AMA Grand Championship
Pleasure Riders M/C is proud to be the hosting club for the 2016 AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship, to be held at the brand-new Thunder Ridge hillclimb facility in Neoga, IL! Please note that this event is NOT at the PRMC clubgrounds near Cayuga, IN – this location is practically just across the street from the Central Illinois M/C clubgrounds in Neoga, IL.
Tech inspection & rider check-in will be on Friday, July 29th, with competition on Saturday & Sunday, the 30th & 31st. The event will be pre-entry only – registration will run from March 1st to July 1st…keep an eye on this website for the entry form & info pack, which will be posted on the morning of March 1st.
Major excavation work began on the new facility in late fall…although the hill isn’t completely done, here’s a sneak peek:
This facility is going to be fantastic for spectators…this picture was taken from the vantage point of the top of the hill on the other side of the small valley…spectators will be able to view the entire hill from the side, and see just how much air the riders are getting off of each jump! Overall the hill is expected to be at least 250′ – and may be considerably longer. All the dirt work will be finished up in the spring, and we’ll be having District 17 climbs there on June 11th & 12th, so by all means come check the place out before the national championship!
For now, hang tight and stay tuned to this website for the upcoming entry form & info pack, and more photos after we get things finished up this spring.
Update 4/4/16: More work has been done on the hill already this spring…it’s kind of hard to get much depth perception looking at the photos, since all the dirt is fresh and the same color…but here’s what it looks like right now:
You’re actually not really seeing the whole course in these photos…the start is farther to the right, with a rolling jump right off the get-go, and then a little space to set up for what looks like a bit of a step-up jump right now…there had been more of a gap there after that first jump you see, but it got washed around a bit – at the moment the thought is that they’re going to make more of a gap right there so that there’s some air time for the spectators to see (spectators will be seated on terraces on the facing hillside, just as the view is with the 2nd photo)…and the first photo gives you a better view of how it looks from a rider’s standpoint as you’re heading up the hill. It also shows the slight right bend there…in the first photo, you can see that the lead-in to that jump is coming from the right, and then you turn a bit to head up the hill. It’s not much of a bend, but enough to make you pay attention to what you’re doing. Those two trees there at the right side of that jump will be taken out, by the way…just so no one whacks a handlebar on them on the way by.
As it sits now, you’ll be coming at that big wall with some speed, and have to slow down to an appropriate approach for that – it can’t be jumped (you’d just go 30′ straight up in the air, and straight back down) – and then there’s a little double after that wall that’s actually pretty hard to clear cleanly, and then the steep section at the top. Levi Peters was taking some testing passes on it, and it’s a really fun hill that requires some thought and timing. Can’t just pin it and hold it wide open and think you’re going to win. The truck there provides some scale – that wall in the middle is actually pretty formidable. We’re actually thinking we may provide a detour around it for at least the Micro Mini class…lest we have a pile of them all in the same spot right there at the base.
There’s some more work that’s going to be done before our inaugural event in June – and after that we may tweak it again before the Grand Championship. It’s going to be a really fun hill for riders to compete on, and it will be the best spectator arrangement that a hillclimb has ever had!
Update 6/28/16: Check out this video made with footage from our shake-down event earlier this month!