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Testing the limits: Range club hosting snowmobile enduro

January 29, 2010
By Brandon Veale - DMG Sports Editor

HOUGHTON - The Range Snowmobile Club is offering local riders a chance to push themselves to the limit Saturday with its second annual Snowmobile Endurance Race.

The sleds will spend 45-minute (30 in the vintage classes) heats navigating a distance course on the Range Snowmobile Club Grounds in Atlantic Mine with a variety of obstacles to traverse, but the biggest stress will be placed on the most important part - the rider.

"It tests more the riders' physical capabilities to ride that long than it tests the machine itself," Matt Solka of the Range Snowmobile Club said.

Depending upon the line a rider takes, the course will range from 1.1 to 1.5 miles.

"We designed it not to have any jumps, so anybody can ride on the course, but there are some tight corners, some off-camber corners and small hills," Solka said.

There will be a variety of classes of competition, including heats for modified and stock vintage sleds, fan-cooled and liquid-cooled machines and open competition.

The option of riding in two-man and two-machine teams is available, with one sled on the track per team at any given time.

Registration will be from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with a driver's meeting to follow. There will be a parade lap at 10 a.m. with racing to begin at 10:15.

Entry fee is $10, with a 75 percent prize money payback.

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