Riding the labor camp of ridiculously rough Havasu WORCS course on way to win in the ever competitive over 50 age class.
Havasu’s WORCS race is commonly referred by riders as the “roughest” of the entire WORCS series. “I wasn’t sure how much strength I was gonna have to finish, as my last race was the World Vets in November. I found out right away that I could ride through the brutal rough bumps without bottoming or wallowing around, a huge advantage that allowed me use less energy thanks to the newly developed IAS (Inertia Active System) by Ricor Suspension. Ricor utilizes patented Inertia valve technology creating a third dimension of damping control. Inertia active system is able to determine differences between chassis input and wheel movement in order to immediately respond for a stable fast ride.
One of the fun sections of the course dropped down to waters edge, jumping out of the deep sand whoops and splash the front edge of the surf on the only smooth line, front wheel up over the water to make sure you didn’t hit a sink hole, then knife back across through massive braking bumps in the deep sand. Havasu’s waves of sand still kicked my ass. I could barely walk the next day. Kind of ironic that spring break brings visitors to Havasu for a party, but WORCS riders, some of the most fit athletes in motosports come here for a different sort of party. Party on a brutal sand track to display their level of fitness and balance in which booze has no part, untill afterwards that is.
Body overheated, labor camp curcuit with no rest, a welcome drink, at least mentally sustained me to the finish. Afterwards one of the guys told me he took time to take a drink on the one and only smooth turns on the track. That was the one place I could pick up easy time so I throttled up. Funny different styles, I chose to drink on braking bumps that you cant really go that fast anyway. I rarely look at the clock in the scoring section, but I was feeling worked when I glanced over and quick math revealed two more laps to go. No sense going to fast and try to do three more laps, I was prepared to sit and wait if I came in under the 50 minute mark which is the earliest the checkered is shown. As it was I came in around 52 something. Ahh the checkered! Time for a brew!
BTW this same IAS technology is in the Ricor Intiminator system which enables damper rod forks to outperform cartridge forks. KLR, DR, BMW and Harley’s all work better with Ricor inside! Pick up a set of front fork Intiminators before your next adventure ride! Front fork Intiminators are $179 and made in the USA IAS shocks at $549 (spring included) and are available through WPS Western Power Sports dealers.