Sporting events don’t get much bigger than when they involve countries.
Imagine attending an Olympics — pageantry and patriotism coursing through every event — but being able to do so without having to travel abroad. Instead you can make an easy trek to The Bend. And the spectacle doesn’t last a month. It’s one action-packed weekend.
That’s what lay ahead Oct. 6-7 when Motocross of Nations sweeps into Redbud MX, one of the most storied motocross tracks in the country. It’ll be an event like no other.
The World is Coming
Motocross of Nations, known as the “Olympics of Motocross,” burst out of the starting gate in 1947 as a competition between European nations in the aftermath of World War II. Great Britain won the first running.
It’s since blossomed into a global event. Participants over the years have represented six continents.
Last year, 38 nations sent teams to compete in Great Britain. There’s been no less than 30 teams every year since 2006 with a high of 40 in 2013.
Needless to say, this shapes up as a sporting event the likes of which most in The Bend have never seen. Really, it’s even more rare than people realize.
Back on U.S. soil
More often than not, Motocross of Nations is hosted by a European country. Great Britain, Italy, France, Latvia, Germany and Belgium have hosted the last six editions.
Bringing it to Redbud marks a rare appearance on American turf. Motocross of Nations has only been staged here three times previously. It last appeared stateside in 2010 outside Denver with Americans taking home the title.
Some trivia: The United States has the most victories all time at 22 but hasn’t won since 2011. France has taken the title the last four years.
Redbud adds to its legend
Few tracks in professional motocross can boast Redbud’s reputation.
Every year its flagship event, the Pro MX National, serves as a centerpiece to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. It takes place right around the 4th of July and is known not only for fast-paced, high flying races but an incredibly diehard fanbase.
Fans don their patriotic gear — some even camp on the property — and cheer on the very best riders in the sport. Now they can take that vibe to another level.
Plan your visit
Thousands of fans from around the globe at expected to descend on The Bend for Motocross of Nations. Planners expect around 70,000 people from 40 different countries.
Why shouldn’t you be right alongside, decked out in stars and stripes while cheering on your team?
First, check out a schedule of events. Motocross of Nations week starts Thursday, Oct. 4. Qualifying runs take place Saturday. The field narrows to the top 20 teams for Sunday’s competition, including the final three races. The best combined score wins a place in motocross history.
Hotel rooms are available throughout The Bend at special rates for fans. Check out the options HERE. Staying around downtown South Bend means about a 30-minute drive to the track and its rural setting. But it comes with the benefit of more amenities. Restaurants, night life and other attractions abound.
And for a little flavor of what you’ll experience at the event, check out this video.