Royal Mountain hosts 36th Annual Hillclimb Event in July

 Ad poster for Royal Mountain's Annual Hillclimb event

Ad poster for Royal Mountain's Annual Hillclimb event

The first motorcycle race ever held at Royal Mountain Ski Area was in 1982 and it was a hillclimb. The New England Hill Climbers put Royal Mountain on its schedule in ’82 and has remained there to this day. It is a points paying event for New England and annually draws over 200 entries, and spectators.

Royal’s hill is 700’ long, which is the longest hill on the circuit. It features two jumps and some rough sections. Each rider gets two tries at the hill with the fastest trial counting. The AMA (American Motorcycle Association) thought enough of Royal Mountain and its hill to award it the 1996 national championship.

The New England Hill Climbers Association has only five events remaining for their 2018 Hillclimb schedule. The New England Hill Climbers Association travels to facilities all over New England; states include, NY, NH, and MA with it's next stop being here to Royal Mountain this weekend.

2018
New England Hillclimbers Association
Event Schedule remaining events

Sunday, July 15th: Royal Mountain Hillclimb in Caroga Lake, NY

Saturday & Sunday, July 28-29th: Colin Krenzul Memorial race/AMA Amateur Hillclimb at Monson, Ma (non points race for NEHA)

Saturday, August 25th: Ridge Runner’s Hillclimb in Canaan, NH

Saturday, September 8th: Granite Gorge Hillclimb in Keene, NH

Sunday, September 30th: Championship Hillclimb in Monson, MA

For More information about hillclimbs go to http://www.newenglandhillclimbers.com/home.html

Registration begins at 8am and concludes at 10am with racing starting at 11am. Admission at the gate is $10.00 and sign up fee is $20.00 per class.

 Thank you to Rockauto.com who provide our wristbands. They are an awesome partner for us and we have a great relationship working with them. Thank you again to RockAuto.com for all of your support

Thank you to Rockauto.com who provide our wristbands. They are an awesome partner for us and we have a great relationship working with them. Thank you again to RockAuto.com for all of your support

The following are the feature classes:
50CC
65CC
80CC JR
80CCSR
125CC
200CC
250CC

Push rod
450CC Open
600CC Open
750CC Open
Women’s
Over 40
600 4 stroke
Over 50
Over 25 ATV
Open ATV
Snowmobiles

Don't forget our annual Wednesday night Supercross events. Registration starts at 5pm and closes at 7pm with practice and racing shortly there after. Our season will run until August 29th with Awards night being the last race of the season for us. We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Monster Motocross successful during heatwave part 2

Well day 2 started off as it usually does. There's no better wake up call then the clink and clank of the teeth of a bull dozer grooming the track at 6am in the morning. Then of course the announcer Paul T. Petersen comes over the pa system as say the usual speech, "Good Morning riders, welcome to Royal Mountain. It's going to be another hot one today, make sure to drink lots of fluids etc. Riders meeting over the pa at 8:15am. Remember if you want to listen to the broadcast, you can do so by tuning into station 88.1FM." Shortly before getting started racing a moment of silence was held for a long time rider who had past away. Greg Stempel was a long time traveler who made many trips to Royal Mountain over the years and brought 3 generations of riders into racing motocross. There was also a quick tribute done to honor those who came before us and those currently fighting for our freedoms on the Independence day/ 4th of July weekend. 

 Ol' glory standing tall during the morning salute as the National Anthem plays in the background.                 Photo Credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Ol' glory standing tall during the morning salute as the National Anthem plays in the background.                 Photo Credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Racing began shortly after, "Riders on the line, Start your Engines!" said Paul, the announcer. The quads were up first. It was only fitting since they went last on Saturday. Quads out the gate and they're off! Up the hill they go and it's Alex Ritton up the hill for the schoolboy however, lurking behind was Mason St.John Lemery who made sure work getting to the helm of the field in now time at all! Lemery would set the pace of the class and took the win with Ritton taken second and local rider Tyler Covey rounding out the top five in the class. 

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511 with big Air

Mason St. John Lemery with some big air going to the horseshoe turn at Royal Mountain on Sunday during his College/School Boy Moto.                                                 Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

On to the Quad Amateur and Quad experts. Riders off of the gate, the experts first... oh and they're banging bars... it's Talbot, Briggs, Birdsall, Yarder and Hoffman... and they're side by side... Yarder would make it to the lead with Talbot to follow toe. Duking it out lap after lap, contact, tires touching .... and it's Talbot having to give... he would back out of the gas and off the quad he goes.. quickly returning to his quad. Meanwhile further back in the field it's New Berlin's Wyatt Hoffman battling hard with Ryan Fraiser and Jeremiah Birdsall. Talk about moving people around, Hoffman on many occasion sticking that front tire side by side the competition to get the position. In the end it would be Yarder to pick up the win with Talbot nipping at the heels for 2nd. 

