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Road Tales – December

20th Anniversary Edition of Ohio Bike Week May 22 – 31st, 2020

The promoters of Ohio Bike Week have announced their dates for 2020, along with proclaiming that this will be a special edition of the North Coast Thunder Rally as they celebrate 20 years of ROCKIN’ and ROLLIN on the shores of Lake Erie.  We anticipate more details to be shared shortly, but rumor has it that there will be a renewed focus on kick-off events in cities across Ohio – then everything shifting to Sandusky for the blow-out, final weekend.

Stay tuned for more details and they are released!

Photos courtesy OBW

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U.S. ISDE World Trophy, Women’s World Trophy teams victorious at 2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro

American XC Gear team wins Club division; U.S. Junior World Trophy team finishes runner-up

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association congratulates the men’s and women’s U.S. World Trophy Teams for their prestigious victories at the 2019 Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme International Six Days Enduro.

The 94th edition of the grueling off-road motorcycle competition, the longest-running world championship in motorsport, took place at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve in Portiamo, Portugal, on Nov. 11-16.

The United States last won the World Trophy title in 2016, its first ISDE world title. The United States had not won Women’s World Trophy title since 2007, the year that division debuted.

The U.S. Junior World Trophy team finished second place in its division, and the American XC Gear Club team was the top Club team, rounding out the most dominating U.S. performance in ISDE history.

“Congratulations to the U.S. ISDE World Trophy, Women’s World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and the XC Gear Club teams for their outstanding performance at this year’s ISDE,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “Our World Trophy team battled hard to win our nation’s second overall ISDE title in four years, and our Women’s World Trophy team put in a dominating performance in Portugal. All of our ISDE riders did a great job representing our country at this prestigious international competition, and we are happy to welcome them home as FIM world champions of off-road motorcycle competition.”

The American World Trophy team of Steward Baylor, Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Ryan Sipes ended the first day of the event in second place before taking the lead from Australia for good on Day 3. The team’s margin of victory over Australia was 1:45.34. Robert paced the E2 Class, with Russell finishing runner up. Sipes was the second-fastest rider in the E1 Class. Baylor placed third in the E3 Class.

The U.S. Women’s World Trophy team, which included Tarah Gieger, Brandy Richards and Becca Sheets finished ahead of second-place Germany, with a margin of victory of 8:51.21. The team’s top performer was Richards, who finished second in the individual standings to Germany’s Maria Franke. Sheets finished sixth overall, and Gieger eighth.

An American Club Team also found success at the 2019 ISDE. The XC Gear team of Dante Oliveira, Ricky Russell and Austin Walton topped a 124-team field, finishing 18:03.05 seconds ahead of a club team from France. Olivera and Russell ended the event as the second- and third-fastest riders in the C2 class.

The U.S. Junior World Trophy team that included Grant Baylor, Ben Kelley and Josh Toth was unable to match the pace of the Australian junior team, settling for second place, 9:13.94 behind Australia.

The United States will defend its ISDE titles at the 2020 edition of the event, which takes place in Italy next summer.

For more information about the U.S. ISDE teams, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com/isde.

2019 FIM International Six Days Enduro Final Standings

World Trophy
1.  United States
2.  Australia
3.  Italy

Women’s World Trophy
1.  United States
2.  Germany
3.  Great Britain

Junior World Trophy
1.  Australia
2. United States
3.  Spain

Club Teams
1.  XC Gear (United States)
2.  Team Lozere AMV 4 (France)
3.  Team Club RFME 1 (Spain)

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