What a year it’s been for Taylor McCoy in the Canadian Snowcross Racing Association (CSRA). This year Taylor moved up into the Junior 1 & 2 classes while finishing out his season in the F-2 class. From the very beginning at the season opener in Sault St Marie it was clear Taylor was aiming for the championships. Taylor has really stepped it up this year and has found his rhythm on the track. He was never afraid to take the big jumps and double or triple some of the larger jumps giving him the advantage on his fellow racers. First there was the Triple Crown series that involved 3 of the northern races in Quebec and Timmins that Taylor first won,taking home the overall win for that 3 weekend series. From that Taylor won free tickets to the Motocross series held at the Rogers center in Toronto, along with a ride there and back.
The year had its ups and downs but no matter what position or start line Taylor would receive he would make his way to the front every time where he felt comfortable. At this point he would make his greatest lead and keep moving away from the pack taking the win.
At the 2nd last race of the season Taylor asked the CSRA director Ken if he would be allowed to race in the final weekend in the Sport 600 class, which involves 45 racers ranging from 18 to 35 years old and many have been in this class for years. Ken said he has demonstrated that he can handle himself on the track and that yes he can, Taylor is only 14 years old. After a some hesitation his dad, a former CSRA racer, agreed to let him try it out.
The final race at Horseshoe Resort was upon us, March 30th, and the ski hill had an amazing course carved out of it. There were 2 large runs running straight up to the top of the ski hill and 2 runs down with jumps all the way down. Then there was a huge tabletop jump at the finish where the racers would turn and carve their way up the hill again. Taylor went into the night show on Friday night to race in the Sport 600 class along with the Pro’s and Pro lite. Taylor won all his qualifiers and made it to the finals. Not only did Taylor take the line but he worked his way to the front of the pack and took the win. That was quite an accomplishment for Taylor and he was pumped. Again on Saturday and Sunday Taylor again raced in this upper class and took the win again on Sunday. So it looks like we know where Taylor is going to be racing next year.
Out of the entire year there were 48 races in Taylors 3 classes and Taylor came in 1st place in 43 of them, giving him a huge lead overall in all 3 classes. At the CSRA Banquet Easter weekend at Deerhurst Resort Taylor was presented with the championship awards for the Junior 1 & 2 class and the Junior F-2. Then there was a surprise award that is given out to the most improved junior rider of the year and Taylor was presented with that. On that trophy is Kyle Knox, who Taylor looked up to and knew well, unfortunately he was taken in a tragic work related accident. Taylor was so honored to be able to have his name added to this trophy along with many other great racers. The night wasn’t over yet when Taylor was then honored with the BRP award from Ski Doo for the Most Improved Racer of the year.
What a way to end the 2014 year being honored with 3 top titles and the Junior rider and BRP rider of the year awards. All of this couldn’t be possible without the help of the sponsors, family and friends on and off the track.
Thanks for another great year and see everyone next year.
It was a frigid cold weekend in Timmins for the Rockstar Championships. This was also the final for the Triple Crown series consisting of three races from Sault St Marie, Rouyan Noranda and of course Timmins. So there was a lot at stake here this weekend as Taylor went into the weekend with 1 Triple Crown points lead in the F-2 class and was down by 7 points in the other Junior 1 and 2 classes. So the day started off cold at -27 and Taylor was pumped to race. The track wasn’t as big as were used to but had some tight corners and one big jump in front of the stands. Taylors motto’s went without a hitch getting 1st and 2nd in all. Then the Finals came around which was going to be the deciding factor if he will gain points for the Triple Crown or not. The F-2 class Taylor pulled off a first securing the points for today. Then the Junior1 & 2 finals came up and Taylor needs to win these to gain points. Sure enough when the light went off Taylor pulled a hard start into the first jump and never slowed down. Taylor was doubling the woops and had a great rhythm going. In both classes Taylor came 1st giving him 3, 1st place finishes. After checking the points he’s still shy of getting the wins for the Triple Crown. So Tomorrow Taylor needs to win the junior 1 and 2 to secure the Triple Crown.
