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Team Arctic Cross Country Racers Win in Warroad


Herfindahl Sweeps USXC Pro Open and Pro Stock and Cadarette Racing Has Undefeated MIRA Season

#312 Zach Herfindahl wins both Pro Open and Pro Stock in Warroad

Team Arctic cross country racers headed to Warroad, Minnesota for the sixth round of USXC Racing and were led by Zach Herfindahl as he swept the top spots of both Pro Stock and Pro Open classes.

#312 Zach Herfindahl navigating 5 miles of rough cattails in Warroad. Photo: Emily Pearl Photography

The Warroad 100 was a 10 lap course consisting of five miles of ice groove departing the Seven Clans Casino on Lake of the Woods, with the loop back navigating 5 miles of running in the cattails. There was one commonality, the course got rough. Really rough. 

"You get arm pump real quick racing with one arm!"

“Pro Open on Saturday went really smooth for us. I rode a basic, fast race start to finish and won. Sunday in Pro Stock was a little more challenging,” laughed Zach Herfindahl. “That course was rough in the cattails. When your sled was at the bottom of a hole, all you’d see is the rider. It was so rough. Towards the end of the race on Sunday, my well-seasoned, custom-built handlebars broke in half, but the risers were strong enough to hold them vertical - until the last lap. The left half came off, so I operated the brake from my lap. With the win, and finish line in sight, the wires from the handwarmers pulled apart, shorted out, and cut power to my sled. After some time, she came back to life and I got it across the finish line winning by a narrow margin of ten seconds. You get arm pump real quick racing with one arm! [laughs]”

Last lap of Pro Stock, Herfindahl's handlebars broke in half from the rough course forcing him to ride one-handed while operating the brake side from his lap. Photo:Emily Pearl Photography

The Warroad course was a challenge for all riders, but these Team Arctic racers showed their grit with notable performances from Semi-Pro Paul Brown who won Stock 600 and placed second in 600 Improved while three Expert 600 Limited racers swept the podium, led by up-and-comer Jesse Hallstrom, followed by Braden Sillerud and McKenna Cloose.

Jesse Hallstrom tore up the cattails winning Expert 600 Limited and Junior 14-17. Photo: Emily Pearl Photography

450 miles to the southeast, in Eagle River, Wisconsin, Cadarette Collision Racing completed their fifth event sweep of the MIRA Pro Enduro circuit, sealing the books on an impressive undefeated season.

Cadarette Collision Racing at MIRA Eagle River Photo: Speedshot Photography

Cadarette Collision Racing out Front at MIRA Eagle River Photo: Speedshot Photography

Speedshot Photography caught a perfect mirror image of Cadarette Collision Racing at MIRA Eagle River

Team Arctic Race Manager, Mike Kloety said, “Team Arctic cross country racers captured half the class podiums in Warroad which is something to be proud of. Herfindahl’s finish in Pro Stock was quite entertaining and well-deserved. Team Arctic fans should be proud of all these cross-country racers as well as the undefeated season Cadarette Racing had in Pro Enduro. That’s remarkable!”

Cadarette Collision Racing capped their MIRA season going undefeated in 5 Events. Congratulations on the Remarkable feat! Photo: Speedshot Photography

 Next up for Team Arctic cross-country racers is the Naytahwaush 200 March 7-8. For more info visit

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