Inaugural SXS & ATV Roundup At Tennessee’s Brimstone

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A crowd of more than 5,000 people attended the first SxS & ATV Roundup held Labor Day weekend at Brimstone Recreation near Huntsville, Tennessee.

ATV, side-by-side and dirt bike riders flocked to Brimstone, a 19,196-acre off-road paradise that is located in the northeast part of Tennessee and the center of Appalachia. Off-road enthusiasts came to tackle the more than 300 miles of diverse and scenic OHV trails, compete in the numerous Roundup events, listen to the classic twang of country star John Anderson and watch the grueling Pro Armor King of the Mountain Endurance Challenge.

Roughly 5,000 people traveled to Brimstone Recreation Park for the inaugural SxS & ATV Roundup, which featured lots of fun for the entire family.

Roughly 5,000 people traveled to Brimstone Recreation Park for the inaugural SxS & ATV Roundup, which featured lots of fun for the entire family.

The event, presented by Yamaha, was established by PGI Media to appeal to off-road riders’ belief in the pursuit of happiness. Much like the lyrics of “Rocky Top” — the theme song for this part of Tennessee — the OHV event served to let people escape the hustle and bustle, unwind, get a little mud on their tires and live a simpler life, even if just for a weekend.

Judging from all the side-by-sides, quads and muddy smiles, the inaugural event was a complete success. Here’s a run down of what you missed and a taste of what you can look forward to at your own trip to Brimstone.

Friday at the SxS & ATV Roundup

The vendors put the finishing touches on their booths Friday and the people made their way to the top of the mountain to check out the goods and buy new equipment for their rigs.

On hand were Pro Armor, ITP, Full Throttle Engineering, FTDcabs.com and SuperATV.com. At the bottom of the mountain near the bridge, both Kawasaki and Can-Am hosted demo rides.

Between checking out new machines and accessories, participants could sign up for several SXS & ATV Roundup events or continue to fill up the sites at the Trails End Campground (www.trailsendcampsite.com). Friday night concluded with a drive-in movie sponsored by PIAA.

So many ladies signed up for the GBC Ladies Dash For Cash that there were three heats. More than $1,300 went to class winners and eventual champion (Jesi Sracham).

So many ladies signed up for the GBC Ladies Dash For Cash that there were three heats. More than $1,300 went to class winners and eventual champion (Jesi Sracham).

Saturday at the SxS & ATV Roundup

Saturday morning’s turnout was huge. Event participants could enter the Kawasaki Show-N-Shine, timed drag races, sled pull, pole bending, mud bog or just line the fences an await the Ladies Dash for Cash sponsored by GBC.

More than $1,300 was raised for the women as they raced through the mud bog on foot! After three heat races, the final nine competitors buckled down and ran through the muck again. Jesi Stracham, who competes in Grand National Cross Country ATV races and later took third in the ATV endurance race, won the Dash for Cash.

Country music artist John Anderson wrapped up Saturday with a thrilling open-air concert. ATVs, UTVs and people packed Brimstone Mountain to dance and sing along with the legendary performer. Anderson, some may recall, hit it big 26 years ago with his breakthrough No. 1 country hit “Swingin,” and has followed it up with 40 other country hits on the singles charts, including four others that reached No. 1.

Not so coincidentally, Anderson lives in Tennessee himself, making this a virtual home game before thousands of adoring fans.

Sunday at the SxS & ATV Roundup

At some events, Sunday is mostly a get-up, pack-up and head-for-home day. But here at Brimstone, they saved some of the best for last.

The Pro Armor King of the Mountain Endurance Race was held for both quads and UTVs. A Yamaha YFZ won the ATV portion of the race. A Polaris RZR earned top billing in the side-by-side ranks.

The Pro Armor King of the Mountain Endurance Race was held for both quads and UTVs. A Yamaha YFZ won the ATV portion of the race. A Polaris RZR earned top billing in the side-by-side ranks.

The Pro Armor King of the Mountain Endurance Challenge (www.racekotm.com) was the highlight of the day and one of the best events of the weekend.

Five ATV racers entered the 8 a.m. race and quickly discovered why it was called King of the Mountain. The GNCC-like course was very challenging, complete with off-camber, rutted trails and steep and slippery climbs.

Once the riders survived the woods sections, they had to enter the obstacle course, which was made up of huge logs, old tires, gnarly rocks, junk cars and mini mud pit. After the first lap, they were rerouted around the boulders and cars. At the end of four hours local rider Denny Carson of Oneida, Tenn., earned King of the Mountain honors on his Yamaha YFZ.

Sixteen UTVs or side-by-sides entered the race. Among the competitors were a few racers with GNCC UTV racing experience. However, only seven teams recorded at least three laps and just the top five machines recorded at least nine laps.

A duo from Sparta, Tenn., outlasted the course and the other racers in their Polaris RZR to win the trophy and $1,000 in prize winnings. Winning driver Mike Mahan and co-pilot Chris Hickey survived a roll over, a gasoline fire inside the RZR and completed two more laps (16) than second place to earn the first ever KOTM SxS race.

*Check out the full image gallery of the SxS & ATV Roundup including shots from the races, live music, and girls running through mud.

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