Riders take to the hill this weekend

Practice open to public

Professional rider Brandon Whitlock of Santaquin, Utah climbs the hill in the 2017 Northwest Nitro Nationals Hillclimb competition.

Photo by Jennie McGhan
Professional rider Brandon Whitlock of Santaquin, Utah climbs the hill in the 2017 Northwest Nitro Nationals Hillclimb competition.



— Engines will be revving and ready to go Saturday, March 24, as approximately 20 motorcycle competitors take to the hill at Dry Creek Recreation Area north of town.

The adrenaline junkies will test their mettle and their readiness for the coming hill climb season beginning at 10 a.m., Northwest Nitro Nationals organizer John Nyboer said.

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 to be ready for the season.

The hill at state Highways 241 and 24 is the most popular venue in the circuit, voted Venue of the Year 4 of the past 5 years. Riders compete May 4-6 in the local event, which features competitors of nearly every age group from amateurs to professionals.

Also 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 will be among the competitors at the event, as well, Nyboer said.

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

There will be a couple of runs for riders to practice on.

From noon to 4 p.m. fans can meet riders and learn about their motorcycles, as well as the teams.



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