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    Ontario Snowmobile Trails

    The Ontario Federation of Snowmobile Clubs is inviting first timers and former snowmobilers to take OFSC trails for a test drive on Family Day weekend. Almost 11,000 people took advantage of the same promotion last year.

    In cooperation with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), the OFSC is celebrating Ontario’s only mid-winter statutory holiday long weekend with the return of the 2014 no cost “Try Our Trails” Permit to encourage more people to get outdoors and enjoy winter by going snowmobiling on OFSC trails. This permit is available without payment from those who pre‐register online and is valid only from 12:01 AM Saturday, February 15 until 11:59 PM on Monday, February 17, 2014.

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      Canadian Stealth Snowmobile

      In what has to be the most Canadian story of the year, the Canadian Press is reporting that the Canadian military has been secretly testing a $620,000 stealth snowmobile.

      We first heard about this project two years ago when Canadian Department of Defence posted a public tender for a hybrid-electric snowmobile (you can read about that here). According to the tender, the stealth snowmobile required a range of at least 15 kilometers (about nine miles) at an average speed of 20 km/h (12 mph) when in quiet mode. The tender also stated that the stealth snowmobile must have the ability to switch to silent mode easily and quickly with minimal tools. CrossChasm Technologies from Waterloo, Ont. put together the winning bid and built the prototype.

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        USXC LogoRound three of the USXC series took place this past weekend at the Willmar Area Lakes 1000 in Willmar, Minn. and Arctic Cat racers continued their early-season dominance by sweeping the podium in both Pro classes.

        The USXC crew laid out roughly a 10-mile course on the frozen surface of Foot Lake. Racers set up shop at the Kandiyohi County fairgrounds and fans lined up on the ice along the shore Saturday to watch the action from the warmth of their vehicles.

        Arctic Cat rider Zach Herfindahl started the day off by claiming the first Pro win of his career in the Speedwerx Pro Open class. The 16-year-old rookie Pro is spearheading the youth movement in cross-country snowmobile racing and laid down the fastest time in the five-lap, 50-mile race (47:37.106) besting his teammate Ryan Simons (47:42.328) by over five seconds. Brian Dick, another one of Herfindahl’s teammates, finished in third with a time of 47:44.148.

        Riders left in flights of two in the 10-lap DRIFT Racing Pro 600 class. After the 100-mile race that included a mandatory fuel stop, Brian Dick rode his Arctic Cat to victory with a time of 1:34:40.222, seven seconds faster than second place finisher Herfindahl and over a minute faster than the third place Arctic Cat of Wes Selby. Just behind Selby was Simons and rounding out the Top 5 was the Arctic Cat of Chad Lian.

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          Tom Rager Sr. - Polaris Racing ManagerThe Polaris snowmobile racing paddock is going to look a lot different after this season as Polaris Racing Manager Tom Rager Sr. is preparing to retire at season’s end.

          Rager, who joined Polaris in August 2000 and has directed the racing program ever since, will be succeeded by his son, Tom Rager, Jr., who currently serves as Polaris Race Coordinator.

          “It’s been a great career,” says the elder Rager. “I’ve watched my son grow and develop and he’s ready to take this thing on. He has worked hard.”

          Rager Sr. joined Polaris after spending over 15 years with the Ski-Doo snowmobile racing program, including the final seven years as race manager.

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            Nathan Titus Yamaha Cross-Country RacingIn what has to be Yamaha’s best day of snowmobile racing in years, Yamaha FX Nytro snowmobiles won a perfect seven out of seven Sport, Semi-Pro and Pro events they entered in a great day of cross-country racing in Mercer, Wis. on Sat., Feb. 4.

            Yamaha snowmobile R&D engineer, Andy Storbeck, won the Sprint and Distance races in the amateur Sport category, Ben Lindbom swept the same events in Semi Pro, and Nathan Titus topped both events in the Pro category. Making the day even better, Titus later teamed up with semi-pro racer Jake Jorgenson to win the team race.

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