THIS IS AN EVENT FOR EVERYONE!
ALL BRANDS AND ALL ABILITIES!
STAY FOR DINNER AND AN 80's TRIBUTE BAND!
The 2016 GS Challenge at Hunter Mountain on October 1st is going to be unlike anything you have ever seen or ridden! We have been working hard to put together a course that will be fun for all level of rider and challenging for the experts among you.
Using man-made and natural terrain features, the GS Challenge is laid out all over Hunter Mountain and will consist of at least 10 stations where you and your motorcycle can test your skills against the clock and against the mountain. We'll describe them in a little bit, but first, three important things to know:
1. Open to all brands all displacements. Yes, we know it's called the GS Challenge, but give us a break - we are a BMW shop after all. As always, we will warmly welcome riders on any brand of motorcycle of any displacement. Encourage your Suzuki, Kawasaki, Honda, Triumph, Ducati, KTM, Husky, Aprilia and Harley riding friends to join us. There will be a handicap program in place to account for differences in bikes and sizes.
2. Open to all abilities. Most of these tests will be comprised of sections within the test. Some sections are more difficult than others and you can choose to ride any or all of them depending on your experience level. A novice off-road rider may elect to skip a section or two. THAT'S OK. This is for fun (and trophies, but we'll get to that later.)
3. You need to sign up ahead of time. This event will run rain or shine. No matter what the weather, this is going to be fun. Because your entry includes dinner after the competition, we need to be able to order enough food and drink for everyone ahead of time. If you wait until the day of the event to sign up, you might be forced to skip all of the fun at the end of the day. We don't want that to happen, and either do you. Entry is $40, includes the Challenge, dinner, a free beer, a door prize drawing, and a concert. Help us help you. Sign up now:
Ok, on with the show:
We expect that the whole challenge will take about 6 hours to complete. It's going to be a fun day and the aim is to make sure that you spend time riding and cheering your friends on and not standing in line. Here is a basic course map. Descriptions of the sections are included below:
Dirt Drags: Go head to head and against the clock. At the drop of the flag, twist your wrist and zip down the long straight dirt stretch to the finish line!
Slow Race: The clock starts when you cross the start line and your objective is to take as long as you can to get across the finish. You'll get a time penalty for each incidence of putting a foot down or dropping the bike, so find the sweet spot of control and speed! (This is one that you can practice at home before the event.)
Parallel Logs: How many times can you cross a line of logs without putting a foot down or falling? It's harder than it sounds, but super fun.
Mud Time Trial: Always a crowd favorite, your objective is to ride the entire course in the shortest amount of time possible. The mud and the ruts will do their best to humble your attempt. You will definitely want your photo taken after this section!
Short Hillclimb: You'll get points for making it to the top of the warm-up hillclimb, and even more points for doing it faster than the others. You only get one try, so make it a good one.
Woods Run: Look at the width of your handlebars. Then look at the distance between those two trees. It's going to be a close shave. Don't forget to look down every once in a while to see the roots and rocks that need to be navigated. Scored by time.
The Big Hillclimb: Ski trails never look as steep going down in the winter as they do going up in October! The long hillclimb requires you to pick a good line, be sensitive on the throttle and to watch out for those slippery leaves. This section, which is scored on time, gets the biggest cheering section and the crowd goes wild when someone reaches the top.
Enduro Lap: We throw the whole enchilada at you during the enduro lap. You need to navigate the course along with certain obstacles and make it to the finish in good time. By the end of this lap, you might begin to understand where the name Enduro came from.
River Run: This section won't be long, but it will put your balance, brake and throttle control to the test. Screw up your courage and ride the rocks.
Box Turns: The U-Turn box is a classic motorcycle skills test. Ride into a painted box, execute a U turn within the boundaries, and then a second U turn within the boundaries and exit the opposite end of the box. It sounds so easy, but can you beat the box?
Enduro Steering: Using your pegs to steer in the dirt? Yes, that's what this test is all about. If you do it right, you won't have to use your handlebars at all. If you don't, well, you'll have a nice collection of points to show off!
Anything else? Possibly. Our waterproof time cards are at the printer and we have space for 12 sections, so don't be alarmed if you encounter a new surprise skills test!
"That all sounds good, but I'm in it to win it."
Does this sound like you? While the rest of us will be content to drink a beer after spending a day riding motorcycles off-road, the competitive set could be taking home one of these sweet trophies:
They are one of a kind, handcrafted by Jason Adams especially for this event. Be nice, ride well and maybe you can take one home with you!
Dinner: After all of the outdoor fun, it's time to get into the Oktoberfest spirit. We will gather in the Colonel's Hall in the main lodge for dinner, drinks, door prizes and the coup de grace: the 80's tribute band MULLETT. Companion tickets are available for dinner only. You'll see the option when you click on the link below to register.
DINNER ONLY OPTION:
Dinner will be in the Hunter Mountain Colonel's Hall at 6:30 PM on Saturday night after the event, with the following menu:
- Garden Salad
- Oktoberfest Stir Fry with Beef and Roasted Harvest Vegetables
- Vegetarian Lasagna
- Carraway Dinner Rolls
- Desserts, Coffee and Tea
- One glass of beer or wine included (cash bar for additional drinks.)
This event is part of our annual Oktoberfest event. Enjoy food and beer, bands on Saturday and Sunday, BMW demo rides, stunt shows by “Teach” McNeil, guided dual sport tours, chairlift rides, and more. Hunter Mountain, NY is a beautiful ride from most of the northeast and general admission is FREE (you must register in advance for the GS Challenge and dinner-only tickets.)
By far, the easiest and most enjoyable way to experience the weekend is to stay right at Hunter Mountain. Suites and condos are available at the Kaatskill Mountain Club and Liftside Condos. There are also plenty of area hotels, motels, B&Bs and Inns in the area. Check out Hunter's Lodging Page here.
Camping is not allowed on-site at Hunter Mountain, but there is a state campground nearby at North-South Lake in Haines Falls.
The GS Challenge begins at 9 AM on Saturday.
Participants must be there to complete registration at 8 AM at the beginning of the course, located at 53 Deming Rd., about 2.3 miles from the resort base.
Registered competitors will receive an e-mail from the organizer with full details.
There are two spectator locations for the Challenge. Small groups of riders will move from station to station throughout the day, so there will be action at each station all day.
Use the following addresses to navigate to the spectator locations:
Skills Test Fields:
53 Deming Rd
825 Rusk Hollow Rd.
PLEASE NOTE: There is absolutely no riding allowed on Hunter Mountain anywhere other than the GS Challenge Course.