 CNYMRA Quad Expert 2017 Champion whiskey throttles out of the big bull turn from behind the starting line while tight battle with front runners Mike Talbot and Adam Briggs.                                                                  Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

CNYMRA Quad Expert 2017 Champion whiskey throttles out of the big bull turn from behind the starting line while tight battle with front runners Mike Talbot and Adam Briggs.                                                                  Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Supercross regular Peter Miller would take the top spot in the Quad Amateur class. A hard charging 2nd place finish would go to Scott Salls with Joe Hanson and Brandon Avery of Avery's Auto service duking it out for the final spot in the class.

Open Mini class was certainly a bar banger thats for sure. Riders Evan Miller and Issac Lawyer looked to double down after having a successful day on Saturday. Miller would find himself doing battle having some work to keep him busy for both motos. This time he had Dominic Grenga, and the "Ravena Rocket" Daniel Barry to contend with. Lawyer would get out in front having great battles with Miller going up the mountain, but it's Grenga to the front making it three wide, Grenga to the lead. Barry now putting the pressure on Lawyer and the rest of the field but does Barry and the other riders have enough time? It would be Lawyer with a hard fought fight for the 1st place position and Grenga with Evan Miller to round out the top 3.

Moving on to another notable class. They say the open novice class is one of the most exciting classes to watch. Everyone is hyped up.  

 Erin Demers (27), Cody Kramer (417), Skyler Shute (96) and the rest of the Novice class blow by up the hill in to the first corner. Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Erin Demers (27), Cody Kramer (417), Skyler Shute (96) and the rest of the Novice class blow by up the hill in to the first corner. Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Soo with Erin Demers getting the holesot up the hill, he knows that he has a whole swarm of "killer bees" on his back fender. Kramer is hungry, he can feel a good run in his sights. Kramer would be seen going on the edge, going inside and outside trying to make any line work to his advantage but no he couldn't quiet make it work. Kramer would have some difficulty getting caught up with some other riders duking it out with the #122 Kawasaki of Zach Lewendowski and at one point making it 3 wide in to the turn going to the horse shoe after the double double behind the ski lift. In the end the #77 machine of Jacob Stevens would hit the switch and blow past everyone taking the lead. Shute, Joey Argus #132 and Erin Demers would charge their way to keep up with the 77 but they were no match for that man because Stevens had already checked out. So in the open notice class it would be Stevens, Shute, Argus, Demers, Lewendowski and Cody Kramer to round out the rest of the class.

Moving on, Bike Amateurs and Experts on the track now.. Casey Battisti and Frank "the Tank" Hempstead would duke it out. Back and fourth both riders would know each other were there. They'd look over and see each other, side by side they'd go, one pulling away from the other. The one pulling away would be Frank the Tank. Battisti would slow down to catch his breath for a moment then like a freight train he comes a couple of Amateurs closing the gap. It's Mark Molesky #100 and Nick Debernardis on the #842. Molesky shot out of a canon, ka boom... He is gone and checking out. Debernardis would have to contend with Parker Chase, Jody Hamilton and Mat Mauro. So to finish up the Experts, it's Hempstead and Battisti for 2nd. For the Amateurs, 1. Mark Molesky, 2. Nick Debernardis 3. Jody Hamilton, 4. Parker Chase and Mat Mauro to round out the top 5. 

 Mark Molesky #100 blows by expert rider Frank "The Tank" Hempstead #199 during the 122 Am/Expert Open classes at Royal Mountain Sunday. Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Mark Molesky #100 blows by expert rider Frank "The Tank" Hempstead #199 during the 122 Am/Expert Open classes at Royal Mountain Sunday. Photo credit to Richard Conger ~ CD Films and Photography

Lastly, the wildest mini moto of the day! 51cc class on the line and this time it's Kaiden Forrester on the 210 out of the gate first. Leading the way in the 50 class.. But not fair behind is the 433 of "Moto" Maxx Miller. Both Forresters would duke it out for position; in the end it would be Miller to take the lead. Moving through the field, Miller had some company, rider 428 Blake Patrick and a fast young lil guy Kaden McAffrey would battle it out. In the end Miller would take 1st place in the open 51cc class and 2nd in the peewee sr. class. Blake Patrick would do the opposite, He would take the win in the Peewee Sr class and 2nd in the open 51cc class. Kaden McAffrey would take a solid 3rd place finish in the open class and a top 5 finish in the 51cc class.

