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High-Flying Herriman Endurocross

Aug 23, 2016 04:18PM ● By Greg James

Herriman High School student Braydon Bland placed eighth in the Herriman endurocross.— Greg James

By Greg James  [email protected]  

The rodeo grounds at Butterfield Park in Herriman were recently transformed into a mess of logs, obstacles and high-speed jumps. Local motorcycle endurocross riders attacked the course built to test their stamina and riding skills.
“My family has always raced motorcycles; I started when I was 4 years old,” Herriman High School senior Braydon Bland said. “My sister (Tanesha Bland, the current miss Herriman) rides UTVs (a side-by-side off road vehicle). This event is fun and it is close to home so my friends can come and watch me. I also race quite a bit at desert endurance events.”
Bland joined a group of more than 50 riders, ranging in age from 4 to 55 years old. He placed eighth in the pro/expert racing class. Colton Haaker of Hollister, Calif. was the overall winner. He was an X Games silver medalist in 2013 in Barcelona, Spain, and is one of the top endurance motorcycle racers in the world.
Bland rides a KTM 250 –KTM is a popular manufacturer of motocross motorcycles). He regularly races endurance desert races as part of the Utah Sportsman Racers Association Desert Series. He recently finished 11th in the Rabbit Creek 100 near Jericho, Utah.
Many local endurocross riders use KTM, Husqvarna, Honda or Kawasaki manufactured bikes. The engine is typically a single cylinder 2-stroke or 4-stroke. A large and powerful engine is not always an advantage. Many riders prefer a smaller, lighter bike for easier maneuvering over the obstacles.
Endurocross is a hybrid motorcycle race that includes aspects of supercross, trials and endurance racing. Events are generally held in small arenas like the Herriman rodeo grounds or indoor sports arenas. The course can include rocks, boulders, sand, mud, logs and other obstacles. It is designed to be faster than a motorcycle trials race but slower and more technical than a supercross event.
Edge Motorsports and race director Bryan Green organized the fifth annual Herriman Enduro Challenge. His staff builds the race course and attracts riders from around the area to compete.
Other division winners included KC Ballow (Youth 12–15 full course), Ian Roberts (Veterans), Brandon Archibald (Beginner), Brady Fox (Intermediate), Bryson Green (65cc 7- to 9-year-old) and Cohen Jackman (50 cc).     
An estimated crowd of more than 6,000 packed the rodeo grounds. A similar race is scheduled for Sept.17 at the West Jordan City rodeo grounds, 8035 South 2200 West. The mini-motocross, UTV and tough trucks will compete again.