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Stumpjumpers coming to Irby

IRBY — A large swath of sage-covered pasture will become the largest city in Lincoln County next week, as motorcycle enthusiasts race in for the 52nd annual Stumpjumpers Desert 100.

The race is set for April 6-7 this year, but there are a number of other activities that come with it.

The action begins Thursday, April 4, with thousands of racers, families and fans begin setting up camp at the corner of State Highway 28 and North Irby Road. Over the course of four days, the site will grow to a population of more than 10,000 people, making it the largest “city” in Lincoln County.

There will be campers, RVs, tents, a souvenir shop, a beer garden and more. As quickly as the camp grows up in the sagebrush, it will disappear Sunday, April 7.

But don’t expect any ORVs or ATVs — this is a dirt bike event only. Off-road vehicles are not allowed on site. Anyone showing up with one will not be allowed to enter.

Amid the growing population will be a large contingent of motorcyclists coming for poker runs, races, a ladies ride and more.

There will be a family poker run that brings in hundreds of participants looking for a fun ride. There will be an Iron Man Poker Run for advanced dirt bike riders.

And if those aren’t enough, there is an Adventure/Dual Sport Poker Run for those who have street-legal and dual sport motorcycles.

On this run, motorcyclists will explore the sage-covered, basalt-laden hills and have lunch at an area brewery. The ride is set up as a loop, with several trails marked for riders to test their skills.

On Saturday,, there will also be a Mini Race, for youngsters with dirt bikes.

Classes are for ages 8 and younger, 9-10 and 11-12. Young riders are limited to a maximum stock wheel size of 19 inches.

For the women, there is also a Beginner Ladies Ride following the Mini Race.

The free ride is also limited to 19-inch front tires, and limited to beginner women only. Racers are not allowed.

The Beginner Ladies Ridge last about 45 minutes; preregistration is required online at stumpjumpersladiesride@gmail.com.

Racers coming to the area also take care of the local food bank.

On race weekend, there will be a food drive benefiting the Odessa Food Bank.

Local school groups and the Odessa Chamber of Commerce are also on hand to support the needs of racers, their family and friends, as well as to raise funds for local projects.

 

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