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Dual Sport and Trail Ride Event Schedule

D23 Non-Points Events

Dual-sport motorcycles are street-legal, licensed machines that are capable of off-road use as well. These non-competitive rides follow a predetermined course that includes public roads as well as fire roads and some off-road sections, typically in the woods. These events, also known as adventure rides, may utilize roll charts and/or GPS devices to help riders keep to the designated course and avoid getting lost.

A trail ride is a non-competition off-road event where riders follow established trails through the woods and other mostly-natural terrain. The course usually consists of varying levels of difficulty and many loops or decision points. During a trail ride event, the course is open for a predetermined number of days and times, during which riders are free to ride the trails as they please. Generally, trail rides are open to riders of all ages.

Danbury Dual Sport Dual Sport Adventure Ride Mora Enduro Trollhaugen Hare Scrambles

Danbury Dual Sport

Dual Sport is a type of motorcycle riding which is a mix of off road trails connected with the use of roads.

This is a one day event which is suitable for those who desire to develop skills without the pressure to keep up with the pack.

On-line REGISTRATION CLOSES 4/17/2020 or when 100 riders have registered.

MN300 Adventure Ride

The MN300 Adventure is a is a 2 day adventure ride through the Walker/Leech Lake area in northern MN. The route consists of two loops, each approximately 150 miles of great fall colors on dirt roads, paved roads and trails from Northern Lights Casino in Walker, MN, through many forest roads, snowmobile, and ATV trails in the area.

On-line REGISTRATION CLOSES 9/25/2020 or when 100 riders have registered.

Mora Enduro

The Norsemen Motorcycle Club has been sponsoring the Mora Enduro in the Snake River State Forest for over 65 years! This Enduro is the only time you can ride the trails in this forest, don't miss it! July 12, 2020 for the Main Enduro and a Youth Enduro July 11, 2020 paying Youth Cross Country Series points.

Trollhaugen Hare Scrambles

This Hare Scrambles is held at the Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area in Dresser, WI. The course includes a woods course and  moto track. Don't miss out on the fun July 26, 2020!

Trollhaugen Memorial Race Track in Dresser, WI will be rocked for this legendary, once a year spectacle! The infamous Area 51 will give riders thrills and chills as they try to conquer the hills at the Troll. Four races for riders of every age, size and ability.

Cambridge Hare Scrambles Minnesota 300 Adventure Ride Mora Enduro TT Flat Track Trollhaugen Hare Scrambles
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Al Mathwig
1940-2020

Our Norsemen family suffered a great loss with the passing of founding member Al Mathwig January 1, 2020.

Al Mathwig passed away after his battle with cancer.

Mathwig, Alan E. "Al", age 79 of Bloomington. Passed away January 1, 2020. Member of Pipefitters Local Union 539. Founding member of the Norsemen Motorcycle Club. AMA District 23 Board Member and AMA Congressman. Preceded in death by brother Noel and parents Warren and Gladys. Survived by wife of 57 years Gerry; children Kelly (Rob) Martinson and Todd (Tammy) Mathwig; grandchildren Alex (Marissa), Joe (Heather), Zach (Jess), Travis, Ally; great-grandchildren Jeremy, Eli, Grace, Ivan, Ava. Memorial service Wednesday January 8 at 5:30pm with visitation 4:00-5:30pm at Cremation Society of MN, 7110 France Ave So, Edina, MN (952)924-4100. Memorials preferred to be given to cancer causes in memory of Alan

To those who knew him well, Al was a teddy bear. To those who did not know him well he could be more of a grizzly bear. He was the hardest working man one could ever envision. Whether it was at his job as a pipefitter or working on a motorcycle event his dedication was unparalleled. His family and motorcycles gave him the most joy. His wife Gerry was his greatest supporter and love of his life. His children Kelly and Todd and their families were loved beyond measure. He was dedicated to racing, riding, promoting, and supporting motorcycles. He was our patriarch, our rock, our hero, our husband, our dad, our grandpa our great-grandpa. Our hearts ache for our loss but rejoice in the amazing life he led. Few people have the passion for life that Al had. He put 110% into everything he did. He always said “you are only on this mud ball once”, which was his way of saying, make the most out of your life and give it all you’ve got. We think he aced it by leading an incredible life. He zeroed his final check. 

