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USXC Park Rapids – Race Recap

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Presented By Yamaha

Words & Pics:  Aaron Kennedy

How do you follow up a race such as the Seven Clans I-500?  USXC answered the challenge with an entertaining 2-day series in Park Rapids. Racers and spotters/fans alike seemed to agree the weekend was an absolute blast.  On Saturday, racers were challenged by a 25-mile lap course over a variety of terrain types. On the 2nd day, racers got to speed through miles of local snowmobile trails on a 100-mile loop.  Of note were a number of weekly podium contenders missing as Gabe Bunke, Ryan Simons, and Brian Dick were absent while competing in the legendary Iron Dog Race in Alaska.

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Day one started off business as usual. Zach Herfindahl (#312) set the pace and took the pro open victory. During the pro race later in the day, however, Zach had a major off and broke his thumb. Despite the injury, Zach raced day 2 and still pulled in a collective 2nd place finish in the Pro class, and a 1st place in the Pro Open! Another notable injury occurred to Semi-Pro rider Benjamin Langaas. His season is over after separating his shoulder. Best of luck to both riders for a complete recovery!

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On day one, racers crossed a number of lakes, ran a few fields, and banged plenty of ditches.

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Cole Nymann finally shook some bad luck and grabbed a much needed podium in the Semi-pro race.

Cole Nymann finally shook some bad luck and grabbed a much needed podium in the Semi-pro race.

Vintage riders such as Jim Mattison were out in full force on day one.

Vintage riders such as Jim Mattison were out in full force on day one.

The ditches provided plenty of entertainment and Wes Selby is guaranteed to put on a show. On day two, pictures on Facebook might confirm he reached space after one approach.

The ditches provided plenty of entertainment and Wes Selby is guaranteed to put on a show. On day two, pictures on Facebook might confirm he reached space after one approach.

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SnoX365 videographer Kevin Miller had never seen a cross-country race prior to the season and now is a converted regular on the USXC trail.

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Day 1 also had a few short stretches through the trees, foreshadowing the quantity of wooded trail riding on Day 2.

 In the Semi-pro improved class, Casey Pries (#65) took the checkered flag.

In the Semi-pro improved class, Casey Pries (#65) took the checkered flag.