BRP’s Ski-Doo team of Jean-Guy AuCoin and Steve Girard won this year’s Cain’s Quest aboard Ski-Doo Summit Freeride models, making it the third year in a row Ski-Doo X-Team riders have captured the top spot. In just its seventh year, Cain’s Quest has quickly become one of the most coveted and grueling events in snowmobile racing.
Cain’s Quest features 1500-miles (2414 km) of racing across some of the most brutal and unforgiving terrain in North America. It is considered one of the most challenging snowmobile races on the planet, testing a man’s endurance, navigational, winter, and sometimes mechanical skills, plus it requires a snowmobile that can traverse any kind of terrain; from deep snow to ice and back again, while maintaining speed, fuel economy and dependability.
Excellent snow conditions made this year’s Cain’s Quest one of the most daunting to date. Two-rider teams set out from Labrador City, Nfld. and rode a 1500-mile loop battling through ice fields, deep snow, mental and physical fatigue and mechanical challenges along the way. Team 25 of AuCoin and Girard led the field of finishers into Labrador City on March 22, crossing the finish line at 9:21AM, 39-minutes ahead of the second place team. After them came the Ski-Doo riders of Team 29 (Mark Nui/Joachim Nui) in third place and Ski-Doo riders of Team 26 (Lucy/Flowers) in fourth place. In all, Ski-Doo teams claimed three of the Top 4 finishing spots in the race.