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bmxma156
post Nov 10 2011, 08:35 AM
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We have lots of riders from our track going to Grands for the first time!!! I am wanting to post a list of tips. I have the basics: Bike lock, presign, saline nasal spray... but what else! Help me out please!
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post Nov 10 2011, 08:47 AM
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Sorry can't help much we have never been either sounds like there will be a lot of first timers this year. I have a specific question is there RV parking there? I cant seem to find any informaiton for campers.
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post Nov 10 2011, 08:52 AM
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Yes... the have RV camping at the Expo Center. Full hook ups! $35/night! the ABA flyer says $25 but all the families including mine were told ABA is wrong and its $35. Still... $35 is much better than paying for hotel!
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post Nov 10 2011, 08:58 AM
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QUOTE (Cruisin @ Nov 10 2011, 09:47 AM) *
Sorry can't help much we have never been either sounds like there will be a lot of first timers this year. I have a specific question is there RV parking there? I cant seem to find any informaiton for campers.


Yes, every year I see a section in the parking lot for all the RV's.

And just one more tip incase you guys don't already know. You don't want to miss the Saturday night show, NAG5/pro spectacular. Some really good racing and the pro titles will be decided
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post Nov 10 2011, 09:01 AM
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Relax, they have lots of security officers and they will not let a "little" kid out the door without an adult. But your bike might be a different story.
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post Nov 10 2011, 09:18 AM
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It's important to remind kids that in the excitement bikes disappear rather quickly, especially later in the weekend. "______ is watching my bike" can lead to problems as ____ is distracted in the excitement.

Also, don't lock a bike to a door, regardless of the door being locked/closed or not: Security will cut the lock. It sounds simple, but every year somebody's lock gets cut. I usually just lock up in the ABA lockup upstairs and forget about it.

Something soft to sit on, and something to entertain oneself over the course of a 1,000 moto day. A book, an MP3 player, and a chair so you can take a break from the bleachers are all good.

Sharpies so you can get autographs.

Cash so you can take advantage of the deals. Snacks because the snack bars don't make deals.

Saline spray, yes, keep a second bottle in the shower at the hotel to help sinus clearing. (Me, I'm a big fan of the Netti Pot, a big fan. Walgreens has a plastic one that's great for travel).

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post Nov 10 2011, 09:19 AM
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If at all possible, race as many classes as you can. There are so many motos at Grands. If you just race one class you are going to have so much down time. I know money is a huge factor but if you can race at least class and open.
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post Nov 10 2011, 09:25 AM
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If at all possible show up Tuesday or Wednesday. Sand Springs (the local track) runs Monday, Tuesday, and a Double points race Wednesday before the grands.
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post Nov 10 2011, 09:29 AM
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Wear your race gear whenever you are on the track! The photograph types want to get great racing shots, I've heard that without leathers, you're awesome photo doesn't stand a chance at being run in the mags. All so, Jump during practice. If you see a guy with a camera shooting a table or double and you're thinking that mom and dad want to buy a shot of you, make it a good one.
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post Nov 10 2011, 09:31 AM
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Google "Village Inn" restaurant. 5 minutes form the track and open 24 hours including Thanksgiving.

Get the heck out of the building, even if it is just a walk or drive. It can be helpful to return to your hotel as the scheule is so well run you won't miss a moto.

Dont stay in the stands the whole time. The din and relentless energy can drain you. It is a loooong weekend.

Bring your wifi devices as the ABA runs an intranet and you can get your motos, quarters and semis, etc. from the pits without having to go to the mob on the moto sheet wall.

Don't miss the night races. They are BMX rock shows. Great energy, great vibe and great racing.
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