Nitro riders take to the hill this weekend

Racer practice starts at 10 a.m. Saturday

Professional rider Travis Whitlock races up the hill during the 2017 Nitro Nationals.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Professional rider Travis Whitlock races up the hill during the 2017 Nitro Nationals.

— Engines were set to be revving Saturday, March 24, as approximately 20 motorcycle competitors were lined up to take to the hill at Dry Creek Recreation Area north of town.

The adrenaline junkies were set test their mettle and their readiness for the hillclimbing season at 10 a.m., Northwest Nitro Nationals organizer John Nyboer said.

March 21, he reported the practices had to be canceled.

The first competition will be at the April 13-15 California Nitro Nationals in Tracy, Calif., Nyboer said.

Organizers are providing the test run at Dry Creek for Washington riders.

The hill at state Highways 241 and 24 is the most popular venue in the circuit, voted Venue of the Year for four of the past five years.

Riders compete May 4-6 in the local event, which features competitors of nearly every age group, from amateurs to professionals, and men and women.

Locals planning to participate will be Grandview riders Mollee and Jason Weddle.

Mollee Weddle, 15, was the 2016 North American Hillclimbers Association Women’s Pro Class titlist and 90 cc runner-up.

Professional riders including Jake Anstett of Port Angeles will be among the competitors, as well, Nyboer said.

“This is our second organized practice,” he said.

There will be a couple of runs for riders to practice. From noon to 4 p.m., fans can meet riders and learn about their motorcycles.

UPDATE: The practices have been canceled, Nyboer reported March 21.


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