Sunday morning it was -32 at racers meeting but it was sunny, so we can’t complain. The track was changed a little and it was hard as a rock. There were no issues with Taylors sled yesterday so we didn’t have to do any repairs, that’s a first. So the first set of mott’s again went without a hitch with Taylor securing first positions for the finals. Now Taylor needs these wins to win the Crown in all classes. So the first final was the Junior 1. Taylor gets pushed out in the start and ends up in 5th in the first corner. After the next 1/2 lap Taylor skies the jump on the table top and passes 3 riders in the air. He’s now in 2nd position into the 3rd corner where he takes the inside and takes 1st place. At this point he clears the woops and is now in the lead by 10 sled lengths, taking the win. Then the junior 2 final. This time Taylor takes the first turn in the lead and never looks back taking the win in that race. The F-2 final Taylor gets the first corner again and takes a huge lead before the big table top jump securing him the win. So now the calculations had to be done to see where Taylor stands. And it turns out Taylor just made the 1 class by 1 point and 3 in the other giving Taylor all 3 triple Crown wins. So Taylor ended up on the podium with 6 titles in Timmins and he also won 3 Triple Crown titles making this a 9 podium win weekend for him. Way to go Taylor!
Next stop for McCoy’s Racing is March 8-9th in Sudbury, ON for the Sudbury Snowcross Championships! We hope to see you there!
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(February 11, 2014) – Saturdays first moto for Taylor was the Junior 1. The start he was given was looking good. Once the flag dropped Taylor got the hole shot and never looked back completing his Moto in 1st. In his other class the Junior 2 and the Junior F-2 was a repeat of the first moto. Taylor got out front and took the lead all the way to the finish.
Taylor’s second moto in Junior 1 was counted as a combined final. Taylor was pumped and ready to take the win, but had a horrible start as they all bunched up in the corner. Taylor managed to get around them and was back of the pack. Lap by lap Taylor made it to the front with only a half lap to go Taylor passed the remaining sleds and took the checkered flag. This gives him an overall 1st for the Junior 1. In the Next 2 classes the Junior 2 and F-2 Taylor slammed out of the hole both times in these finals and came out 1st overall in all. What a great Saturday for Taylor as he won all his classes.
Sunday morning was -27 and we were happy we left the sleds in the trailer. It was a cold start to the Junior 1 for Taylor but the cold didn’t seem to bother him. He punched out of the hole with 2 fellow riders to the first corner and then hit the first jump and flew his way to first. The next class again was the Junior 2 and Junior F-2. These races went without a hitch for Taylor taking a 1st in both classes.
Taylors first final was the Junior 1 where he ended up getting banged out at the first corner putting him in the back. Taylor rode as hard as he could but had a hard time passing as the track had very few spots to pass in the back. Eventually Taylor made it to the front on the last lap but could not pass Barnett’s. That put Taylor in 2nd in this Moto but he took 1st overall because of his earlier winning Moto. In his finals for the junior 2 and Junior F-2 it was a carbon copy of yesterday. Taylor took the hole shot and never looked back taking both 1st place wins.
This was a great weekend for Taylor as he has never had a weekend where he walks away with the title to all his races. 6 first place finishes.
We’re looking forward to a little break before the next race in Barrie in 2 weeks giving Taylor a chance to do some trail riding. Thanks to our team member and mechanic John Wachtler who especially keeps Taylors sleds in running condition and to all our valuable marketing partners:
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Dayco National Championships at Horseshoe Resort This past Easter weekend was truly the best track we have ever had in the CSRA. The track was over 1.6 Km long making it the longest track in CSRA history. The hill was amazing with over 15 ft of snow in some spots. The track consisted of 3 uphill runs up the entire hill and 2 straight down runs with jumps all the way down and a long winding pass in front of the resort. This track was not for the faintest of heart, it was a shear adrenaline hill.
