The Apple Valley Speedway recently hosted a series of electric sports events, bringing together enthusiasts of Electric UnicyCles (EUC) and Electric Skateboards (ESK8). These events showcased not just the skill and speed of the riders but also the vibrant community and evolving technology behind these sports. Here’s a summary of all 10 events, each highlighting the spirit and excitement of electric sports.
ESK8 Women’s Race: Empowerment and Excitement
Diana Katchour, Mia Laboue, and Melissa Hodgson led the ESK8 Women’s Race, demonstrating the growing involvement of women in ESK8. This race was not just about competition but also about empowering women riders and highlighting their significant contribution to the sport.
ESK8 Novice Race: A Platform for New Riders
Novice riders in the ESK8 community, including Gialong Tonthat and Alex Garza, took to the track in the ESK8 Novice Race. This event provided a platform for new talents to showcase their growing skills to experience the thrill of electric skateboarding racing.
ESK8 Sportsman Series: High-Speed Thrills and Skills
The ESK8 Sportsman race was a showcase of speed and agility, with skilled riders like Gialong Tonthat and Cole Azevedo. This event highlighted diverse riding techniques and the importance of adapting to wind conditions. Gialong Tonthat’s victory after a fierce battle for second place was a highlight.
ESK8 Pro Race: A Showcase of Elite Talent
The ESK8 Pro Race featured top riders, emphasizing the technical aspects of ESK8 and the customization options available for e-skateboards. This race was a testament to the inclusivity of ESK8 racing and the sport’s growing popularity and technological advancements.
EUC Novice Race: Emerging Talents and Enthusiasm
The EUC Novice Race brought together new talents like Albert Cua and Chris Clark. This event was about more than just racing; it was a celebration of learning and community building. The novice riders demonstrated impressive skills and a passion for EUC racing.
EUC Sportsman B Race: A Display of Electric Unicycle Talent
Riders like Chance Hinz and Declan K participated in the EUC Sportsman B Race, showcasing their unique styles and experience. This event was a testament to the skill and camaraderie that defines the world of EUC racing.
EUC Sportsman Final: Intense Competition and Community Spirit
The EUC Sportsman Final featured elite riders like James Darnell and Antonio Vargas. The race was a nail-biter, with intense competition for the top positions. An unexpected crash added to the drama, while the community spirit shone through, especially in insights shared by influential EUC rider Sho Scott.
EUC Pro B Race: Skill, Strategy, and Sportsmanship
The EUC Pro B race, featuring riders like Zac Darnell and Michael Cammiso, highlighted the importance of strategy and quick thinking. It underscored the unpredictable nature of EUC racing and the camaraderie that exists among competitors.
EUC Pro Race: A Test of Skill and Resilience
Top-tier riders like Roger Hajali, Brian Dillard, and Mario Chacon competed in the EUC Pro Race Final. This event was marked by high-intensity moments, including an early crash involving Mario Chacon and subsequent incidents that highlighted the unpredictability and risks of professional EUC racing. Despite these challenges, the riders showed exceptional skill and resilience.
EUC Women’s Race: A Display of Skill, Speed, and Spirited Competition
Top-tier riders like Dawn Champion, Celeste Cunha, and Amber Rose competed in the EUC Women’s Race Final. The race was thrilling from the start. Maribel Vargas impressed everyone with her unique hand position, while Dawn Champion’s one-arm-out technique helped her balance.
Conclusion: A Celebration of Electric Sports
Each of these 10 events at Apple Valley Speedway showcased different aspects of electric sports. From the high-speed thrills of professional races to the supportive atmosphere in novice competitions, these events highlighted the diverse talents and the strong sense of community within the electric sports world. They also demonstrated the potential for growth and the increasing popularity of EUC and ESK8 as competitive and recreational activities.
As the world of electric sports continues to evolve, these events at Apple Valley Speedway stand as a testament to the excitement, skill, and camaraderie that define this thrilling world. Whether you’re a seasoned rider, a newcomer, or simply an enthusiast, there’s something truly captivating about the world of electric unicycle and electric skateboard racing.
Special thanks to Stooge Raceboards for sponsoring and organizing the Race n’ Ride event at Apple Valley Speedway, creating a platform for showcasing the best of personal electric vehicle racing.
Photo credit: Khuong Lam
Watch all the races from Race n’ Ride 2023:
- Novice EUC Race
- Sportsman EUC B Race
- Sportsman EUC Final Race
- PRO EUC Race B Race
- PRO EUC Race Final Race
- Women’s EUC Race