GREENVILLE, Maine — More than 100 snowmobile racers from throughout the country and Canada are expected to converge today in Greenville for the United States Cross Country Snowmobile Racing Association’s Maine Pro 100 snowmobile race and the Maine Amateur Cross Country Championship Race.
This is the first time the association has come to Maine for the Victory Motorsports Maine 100 race presented by Polaris and the Indian Hill Trading Post Maine Amateur Championship race. The event carries a $10,000 purse.
The Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club, the event’s sponsor, as well as the town, chamber and local businesses have been preparing for the event for weeks.
Even though the warm days have melted some of the snow, there is still plenty on the trails, said Greenville Town Manager John Simko.
“In the woods there’s quite a bit of snow for the cross-country race, the woods section of this looks like conditions are going to be very, very good,” Simko said Friday. The town’s public works crew has been dumping snow removed from elsewhere in the town onto the start of the race track where it has melted, he said.
The race, which is expected to draw both spectators and racers, starts at Bullwinkle’s Raceway and advances around the back side of Big Moose Mountain and back. There will be six races held throughout the day, including Pro, Semi-Pro, Amateur and Age Classes.
Each racer will be have a transponder that feeds a computer at the finish line with the number of laps the racer has completed and what race he or she is entered in, according to Bob Hamer, executive director of the Moosehead Lake Region Chamber of Commerce. Hamer, whose organization has been helping the local snowmo-bile club, said each of the racers will have to go through an obstacle course at the finish line in front of the spectators.
“I think it’s going to be a great spectator sport,” Hamer said. In addition, there will be lots of snowmobile-related venders and demonstrations, he said.
Tom McCormick, president of the local snowmobile club, said in a press release this week that the enthusiasm of the racers contacting the club has been “contagious.” “We are expecting a large turnout including Tim Lessard who won the Cain’s Quest 1,500-mile race in Canada last year,” he said. McCormick said other Cain’s Quest racers also plan to join Lessard and those racers will be a challenge for the pro racers coming from the mid-west, New York and throughout Maine.