The day started out with beautiful sunshine and balmy weather. In the 10 years we have been racing in the CSRA we have never seen so much snow here at Horseshoe and with the sun made it for a perfect race day. Kim started out the day by winning both the Pro Masters and Sport Masters races with a huge lead putting him on the Podium. Next Taylor decided, that this being the last race of the year, he wanted to move up to the Junior 2 class racing 17-18 year olds to see if he can do it. Not only was Taylor able to race that class but he ended up taking 2 nd in the finals. In His Junior 1 class Taylor ended up taking 2 nd in that final and in the F-2 and Novice 2 class he won both finals. The track at this point was starting to get sloppy and soft in the warm sun as the temps rose to 10 by noon. For Andrew and Cameron the track was reduced for them as the hill is too steep for the 300 novice sleds. So they made a track along the bottom of the hill for them that had the same huge jumps that everyone else had to do. The both raced in the qualifiers for the Novice “A” but only Cameron made it to the finals, where he crashed putting him at a 14 th place finish. Cameron did well in his Novice 1 class and finished in 6 th. The day went without a hitch and nothing broken by day end.
Sunday was the final race day of the year. All our hopes were to finish in top spots so we could get the Podium finishes again and seize the final wins in our respective classes. Today the weather wasn’t so great like yesterday, it was warm but cloudy and ready to rain at any moment. Kim went out and raced his finals in the Pro Masters and Sport masters and won both classes. This puts Kim in tied for 1 st in the Pro Masters for the year and with a good points lead he took the Sport Masters class also. So Kim was on the Podium twice for the final race of the year and overall, great way to finish. Taylor Raced his Junior 1 class and took a Podium 1 st in that final. His next class was the Junior 2 class where he races his heart out against the older boys and pulled off a Podium 2 nd finish. Taylors final races were the Novice 2 class where he’s the points leader at this point. Taylor had a bad hole shot and found it hard to gain ground but managed to get back to a 5 th place finish. This was still enough for Taylor to take the Championship 1 st for the Novice 2 for the season. Taylors final race was the F-2 class where he had a great hole shot and managed to keep in the front all the way to the finish line winning the race and taking the 2 nd overall for the season. Next was Andrews turn in the Novice A class where he and Cameron raced their Mottos but only Andrew made the finals. In the finals Andrew pulled off a 12th place finish putting him in 14 th overall for the season. Cameron ended up 6 th overall in the same class for the year. The Novice B class both Andrew and Cameron didn’t make the finals but both did well overall considering it’s their first year on the big sleds. Andrew came in 8 th overall for the season and Cameron was 11 th. Cameron did race the Novice 1 class at a few select races this season and despite the few he did race, he ended up placing 8 th overall for the season. What a season the team had, way to go boys. The fun of being at the track with the family and friends all season long is hard to explain, it’s like were all a big family. Now that the door has closed on yet another season we can only look forward and hoping we see all the same faces next year. Again we’d like to thank Ken and the CSRA staff for making this happen and to all our team members and family. Of course we want to thank all our sponsors. Dayco-HMK-Graphic Encounters-McCoys Decorating-OSM-Gamma-Fly-Fullerton Pac-Wahta Springs-Stud Boy-Castrol-Swabbies-Kleen Flo-Primus-Clean Media-Fly-Dragon.
Sudbury Downs Championships and the Rockstar Energy Finals at Chicopee resort resulted in the team being on the Podium 12 times. The track in Sudbury was great as usual and plenty of snow there for the CSRA to make a long and hilly track with some good kickers. The weekend went without a hitch for the team. As soon as the races started there was no stopping Taylor as he won all his 6 races for the weekend getting 4-1 st place finishes and 2-2 nd Place finishes. Kim also had a great weekend winning all his mottos resulting in him taking home a 1st in both his Pro and Masters Classes. Andrew and Cameron also raced well with the tough competition that showed up there in their classes with both of them getting top 10 in all their Novice A-B classes. With the wins this weekend Kim and Taylor ended up winning the Triple Crown Series for the northern region, giving them lots of prizes from Stud Boy, Amzoil, Dayco and free tickets and ride to the super cross in Toronto on the weekend of the Chicopee races.
