Recon of the WORCS Track @ Barnwell Mountain, in Gilmer TX.
Date: 22 / 23 FEB 03
Information and Race Schedule here.
a Mapquest Map to this Location.
to Race site...go to the red star.
the local Weather from The Weather Channel
long range weather from Accu-Weather by clicking on the
radar map below...Gilmer is directly north of Tyler, between
a Look at the Topo Maps & Aerial
1800 acres...Lotsa Room To
Layout in 3D so ya know what you're gettin into.
Actual Marked Trails...Dry and rocky on top,
soft and moist down below.
Start is on top of the mountain, and yes, there may be some
dust if it hasn't rained. It's mainly hardpack with a thin
layer of fine sand.
I've been told, is the key to the hills...ask the guy on the
this is it folks. WORCS Championship racing comes to
Texas. And what better place than the 1800 acre riding
park at Barnwell Mountain !? I'm pleased to say that
after previewing this track, that everyone should see a
piece of terrain that they're kinda familiar with, from
the western "silt on clay" and rocks and cactus
that sits on top of the hills, to the Pennsylvania style
black dirt, and woods and streams down in the
valleys. The track layout seems likes lotsa fun,
fairly challenging, while safe enough to make sure ya get
to race next week as well.
time of the year Barnwell is pretty nice with 65 degrees
days and 35-40 degree nights. Dust generally isn't a huge
problem here, and even the rain runs off pretty fast, in
fact, the day I previewed the course, it was raining while
The track is about 6 miles north of Gilmer Tx. on
the east side of Hwy 155. There's a rest area there that
you really can't see from the road. Only the standard
Texas state hwy dept. blue road sign. When you see it,
turn into the rest
area, and as you go up a little rise you'll see the gate
in the back of the rest area that says "Barnwell
Mountain" . Now then. Don't go past the gate,
and think you can turn around ( especially if you have a
big rig ) and when you come back out after the race, don't turn to the
left thinking you can get out that way, you can't...it's a
dead end into the rest area, & you'll be stuck, unable
to turn your motorhome around.
if you're in Texas, that is the Dallas area, take I-20 east for
a while 'till you get to Hwy 271. You'll see Hwy 155
first, but it's kind of a small road, 271 is better. Head
north towards Gilmer. In Gilmer head on into town, &
be looking for the Golden Coral restaurant on the right.
Hwy 155 is the next light I think. Go to the right ( the
only way you can go, if I recall ). After a couple of
miles you'll have to cross a bridge . A couple of miles farther it the
entrance to the rest area, on the
right. See map.
Remember you can zoom in, and print, or whatever you
take yourself there. If you're coming from somewhere
else...well just click on the map over there. You can zoom
in or out as necessary.
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main track is 12.1 miles in length, according to the very
sensitive equipment bolted on to The Patman's ultra high
tech track recon scooter.
I'd say that Barnwell is more like an eastern track than a
western track. This time of the year, you'll probably find
some moist areas, ( small streams ) plenty of fallen
leaves covering the track, and of course the ever popular
bowling ball sized, moss covered black rock...hidden in
the leaves of course. If you look at the 3D topo
map, you'll also see that there's plenty of areas where
the course takes you along the side of a hill for
considerable distances...just to keep your off camber
you western types, not to worry though, cause there a few
sections of high speed sand whoops, rocky uphills, with
loose soil, and buried, pointed rocks. And most of the
upper plateaus are a hard baked clay with fine silt
and iron ore pebble frosting. Oh yeah, don't wear your
white clothes here...they'll be orange in no time.
start is on the top of the Mountain, and the course then
heads south into the woods. The first 7 miles or so is not
extremely tight especially by eastern standards. The
course runs up and down the side of the mountain in fairly
high speed fashion. On fairly well established trails. The
hills are a little steep, and depending on what you're
used too, about medium length, with runs of about a
hundred to two hundred foot climbs...some with turns AND
rocks...keep your speed up, your weight forward, and your
eyes on the trail! Nothing here to really bust your ass on, and really pretty good fun.
second half of the course starts looking more and more
like the eastern stuff. The dirt is black, soft, and
covered in leaves. Much tighter here too, though again,
you eastern riders may not think so.
hills after about mile seven are more mild, but the
landscaping becomes more dense and some barkbusters may be
a good idea back in there. Definitely enduro stuff. There
are some fairly soft areas back in here, but the guys who
laid out the track took precautions with alternates around
any hill that mother nature make take from us, and
eco-bridges over any marshy area that may otherwise want
to swallow your scooter.
As you pull in the gate we will have the
area directly in front of you about 1/2 mile in. We'll be
on top of a small mountain, & the view isn't bad. The
area seems flat enough for your big rig, though you gotta
get up a couple of small hills to make it to the race /
camp site. They have electricity, in boxes, lined up
like the old fashioned drive-in theater used to put up the
speaker boxes over on the right as you pass the metal pavilion.
There will of course be catering of some sort, and
there's ice available at the front gate. I wish the camping area had a
few more trees is all.
are Jeep trails everywhere. So you should easily be able to go out & wave
your shirts over your head...er, I mean cheer, for your
favorite racer. There is no doubt though, that you'll
certainly scratch your tender backside if you try to go
spectate some of the more dense enduro-like areas. And
while it's OK to bring your fourwheeler, There are
places you wont be allowed to go on your fourwheeler. The
reason is that they have to not only keep you from
crossing the track, but they also need to keep the access
roads clear for the med crews in the unlikely event of a
crash and resulting injury. So. There will be signs up on
the pit road, that will direct you to the western side of
is NOT a AMA event. You do not have to have a AMA
card to race this race. If you want to earn points
or receive contingencies you will have to join the UORRA,
membership fee is $30.00. If you just want to race
the race you will be allowed to purchase a day pass for
$10.00. There will be Pee Wee classes that will race
on their own track on Saturday. All Pee Wee riders
will receive awards for finishing. There will be NO
CAMP FIRES ALLOWED. There will be a designated Pit
Area, ( probably up by the start area ) this is the
only place your allowed to gas your bike during the race.
Sponsor and Prizes: The event is Sponsored by
Parts Unlimited, presented by Moose. Prizes will be
awarded through 5 places and more in classes that are
Saturday Schedule: 9am Event A, Pee Wee 4-6 yrs,
Pee Wee 7-8 yrs. 9:45am Event B, 65cc A, 65cc B.
11am Event C, 0-100cc A, 0-100cc B, 16 & under,
+30 C, +40 C, Women. Also Event C1, 0-100cc ATV.
12:15pm Event D, 29-under, +30 A, +30 B, +40 A, +40
B, +50 yrs. Also, Unclassified Class. 2pm
Event E, Pro-ATV, +30 ATV, ATV B, ATV C, ATV Utility, ATV
Sunday Schedule: 10am Event F, 200 C, 201
& up C, 4-st C. 12 noon Event G, Pro, 200
A, 201 & up A, 4-st A, 200 B, 201 & up B, and 4-st
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this one I'll just refer you to the web site of the actual
riding area. Yes it's a regular riding area, and it's nice
check it out at