2011 is starting off with a bang in the extreme sports world. ATV enthusiasts and side-by-side fans and competitors will be glad to know that BRP (Bombardier Recreational Products) are offering more than $1.6 million as part of their Can-Am X-Team Racing Contingency Program. Competitors from Canada and the United States will be eligible for a cash payout with this program for the duration of the 2011 racing schedule. The Can-Am Commander 800R and Commander 1000 will also be eligible within this program along with the usual riders and machines from years past.
Beginners, amateurs and more technical skateboarders will be surprised to know that GoSkate.com will be starting lessons over the internet on February 8th this year. The site mentions they will have over 300 instructors in their database and will begin to train any beginners, intermediates and any others who qualify as professionals that still want to hone their skills. Just a word of caution, the Andrew Currie name you see on GoSkate.com is not the well-known Australian skater from 15 years ago, just a coincidence!
To end on a bit of humor and our “you got to be kidding” headline: “Ohio’s National Forest Bans Alcohol Use by ATV Riders”. This was posted in a paper out of Zanesville, Ohio (southeastern Ohio). Now, I understand the severity of the charge but isn’t this a no-brainer for any of you out there riding any sort of off-road vehicle? The order submitted also requires some sort of helmet protection, goggles or some type of other eye protection. Again, you’re riding in the forest, you’d be taking a huge risk with all those branches and trees in your path not to wear any protection at all. Despite the silliness of the article, always wear protection. You never know when a wreck, another rider or an unseen danger will come about. If you’re not ready for it, at least some of your main parts will be.