Unseasonably warm weather and the lack of snow has been tough on snowmobilers through-out the region, and has forced the United States Cross-Country Snowmobile Racing Association to make adjustments to it’s local cross country race schedule. The USCC is currently working on rescheduling races lost over the New Year’s weekend at both Grafton and Minto, ND. and are currently working on backup dates for both the Grafton 100 and the Minto 100.
The organization has also added a lake race to the schedule on Sunday, January 15th – the Gerald Dydrahl Memorial 100 at Pine Lake, Minnesota.
The (USCC) National Guard Cross-Country Snowmobile Championship has also rescheduled its flagship event, the USCC Red Lake I-500. The new dates are February 24-26, 2011. The schedule change is the result of current poor snow conditions in the race region and weather forecasts that don’t show significant changes during the next two weeks.
“We tried to reschedule the race on the most convenient date possible,” said USCC Race Director Jesse Strege. “It’s difficult to do because the weather has shortened our season considerably and we’re down to only about two months of schedule options. The good thing is with the later date there’s more daylight and we’re almost guaranteed to have some snow cover.”
The Red Lake I-500 is a three-day, 500-mile race that takes place in and around Thief River Falls. Based out of Seven Clans Casino, the race features a $10,000 cash payout for the winner of the Pro 600 class and is one of the richest overall races in snowmobiling.
For more information on the USCC National Guard Cross-Country Snowmobile Championship visit www.usccracing.com.