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Summer Sledding: Watercross Season

(6/7/2017)

Team Arctic's Dale Lindbeck wins 2017 IWA Pro Stock opener.

First, the good news: In just two weeks the daylight hours will start getting shorter.

Now the great news: You can maximize your summer fun, hang out at the lake AND get some great snowmobile action. Simply hit up one of the IWA watercross races this summer.

If you do, there's a great chance you'll see Team Arctic's Duracell bunny Dale Lindbeck continue his decades-long win streak continue. In fact, he's already scored a win this season!

I've been covering watercross races since the mid-1940s, and Lindbeck was been winning at least that long. Pretty dang impressive!

Click for the IWA schedule.

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We Want YOU (to Apply for the 2018 Team Arctic Race Team)

(5/5/2017)

Become part of the legendary Team Arctic Race Team.

Attention all potential Team Arctic racers: We want YOU to send in your race application for the 2017-2018 race season!

Yep, you could join the long line of legendary Team Arctic race teams for cross-country, snocross, hillclimb, drag, enduro, oval and more.

May 30 is the deadline to apply.

Click for more info and to download the Race Application.

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"Cross-Country" Carrie Longley Showing How It's Done in Alaska XC

(5/2/2017)

Carrie Longley (formerly Goodwin) is an amazing racer!

When it comes to high-speed Alaskan cross-country competition, she's often the fastest racer, regardless of gender. She's on record with a first place overall finish in the Men's Kotz-Kiana 180 XC race, plus a first place overall finish in the Kotzebue 120 XC women's race (3 times, actually!).

At the recent Men's Kotzebue 'Last Chance' 105 XC, Carrie raced a 2004 Firecat 600 in the 600cc class of the race (the 2003-2006 Firecats remain a popular choice amongst XC racers in Northwest Alaska due to their amazing top-speeds).

Carrie got off to a slow start in the 'Last chance' race but eventually passed all of the male Cross-country racers in her class, some of which have placed first overall in the nationally recognized Kotzebue 220 XC race. Carrie caught some huge air along the way and maintained the lead in the 600cc class until she eventually blew her track.

Take a few moments to watch what high-speed lake racing is like in Alaska, as well as the nerves it takes to go wide-open.

For sure watch the wicket tail-stand that occurs at 4:45!

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2017 Team Arctic Success at World Championship Hillclimbs & Lake Geneva Snocross

(4/12/2017)

Playing catch-up with the Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb and Lake Geneva ISOC snocross race results from a few weeks ago.

Team Arctic racers produced excellent results at both, taking their fair share of checkered flags and podiums. And yep, as the video shows, Jackson was GNARLY this year with hardpacked, icy conditions!

Click to read the highlights and to see the podium finishers who raced Cat.

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The Team Arctic Freight Trail Keeps Rolling with 41 Wins and 109 Podiums

(3/11/2017)

Team Arctic - Christian Bros. Racing Zach Herfindahl. Photo by Kennedy.

Holy Schamoly! Team Arctic cross-country and snocross racers delivered a combined 41 class wins and 109 podium finishes during a two-weekend stretch of racing, including a historic win in the Alaskan Iron Dog xc.

Click to read the official Team Arctic press release.

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Q&A with 2017 Iron Dog Champs Cory Davis and Ryan Simons

(3/4/2017)

2017 Iron Dog. Champions Cory Davis and Ryan Simons. Photo from Iron Dog facebook.

Last weekend, Team Arctic racers Cory Davis (Right, 28, from Soldotna, AK) and Ryan Simons (34, Camrose, Alberta) won the 2017 Iron Dog cross-country race, a seven-day 2,100-mile romp across the Alaskan wilderness that goes from Anchorage-Nome-Fairbanks.

It was a huge win for the duo, each of whom is a talented and accomplished terrain racer in all forms of competition.

They were kind enough to tell their story of this year’s race, including their perspective on the disqualification of another team.

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The Winnipeg Returned: Tales from the 2017 I-500 Cross-Country

(2/14/2017)

2017 USXC I-500. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 2017 USXC Winnipeg-to-TRF-to-Bemidji I-500 returned this past weekend, with a new generation of racers writing their names in a new chapter of this magnificent race.

Bitter cold, rough ditches, river, trail...it delivered three grueling days of competition that more than lived up to its legend.

Click to read the story.

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Winnipeg I-500: The Grand-Daddy Cross-Country Begins

(2/7/2017)

Legend of the Winnipeg I-500.

At 10am Wednesday morning, Feb. 7, 82 brave men and women will begin leaving the starting line on the outskirts of Winnipeg to embark on the 2017 USXC I-500.

It is the most fabled cross-country race in the world; its origins going back to 1966 when a few dozen pioneers rumbled out of this same town on their way to St. Paul, Minn.

There’s something special and magical about snowmobile racers barreling down a ditchline, chasing the snow dust in front of them while they chase the dream of making it to the finish line.

Click to see a few pix of this magic (as well as the starting list for this year’s race). And join me in wishing ALL I-500 competitors the very best of luck.

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Team Arctic Kicks Some Fanny at TRF 300 and RMSHA Opener

(2/7/2017)

Team Arctic - Christian Bros. Racing Zach Herfindahl. Photo by Kennedy.

Team Arctic has been kicking fanny in recent weeks, as evidenced by the results from the USXC TRF 300 and RMSHA hillclimb opener.

