Boards and bikes mix it up in Sierra |

Boards and bikes mix it up in Sierra

Matt O'Neill

Even though the snow has been melting at a rapid pace, the sixth annual BoarderMotorcross will make good use of what’s remaining on the slopes of Kirkwood Ski Resort Saturday and Sunday.

The two-day event, which is also held in Southern California, will draw many of the top cross-over athletes to both Kirkwood and the Champion Speedway.

Included in the competitors will be Brian Noe, who took the Southern California event.

The event has been in Northern California and Nevada for about three years, but originally was a single event held at Mammoth Lakes before Bob Szabo realized the potential of it.

“Ronny McCoy started is in the beginning and about three years ago he told me that he wasn’t going to run it anymore,” Szabo said. “He asked me if I wanted to take it over and I did.”

Using his connections in Southern California, Szabo quickly moved the event down to the Los Angeles and brought it north to the Tahoe area as well.

Saturday will be the motorcross event where the competitors will compete in different classes: beginners, novice, intermediate, professional and veteran.

The pro and veteran divisions will present the opportunity to win money, while the other classes will compete for prizes.

On Sunday, the athletes will hit the slopes for the boardercross, but unlike the typical boardercross event, there will be more racers competing at once.

There will be up to 14 boarders at once, while 20 racers will compete in the motorcross.

The increased amount of competitiors makes for a better spectators sport, according to Szabo.

Saturday’s event begins at 9 a.m.

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