June 20

Dig it

Diggin in.

That’s the only way to get this thing started up the hill, and hopefully over the top .  It’s a race against gravity.  It’s like a drag race, only vertical instead of horizontal.

The annual Father’s Day Dakota Riders mc Hill Climb in Valley city could not have had better weather this year for competitors and spectators.  Club brothers line the track to catch both rider and machine if they don’t make the top.  Because if they don’t gravity wins and all will descend back to the starting blocks if they’re not caught.

DR catcher runs to save a rider

I’ve made it to three of the annual hill climbs and would catch more, but well, you know North Dakota isn’t exactly known for its formidable hills on which to cut a challenging tug-of-war against gravity.  These riders come from all over the upper plains states to catch this hill, so it must be a good enough competition to warrant such attendance.
The only other hill climb I’ve attended is the Jack Pine Gypsies hill climb during the annual Sturgis rally, but it doesn’t allow spectators to get as up close and personal as does this one in Valley City.

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