Click to read the official team press release.

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Arctic Cat at the Soo International 500 Enduro

(2/2/2017)

The Langaas Team Arctic Cat.

This weekend marks the 49th running of the Soo International 500 enduro in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Team Arctic racers are there in full force, with a fleet of mod ZR 6000R race sleds powered by Speedwerx-built Arctic Cat C-TEC2 EFI engines.

Will this be the third year that Cat wins this big one?

Click to see some Cat race sleds in the pits.

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Next Gen: Mini I-50 Cross-Country Feb. 4-5

(2/2/2017)

Team Arctic Cat's Jesse Hallstrom.

Next week, when a hundred plus cross-country racers from all over North America come to NW Minnesota for a crack at the famed I-500, it will be yet another great chapter in a tradition that goes back to the 1960s.

Likewise, on the weekend of Feb. 4-5, the DMC group will once again hold their "Mini I-500" for 120- and 206-class racers (as well as Transition, Junior, Sport and Vintage), helping foster the next generation of I-500 racers.

This year the Mini is actually going to be an I-50. Yep, a 50-mile XC.

Click for more info.

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Keith Badour's Amazing King Kat Vintage Mod

(2/1/2017)

There's so much great racing to see and experience in January and February.

Case in point: this awesome final at the Vintage World Championships, in which Team Arctic's Keith Badour shows the AMAZING speed of his custom King Kat Mod 800.

So fun!

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The Winnipeg is ON! Great Northern Snow Means USXC I-500 Route Change

(1/31/2017)

2014 USXC I-500 Team Arctic by ArcticInsider.com

The 2017 USXC I-500/I-600 is going to happen (albeit in three days instead of four)!

Instead of a four-day, 600-mile race ending in Willmar, Minn., the newly revised route calls for a three-day, 500-mile route that begins in Winnipeg and finishes in Bemidji, Minn.

Winter is alive and robust between Winnipeg and Bemidji, which will make this an I-500 to remember. Registration ends tomorrow night.

If you've been on the fence about competing in this race, I can tell you from experience that it's an experience of a lifetime. You will cherish the decision to race. So come run with the boys from Winnipeg to Bemidji!

Click for more info.

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Observations on the 2017 Cross-Country Race Season So Far

(1/20/2017)

Team Arctic Cross Country racers. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

We're two races into the 2017 USXC race season, and already Team Arctic has shown tremendous strength. If I were a marketing guru, I might even say they've been dominating the terrain.

Click to see what I'm talking about.

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Q&A with Team Arctic's Zach Herfindahl

(12/30/2016)

Team Arctic Cat champ Zach Herfindahl. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

Since he burst onto the cross-country scene a handful of years ago, Zach Herfindahl of Eagle River, Wis., has been a veritable juggernaut of speed and success, notching wins at most venues and claiming multiple USXC championship titles along the way.

At the ripe old age of...(wait for it)...20, Zach heads into the 2017 season poised for continued success. This year he paused his college career in order to concentrate on racing full-time. He’s fitter, smarter and presumably faster than ever.

I chatted with the reigning Pro Stock champ about the season, his new Arctic Cat ZR 6000R XC race sled and what he eats for dinner with housemate Logan Christian.

Click to read the interview.

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8 of 19 for Team Arctic at Colorado ISOC Snocross

(12/19/2016)

Tucker Hibbert at Colorado 2016 by John Hanson

With 8 wins out of 19 classes, Team Arctic snocross racers left little doubt which brand was the best at the second stop of the ISOC National tour, held in Winter Park, Colorado.

Click for a list of the winners, as well as some quotes from Tucker Hibbert (who crushed it by winning both Pro Open finals in Colorado).

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Christian Brothers Racing Recaps Duluth National

(12/1/2016)

Christian Brothers Racing Duluth 2016

Click to read the Christian Brothers Racing race recap from the 2016-2017 ISOC season opener in Duluth.

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Are You Interested in Racing an Arctic Cat SVX Snow Bike?

(11/11/2016)

Tucker Hibbert jumping the Arctic Cat SVX 450 snow bike. ArcticInsider.com

Are you interested in racing an Arctic Cat SVX snow bike this winter? If yes, Arctic Cat is interested in you.

Click for more details.

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Colt Dellandrea: Team Arctic Champ Racer

(6/27/2016)

Team Arctic Champ racer Colt Dellandrea

Entering his eighth year of oval competition, Team Arctic's Colt Dellandrea has carved his way to becoming one of the premier Champ 440 racers in North America.

He's also one of the nicest.

Competing with the help of his mom-and-pop crew (literally), Dellandrea is aiming to put Cat on top of the World Championship and TLR Cup podiums.

Click HERE to read an interview with Sundridge, Ontario, racer.

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They Came, They Conquered: 25 National Championships for Team Arctic in 2016

(5/24/2016)

Team Arctic wins 25 National High Point titles for 2016.

With the 2015-16 snowmobile race season in the rearview, let's get a little perspective on Team Arctic's championship success, shall we?

Of course there were OODLES of individual race wins, as evidenced here each week with posts of the team's countless victories in snocross, cross-country and hillclimb.

After all those battles and wins, Team Green emerged with 25 – TWENTY FIVE! – individual high point championships in National XC, SX and hillclimb competition! Plus another 12 in regional circuits.

Simply awesome, and worth clicking to see the list of names.

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