Loose Moose National Enduro Preview
The following is from the National Enduro Promotions Group (NEPG)…
Marquette, MI the location for the 6th round of the 2013 AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series Presented by Moose Racing is a northern vacation spot like no other. Located on the southern shore of Lake Superior, there is fabulous boating, fishing along with many other outdoor recreation activities.
There will be no riding available at the Loose Moose because it will be starting at the Marquette County Fair Grounds. The fairgrounds will be open at 4pm on Friday June 7th and will close Sunday night after the event, so if you plan on staying over till Monday you will need to move to a different location. Entries are available at http://www.moto-tally.com/NEPG/PreEntry.aspx
The course will consist of flowing sandy forest and will gradually get more challenging during the day. You will have a 3.5 mile transfer from the start with some trail to get warmed up, then the test lengths in miles are 7, 7, 8, 12, 8 and 9. There will be very few rocks through the first 4 tests, a few in the 5th test and plenty in the 6th test.
If you would like to come early and get some extra riding in, there are a few state motorcycle only loops close by to get dialed in for the race or just some fun riding. The closest loop to the fairgrounds is the Bass Lake Trail, about a 20 minute drive. It is a 27 mile loop, it is 2-way but the Sandstormers suggest riding is counter clockwise, go to the right from the parking area. You will need a Michigan OVR trail sticker to ride any of the public loops, they are available at most gas stations in the area or a DNR office. The Moss Lake Trail is another great trail in Michigan’s U.P.
The Mini Moose family Enduro will also start at the fair grounds at 1pm on Saturday June 8th, bring the whole family and have a ride with them before you get after it on Sunday.
If mountain biking is your second sport, Marquette offers some world class trails that will keep you entertained for days. Just a few miles north of the fairgrounds is the Marquette Mountain mountain bike trail, plus there are many more mountain bike trails in the area.