the CZWC's: The Beginings of a Legendary Race Format

Chapter One

MXA , Jody Wiesel , Pete Maly , Larry Escamilla , Bertus , Dennis Cox , Gary Jones, Myself , Jim Beltnick , SMX , all worked together on the first two , Jim Beltnick and I ran the rest , Pete Maly and Jody Wiesel & Jim Beltnick taught me how to run a race, We carried the MXA label on our ads for a few years , Jody supported our efforts , lining up prizes and racing bibs , that were given away at the races, 


This is how the race was started,  The first years , the focus was on who had the trickest CZ out there,  We built all kinds of long travel bikes trying to keep up with development in the MX world at the time, In 1980 when we started there were tons of stock CZ's in garages all over Calif ..Guys started bringing them out...


The most amazing thing of the early years was discovering how loved the CZ was, The loyalty to the brand was out of this world...Honestly , this race caught on immediately , Cycle News published the great article about the first one....


 to be continued!


Rick Nabers

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contributions of Historical Content: Rick Nabers, Lee Holth, Scott Tremblay and Jan Page Lorenzen