Photos by Dawn McClintock
Twenty-five years of a gathering like none other has been marked at the annual Walton TransCan GNC in Walton, Ontario this year. Considered the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur event of the north, we have seen families from all over North America come together to spend a fun-filled week at the coveted Walton Raceway. With the names like, Blair Morgan, Randy Valade, Ross Pederson, Travis Pastrana, Nick Wey, Jolene Van Vugt, Dean Wilson, Josh Woods and the list goes on and on. The TransCan, much like Loretta Lynn’s, has been a hotbed for some incredible talent. This year in particular was a challenging year for the track with mother nature dealing up some insane amounts of rain, and we mean, “get the bucket out and bail out the tent” kind of rain (believe me, I can attest to this). Without fail, the track workers spun some crazy kind of magic, worked some crazy kind of hours and managed to have the track rerouted in some spots and reworked in others to make it a track, many racers on the podium referred to as the best Walton track they had ever rode on. We were there to capture some of the scenes on the sidelines and we look forward to an even better 2017 Walton TransCan. It was a great time to catch up with moto family we only get to see once a year and a good opportunity to see talent from other parts of the US and Canada we might not otherwise see in person. A big thanks to the Walton Raceway staff for putting on yet another successful event. For those of you who have never been, mark it on your calendar for next year. See you in 2017!
Hayden Halstead getting some props from Jess Pettis’ mechanic, Cale.
Cale Foster wishing someone would turn on the AC.
Hot and sweaty after a 450 moto.
Brent Thirnbeck on the sidelines waiting to cheer on his favourite pro, Kyle Keast.
We knew when Keast was making his rounds on the track.
Ok, this was just a WTH moment right here. For the record, that mud that was pushed off the track was a bit like mashed potatoes meets contact cement.
Dylan Wright’s mechanic Pete headed to the line.
Gate pick time for Dylan Wright. (pssst, you want to keep to the inside on this one Dylan)
Sometimes people didn’t take the inside line or in this case, came in too fast over the jump and this happened. Can somebody call the bobcat guy!
MX101 guys had a nice set up on the high ground with a good view of the track here.
The winner of the Girls Under 16 class, Landrey Hazen chats with Gauldy on the podium. We hope we will see more girls out next year to fill the gate!
Dana Barrett doing some pre-moto ritual stuff on the gate for the girl’s moto.
Landrey Hazen eyeing up some line choices with her dad before the Girl’s second moto.
Payton Burack from Cambellville, Ontario lines up for the Girls Under 16 class.
Mia Barrett looking confident waiting for some gate prep from her dad.
Just follow the beard, it always knows.
Tyler Cryer anxiously waiting for his moto.
Evan Stewart’s dad has the wrench look nailed.
I’m Paul…Connor Paul.
Important part of race day. Don’t forget the bib!
Evan Stewart switching up his look with dad’s wrench hat.
Ross Thirnbeck is Kyle Keast’s protege. Look for some good things to come out of the Thirnbeck camp.
Corey Sullivan and Blake Hazen on the gate for MX2 JR A.
Mitch Rempel and dad, Scott talk strategy on the line.
Sam Gaynor looking sharp thanks to a few of his homies that stepped it up for Walton.
Nick Cryer wearing the coveted yellow bib in the MX2 JR A second moto.
Connor Paul and Sam Gaynor both had a great second moto in MX2 JR A.
Top contender and fresh off a week at Loretta Lynns, Shayne Mercieca was on fire at Walton.
Austin Watling on the box with Gauldy for MX 3 Intermediate.
Things did get a little soupy. Here’s Mitch Goheen in the third MX 3 Intermediate moto.
Anthony Spadaccini is in there somewhere.
Josh Mann from Teeswater, ON going to need to put it on the extra soiled cycle after this moto.
You might just need a putty knife after your moto if you are Eric Schildt.
All thumbs up for Shayne Mercieca.
Anthony Spadaccini waiting for gate pick in MX2 Intermediate.
Brandon Brown set for take off at the gate.
Austin Watling had some help from his friends at GDR when he had some bike problems. Derek Schuster was on hand at the gate.
Eric Schildt pushes through a soggy staging area.
Anthony Spadaccini had his buddy, Taylor Arsenault on hand for moral support.
Teren Gerber made the long trek from Alberta to be here. He had a pretty awesome week at Walton.
Everyone was sure thankful for the big top tent for staging to shade them from the sweltering sun earlier in the week. Brandon Brown waits under the tent.
Things went sour when torrential rain immersed the track in water. Track crews pushing heavy layers of slop off to the sides.
There was a half day delay for track workers to rebuild, reroute parts of the track to make it functional for afternoon motos.
Parts of the track looked like this and were not salvageable so they ended up rerouting some of the track.
Kudos to the track workers and there were even some riders who do heavy equipment operating for a living who stepped up and volunteered to lend a hand. It’s amazing how the moto community comes together when someone is in need.
Jay Burke is in good hands letting Steve Simms work on his bike.
Davey Fraser tearing it up in the Plus 25 class.
Does anyone have a putty knife and a hose?
Young Sam Gaynor swept 2 classes at the TransCan and turned some heads. The future looks bright for you Sam!
Nick Cryer doing his best Ken Roczen on the podium (ok, maybe without the Coors Light) Congratulations to Nick for being the recipient of the Alpinestars Bronze Boot award!
Sam Gaynor chats with Gauldy on the podium after the second MX3 JR A moto with a third place finish.
Who is happy to be at the TransCan? Dana is.
What the heck kind of dance is that Taylor?
Watling and Gerber do the infamous FXR sandwich routine at the gate.
Jay Burke’s little guy was clocking in the laps at the pump track. He gets 10 points for style.
Jess Pettis on the box for the Youth 14-24 class.
Podium spots are becoming a regular thing for Pettis.
Cale Foster, rockin’ the pit board for Pettis.
On the box with Shayne Mercieca.
Spadaccini getting prepped on the gate for MX2 Intermediate.
Whatchu talkin’ ’bout Taylor?
Corey Sullivan scopes out the lines.
Tyler Hulley all prepped and on the line for MX2 JR B.
Connor MacLean looking stylie on the JX2 JR B gate.
Kevin Metcalf checking out the track conditions before his Plus 40 moto.
Shameless Yamaha plug for Sam Gaynor.
Nolan Taylor-Booker getting ready to head out for his moto. (Mark Booker photo)
FXR Brand Manager, Andy White with your 2016 Bronze Boot Award recipient, Nick Cryer. (Mark Booker photo)
See you guys next year! Thanks for stepping up on the track maintenance Brett Cormier!