Welcome to Your New Favorite Winter Sport
The popularity of Snocross racing is on the rise, yet many people outside of the snowmobiling community still have yet to hear of it. Snocross has been around in an official capacity at least since the early 90s. However, it still hasn’t seen the same popularity as other extreme sports. Of course, people have been racing snowmobiles since they were first invented. Snocross goes beyond a simple contest of speed between sleds, though. If you’re looking for a new extreme winter sport to become obsessed with, let’s talk about what snocross racing really is.
How Does Snocross Racing Work?
First of all, what exactly is snocross racing? Snocross (a combination of motocross and snowmobiling) is competitive snowmobile racing. But it doesn’t involve typical snowmobiles or your average trail or racetrack. The main thing separating it from other traditional snowmobile racing events is the added complications of the track.
The Snocross Race Track
The tracks contain “tight turns, banked corners, steep jumps, and obstacles.” The racers line up side by side. Then, at the drop of the flag or signal, they blast into the track.
Racers push their way to the front at speeds up to 60 miles per hour. However, the race becomes even more intense as riders navigate the obstacles coming at them. These obstacles include jumps up to 30 feet tall.
The winner is generally the racer with the best holeshot. Check out this GoPro video of a racer in the world’s premier snocross series.
The Snocross Racing Sleds
Another defining feature of the sport is the sleds. Snocross racing involves high-performance racing snowmobiles which tend to be stock-class 600 sleds at the highest competitive levels. These snowmobiles are lightweight and handle exceedingly well. Most importantly, however, racers rely on a powerful engine and lightweight suspension system. This makes the machines able to carry riders through extreme conditions at top speed.
Taken to the Extreme
Chances are, even if you haven’t heard of snocross racing, you’ve heard of the X Games. The first annual event was held in 1995, announcing the arrival of an official extreme sports competition.
The X Games brought world-class athletes together to face off and compete for medals in front of a national audience. In 1998, snocross was established as an event in the games. From that point on, its audience only grew larger. In 2002, ESPN began providing live coverage of the Winter X Games, and the phenomenon was officially up and running.
Amsoil Championship Snocross
However, there are other snocross racing events, such as Amsoil Championship Snocross. Amsoil has been around longer and is currently “the premier snowmobiling racing organization in the world”. The X Games televised the sport and brought it into homes across the country. However, Amsoil Championship Snocross is the true center of the sport’s community and culture.
They host events and hold races at national and regional levels in classes for men and women. Levels range from a pro, pro lite, all the way down to the Stock 200 category for kids aged 6-12. If you want to find out more about watching or getting involved, take a look at their official rulebook regarding races.
Make Winter as Fun as Possible with Snocross Racing!
Do you love snowmobiling and want to take that experience to the next level? Maybe you’re an aficionado of dirt bikes and motocross and find yourself waiting for winter to end? No matter where you fall on the winter sports spectrum, it may be time to look into snocross racing.
Whether you’re watching a race on TV, or at a live event, or even participating, snocross could be the key to making this winter the most fun yet.