On The Pegs August 2017 - Volume 2 - Issue 8 - Page 71

On The Pegs Vol. 2 Issue 8 - August 2017 JOSH TOTH TOOK A BIG WIN AT THE THIRD ANNUAL EVENT. P 71 Am Pro Yamaha’s Josh Toth beat out 50 of America’s top extreme racers in one of the toughest off-road races in the country to claim an impressive victory this week- end at the third annual Kenda Tough Like RORR Intense Off-road Race held near Tamaqua, Pennsylvania. Held in an active mining pit south of Tamaqua, Tough Like RORR is designed to test the skills of the best off-road rac- ers on the planet. And, after two days of intense racing, Toth came away with not only a remarkable victory but a also a check for $4000 after outdistancing KR4 Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor by four minutes and eighteen seconds in Sunday’s nearly three-hour finale. Two races on Saturday and one race on Sunday morning serve as a prelude to the $12,000 Tough Like RORR finale held on Sunday afternoon where only the 50 fastest riders from the morning race qualify to participate on the 12-mile course that features numerous rock fields, vertical climbs, and treacherous down- hills with names like “Sickness”, “Stairway to Heaven”, “Cruella da Hill”, and “Land of Confusion”. Organized by the Reading Off Road Riders, Tough Like RORR is unique in that each of the four races represents a differ- ent format. One race has an enduro start with five riders starting every minute, two of the races are hare scrambles format, while the Tough Like RORR race features a GNCC-style dead-engine start leading into a two-and-a-half-lap race over the most intense terrain eastern Pennsylvania has to offer. Jesse Groemm grabbed the lead to start of the Tough Like RORR finale, leading the field into the first brutal lap. However, the Specialized Performance KTM rider made a mistake about two miles into the first lap, which allowed Toth the take control of the race. From there, the Connecticut