A Newly discovered motocross oasis located in Brookfield, Massachusetts.
My husband, Chip, was invited to join a few of his friends to ride at the open practice at MX Twenty-Three and as usual, I tagged along with him. Located in Brookfield, Massachusetts, the track is just about an hour from home in a town seemingly like many others except for the hidden gem that exists just outside of the typical commercial area.
The GPS tells you that you’ve arrived at the destination as you approach an unmarked and unassuming driveway that leads you down into the woods towards the facility. As you leave the roadway, the faint melodious sound of dirt bikes grows louder and more distinct the closer that you get. For a reasonable charge (depending on what you ride –bike or quad), you are able to enjoy the pristine track for as many hours as you wish—during their hours of operation, of course. The large parking area was busy throughout the day with riders taking advantage of the open practice on such a spectacular summer day.
After unloading and gearing up, Chip went out to do a few sight laps and get a feel for the flow of the track. He found a well-groomed, loamy and technical track with jumps of all varieties: singles, doubles, triples, rollers, tabletops and step-ups amongst straightaways and perfectly bermed corners. The course has a Supercross feel within a motocross space. The jumps are technical yet doable by any skill level.
Dan Plourde, the owner of the facility, meticulously maintains the track doing all of the work on his own from track grooming to spending hours throughout the day watering the track, to safety monitoring and everything else that may be needed. It is obvious that Dan is dedicated to making the track the best that it can be as he takes great care to provide optimal customer service. Thanks to all of his hard work, conditions held up throughout the day despite the heavy wear and pounding that the track took.
On the day of our visit, there was a mixed variety of riders out tearing up the track with bikes as small as 50cc’s cruising along with the full-sized rides. The little guys showed no sign of intimidation at the faces of the jumps or the full-sized bikes that were launching alongside of them. They continued round and round, riding laps at their own pace, holding their lines to allow the faster riders space to pass while the more advanced riders showed courtesy and respect by slowing their pace when needed, giving them space or showing restraint by not sending it off of a jump knowing that the next opportunity laid just ahead.
The track provides line options with go-arounds for the less ‘enthusiastic’ riders, adequate space for passing and turns with multiple lines. The track uses up all of the available space with numerous switchbacks and turns which weave you throughout the challenging motocross track.
Chip went with the objective of having fun, gaining comfort hitting jumps and working on his cornering skills. It was the perfect track for this type of practice and a nice change for him from his typical woods riding. From what I observed and heard in the bench racing, the track is a blast to ride, is as challenging as you wish to make it and a great way to get some seat time. A return trip has been planned for next weekend and I suspect many future rides as well.
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All photos: Ciaran Wilcox.