THE OVER-THE-HUMP GANG: WHAT FACTORY RIDERS DO BETWEEN RACES

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Photos by John Perry

20150519_182244_001If you think that JGR’s Justin Barcia is intense on the starting line of the motocross race, you have to see him at a mountain bike race. Barcia DNFed the Over-The-Hump race in Irvine Lake Park with a broken chain.

SoCal’s Over-The-Hump mountain bike series draws as many as 700 riders to their Tuesday night races. And this week, with all the factory riders in town for the Glen Helen National on Saturday, they showed up to get in a solid mid-week workout on their bikes. The racers included Shane McElrath, Paul Thede, Max Less, Troy Lee, Justin Barcia, Jeremy Martin, Victor Sheldon, Johnny O’Mara, Alex Martin, Ryan Jones, Jim Perry

20150519_193129Jeremy Martin was 8th overall in the Super Sport class for riders under 35.

20150519_193949_003_01Former AMA Champion Johnny O’Mara had a Pro mountain bike career after he quit racing motorcycles. He still knows how to pedal as he won the Elite Master’s class for riders over 50 years old.

20150519_183703Here, Johnny O’Mara leads former Jet Ski Champion Victor Sheldon. Sheldon was third in the under-50 Elite men’s class, but he didn’t beat Johnny O.

20150519_194438Alex Martin beat his brother Jeremy by four places in the Super Sport Men’s class. Alex was 4th and Jeremy was 8th.

20150519_193224Former Yamaha team manager Jimmy Perry, who still runs Yamaha’s support program for its many motocross race teams, was second in Sport Men (for riders 40 to 49 years old). Who beat Jimmy?

20150519_184236_006_01[1]Here, Sport Men winner Ryan Hughes leads Jimmy Perry. Ryan won the class by one minute over Jimmy—Ryan won’t be getting any Yamaha support this year.

 

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