Saturday, February 12, 2011

Remembering Nathan Woods, Memorial Ride

The off-road community was deeply saddened to learn that two-time WORCS Champion and ISDE Gold Medalist Nathan Woods lost his life January 28th while practicing for the opening round of the 2011 WORCS Series in Taft, California. He was 32 years old.

A Celebration of The Life of Nathan Woods is planned for 2 p.m., Feb. 19th at the Madonna Inn Expo Center in San Luis Obispo, CA.

"I would like to take this opportunity to say a heart felt thank you for all your prayers, encouragement, thoughts and donations. This has been a difficult time for our family and the out pouring of support from the industry has been amazing. We would like to invite you to the Celebration of Life to honor Nathan. He was an amazing athlete, but more importantly he was a truly remarkable husband, father, and friend. Please join us in his celebration," said his wife, Amanda Woods in a post on Nathan Woods Offroad MX.

Details of a family memorial fund can be found on the website, where you can also make direct donations to Amanda and the family.

Woods is survived by his and their two sons Nathan Jr and Braxton. Woods long-time friends FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli and his former mechanic Charles Jirsa have gathered some of Woods’ closest friends to organize a ride day with all proceeds going directly to the Woods family.

The Nathan Woods Memorial Ride will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 23rd at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, CA, Home to the AMA Nationals and many other Motocross events. A $20.00 admission fee will be charged to all riders with 100% of the proceeds going directly to the Woods family. Gates will open at 9:00am on the morning of the ride day and an open practice session will be held from 10:00am to 4:00pm for both ATV’s and Motorcycle’s. A silent auction will also be held until 4:00pm with all proceeds going to the Woods family. If you have any items you would like to donate to the silent auction please bring them to the track on the day of the ride.

Please help to spread the word by encouraging family and friends to come out and ride to raise money for the family of an off-road icon that will never be forgotten.