IXCR Round 5 from the
Black Diamond at Perfect North Slopes
Lawrenceburg, In (JUne 13, 2010) - Well,
after months of preparation and speculation the
Black Diamond XC went down on Sunday in
Lawrenceburg, In. And what an awesome
event it was! I was a little curious on
why the name was chose as “Black Diamond XC”
I’ve been skiing and I knew the Black Diamond
was somewhere that I just needed to stay away
from! But when you throw the XC in behind
it that’s a different story. That made me
want to be there to see just how tough it could
actually be. Here’s what I found out about
the term Black Diamond in the skiing world.
A ski slope with a black diamond rating is
said to be one of the more difficult slopes
relative to others around it. When considering
ski run categories, the black diamond has
traditionally been the most difficult, though in
recent years a double black diamond designation
has been implemented. No matter if it is a
single or double black diamond, it will still be
one of the more difficult trails at a particular
Okay, so now I get the reason for the name of
the event, but really, Indiana can it be that
tough? Mother Nature did her part of
making it rough that’s for sure! I got a
text Saturday morning saying the parking lot had
Six Feet of water in it. Yeah, I said SIX
FEET! So I’m thinking that the “race is
canceled” text is soon to follow, but I was
wrong. So we loaded up and headed south
for the weekend. We could see where the
course was suppose to be based on the arrows
that appeared to be floating when we arrived,
but they were actually on the normal steaks the
water had just came up so high you couldn’t see
the steaks. So I was really worried.
But after walking the first, I don’t know maybe
1/10 mile of the course I could tell we were
going to go up a lot of hills that I didn’t want
to walk up. So I went back to chill out in
the lodge. Eat some pizza from the
concession stand, and use the restroom in a
toilet that actually flushes. A few times
I had to pinch myself to be sure this was
actually happening at an XC race. So for
those of you who are reading this and you didn’t
go, you really missed out! The place was
amazing!!!!! There was a huge spectator
showing as well as an awesome vendor row with
everything from a rock climbing wall and the
National Guard, to a brand new Corvette, or a
brand new boat, all the way to goggles and tires
being sold by series sponsors. Not to
mention pitting on pavement which was a luxury
I’ve never got to experience.
We did get some more rain on Saturday night
so I knew that would keep a few racers away but
not many could have stayed home because the
showing was huge! With 287 total bike
riders and 195 quads that is a total of 482
riders and the largest turn out ever for an IXCR
The youth bikes had 36 entries and the top
three riders were Austin Walton, Braden
Browning, and Garrett Kirby. Next up was
Youth ATV’s where we had a showing of 24
entries. Thomas Hufferd was the fastest
Mini on the course with Charlie Welch coming in
5 seconds behind him for 2nd overall and AJ
Clark took home third.
Adult bikes were up next and the showing was
absolutely amazing! 251 entered this race.
I now take you back to the very beginning of
this write up where we discovered what the
terminology behind Black Diamond is in Skiing.
Apparently the same holds true for XC racing.
Finishing one lap at this even was a huge
accomplishment. With several DNF’s it
apparent that the slopes of Perfect North are
plenty challenging for everyone from the Pro’s
all the way to the first year racer. On
this day, after a few adjustments, Chris Douglas
was the winner and took home a check for a
whopping $1,000. John Maschino was able to
tame the steep hills and took home second
overall and Andrew Shea grabbed the final podium
spot. I know I heard several riders
talking about a nasty ravine and a horribly
steep downhill. But at this point, I’m
thinking they were just so blown away by racing
with 250 other guys it just seemed bad.
Little did I know what was waiting for the 171
adult quads that hit the slopes. With only
15 seconds between each row and a live engine
start it made things get interesting real quick.
The course had to be rerouted due to a few
places that became un-passable for the bikes.
So if a dirt bike can’t get thru there is very
little hope for a quad to even stand a chance.
So the ATV course was a little different but the
downhill that will be remembered by everyone who
raced this event was still in the course.
If you didn’t see this hill it’s hard to
describe and pictures just won’t due it justice.
All’s I can say is WOW! Donnie Ockerman
won the overall and took home the cold hard cash
with Walker Fowler on his heals. Josh
Beavers rounded out the podium on KTM and
dedicated his podium performance to his brother
who was recently injured at work.
The rest of this tough course went up and
down the slopes around some flat grass track
sections, over the creek jump, then up on the
pavement, and finally thru the special test
section which was right in front of the lodge.
With hundreds of spectators overlooking the
tires and logs this was your chance to show up
or shut up!
Overall with the conditions that we had, I
thought the race was a total blast and I would
go again if it was ever offered at this
location. I could see the Black Diamond
being IXCR’s version of “The Last Man Standing”.
This property has a lot to offer and from what I
heard we were only able to hit a portion of it
due to the wet conditions. So my hat is
off to the IXCR crew for working with what they
had and putting on a great event. Next
round is being held just up the road from
Perfect North Slopes in Aurora, In on July 18th
at Circle Ridge Farms. So everyone start
to enjoy the summer and stay safe.
Until next time, keep it between the trees!