Thunder Valley Motocross

© Matthew Jonas 2011/Evergreen Newspapers 2011

What a weekend! I almost forgot how much fun it is to cover motor sports. I definitely didn’t forget how much work it is. Last weekend was the annual Thunder Valley stop on the AMA circuit. The track is unique for the circuit and presents challenges for the riders. Carved out of the side of the foothills at 6000+ feet in elevation, it is unlike any other. Both riders and bikes had to be adjusted to the conditions. It was clear that some of the traveling press were having trouble adjusting too. More than once, I caught a few photographers sitting outside the track sucking wind and drinking water like they had just finished a 5k. I have to admit that toward the end of the day that I was starting to feel a little winded as well. Covering motocross at Thunder Valley entails a lot of hiking up and down the side of a mountain. That combined with the 95 degree heat, the unique smell of dirt bike exhaust and the lack of shade make for a tough day. Even with all of the obvious challenges I still had a blast. Here’s a collection of photos that I made during the weekend. Enjoy.

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Covering the 2010 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals

© Matthew Jonas 2010/Evergreen Newspapers 2010

After several hours I was tired, covered in oil and smelled like burnt rubber. I have to admit, it was a pretty good time. The 2010 Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals came to Bandimere Speedway last weekend. We have covered it in the past but not for some time. This year, with the help of an enthusiastic new sports editor, we decided to go all out and cover the entire weekend. Well, at least he did. With 4 other papers to shoot for and numerous weekend assignments I only managed to make it to the finals on Sunday. Even one day was a lot of work and with an average track temperature of 115 degrees the conditions were not exactly comfortable to work in.

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