Here's the 'skinny' on the Kratka Ridge track:
I hope to be recieveing a call in roughly two weeks that explains whether or not the track is going to be torn down. After getting off the phone with Chuck, this is the stance in position: If the track is going to be available, any event would be run like a 'really busy day', but all control goes to them folks of ACR. I have had the insurance forms ready for months, and can send them in at a moments notice if the event has a chance.
The format, two day. Anyone who wants to use the lift pays the fee ( currently 15$ per day full day use). On top of that, entry members pay roughly 14$ insurance dues for the entire weekend. Prizes would have to be gathered now, but with no expectations that an event would go through. This allows for family and spectators to use the lifts, it will not be controlled by the event/competition and brings in more for the track to stay open.
If you would like to get up to Kratka before it closes, check HERE for maps/directions. Currently the mountain is under snow, however. If you do go, try to get someone to have the lift going. You will be able to get the most time out of the track if the lift is going. Definitely worth the 15$ per person if you get to ride the track so many times, it's a blast.
Really what it comes down to is if the track is going to be torn down or not. Hopefully I will know in a couple of weeks, and be able to set something up.
So, go up to ride the ACR Snowcrest, Kratka Ridge, and Mt. Waterman. If you want to have family member go up for a scenic hike, Mt. Waterman IS actually the best place I can think of in the Angeles Crest forest area.
Copy that link and any part of this message to other message boards if you wish. This is not the only place that may have interested people. The more people interested in that track, the more likely it will stay open. Also, tell mountain bikers about the track, BMX'ers and anyone else interested.
Two weeks, in two weeks I should be getting the information of this track living or dying out.
That's the facts I got from this morning. Now the only thing keeping it alive is THE RIDERS AND PEOPLE. Yeah, it's advertising...
I find out who advertises the most for them: If the track stays open, and this event goes off: The person that I FIND that advertises this place the most, gets the most people interested, gets the most people calling and talking to ACR to keep this track, gets the most vidoe, journalistic, or other such media coverage on this track...
I'll see who does the most, and get a FREE Off Road Skateboard out to the person who does the most. Bring that place back to life, and you get rewarded... at my expense. That's how I can tell you how awesome that track is.
Please do help. If you're on message boards all day, or stuck on the computer, it would be the best thing to keep that track alive.
Seriously, post on bike/BMX/Mountain-bike message boards, tell people in guest books, let people know this place exists. I have been there, it is the best four wide track I know about anywhere.
Something to consider;
I hear people saying how great that track is, and how they would love to ride it again. I am just Matt, not a pro rider, not a big time name. In two roughly two weeks, that track is going to have its fate sealed. It would be appreciated if this topic were tacked to the top, and if Pro class riders would voice their input. I have been trying to get this done by myself to leave work out for other people, but can not do this myself. To keep this world class track, this meaasge really does need to reach a lot of people and media in the next two weeks. ACR needs to be CALLED and expressed as how their keeping this track, is going to benefit them. They are loosing money just "having" it there, and it will be flattened out. Please do re-post this message everywhere you can get it to. I do not know of all the message boards and places in which are out there.
Seriously, if you have ever ridden Kratka, you know what it's about. This track is like no other anywhere in the world. If you want to ride it, again or for the first time, please do call in, and also relay this message to any and all you can.
Info on the track can be found here...
| 818.790.2002 | 954 foothill blvd. la canada, CA 91011
(This is not an advertisement from ACR, this is a message from a rider that would like to continue to ride there. This is a message that urges YOU to go and ride there if ever in the southern Califonia Area. Thank you for your time)