America’s best off-road motorcycle racers are coming to Prescott Valley to battle it out during President’s Day weekend, Feb 17 & 18 at the Rough Rider 100. Champions of the modern day saddle are coming to compete in the historic region of Prescott Valley, AZ., once known as Lonesome Valley where men like Capt. Bucky O’Neill and Col. William Glassford “toughed it out” following the arrival of some of the first homesteaders and pioneer ranchers of the 1870’s – the Fain family.
The off-road motorcycle race, being held on land owned by the Fain Land and Cattle and Mr. Tim Hendrickson, will have competitors fighting for a $10,000 cash prize, a $4,000 bronze statue and the title “U.S. Army Rough Rider Champion”. Dozens of #1 Champions from the Western U.S. and the East Coast, recognized by the premiere sanctioning body – the American Motorcycle Association, men and women, will meet and do battle on the rocky, sandy ravines of Lynx Creek in Prescott Valley. All talented. All equal. All hungry for the title, “Rough Rider Champion”.
America’s Champion, Taylor Robert, the first American to lead the U.S. to victory in the International Six Day Enduro is favored to take home the prestigious “Bucky” O’Neill Statue. “It’s like getting in the ring with Mixed Martial Artist Conner McGreggor (MMA) for 3 hours… the strongest athlete is left standing,” said Robert when asked about the format.
A World-class competition in the heart of Prescott Valley - Talking Glass, including:
- California’s Gary Sutherlin – the AMA National Hare & Hound #1 and World Off-Road Champion
- Western Hare Scrambles Champion from Scottsdale Max Gerston
- Arizona’s #1 AMRA Champion, Mitch Carvolth
- WORCS 250cc Champion Clay Hengeveld from Flagstaff
Shelby Turner, back-to-back AMA #1 Enduro Cross Champion and 3X Canadian Motocross Champion is the favorite to lead the ladies in TheRowdyRose.Com Rough Rider Women’s Invitational on Saturday at 12 noon. Shelby says, “The line-up of Champion women coming to Prescott Valley will be the strongest field of talent I’ll see all year.”
Turner will be facing sister Champions like Nevada’s Sharon Mowell, AMA Western Hare Scrambles #1. Both women will compete in Sunday's U.S. Army Rough Rider 100 against off-road racing’s strongest field of Champions.
"This rugged and wild land was established by the sweat and blood of pioneer ranchers and cowboys like that of my great grandfather, grandfather and the bankable handshake of my father Bill Fain who established Prescott Valley. I hear that our region produces some of the best Army recruits in the state, if not country. That’s no surprise as our community’s history and lineage have shaped our spirits and work ethic. Prescott Valley is made up of people who work hard, play hard and possess a perseverance and fearless endeavor to make a life. We are proud join the U.S. Army and other great contributors to take part in this competition of spirit and toughness, that of a Rough Rider. It is the way of the wild west, whiskey row, the cowboy and all Americans who have chased that dream and made their mark on this great place. Welcome to Prescott Valley, AZ,” says Brad Fain, President & CEO, Fain Signature Group.
The motorcycle racing starts Saturday morning, Feb 17th at 8am with the Littlest Rough Riders 4-5 years old, and 7-14 year olds on mini cycles. For more info, go to www.roughrider100.com for directions and times.
Event Site: www.RoughRider100.com
Fain Signature Group Web: www.FainSignatureGroup.com