September 21, 2014 NETRA Hare Scramble Series, Round 13, Hard Knox Hare Scramble, Blandford, MA.
Story by Kevin Novello Photos by Art Pepin
The ski slopes of the Blandford ski area in Blandford, Massachusetts were home to round 13 of the NETRA Hare Scramble Series, hosted by the Knox Trail Riders. This is a popular venue, as the course alternates between tighter woods sections and the adjacent wide-open ski slopes. Some of the ski slopes that are used are faasst, as in pin-it-in- 6th gear fast.
When the green flag dropped on the afternoon race, it was Johnny Girroir and Ben Kelley battling it out early and often. Girroir and Kelley would pass through the scoring barrels one second apart on the first lap and were separated by a mere 4 seconds after lap two. Girroir would slowly put distance between himself and Kelley throughout the entire two- hour race, finishing 51 seconds ahead when the checkered flag came out. Noticeably absent from the event was series points leader Dylan Macritchie, who was rumored to have suffered a bad crash earlier in the week.
Josh Toth and Brendan Riordan were close to one another for the entire race with Riordan looking like he was going to hang onto third place. However, Toth would slip past him on the last lap to shore up the final podium position, relegating Riordan to 4th. Nick Hunter would go on to round out the top 5.
In the A claa, Tyler Wiek would hold off Randi Hastings by 5 seconds for the overall win while Adam Belanger handily won the B class by 4 minutes over Jordan Gonsalves.
In the morning race, Jeremy Anthony would win the Sportsman class while Greg Olson took the C class win. Alex Belanger won the Big Wheel class while Ryan Ames and Jacob Larson would go on to win the Mini and Mini B class, respectively.
The series resumes action on September 28 at the RTR1 Hare Scramble in Remsen, NY.