Archive for July, 2009

Alma MX, Hoxie Trials Show

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

The trip to Nebraska started off much like any other, with bike problems.  After getting a few kinks worked out on the bikes, Wilbur got onto the road just a few hours behind schedule.  A quick stop at Holeshot Screen Printing in Illinois to pick up some shirts and hats , and Wilby was off in search of I-80.  Nineteen hours into the 15 hour trip the crew arrived in paradise. 

The Smagical Crew arrives in Alma

The Smagical Crew arrives in Alma

Welcome to Alma Nebraska, home of Alma MX and The Wessels farm. Action Sports Farmer Jesse Wessels invited the group to stay on his farm for a week to hang out and ride.

Alma MX Owner Jesse Wessels needs a new pitbike, anyone have a spare 110?

Alma MX Owner Jesse Wessels needs a new pitbike, anyone have a spare 110?

  With the late arrival we got off to a slow start on day 1 and decided to do some trials riding in his backyard….which happens to be a few miles long.  Jesse got nearly half of downtown Alma’s Main Street delivered to his land and transformed it into a vast trials playground. With everything from eight foot high concrete slabs, 20 foot tree rides, to six foot tractor tires, the place was loaded.  We hopped around until darkness fell.

Phil shredding the Farms manmade trials playland

Phil shredding the farm's manmade trials playland

   Next up came the Hoxie Car Show and Drag Race.  Countless classic cars lined the streets surrounding the Demo Rig, with loads of events happening alongside. 

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Classic rippers roared through the streets of Hoxie

After a very helpful group of organizers and friends helped set up the trailer and clear the pea gravel, the show began.  A very enthusiastic and die hard crowd lined the trailer, despite the rains that started to fall mid show. 

 

Phil gives Rex a scare

Phil gives Rex a scare

A few lucky, skilled winners walked away with some Smagical 2’s and Rex got one step closer to never being able to have kids. 

 

Rain put an early end to the event

Rain put an early end to the event

The rain was also falling back in Alma, and everyone was greeted to a stellar Alma MX track on return.

Sunday the Hoxie group came up to ride a loop of Jesse’s trials event from a few weeks back.  Section after section more filming shots popped up and the footage began to pile up.

 

Out for a nice sunday ride

Out for a nice Sunday ride

 After a quick lunch it was out to the lake for some wakeboarding and jet skiing.  Phil learned he sucks at jet skis, Rex learned how to roost on the wakeboard, Binz tried some no handed landers on the stand-up, and Hock shot for the stars and landed on the moon. All the while Jesse and Sydni made most of the group feel like squids out of water with their skills.

 

Hock launches the wake while Phil goes freestylin

Hock launches the wake while Phil goes freestylin

 

 

Rex rips the wakeboard while Binz launches his wake

Rex rips the wakeboard while Binz launches his wake

The night ended with some snowskate trampoline action and a rad fireworks display courtesy of Alma MX.

 

Wilbur enjoys Alma MX's firework display

Wilbur enjoys Alma MX's firework display

  Monday brought us back out onto the moto track to practice some starts and do some goon riding.  The butt whips were tweaked and the one leggers were extended. 

 

Phil throws the 1 legger, while Rex whips everything BUTT his bike

Phil throws the 1 legger, while Rex whips everything BUTT his bike

After that it was off to the local pool for a few runs at the diving board.  Once Rex stuck his belly flips off the medium dive it was back to the farm to log some more “seat time” on the trials bikes.  Tuesday was a early morning moto followed by hiding from the 100 degree weather and the blistering sun.   Once the sun began to set, out came the video camera and the 200. 

 

Phil kicks off the log into the gray skies

Phil kicks off the log into the gray skies

The “trials playground” turned into a “Moto Playground” for the rest of the evening and the cameras were rolling.

 

Turns out KTMs make pretty good trials bikes too

Turns out KTMs make pretty good trials bikes too

 Wednesday came around and it was time to head back home to pick up Papa Smage and drop off the demo rig.  Get back to wisconsin at 5 AM, unload the moto stuff, pack in the trials and its off to Tennessee for rounds 3 and 4 of the Trials Nationals.  A huge thanks goes out to Jesse (master chef) and Sydni (master photographer) Wessels for being such great hosts and rad people.  Also, a  big thanks goes out to the event promoters, organizers, and the whole Hoxie trials gang, it was fun shredding with you guys!