Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2015 Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge-Grandview, Missouri

Written by  October 18, 2015

On September 18 and 19, more than 40 motor officers representing 11 law enforcement agencies competed in the Heartland Police Motorcycle Challenge held at Gail’s Harley-Davidson in Grandview, Missouri. Friday’s weather was rainy, but still permitted open course training and the partner barrel race competition for which riders chose their partners, and the two bikes were linked with a tether having a magnetic link in the middle so that it would separate if the bikes got too far apart as they weaved through the course side by side. Each team had two runs through the course with the quickest run determining the pair’s score.

The remaining competition took place on Saturday with much-improved, practically perfect weather. There were three different events with the scores combining to determine each rider’s total. The slow ride course was set up in the lower parking lot, and each competitor’s best time was a deduction from his total points. In other words, longer times were most beneficial. The course was open so that riders could make their runs any time between 10:30 and noon.

Each officer got two chances to run the long course that was marked with a sea of orange cones and a few green ones in the parking lot behind the dealership. The course included numerous tight circles and figure-8s, a “snowman” that was like a figure-8 with an extra loop, a “tornado” with three concentric circles to navigate, slalom or weave sections, and a straight run that bisected the lot and was run in both directions to incorporate acceleration and breaking into the challenge. A large time clock allowed spectators to gauge the progress of the riders, but the official time was kept on a stopwatch that started as the rider entered the course from a standing or rolling start and ended when the rider put a foot down after stopping in the box that marked the end of the run. There was a wooden ramp resembling a wide teeter-totter that the officers rode over shortly after the beginning of the course. Before starting round two, the decision was made to remove the ramp due to a crack that was developing in the base creating some doubt that it would last until the completion of the round. Penalty points were added for cone touch (1), cone down (2), foot down (2), off course (2), out of course (5), and bike down (5). A clean run resulted in a 5-point deduction. Time was also a factor, and the objective was obviously to get the lowest number of points. The results of both runs were combined.

For the final event, some of the cones were reset in the form of a rectangle with six cones placed inside that boundary. This was a one-on-one bracket style competition with each winner advancing to the next round and each loser being eliminated. It was a game of follow-the-leader with a coin toss determining which officer would lead. The leader had 90 seconds to try to get the follower to commit a fault. If the follower got too close, the leader could slow down and cause a foot down. Following too far behind made it difficult to complete the turns around the cones and still keep track of the random route the leader had taken. If there were no faults after 90 seconds, the leader became the follower and vice versa. If neither competitor was eliminated after 180 seconds, the rider who had recorded the better score in the long course was the one who advanced to the next round. There were separate brackets for bikes with fairings and those with windshields, and the winners in each bracket faced off in the final (seen in the accompanying video).

While the competition was going on, there was plenty going on in the front parking lot as well. The Lee’s Summit Police Department K-9 unit demonstrated how a police dog works. They also brought police protective gear that spectators could try on. The bomb squad from Lee’s Summit had robots, large and small, on display. There was a chili cook-off with proceeds donated to the Heartland Police Motorcycle Association. Damaged Goods provided musical entertainment. Moto Light and Blue Line Motorcycle Riding Academy from Topeka were there to describe their products and services to event attendees. With more than 40 officers competing, the event continued until about 6 p.m. Riders and spectators greatly enjoyed the event and look forward to the next Challenge.

Thanks go out to the Heartland Police Motorcycle Associationevent staff, the team of volunteer judges, the sponsors, and all of the competitors.  Partner challenge photos courtesy of HPMA.

Results of the competition follow:

Top Gun:

Jesse Lowe-Topeka, Kansas

Windshield Class:

1st – Jacob Barlow-Kansas City, Missouri (474 points)

2nd – Shawn Hamre-Kansas City, Missouri (482 points)

3rd – Martin Studdard-Grandview, Missouri (487 points)

Fairing Class:

1st – Jesse Lowe-Topeka, Kansas (450 points)

2nd – Jay Doeschal-Kansas City, Kansas (462 points)

3rd – Jared Sartin-Wood Heights, Missouri (472 points)

Barrel Race Partner Ride:

1st – Bryan Paxton and Travis Stuteville-Kansas City, Missouri (31.87)

2nd – David Lantz and Shawn Hamre-Kansas City, Missouri (33.23)

Participating Agencies:

Independence P.D.; Lee’s Suumit P.D.; Lenexa P.D.; Topeka P.D.; K.C.K. P.D.; K.C.MO. P.D.; Grandview P.D.; Wood Heights P.D.; Missouri Highway Patrol; Jackson County; and Bellevue, NE.


Gail’s Harley-Davidson

Sho-Me Pod “Gail’s Harley-Davidson Chili Cook Off

Butler Music

Cattlemen’s Cafe



Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com