.0 and the fun had by all in attendance.
When my dad and I decided to put on this event, we wanted to create something that riders of all skill levels could participate in. The property [U Lazy S Ranch] has been in my family for over 110 years, and the riding area is very rough country and lends itself to more technical terrain, but we have options for various skill levels. The second day of the event features an extreme ride for those that are interested and this year we had three groups that completed that ride. The extreme ride consists of more technical terrain but it’s all still very rideable. I try to give participants as much information as possible ahead of time so that they are prepared and know what to expect. We also live in a time where we are constantly consuming information, and I try to post a video, photos, and information for the event to keep the excitement level high. The event is also a fundraiser for the Kurt Caselli Foundation and all proceeds of this event go back to the KCF, which is something we are very proud to support.
As far as a special guest rider, this year our featured guest was Cody Webb. Dick Burleson bought himself a plane ticket and was also a guest rider. Andrew Short returned for the second year in a row, this time on his new Rockstar Husqvarna, and road racers Kevin Schwantz and Ben Spies showed up to participate. National Enduro Series regular Drew Higgins, 17-time Missouri Hare Scrambles Champion Steve Leivan, past TSCEC AA racer Travis Krist, my brother Cameron (also a past TSCEC AA rider and Texas enduro champion), Mike Krause a good riding buddy of mine that has been around dirt bikes his entire life, and of course my Dad all served as trail guides. I think it's cool that all of these guys wanted to come out and participate and interact with other local riders at the event.
"Riders who sign up for GRINduro know there will be someone cool there, they may not know who when they sign-up, but it's pretty much a guarantee that some great riders will be in attendance." - Cole Kirkpatrick
Cody Webb was certainly impressive over the weekend. He’s great because he would bounce from group to group and find big hill climbs or steep dirt spines to launch off of while the groups could spectate. Kevin Schwantz was impressive as he rode with an A group on the first day and then completed the extreme ride with my group on Sunday. It’s hard to pick one standout rider, everybody that supports the event stands out in my mind. If I had to pick a standout rider, I would say Steve Leivan because he was fresh off having his knee scoped and I made him ride 65 miles on Friday and then he guided groups all weekend long. I did have to ride his bike up some obstacles on Friday, so he sort of got a break that day. As far as participants, Andrew Short stands out in my mind because he always has a great attitude and always wants to keep riding. It’s amazing how much he still enjoys being on two wheels!
Saturday afternoon we had GRINduro Games which consisted of three different challenges that people could participate in or spectate. The first was the ‘No Dab Obstacle Course,’ which was essentially a trials course. Cody Webb demoed the event first to show everyone how to complete the course properly. The participant that won the obstacle course was Shawn O’Leary, with a two. The second event was the ‘Knockout Challenge,’ and it’s my favorite to spectate. We put six riders in a square area and the last one to put his foot down wins. David Klein was the winner, and so we put him in the ring with Cody Webb. Cody ended up sliding into DK to win and my dad got a pretty epic picture of that. The final game was the ‘Limbo Challenge,’ and I had been working on building a berm all week. We hadn’t had rain so it was just a giant silt berm. Doug hauled water so that we could soak the dirt for multiple days and it ended up being an epic bar dragging corner. Jeff O’Leary was the winner of that event.
The event wouldn’t be possible without the guides and sweep riders, so I want to give those guys a big shout out. We had road racing legend Ben Spies and Oklahoma rider Logan Adams as sweep riders. All of the positive feedback after the event makes putting on the event worth it. I want to thank my Dad and Doug Cunningham for all the work on the trails, this event wouldn’t be possible without them. Neil Tucker came out and cooked for everybody all weekend and that’s something that just ups the level of the event. All of the guides: I want to thank for giving up a weekend of riding to show people a good time. I’d also like to thank my relatives for allowing us to host this event.
I think it's cool that all of these guys wanted to come out and participate and interact with other local riders at the event. - Cole Kirkpatrick
For those of you that are interested in participating in next year’s event, keep your eyes open as we will announce a sign-up date. It is open to anyone although we do cap the entry number at 66. When we opened sign-up online back in July, it sold out in a few hours. Once the entries are gone, they’re gone.
GRINduro 2.0 Photo Gallery
All Photos courtesy of Cole Kirkpatrick.
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