Even though the 2019 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown AXTour Series ended just over a month ago, it didn’t take long for every rider and team to begin looking forward to the opening round of the main pillar of the Triple Crown Series, the MXTour. When everyone arrived in Calgary for Round 1, they were greeted by not just a technical Wild Rose MX Track but also by a large blanket of smoke over the city, which was the result of a large nearby forest fire. Thankfully, by the time sign-up and tech inspection was completed on Friday afternoon, the smoke had cleared and everyone began to breath a big sigh of relief. As the sun set behind the Rocky Mountains on Friday evening, the stage was all set for the opening round of the 2019 MXTour Series.
The racing on Saturday was excellent as Josh Osby and Cole Thompson drew first blood in the 250 and 450 classes respectively. Behind them was a host of fast and aggressive riders who will most certainly come out swinging this weekend in Prince George. However, before we get looking too far ahead, let’s take a look back at some incredible James Lissimore photos from Round 1 in Calgary.