Archive for August, 2015

Coming Soon: Hay Days Digital Program

Posted on August 27th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article

haydaysWhat’s more exciting than Hay Days being just around the corner? The release of the digital program! Check back soon for the official program, featuring all the need-to-know details, vendor list, maps and more.

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Summer’s Last Stand with the I.W.A.

Posted on August 27th, 2015 in Sledder News

(Webster, Wisconsin – August 27, 2015) – It’s cool enough to warrant hoodies at night, the sun is setting earlier and the International Watercross Association just held the last race of their season this past weekend; all signs that summer is drawing to a close. For the first time, the circuit traveled to a new venue in Rock Valley, Iowa for a Friday – Saturday race hosted in conjunction with the Sioux Valley Snowmobile Club.

Photo by Eric Sherman Images

Photo by Eric Sherman Images

The course at the Rivers Bend Campground wasn’t the weekend’s only new feature. The drag racing show ran through completion on Friday afternoon, with 2015 championship points champs being named. In his rookie season, Ryan Erickson clenched the top points position in 600 Drags. With that and his fresh Grantsburg World Championship under his belt, Erickson is one to keep an eye on.

In a similar manner, Krista Maki-Zurn wrapped up her perfect season, winning in the 800 Drags class literally every time she hit the water this season and taking the points championship in the process. When the fastest sleds in the circuit took to the course, clocking speeds over 70 miles per hour, it was Ryan Keith who flew past his competition to earn his first feature win of the year in the Mod Drag class.

16 drivers signed up to compete in Friday evening’s head-to-head Rivers Bend Shootout, with the winner taking the glory and a nice stack of cash. After sweeping nearly every race this season, including ones that earned him two World Championship titles, it came as no surprise that Brian McCurdy, Jr. was the last man standing as the sun set over the course.

Brian McCurdy, Jr. - Photo by Eric Sherman Images

Brian McCurdy, Jr. – Photo by Eric Sherman Images

As the wind whipped through the surrounding corn fields, racers geared up and fans lined the shores for a full day of oval racing Saturday. Nick Matilla, another rookie in the circuit, has been a top competitor all season. Patience paid off in the Semi Pro Stock feature as he ran a close, smart race and took the lead when the front runner went down. His first feature win earned him enough points to also bump him into the top position in the points race.

Like his teammate Maki-Zurn, Joe Swanson was a driver to beat all season but was never once bested. He continued his winning streak last weekend to take the checkered flag and the title of Semi Pro Open points champ. Having won the world championship in Grantsburg, Swanson will have to make the move up to Pro Open next season.

In the Pro Ranks, Kyle Carpenter outrode the field to add another win to his list of season accomplishments, which now also includes a points championship in the Pro Stock class. Untouchable all year, Brian McCurdy, Jr. notched another hole in his win belt as he rocketed around the course in the Pro Open final, nearly lapping back of the pack drivers by the end of the 8 lap feature. If you haven’t already sensed a trend, he also won the points championship title in his class.

Rachel O'Brien - Photo by Eric Sherman Images

Rachel O’Brien – Photo by Eric Sherman Images

Keep an eye on www.iwaracing.com for the release of the 2016 schedule and to check out full year-end points standings.

C&A Pro Skis Introduces XCS Ski

Posted on August 18th, 2015 in Sledder News

C&A Pro Skis is excited to release its latest performance product to the snowmobile industry, the XCS aka Xtreme Crossover Ski.  With machines getting faster, lighter, and stronger there has been a need for a performance snowmobile ski that can dominate both on and off trail.  C&A delivers with the XCS.  We tested a wide range of locations and proved the XCS is everything that today’s crossover rider is looking for.

Leader in its Class
skisThe XCS’s optimal width of 6.75” provides ample off trail floatation, and firm footing on the trail.  The outboard keels help alleviate trail darting and deliver extra floatation in deep snow.  The traction scoops on both sides of the center keel keeps the XCS planted on the snow and gripping the corners where other skis would lift.

C&A left nothing out for the rider whose machine is used in low elevation and occasional trips to the mountains.  Our integrated boot traction ridges are on both sides of the saddle for when the going gets deep and the rider needs a sturdy place to stand.  Additionally, riders can reverse with ease and back out of situations with XCS’s tall tail section.

The brand new XCS by C&A Pro Skis, truly allows all riders to Ride Like a Pro!

About C&A Pro Skis

C&A Pro Skis provide the most flexible and indestructible snowmobile skis on the market because they are made of durable ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene material (UHMW-PE) combined with compression molded technology.   The inherent strength and performance of these premium skis makes them the choice of professional athletes worldwide.  C&A provides a full range of snowmobile skis to accommodate the various riding preferences of racing, mountain, crossover and trail.

