NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. - Many of the top cross-country motorcycle riders from the state and region will be in Wilkes on Aug. 17 for the first North Wilkesboro Hare Scramble.
Organizers expect more than 500 riders to compete in the five races, organized by the Unifour Trail Bike Club in conjunction with the Town of North Wilkesboro. The event is sanctioned by the N.C. Hare Scramble Association.
Bart Hayes, a North Wilkesboro commissioner and an occasional competitor in hare scramble events, was instrumental in bringing the event to the town. He is the owner of Powersport Group, a manufacturer of graphics for motorcycles and race cars, and a motorcycle and specialty parts dealer.
“We’re bringing competitors and fans to North Wilkesboro, and I think local residents will enjoy this as well,” Hayes told the Journal Patriot. “The association sanctions races all over North and South Carolina. We know that the top riders from the area will be here, and we hope that the money will help bring in some of the best riders in the country.
The races will be run on a 10-mile course that is being laid out over about 250 acres of a 500-acre industrial park. Members of the Unifour club have been cutting branches and clearing a trail for several months.
The trail will be marked by arrows and ribbons. There is no practice scheduled on the layout, so riders will be seeing the course for the first time when the race begins.
“It’s going to be a big weekend here,” Hayes said. “The town is sponsoring a concert on the deck the night before the event as well.”