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    Planning eight events over three months is one thing, seeing them all come true is another. When the first green flag dropped at Pine Lake, near Gonvick, Minn., December 14, who knew racers would have the opportunity to compete throughout an entire season of racing action. Eight events, eight venues, and eight Minnesota cities. Truly special.

    The recurring theme all winter was the brutal weather facing racers, crews, and fans, that is, until the final race of the year in Walker, Minn. No one in the United States seemed to be immune to harsh winter conditions in 2013-2014. As a result, it was hard to get anyone to feel sorry for USXC competitors. As always, though, the cross country racers endured below zero temps and storm laden driving conditions to and from the races to rock the courses at break-neck pace.

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      Brian Dick and Zach Herfindahl

      The USXC Seven Clans I-500 is one of the most grueling and prestigious races in snowmobiling. Run in and around Thief River Falls, Minn., the hometown of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, the race is the modern version of the famed Winnipeg to St. Paul race that dates back to 1966. The three-day race features roughly 160 miles of racing each day in ditches, woods, river and fields of Northern Minnesota.

      Christian Brothers Racing rider Brian Dick won the race for the second time in his career this past Saturday with teammate Zach Herfindahl finishing about two minutes behind him in second place. Christian Brothers Racing has won the past three runnings of the event with Brian winning in 2011 and Ryan Simons winning in 2013 (2012 was cancelled due to weather).

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        Brian Dick USXC

        Team Arctic racers went into Willmar, Minn. for the third round of the USXC cross-country series on a roll and walked out with 13 victories and 39 of 60 podium positions.

        Team Arctic/Christian Brothers Racing Pro Brian Dick once again topped the premier category, winning the Pro Open class and finishing second in Pro Stock. Teammate Zach Herfindahl took third in the Open while Wes Selby finished third in the Stock final. Along with Chad Lian and Jordan Torgerson, Team Arctic racers took five of the top 10 positions in the Open class.

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          Brian Dick Willmar 100

          The Christian Brothers Racing cross-country tandem of Brian Dick and Zach Herfindahl came into the third race on the USXC schedule, the Willmar Area Lakes 100 in Willmar, Minn., riding a wave of momentum. They left with one win and three podium finishes between them in the two pro events.

          Dick won the three-lap Pro Open race, finishing five second ahead of second place. He finished second in the 10-lap, 100-mile Pro Stock race, logging the fastest top speed of the event.

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            Tucker Hibbert

            Team Arctic snocross and cross-country racers got 2014 off to a roaring start with great success on the year’s opening weekend.

            Tucker Hibbert set the all-time Pro national win record with his 85th and 86th Pro class victories in Shakopee, Minn., while Team Green cross-country racers won 17 of 20 finals at the USXC event in Detroit Lakes, Minn.

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