After another lap around the sun, flat track racers in the Midwest are again gearing up for flying laps around the oval at the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum this spring. The War of the Twins is back for 2020 and will be bigger than ever, expanding to two days and adding in three new classes—Women’s, Boonie Bike and Open Pro.
Erik Moldenhauer is one of the many racers you’ll see tearing around the track on March 21 and 22. Although he’s dominated many regional flat track races for the past few years, you might be surprised to learn he’s relatively new to the sport. Read on to learn how he went from fan to first place in a matter of years.
Meet Erik Moldenhauer
I made my start in flat track a little late in the game compared to most riders who started off in their youth riding 50cc, 65cc, and 85cc dirt bikes. I started racing competitively in 2016 at 27 years old, riding a vintage Yamaha. I had attended the Mama Tried Motorcycle Show earlier that year and had watched a friend race at Flat Out Friday. While watching the racing, I thought to myself, if regular guys like this can get out there and race, why can’t I?
From then on I was determined to get a bike and go racing. I took up racing our local ARMCA D23 flat track races in Minnesota and Wisconsin in the Vintage Singles class.
My fiancé Jillian Deschenes, and her daughter Reilly also got into racing flat track, making it a family affair. Jill has been making a name for herself racing in the Mad Dog, 250 class, and women’s class. Reilly races her Honda CRF50 in the youth shift and shaft class.
2019 has been my most successful year to date. The first race of the year was Flat Out Friday in Milwaukee Wisconsin where I got 1st place in the Vintage class. This was a dream come true since this was what inspired me to start racing in the first place. I then went on to race at Indoor Flat Track’s War of the Twins II, where I also got 1st in the Vintage class. I couldn’t believe I got the checkered flag that night against some really stiff competition. After War of the Twins II, the local ARMCA D23 races began. So far, I am in the points lead for the Vintage class and 2nd place in the Mad Dog Max class.
My goal is to continue racing local district races and to also branch out to more national events including Steve Nace events and some AHRMA events. Flat Out Friday and War of the Twins have a special place in my heart, and I will continue racing those events for as long as I’m able.
The thrills and spills of Indoor Flat Track return to the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum for the War of the Twins III on Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22, 2019!
If you want to be sure you can lock down your spot to see racers like Erik Moldenhauer battle it out at the Coliseum, reserve your spot now!