Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge Announces The Top Finishers. Not The Top Winners.

In another kind of strange press release, The Medicine Show Land Trust, a.k.a. Hoka Hey Challenge, states that during the 2011 edition riders were GPS tracked by the company US Fleet Tracking (a fact known by riders and observers) with the dual purpose of “enabling event organizers to verify the riders’ speeds and routing.” What is surprising is that many participants  have reported all over the web that they were assured before the challenge that GPS tracking would be used only for positioning of their motorcycles, but not for speed checking. And it raises another question: if speed tracking was established by GPS, (which implies that the organizer knew the speed limit for each of the 14,000 miles of the ride (?), why to give a lie detector test to participants 2 months after the event ended to try to establish if they were speeding or not?

Since the organization declared that there was no winner (because either cheating on speed, or not finishing on time, or using a deviant route or all of the above…) the 2011 Hoka Hey Challenge published 2 lists of top finishers, all non-winners. 1- A LIST of 11 CONTENDERS who completed the entire route without deviations, crossed the finish line within the allotted time and were in possible contention for prizes, except that they were speeding. 2- A LIST of 41 FINISHERS who completed the entire route without deviations but crossed the finish line after the August 21st deadline. It was reported by Hoka Hey that the CONTENDERS (except top contender Will Barclay. Why? It was never clearly explained) received $10,000 not as prizes (because they were all speeding), but as compensation for travel expenses.

Many are now wondering, among many other questions to the organization, why those 10 riders who were speeding and finished on time are more deserving to receive money for “travel expenses” than those apparently not speeding, completing the ride without deviation, but finishing just after the August 21st deadline. As far as I know, finishing after the deadline and respecting all rules is not cheating. So, why those who were declared as cheaters by Hoka Hey did receive “expenses money” and not the others who were not cheating, respected all the rules, but didn’t finish on time? You can ask yourself this question from the point of of view of riders performance, morality and of equity among them. And we come back to the fundamental question raised by critics of the 2011 edition of Hoka Hey. Was it possible to complete the entire route without deviations and cross the finish line on time? The only thing we know for sure is that the organizers, Jim & Beth Durham, acknowledged that nobody from the event, contrary to what was announced prior the Challenge, did any motorcycle pre-run of the route that challengers had to ride…             

List of  what Hoka Challenge Organizers call the top 2011 Contenders ( all cheating and finishing on time) who would have received $10,000 as travel expenses refund.

1- Will Barclay 2- Shaun VanBeber 3- Marc Story 4- Frank Kelly 5- Michael McGuire 6- Michael Fox 7- Brent Witters 8- Robert Crawford 9- Karl “Bubba” Netherland 10- James Howaston 11- James “Jimmy” Huffman

30 Responses to “Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge Announces The Top Finishers. Not The Top Winners.”

  1. 1 Jeff Nicklus Oct 18th, 2011 at 4:30 pm


    Over & Out,


  2. 2 Brett Oct 18th, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    So, if the organizers reward only those speeding, it means that he encourages participants to race. No?

  3. 3 Hoka What? Oct 18th, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    At work, Cyril’s very logical mind.

  4. 4 HK Non Racer Oct 18th, 2011 at 4:39 pm

    Add to this that some of the 11 compensated riders reported that Jim Durham would have said to them that he didn’t have (AGAIN) the money to pay the winners prize money (fault of the sponsors who didn’t show up as expected by him).,

  5. 5 Hamilton Oct 18th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Cyril do you know if it’s true? JD would have asked the 10 or 11 riders to sign a “I will not sue, will not talk to the medias, …” in exchange of receiving no prize but 10K as compensation.

  6. 6 Boss Hawg Oct 18th, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    Another knee slapper…NOT

    Boss Hawg

  7. 7 Matt Oct 18th, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Sounds more like the attempt at a settlement before the legal battle really begins. What more could go wrong. Any word from the sponsor yet? It seems Harley had a hand in planning the event too.

  8. 8 Justin Lehman Oct 18th, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    A scenario I imagine very well as possible coming from the Durham duo “I don’t have enough money to pay what was promised. It’s not my fault, it’s the fault of the online medias saying bad things about Hoka Hey and preventing sponsors to confirm their financial commitment to the race. Anyway, you were all speeding, none of you passed the lie detector test. And because what you did is a race, you are as much in trouble as I am. So, I propose we agree on something . For ex. to pay your travel expenses because it can’t appear outside of this room as a race prize . In exchange you agree not to sue us personally, the Hoka Hey, not to talk to the medias, never say anything negative, etc. If you prefer to sue me, I warn you that I have no money and the Land Trust owning the Hoka Hey is on Indian reservation territory. You will never get anything. I let you work together until you find an agreement between all of you and acceptable for us. By the way I have 11 glass trophies made in advance for each of you in August when the race ended because I already knew that none of you would pass the lie detector test 2 months later in Mesa, AZ. I am proud of all of you. You are all brave warriors and the world will remember you as true heros. I am at my hotel bar. Call me when you are ready with a settlement not too costly for me. It’s your last chance to get anything from us”

    Anyone among the 11 contenders not afraid to talk and telling everybody what really happened during the negotiations?

