Motocross making its way back

David Pressgrove

Top tourist attractions to Craig in the spring and summer include Triple Crown, Whittle the Wood and Grand Olde West Days.

The Yampa Valley Sports Riders Club also belongs in that group as one of the top draws to Craig every summer. And like Triple Crown, the YVSRC does it at least twice a summer.

The YVSRC is hosting the Rocky Mountain Motocross Association’s final races of the Spring Series on Saturday and Sunday, and the American Motorcyclist Association District 25 on Sunday.

“We have 350 to 400 riders,” said Donna Zulian, who helps organize the races. “That brings in up to 800 people.”

The campers and trailers all pack in at the track south of Craig on South Ranney Street. The Zulians prepare the track every year for at least two races. This is their first race of 2005.

“The first race always takes the most prep work,” she said.

Members of the YVSRC will be out at the track all week preparing it for more than 20 races a day.

Blaine Zulian and Chad Zulian, two of Craig’s best racers won’t be at the track this weekend. “It will be different for us since we’ve been doing this with our boys here for so long,” Donna Zulian said. “It takes a lot of time for not having somebody in it.”

Chad, the son of Donna Zulian and Gary, is on a motocross tour in Canada, and Blaine, son of Dan and Patty, is taking a break from racing.

The work that the Zulians and others have put into the track was recognized by the RMXA last year. It was named the best track in Colorado.

“We have out-of-town riders tell us it’s their favorite,” Donna said. “They tell us it’s the best track in Colorado.”

A majority of the regional motocross races happen once a weekend. The YVSRC hosts races on two consecutive days. Each day is it’s own race day.

“Most races are just Sunday,” Donna said. “We give everybody two opportunities.”

The races are open to the public with $10 tickets at the gate for children 12 and older, $5 for children 6 to 11 and free for children 5 and younger.

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