Next Saturday, the Morgan County Fairgrounds will be the home of Utah’s first-ever snow bike race and is Round 2 of the nine-race, seven-state AMA Championship Snow Bike Series. This is America’s newest motorized, winter racing sport, which was first launched in McCall, Idaho, in 2009. The 2017 race series is truly historic as this is the first time that the American Motorcyclist Association has sanctioned an event without wheels in their 94-year history.
“The AMA is excited to be getting involved in the new and innovative sport of snow bike racing,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We have been watching it with interest for several years and decided that it makes sense to embrace this interesting new competition segment.”
The AMA Championship Snow Bike Series is promoted by Boise, Idaho-based Big Nasty Hillclimb LLC, which has hosted hillclimb, snow bike and desert racing events for over 30 years.
Snow bikes, which swap out wheels and knobby tires for a ski up front and a high-performance snowmobile-style track in the rear, will compete on a motocross-inspired half-mile track consisting of jumps, banks, and right and left hand turns with numerous whoops and dips.
“We have learned from past snow-bike events that when dirt, dust and rocks are eliminated, racing gets closer,” said Ron Dillon, the principal of Big Nasty Hillclimb LLC and the series director for the promoter. “Racers will be riding inches from each other, fighting for a spot in our main events, and it is an absolute blast to watch them go at it.”
Spectator admission on Jan. 14 is $10 for ages 13 and older and kids 12-under are free. Veterans and active military members will be offered free admission with military identification or if wearing full uniform. Practice begins at 9 a.m., with racing starting at 10 a.m.
“Morgan, Utah, is a perfect location for this type of event, given its elevation and proximity to Interstate 84. Snow is always the variable and we work on contingencies, be it hauling snow in to the venue or piling up snow for the race-day track construction. The good news for us is that more snow appears to be on the way in the Morgan area,” said Ronda Gibbons, the operations and promotional director for the Series.
For more information about the Jan.14, Saturday event and the AMA Championship Snow Bike Race, go to our website at amachampionshipsnowbikeseries.com or find us on Facebook.