  9. 9 Dazed N Confused Oct 18th, 2011 at 7:57 pm

    I think you got most of the conversation right. I suspect that it included “I know you think you are here to collect your prize money and you have all been forced to come here (to the non-awards ceremony) I understand you are upset. So we will give you $10K to cover your expenses…”

  10. 10 Felicity Oct 18th, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Hey Cyril, here’s a much better pic of that trailer when that sign fell down.


  11. 11 RICO ACT 1970 Oct 18th, 2011 at 8:29 pm

    Fraud. Pure and simple.

    Also Cyril, I think the pic you have right now with the trailer is from the finish line of the HH2010 in Homer, Alaska 🙂 Just an FYI, I could be mistaken.

  12. 12 Will Oct 18th, 2011 at 9:23 pm

    The real question is why give this any press whatsoever. Its a waste of everyone’s time to read about it. BW.

  13. 13 Eric Maurer Oct 18th, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Will… amen!

    I wish this Hokey mess would just go away or at least no one would give it any free press.
    If I were the winners, I would sue this guy for everything he’s got. This whole mess has just tarnished motorcycling and honestly, I have had heard enough of it.

    This is the last comment I will post on this matter and the last thread I will read about Hoka Key.

    Karma is a bitch and what goes around WILL come around eventually.

  14. 14 David Oct 18th, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Remember what happened to Custer (the white man) The Indians beat the crap out of him and won the battle riding off into the sunset with all the rewards.

    SSDD; David

  15. 15 Smittydog Oct 19th, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Sounds like a big scam.

  16. 16 Dazed N Confused Oct 19th, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Will & Eric,

    If we don’t say anything it will NOT go away. 2012 will happen with a repeat performance.

    John White for all of his blustery hot air had/has a solid structure to pull this off. He had a whole board and invited outside comments for ideas. He was threatened with legal action by JD and BD. This, his event never came together. Yet.

    Unless we keep people thinking about this scam JD &BD will do it again next year.

  17. 17 Wally Oct 20th, 2011 at 2:42 am

    Dazed N Confused,

    I totally agree with you.

  18. 18 sidewinder Oct 20th, 2011 at 8:30 am

    Does Hoka Key translate into “Crooked Scam”? Sure seems like it.

  19. 19 Buck Private Oct 20th, 2011 at 9:38 am

    Why doesn’t the Harley Legal Team step up? They are getting a bad name. Big mouth Beth, how much did you donate to veterans last year? More fraud. Feds can chase RICO act felons nationwide, indian land is not diplomatic immunity. Crime is crime. Where’s the Attorney General when you need him?

  20. 20 Hoaxis pokas my ass! Oct 20th, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    Let’s ask the widows, grandchildren, mothers and fathers of the two men who lost their lives last year if they want Cyril to quit reporting on this SCAM! As far as I am concerned, I will keep this alive if I have to stand out on a street corner and hold a cardboard sign WARNING people about the DURHAMS if it will save one life! The Durhams couldn’t care less about the people who died last year or the people who were critically injured! ALL they care about is YOUR MONEY! Well hell, The Durhams haven’t even finished (or tried) either race (2010-2011)! Is there one competent person out there in cyber land that DOESN’T find that to be odd???? C’MON people!!! PULL YOUR HEADS OUT OF YOUR ASSES!!!

  21. 21 Woody Oct 22nd, 2011 at 9:03 am

    As distasteful (and boring/redundant to some) as the story may be, I’m glad Cyril continues to set aside bandwidth to keep it in the headlines. As mentioned by others, this is the only way to insure a fresh crop of suckers is at least smaller next year, and the year after. If you can’t stop the scammer, at least educate the potential victims.

  22. 22 Felicity Oct 23rd, 2011 at 3:42 am

    One thing from last years race that stuck out was that there was never was a roster. How weird is that? Even our little BMX races have rosters. All competitive sports have rosters. Jim and Beth Durham deliberately withheld it. This year, there still wasn’t one. There was the tracking map but there wasn’t a proper roster at the beginning of the race.

  23. 23 Wally Oct 24th, 2011 at 6:32 pm
  24. 24 Eagle Driven Oct 26th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I was interveiwed by the Durhams about GPS system that we supply and was told ver batam that it would not be used for speed at all! We wrote a program that eliminated the speed function and was turned down maybe that was there out before it all started. Hmmm

  25. 25 Wally Oct 27th, 2011 at 3:52 am

    To Eagle Driven: I think you’re 100% right.

