On Sept. 25, riders of the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball rolled into Carlsbad, Calif., after completing 3,306 miles over 16 days, with only one day off for rest. The cross-country ride tested these determined riders and strained the mechanics of their 100-plus-year-old motorcycles.
Fifty-two of the 90 riders who started the race completed the course.
Seventh overall went to AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Cris Sommer-Simmons aboard her 1915 Harley-Davidson. She had a nearly flawless ride throughout the competition, but mechanical issues in Stage 4 prevented her from finishing the last three miles that day.
Cris Sommer-Simmons completed the 2016 Motorcycle Cannonball ride.
"I slept like a log and woke up sore and stiff," Sommer-Simmons said on Facebook the day after finishing the event. "[It's been a] long couple of weeks riding in all kinds of weather. Whew! What an adventure. Thanks to everyone who greeted me at stops and for all your encouragement. You all kept me going. The Cannonball is a very tough event. But, oh so rewarding too. Glad I have time to rest now."
The Facebook page for the event was filled with comments from riders and fans alike, all glad to have had the opportunity to be a part of the event and to meet new friends.
The top 10 finishers were:
Tied for first: Frank Westfall, Byrne Bramwell, Jeff Tiernan, Victor Boocock, Vern Acres, Steve DeCosa, Ben Brown, Erik Bahl, Anthony Rutledge, Doc Hopkins, Jon Neuman, Kevin Naser, Dave Minerva, Scott Byrd, Steve Rinker and Jared Rinker
Second: Dean Bordigioni
Third: Dave Holzerland
Fourth: Tanner Whitton
Fifth: Eric Trapp
Sixth: Kevin Waters
Seventh: Cris Sommer Simmons
Eighth: Alex Trepanier
Ninth: Bill Page
Tenth: Richard Asprey
Ninety riders left Sept. 10 from Atlantic City, N.J., each riding a motorcycle that was at least 100 years old. The entire trip was 3,306 miles.
The race was in honor of AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Erwin "Cannonball" Baker's record-setting 11-day ride in 1914.
For final results from the event, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com.
To view the detailed schedule that the riders followed, visit www.motorcyclecannonball.com/theroute.