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88 Live To Ride was founded in memory of Pro ATVMX rider, Matt Bartosek who died while competing at the inaugural ATV Winter Olympics in 2003. With continued support from family, friends and the racing community — 88 Live to Ride was created to advocate and support riders.


Our mission is simple – to advocate and support the protection, education and safety of riders involved in

ATV racing events.

We do this by hosting annual fundraisers, raise scholarship funds and staff trackside first aid to racers and their families.

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In January of 2003, Pro rider Matt Bartosek (19), died while competing at the inaugural ATV Winter Olympics in Gainesville, FL. Matt and his family had been a part of the ATV national race circuit since 1994.  He had earned two overall national championships in the 90cc Modified class (1998 & 1999), was part of the second place Pro team in the first ever ATV 12 Hours of America held in Iowa and had just completed his first year in the Pro class finishing 5 points out of a top ten finish. Matt received the title of “Most Feared Youth Rider of the Year” by ATVSport Magazine in 1999 and was also awarded the Randy Howard Memorial Award for Sportsmanship in 2000.


At the time of Matt’s death, a permanent endowment was started in his name at the Erie Community Foundation, Erie, PA.  This was created to celebrate Matt’s life and his passion for racing.  Interest from this endowment has been used to fund local activities that Matt was involved in:  Northwestern Little League, Northwest Little Gridders, Erie County 4-H, Rice Avenue Public Library and the Northwestern “Toys for Cats” Christmas program. It has also provided funding for 88 Live to Ride, Inc.



We would like to thank our sponsors for their generous support. Without them, 88 Live To Ride would not be possible. Our sponsors help provide us the resources and support we needed to keep our riders safe.


We are grateful for their partnership and are proud to have them on board. We invite others to join us in our mission and thank our sponsors for their commitment to making a difference.

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