By Alicia Dziak
Kissing Bridge (KB) is known for its winter fun, but come summertime, there’s still plenty of fun to be had!
If you have an ATV, UTV or dirt bike, it’s time to get out and enjoy KB Moto! With more than 700 acres and 54 miles of trails to explore, KB Moto offers adventure for all levels. Enjoy Open Rides on Friday, Aug. 19 and Saturday, Aug. 20. Trails open at 10 a.m., with the last rider heading up at 7 p.m. Park at KB Central, sign your waiver, get a wristband that gets you access to the trails, and a tag for your machine just in case of emergencies.
“You don’t have to be an expert,” noted Rachel Fanelli, who heads up KB’s special events and public relations. Trails are labeled, letting guests know the difficulty and condition of each trail (“extra muddy” for example), as well as pictures of what types of vehicles can be used on each. “There’s something for everyone,” Fanelli said, adding that there’s even “a beginner grass track at (the former site of) Colden Tubing.”
Other Open Ride days are Aug. 25, Aug. 31, Sept. 7, Sept. 10-11 and Sept. 15. Open Ride Wednesdays and Thursdays are $20 adults, $10 junior (ages 13 and under), $10 passenger. Open Ride Weekend pricing is $30 adults ($50 both days), $20 junior ($30 both days), $10 passenger.
On Aug. 21, try your luck at the Hare Scramble, a timed event in which participants compete to get in the most laps in the two hour limit. Different classes (vehicle type, level, etc.) start in 30-second intervals.
Adult class includes ages 14 and up. For an extra $10, competitors can enter the pro class and “if they win, they get a 100 percent payout,” explained Dallas Taft of KB Moto’s track group. In the non-pro classes, the top three winners get a plaque.
And “every kid gets a trophy,” added Taft. (Kids are considered ages 13 and below.)
While attendance is traditionally based on weather, Taft noted that “usually hundreds of people show up.”
Cost is $10 gate fee ($5 ages 13 and under), plus $25 event fee, and an additional $10 for pro class entries. Registration info can be found at www.facebook.com/KissingBridgeMOTO.
The third Friday of the month also brings Bike Nights to KB. Sponsored by KB, Gowanda Harley-Davidson and 103.3 The Edge, Bike Nights are held rain or shine from 6 to 10 p.m., and are new on the KB scene this season.
“500-800 bikes usually show up,” said Fanelli. The restaurant, bar and deck will all be open, with live music by BarKing Spiders (scheduled outdoors, but moved inside in case of rain).
Take fun in the sun to the next level at KB, and enjoy a night or the weekend on the slopes!