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87 Seconds of Kotzebue (Alaska) Cross-Country Racing


The famed Kotzebue, Alaska, cross-country race is legendary for its high speeds. Here's 87 seconds of action that give us a slight inkling about the speeds and terrain.

Here's what Unch Schuerch wrote to me about the video and Thor Lie (great name!), the racer who filmed it:

"Thor raced in the Kotzebue race as #68 aboard an Arctic Cat Firecat 600efi. Thor took off 19th in 600cc class. On a very rough trail he passed everyone in his class, plus 23 racers out of 25 in the 800-1000cc class that took off ahead of him. Sad to say Thor was t-boned by a ski-doo racer and the sled was a total loss and was forced to scratch."

Then check out the short film trailer about the same Kotzebue race below. Wicked!

Comments (8):

jb101 says:
4/8/2011 9:36:00 AM

Is that the vintage class?? ;)
Sven says:
4/8/2011 11:29:00 AM

Geee, anyones memory get jogged at time 1:08 in the video? It was just like I was on the ol'F7 again.
Cory says:
4/9/2011 4:28:00 PM

i think the skis were on the ground for 8 of the 87 seconds!
Tom Rowland says:
4/9/2011 9:09:00 PM

That is sweet! Some race footage does not always seem to make us think we are "there", this one really does. I felt like I was the guy hanging onto the bars!
michael says:
4/10/2011 3:18:00 PM

up here in the north the firecat 600 is one of the fastest sleds you will find. the snowmachine Thor passes is a CFR 1000 and many 800's from cat and polaris as well all 600 hundred brand sleds new models and older firecats. Thor seen speeds around 120 on the speedo moving for a 600.
Cat House says:
4/11/2011 9:04:00 AM

He almost clipped a tree at one point !
Kevunnartun says:
4/26/2011 4:53:00 AM

arctic cat!!!!!!!!
David says:
5/25/2011 12:08:00 PM

That guy Thor in the first video is nuts! WFO!

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