C&A Skis are available through power sports dealers or online at www.caproskis.com .  Learn more by visiting the web or contacting us via phone 888-321-6789 or email sales@caproskis.com.  C&A Pro Skis has its headquarters and manufacturing in Hutchinson Minnesota and is a division of Pride Solutions LLC.

Snowmobile Shows on the Horizon

Posted on August 17th, 2015 in Sledder News

snowmobile usaThe SNOWMOBILE USA Show & Sale events will cover the Mid-West this fall to welcome in the upcoming snowmobile season with enthusiasm. These shows are the largest indoor events in their states with special prices and discounts on accessories, performance parts, trailers, resorts, motels, clothing, magazines and everything else that relates to snowmobiling.  Talk shop with factory reps, see the 2016 sleds from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo, and Yamaha.

A variety of the 2016 ATV line up from Arctic Cat, Polaris, Ski-Doo and Yamaha will be present on the showfloor.  In addition to the factory representation, supporting dealers will offer ATV aftermarket products, clothing and accessories.

Vendors will offer special show prices and discounts on snowmobile related items including helmets, boots, suits, gloves, trailers, performance parts, belts, oil, decals, clothing accessories, resort packages, magazines, lodging, tours, trail maps and scores of other snowmobile related items.  In addition to dozens of Mid-west snowmobile resort areas, destination locations from several Western states and Canadian Provinces will be on hand to show off their trail systems and lodging facilities.

As an added attraction to the weekend festivities at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin show, a “snowmobile swap meet” will be featured Saturday and Sunday to provide the opportunity to buy or sell used snowmobile items.  For Milwaukee swap meet information please call 414-299-0330 or log onto www.waukeshasnow.org.

A snowmobile safety class will be offered to ages 12 and up at both shows.  For information regarding the Milwaukee class call 262-252-3496.  For Novi safety class registration log onto www.snomads.org.

Bring the family as the KidUSA booth will offer a free activity for children to participate in with you while shop!

Show dates and hours for the SNOWMOBILE USA event at Milwaukee, WI Oct. 16-18 and for Novi, MI. Nov. 6-8 2015.  Show hours, Friday from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM, Saturday from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  Admission is $10.00, with children 12 and under admitted free of charge.

All snowmobilers are invited to come to see, shop and save!  This is your SNOWMOBILE SUPERSTORE UNDER ONE ROOF!

SNOWMOBILE HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCES 2016 INDUCTEES

Posted on August 17th, 2015 in Sledder Featured Article, Sledder News

St. Germain, Wisconsin (August 14, 2015) – The Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Museum in St. Germain, Wisconsin, announced today its four inductees for 2016: Hubert Fixsen, Steve Houle, Brad Pake and Tom Zernia. These four honorees will be inducted into the SHOF on Feb. 13, 2016, in St. Germain, coinciding with the annual Ride With The Champs and other events to which all fans are invited.

SHOFHubert Fixsen, of Willmar, Minn., was a prolific race-focused engineer for Arctic and John Deere who invented many trend-setting ideas and technologies for snowmobiles, as well as a mechanic whose drivers notched wins in two Winnipeg-to-St. Paul I-500s, an ICCSF Championship and dozens of other cross-country victories.

Steve Houle of Forest Lake, Minn., was a premier, multi-discipline racer for Yamaha and Polaris who captured wins and championships in the most prestigious oval, snocross and cross-country events of the 1980s and 1990s, and later built Speedwerx into a championship-producing aftermarket powerhouse.

Brad Pake of Felton, Minn., was a dominant Team Arctic terrain racer in the 1990s who captured two International 500 cross-country wins, an ISOC championship and victory in multiple snocross and cross-country events.

Tom Zernia of West Bend, Wis., was a founder of International Snowmobile Racing, the governing body of rules making for snowmobile competition since 1979, and for which he served as Technical Director while creating and enforcing fair and safe rules for all forms of racing.

All race and snowmobile fans are invited to the 33rd Annual SHOF Induction Ceremony and Ride With The Champs event, where they can meet, talk and ride with many of the sport’s biggest stars. The weekend includes various modern and vintage trail riding opportunities, plus a wonderful dinner and induction ceremony. In addition, the Snowmobile Hall of Fame Museum is open for all enthusiasts to see many legendary machines and memorabilia.

Go to www.snowmobilehalloffame.com for more information about the 2016 Snowmobile Hall of Fame and Ride With The Champs, as well as the museum.