(11-30-2013)WINDHAM, NH

story by Bob Landry, photos by Art Pepin


Saturday Nov 30, 2013

Today the Merrimack Valley Trail Riders hosted the John Ruffo Memorial Challenge Ride at the Landry Ranch in Windham, NH. John Ruffo was a well liked Trail Rider and tough Competitor that died very suddenly on March 24th of a heart attack while competing in an organized event. The Merrimack Valley Trail Riders are a non-profit club made up of 'Off-Road' Motorcycle enthusiasts that host many events to help out Local and National Charitable Organizations.

This was a Benefit Event with all proceeds after expenses going to the Sheppard's Food Pantry in Winham NH. This was the 5th year this event has been held. Today, 38 Riders from Merrimack Valley Trail Riders and SeaCoast Trail Riders braved the cold temperatures to competed on the 7.0 mile Loop that consisted of Trails in the Landry Ranch that use the natural  lay of the land - up hills, down hills, rocky terrain and tight winding trails to test each riders ability to traverse the closed course 7.0 mile loop. Each individual rider was 'Timed' OUT and  then timed IN at the end of the Loop with about a 2 minutes separation between each Rider. Each individual Rider competed against those riders in his/her own ability Class - there were 9 Classes with 1 Rider getting the 'Over-all' Winner Trophy. This years 'Over All Winner' was Duane Call of Deerfield, NH posting a Winning Loop Time of 23:09 !!!! Way to go Duane... As a point of interest, Duane's son Ryder Call also kept up the family tradition be winning the Mini Class. Watch out Duane. Looks like your days as 'Top Rider' may be numbered. Trophies were presented by Jeff Noyles of Merrimack Valley Trail Riders - Jeff's Mom and Uncle own the property which the Event was held on and Jeff acts as 'Trail Manager' in over-seeing the usage of the Property for Trail Ride activities. Though the Temp at the 8:00am Sign-up was 10 * F the temp did rise to a comfortable 32*F by Trophy Time at 3:00pm. Food and snacks were provided at no-charge to all in attendance. Two wood stoves and a heated tent provided comfort and warmth to those that needed it.  Total attendance including all Riders, Spectators, and Volunteers amounted to approximately 75 people. Not bad at all for the coldest day we have had so far this year. Those that decided to pass on this year's event because of the cold weather missed a great day of riding and a fun time of associating with fellow riders. We all look forward to next years event.




Bob Landry