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SNOW CROSS RACERS START YOUNG AT TIMMINS EVENT

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The smell of the exhaust in the cold air and the speed of the snowmobiles as they race on an oval loaded with jumps and other obstacles.  That pretty much sums up this weekend’s sixth annual Eclipse Financial Snow Cross Challenge in Timmins.

Event co-ordinator Angela Vacchino says about half a dozen locals will be among the 300 competitors.

“All the racers from across Ontario, potentially the United States and over in Europe will be there to compete, along with the snow bikes, which is a new class,” Vacchino explains. “They’re racing to accumulate points to win the Canadian national championship at the end of the year.”

Snow cross is often called motocross on snow.  Vacchino says it’s a family sport, and the racers start young. “There will probably be some -4 and 5-year-olds starting on the 120 sleds and working their way up to being as old as 30-something in the pro class, to racing vets over the age of 50.”

The racing begins at 9:00am both Saturday and Sunday, at the snow dump at the south end of Spruce Street.  Click here for more information.

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