If you'd like more information on racing you missed, follow the link below to see there article from our local newspaper the Leaderhearld.

http://www.leaderherald.com/sports/local-sports/2018/07/miller-pollak-post-wins-at-royal/

Monster Motocross successful during heat wave part 1!

 Thank you Rock Auto for the wristbands! Thank you for your years on continued support!

Thank you Rock Auto for the wristbands! Thank you for your years on continued support!

So it was just like any other race weekend. Campers began pulling into Royal Mountain for the next round of CNYMRA/ Monster Motocross on Friday evening. We grabbed our wristbands compliments of RockAuto.com. Royal Mountain and Rock Auto have had a great working relationship for many years. Anyway, we all sat and enjoyed the evening and the sunset by the fire; some folks found themselves swimming in the pond due to the heat. Before we knew it, our beds were calling our names. We woke up the next day to a warm one. Riders grabbed lots of water to bring to and from the track. Practice got underway as usual and then we went racing. Some riders would take off where they left of at Echo Valley Mx the weekend before. Maxx Miller shot out of a canon once again flying past the competition in both of its 50 open and 50 pee-wee Sr classes for the win. In the mix for the novice class, riders such as Carter Petersen would do battle with Skyler Shute and Cody Kramer. Kramer at open point was a savage doing anything and I mean anything to get passed the competition. After an awesome charge at Echo Valley Mx, Kramer was hungry to get on top of the box. Kramer was doing all he could battling hard with Skyler Shute. Shute would close the gap between he and Petersen but couldn't quite make the lines work. Hard fought race in the novice class, Petersen would take the win! Shute and Kramer would have to settle for 2nd and 3rd. 

In the mini class, out of the hole-shot into the first corner up the hill, its the orange KTM machine of Revin' Evan Miller along with the swarm of other riders. It would be Miller, Zelich, and the rest of the class. Joe Edwards on the 911 machine was able to get close to Miller but couldn't quiet make the pass.

Next up in our quad classes. This is no ordinary quad group; there are some fast riders in these classes. With the momentum from Echo Valley Mx and the last weeks supercross race here at Royal you could tell there was going to be some fierce action on the track. First out of the gate was the 921 of Alissa Duncan and the 119 of Kaylee Ross duking it out up the hill. Ross would hold the lead until Duncan would hit the turbo booster and zoomed by Ross. Man shot out of a canon and she is out of there. Duncan would take the win, Ross however would have to settle for 4th after two other competitors Nathaniel Kadic and Rian Hynes would get by to take the position away.

Experts, experts experts. The plus 25 class is certain were these got heated, no pun intended of course. Brian Falzo, Caleb Schachtler, Sam Schilde, Sam Spinella, Johnstown's own Adryan Pelosi could be seeing racing bar to bar. At one point in the day, riders of this class were seen with bars and wheels touching and it was starting to get dicey. Falzo would take the win and Schilde would take the runner up position and Schachtler would take the last spot on the podium.

There was so much great racing and fun had by all! All riders survived the heat and our pond became a very busy place! For more results about your favorite rider, look in our local paper the Leader-heard! Follow the link below. 

http://www.leaderherald.com/sports/local-sports/2018/07/miller-petersen-phillips-post-wins-at-royal/

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Riders cooling off in the Pond after a hot day of racing.

Photo credit to Katlin Talbot

At the end of day one of racing, racers retired to their pit areas to rest their heads. On other parts of the track, fire works were like bombs burstin' in the air celebrating the July 4th holiday. Spectators watched in awe as the spectacle of the celebration began. As the evening grew on, some folks off in the distance noticed the moon being a very bloody red color. The big red moon lit up the sky like nothing anyone had ever seen before. The strawberry moon takes place every June during the phases of the moons cycle. It's quite the change to see during a weekend!

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Strawberry Moon seen over Royal Mountain Saturday Evening!

The Strawberry Moon—a North American nickname for June's full moon—owes its fruit-inspired moniker to the Algonquin tribes of Native Americans, as it appears at the time of year when they would harvest strawberries. In other parts of the world, it is also known as the Honey Moon, Hot Moon and Full Rose Moon.

(Source: time.com)

Royal Mountain Ski Area hosts CNYMRA double header for 4th of July holiday

 Scott Salls (807) and Billy Shafer (816) in a hard battle for position during last years July 2nd race here at Royal Mountain!

