Texas Redneck Ramble comes to town

More than a hundred motorcycle riders from all points in Texas and surrounding states descended on Jack County this past weekend to take part in the Texas Redneck Ramble.

Robert E. Lee, known as the Little General, organized the dual sport bike event based out at the Twin Lakes Activity Center. Riders congregated and camped out at the lake.

The event began Saturday morning with trail rides set up at the old convenience station off of US Highway 380.

Saturday afternoon, about 60 riders participated in 11 field events challenging their riding dexterity. Events included the Magic Forest, which challenged riders to weave their bikes through an often narrow, timed maze of a course.

Each event is judged for finesse.

“We’re looking for people that touch the ground, looking for balance and control,” said one judge Craig Fenter. “Do you have to stop and wiggle your bike around or are you actually able to ride through.

“A lot of these guys are new to this. We want them to gain the experience and confidence to be able to go out and ride and have a good time.”

Another event was called “Little General’s Mess” in which riders drop down from the park’s edge onto a rocky lake bank just north of the spillway.

In other events the riders take on unfamiliar substrates such a fist sized gravel or sand, or soft mulch and have to cross a telephone pole in the middle of it.

The weekend is capped off with a 150-mile ride mostly in Jack County but also entering into some parts of Young and Archer counties. Only 20 miles of which is paved.

“The rest is 130 miles of eating dust,” Lee said.

Lee has been organizing one such event each year for the last 7 years. This year was the second time he hosted it in Jacksboro and he is certain he’ll bring it back again in the future.

He said he likes to put on the Texas Redneck Ramble to keep him involved with motorcycle riding. The almost 70-year old has been riding motorcycles for 59 years including 7 years as flat track circuit pro and one point national champion.

“I do this so I can stay among the motorcycle community at my age. They’re good people,” Lee said.

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