Madawaska 100 snowmobile race set for Feb. 19

Posted Jan. 10, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

MADAWASKA — Despite the fact that there’s only a little over a month remaining and just a dusting of snow on the ground, the Madawaska Snowmobile Club is pumped over its first-time USCC Madawaska 100 Cross-Country Snowmobile Race on Feb. 19.

Racers will compete on a track constructed at Albert Farm’s Flats located along the St. John River.

“The Madawaska Snowmobile Club is excited to put this event on for the communities along both sides of the St. John River Valley as well as for the sledders who will make the journey to participate in this first-time event ever event for this area, said Michael Guerrette, MSC president and race organizer.

“We have a good group of people in this club who are committed to putting together one heck of a track for this cross-country snowmobile race. It promises to be exciting and challenging.

“We invite anyone to go to the USCCracing.com website and fill out a racers form and check out the rules of rac-ing. We promise racers and spectators alike, you won’t be disappointed.”

The USCC is based out of Minto, N.D., and draws professional and amateur snowmobile racers from across North America to each of its events. The USCC Racing Circuit is the largest cross-country snowmobile racing organization in North America. Cross-country racing is unique because the racers sleds are basically stock, said Denise Cote, Media Spokesperson for the Madawaska 100 event.

“The products that are being developed or used by cross-country racers usually become available to the average rider. This is what makes cross-country racing so rewarding … it’s a proving ground for the manufacturers; it pro-vides exposure for the sponsors and it benefits the consumer,” she added

The venue will be very accommodating and receptive to spectators and racers alike. There will be hospitality tents along with food, beverage and more. Bring the whole family and spend the day outdoors, enjoying the snow-covered hills of Northern Maine. The St. John Valley prides itself on its gracious hospitality, and our doors are open to all.

There will be numerous classes open to racers, who do not have to be season members because the USCC offers daily memberships on a pre-race basis, said Jean Ouellette, USCC Madawaska 100 chairperson. These include: Pro, Semi-Pro, Vets, Masters, Legends, Expert along with Sports Classes, Women’s, Juniors and Vintage and races are for Stock, Pro-Open Class, Semi-Pro Improved and Sport Improved, Expert 85 Improved, 120 cc Stock, 120 cc Open Class, USCC Vintage Snowmobiles.

Racers may pre-register by getting their entry form to the USCC a week prior to race date.

Racers can enter more than one class and must know the rules. Racer must be physically fit to endure hours of exertion and have the legally-required race gear and sled.

The gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, and the races start at 10 a.m. Parking is available on site, and gate ad-mission is $8 for Adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. The race site is located at 696 Main Street in Madawaska. That is approximately a 3 miles from the International bridge, south on US Route 1.

For more information about the USCC Madawaska 100 Cross Country Snowmobile Race or any other information necessary to make your trip and stay comfortable, you may contact Jean Ouellette by phone at 207-728-3395 or 207-316-8287 or by email at martinsmotel@ne.twcbc.com or Mike Guerrette at 207-728-7097 or by email at guer-rette57@hotmail.com.

Registration and rules are available for all racers at usccracing.com.

The Madawaska100 website is www.madawaska100.com

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