Scott Salls (807) and Billy Shafer (816) in a hard battle for position during last years July 2nd race here at Royal Mountain!

For many years now, CNYMRA (Central New York Motocross Association) has held a double header race weekend on the 4th of July (could be before or after, depending on how the 4th falls). Riders from all over New York State or other areas to come tame the mountain. Many are quite successful. With camping available Friday evening through the weekend it's a popular place to go for a quick get away. And of course on the hot summer day, you can be taking a cool, and refreshing dip in the pond! It's an awesome way to cool off after a hot day of racing I tell you! The scenery and property are also awe inspiring and the property is very much like a campground, just with out the electric and water hook ups.

So if you are looking for something to do this weekend, come on out for some bar to bar racing. We have riding skills for all levels, from beginner to experts. Check out our venders on venders row, Pop's Pop will be there with all the ice cream and cold treats along with the exclusive vender for CNYMRA RPM's appeal, even Sanders Motorsports from right here in Johnstown will be here.

Looking to wake up on a good note? Make sure to head up to the lodge, grab a freshly made cup of coffee from the girls. Grab a freshly made Belgian waffle and make sure to start your day off right with a well balanced breakfast. Then, pull up a chair, sit back, relax and watch the best riders on CNYMRA circut duke it out for position on the track.

We look forward to seeing everyone there this weekend! We are expecting a large turnout this weekend; so come one, come all! 

 

 Kawasaki riders Todd Kinne (39) and Mike Ward (171) battle going into the big triple section on the back side of the ski resort!

Kawasaki riders Todd Kinne (39) and Mike Ward (171) battle going into the big triple section on the back side of the ski resort!

Fun night of racing 6-20-18

 

Good evening Riders! Thank you to everyone that came out last night! We had some awesome and exciting racing. One of the best places for racing under the lights during the summer! It was a beautiful night for racing with clear sky's and comfortable temperatures. 
Moving on to racing. We had some awesome bar to bar, exciting side by side racing. If you weren't here, you most certainly missed out. Moto 1 out of the gate and of course it's the mini bikes 50cc. Local riders "Moto" Maxx Miller would fly out of the gate like a cannon. Moving on to the quads. We had some awesome racing between expert rider Anthony Pennacchia and amateur rider Peter John Miller. Both riders would thread the needle multiple times around the track evening bumping bars and tires in the big bull turn behind the finish line. It definitely got exciting in this class since Miller would be returning to quad racing for the first time after recovering from an injury and Pennacchia would return to racing after a small time away. Miller and Pennacchia would take the over all wins for their respective classes. 
Notables in the 125 2 stroke classes were Fonda Rider Carter Petersen and Oriskany Falls rider Codi Russell, along with Deegan Thrasher who would stick his front fender into the top 3 to round out the podium.
Later on in the schoolboy 12-16 class more action among the top 3 of Tyler Blowers, Carter Petersen, and Codi Russell would go at it. They would round out the top 3. for the class.
Series regular Connor Cross would return to take the top spot in the Quad novice class but had some fierce competition with Matt Mitchell nipping at his heals for the 2nd place spot on the podium.
Finally to the last moto of the evening, Carter Petersen and Bryce Mussenwould be duking it out on the track in the 250 novice class. Never count out the #6 machine of Peter Marrate who manages to sneak for a tight 3rd place position finish after a good hard fought battle with Mussen and Matt Campbell and rider Ryan Tietz.
To round out the post we'd like to welcome back lengendary rider on the number #42 Honda, Bobby Kinary (who was spotted in the leader harold newspaper this Morning) ripping up the track and putting on quite the show for our spectators. 
Again, Thank you all who came out last night. We look forward to seeing you next Wednesday followed by our Cnymra D3 Motocross event next Saturday and Sunday. Also make sure to check out Echo Valley Mx this will be hosting this weekend CNY race on Sunday. Enjoy the weekend all, we will see you all next Wednesday!

Link to the article in this mornings paper; the Leader Herald can be found here.
http://www.leaderherald.com/…/blowers-petersen-double-up-a…/

Introduction to Royal News

One and all, welcome to Royal Mountain's Motorsport Blog! This will be the home of all the most recent happenings this summer at Royal including race results! Our new featured author and photographer, Richard Conger will be helping to keep things here updated. Hope we are successful in bringing all the Royal news you need directly to you!

 Photo of racer #775 warming up before the first Supercross race on 6/6/18

Photo of racer #775 warming up before the first Supercross race on 6/6/18