The Rockstar Energy Championships at Chicopee Resort was amazing as they had the most snow they have ever had in the history of CSRA. Considering the last 2 years it had to be cancelled due to the lack of snow, this was a great surprise. The track was much larger than we have ever had there before making it a nice technical track. Having this track didn’t make it easy on our team this weekend as Kim crashed in one of his races and couldn’t race his finals, but he still pulled off a 3rd and 4th with a bad back. Taylor had about the same results but it was his 550 sled that was destroyed on one of the jumps, preventing him from racing the finals on that sled. He did win all the races in his other classes on his 600. So Taylor ended up with 3-1sts and a 4th-5th. It’s a good thing he won all his first mottos so he was able to stay in the top 5. Andrew and Cameron had some good races but found the track a little overwhelming for the 300s. The hill climb on the start was straight up and that proved the most difficult. Once they passed that top corner it was hard to move up spots as the track had some big holes in the corners and they all ended up following in a line and had very few chances to make a pass as the next corner wasn’t too far away. They both raced their best and ended up in the top 10 in their novice A-B classes. Great racing boys. So the final round is next weekend and we have a whole sled to rebuild in that time. Hope we can.
Round 2 of Lindsay Royal Distributing Cup was a mix of great success and some disappointments. During the week prior to arriving, Lindsay had received over a foot of well needed snow. The track was changed a little from the prior week, with a bigger table top and lots of fresh powder on the track. The bare spots from the week before were all gone and completely covered with a good base, perfect for another round of racing.
The day started out with Taylor in the Junior 1 class where he ended up in 4th. Next was his F-2 class where he finished on the Podium in 2nd, then the trouble begun with his 550. Taylor went out in his Novice 2 class where he had a strong lead, and then on the last lap he blew a belt and managed to finish in 6th. At this time we checked the clutching and thought we could hear something rattling. After we dealt with that issue we thought we had it all taken care of. Sunday was the day we realized it was something more serious. Taylor went out on his 600 in the Junior 1 and had a bad hole shot and fought his way up to a 9th place. Then we realized that his 550 had a crank bearing going in it. With little time before he started torace, there was not much we could do. So we didn’t tell Taylor that the rattle he was hearing was his bearing about to blow. With our fingers crossed, Taylor went out in his F-2 class and was nervous about the rattle and held off on the throttle. He ended up taking a 6th. His final race was the Novice 2 class where he’s holding 1st overall right now. So we told him to pin it and not to worry about the noise as its nothing to worry about. When the flag was dropped Taylor did just that and pinned it. After the first lap he had a huge lead and held onto it till the finish, taking a 1st place Podium. At this point the motor was shot, but he finished the weekend on top.
Lindsay Cup races this weekend lands Taylor McCoy on the Podium. Not only was it his 1st podium finish where he receives his award in front of a crowd on a Rockstar Podium, but it was a special award for him as this was the Kyle Knox memorial award. Kyle was dear to Taylor, and all of us on the McCoy team, as Kyle spent many weekends with us over the years in our trailer being a big brother to Taylor and playing practical jokes along with being a mentor to Taylor. So it was important to Taylor to win this weekend to honor Kyle’s memory.
The coldest race of the year was upon us, yes Rouyn Noranda Quebec. After the long 6 hour drive we arrived at the site at minus -28. We set up the trailer and managed to get everything going without a glitch. We headed to the hotel for the warmth and hoped the trailer would be warm by morning. The next morning it was -32 when we headed to the track, and I prayed the heat stayed on in the trailer. When we arrived the heat was on and all was good.
After a very cold practice it managed to warm up to a (more…)
It was a good thing that we decided to leave Thursday morning as we heard the weather was going to be bad late Thursday and Friday. After a smooth dry ride up and setting up at midnight it was time to settle in. The next morning we woke up to hear that the highway was closed in New Liskeard and in 2 other locations, preventing all the other teams from arriving. We went to the track and did some tuning and maintenance. There were only a handful of teams We were lucky that we left on the Thursday morning to Cochrane, as we heard that nasty weather was coming for in the parking lot when we left at 7pm as the highway didn’t reopen till 5pm.
Saturday morning was delayed as many people showed up over the night. The track was like a super cross track with 3 switch backs. It had a bit of everything for everyone on this track, fast, Sharpe corners and a big jump at the table top. (more…)
We didn’t think it was going to happen with the warm weather we had, but thanks to the staff of Calabogie Resort they managed to make and maintain just enough snow to make the weekend a success. Thanks to Ken and the staff of the CSRA for pulling off a great weekend despite the mushy conditions we had on Saturday.
This year has brought some changes to the team, one was that 3 racers have moved up in classes, and the other is that 2 racers are riding on larger sleds too. (more…)