We will all miss seeing him at monthly meetings and at the races and hearing all his stories.

RIP #53

MEMORIAL SERVICE

Cremation Society of Minnesota
7110 France Avenue S
Edina, MN
Wednesday January 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
Visitation at 4:00 p.m.

Below is an interview Cory Kleven did with Al several years ago for FlattrackMN.

“Ren′aissance man′, n. a man knowledgeable or proficient in more than one field.”

If you were to ask Al Mathwig, he probably wouldn’t admit to being a “renaissance man”. He’d just tell you that he loves riding motorcycles.

His love for motorcycling began in the form of Enduro racing in 1958. By 1960, he was racing half-miles all over the Midwest. That year, at a race in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, he bought a Harley-Davidson KR 750 from Al Burke for 450 dollars.

“Back in those days, we could go to anywhere from 25 to 32 half-miles in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Illinois. Sometimes on a weekend, there were 3 races, you know, Saturday, Saturday night, and Sunday. You could leave home with 35 bucks in your pocket, get in your El Camino, go race all weekend, and come home with 50 bucks in your pocket, enough to buy 2 new Pirelli tires, some oil, and a couple of spark plugs, and you’re off again.”

In 1964, Al bought a BSA Hornet form Barney Larson. “I raced that at a bunch of TT’s around the states, and that’s the one I won 14 straight races in a row with. I mean, it was just one of those magic years. It was just a fun time.”

Al rode at all of the famous tracks of the day like Peoria, Springfield, Columbus, and Louisville. Twice he finished 3rd at the Old Time Charity Newsies. In 1968, he rode in the first ever National at the Houston Astrodome. He also had the honor of being the only Minnesotan during that era to carry a National Number, #53.

In 1970, Al hung up his hot shoe, and focused on enduros. He received some support from Husquvarna, rode some qualifiers, and even qualified for the 1972 ISDT (although he was unable to attend the event). Then in 1974, he got the phone call we all dream about: He was offered a spot on the Can-Am Factory Racing Team.

“In 1974, I got the Can-Am ride. I told Jeff Smith, “I’m 35 years old! You don’t want me to do that!” And he said, “Well yeah, we do. All we want you to do is win the State Enduro Championship” which I did.” Al continued riding for the team until July 1976, when he was hit by a car during an enduro in Merrill, Wisconsin. He was severely injured, and unable to ride for the next 14 months. Even so, he had already clinched the 1976 Championship, thus keeping his commitment to Can-Am. Al continued riding enduros through 1988.

Al’s involvement in dirt track and enduro is impressive. But there’s more; lots more:

• In 1959, he and a handful of others founded the Norsemen Motorcycle Club
• In 1963, he rode the Amateur National Road Race at the Daytona Motor Speedway
• Participated in founding District 23
• From 1971-1974, he was a partner of A.M.R. with Marlyn Klunder
• Served as liaison with the Department of Natural Resources Grant-in-Aid program, working to provide and maintain off-road trails
• 1988-present A.M.A. Congressman

These days, Al spends much of his time with his wife, Gerry, at their farm near Mora, Minnesota. If he’s not up there watching his grandchildren riding around, you’ll probably find him somewhere between Alaska and Mexico, touring or Dual-Sport riding. “I figure I have10 more good years of riding left in me. At least, I hope so!”

A person can accomplish quite a bit in 10 years. Especially if you’re Al Mathwig, a Minnesota Legend."

Al Mathwig is the lead commentator for Mike Pohl's documentary "Endless Sunday", the story of Enduro.

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