  26. 26 Jeri Oct 27th, 2011 at 6:48 am

    Good morning all. Eagle Driven, Maybe that is information the SD Attorney General would be interested in and then again…..maybe not. I guess it doesn’t hurt to bend the investigators ear! Just sayin’…….. blessings,

    Ray Klinger is the investigator with the SD AG. He is anxious to hear from all that have input.

  27. 27 Jeri Oct 27th, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Office of the Attorney General
    Marty J Jackley
    Division of Consumer Protection
    1302 E Hwy 14
    Pierre, SD 57501-8503

    Attn: Ray Klinger

  28. 28 Dazed N Confused Oct 27th, 2011 at 11:57 am

    It seems to me to show a pattern and a premeditation.

  29. 29 Chris Nov 1st, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Charges set for motorcyclist who hit two people on bicycle
    by Tim Mowry / tmowry@newsminer.com

    FAIRBANKS — A Seattle motorcyclist who fell asleep and ran into two bicyclists near Nenana in June 2010 while participating in the last leg of a cross-country motorcycle race from Florida to Alaska accepted a plea deal with the state Monday that requires her to serve 16 months in jail and pay restitution to the two cyclists, neither of whom was seriously injured.

    Vik Livingston, 54, originally was charged with two counts of second-degree felony assault, but the charges were reduced to fourth-degree misdemeanor assault as a result of Monday’s plea deal. A drunken-driving charge against Livingston was dropped previously because of lack of evidence.

    The plea deal came on the day Livingston’s trial in Fairbanks Superior Court was scheduled to begin. It will be up to the Department of Corrections to decide whether Livingston will serve jail time or be monitored electronically in Seattle, assistant district attorney Arne Soldwedel said.

    Livingston was competing in the Hoka Hey Challenge, an 8,000-mile motorcycle race from Key West, Fla., to Homer that is billed as the Iditarod of Harley-Davidsons, when the motorcycle plowed into cyclists Andy Hutten and Karen Schaad, who were riding on the shoulder of the road near 306 Mile of the Parks Highway, about 50 miles south of Fairbanks.

    Hutten suffered a bad cut on his leg and a Schaad had a chipped vertebrae and cracked pelvis. Both cyclists suffered bad road rash as a result of sliding an estimated 30 feet on the pavement.

    Livingston wound up in Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with cracked ribs, a broken clavicle and a punctured lung.

    Alaska State Troopers reported there were no signs that Livingston swerved or braked until after hitting the first cyclist, which is consistent with accidents where people fall asleep at the wheel. Livingston, meanwhile, claimed to have swerved onto the shoulder of the road to avoid a car that had braked suddenly.

    “I feel bad people got hurt,” Livingston said in a statement to Judge Robert Downes. “There was no intention of going out and hurting anybody.”

    Soldwedel said the plea deal was in the state’s best interests.

    “Given the numerous inherent difficulties in prosecuting this case, I believe we have achieved a decent result without risking a ‘not guilty’ verdict,” he wrote in an email following announcement of the plea deal.

    “Essentially, I did not believe that the evidence we had gotten fit the elements of that offense, and based on the information that we have it is unlikely that the defendant was under the influence of any intoxicating substance at the time of the accident,” he wrote. “Because the defendant was on the last leg of the Hoka Hey Challenge road race, our theory of the case was that the defendant basically fell asleep at the wheel and ran into the victims.”

    Livingston’s attorney, Al Vacura, said the plea deal was “a fair resolution considering the pros and cons of a trial.”

    Neither Hutten nor Schaad, who have filed a civil suit against Livingston, appeared in court.

    As part of the plea deal, Livingston must pay restitution to the cyclists, who were riding bikes valued at approximately $9,000.

    The crash involving Livingston was one of two involving riders in the Hoka Hey Challenge in Alaska, including one fatal accident. Kenneth J. Greene, 63, of Ocala, Fla., was killed at 107 Mile of the Glenn Highway between Palmer and Glennallen when he drove onto the shoulder, lost control and crashed. That was not part of the official route, but Greene was evidently taking a shortcut to reach Homer. Another rider, Charles C. Lynn, 44, of Florida, died in Wyoming when he apparently fell asleep and crashed.

    The race, in which riders must follow a specific course down to the exact street as mapped out by organizers, was marred by confusion and controversy, with several racers alleging the race is a scam and there was no possible way to follow the course as it was mapped out. Riders paid a $1,000 entry fee. Nearly 800 people began the race June 20 in Florida. About 200 made it to Alaska.

    The first two racers — Frank Kelly, of Prosperity, S.C., and Will Barclay, of Highland, Fla. — arrived in Homer June 28 to tie for first place. They covered the 8,482-mile course in 190 hours.

  30. 30 Wally Nov 6th, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    Any riders who felt they were scammed shout file a complaint at Scambook:


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