Coming at you from the frozen tundra of North Dakota. We just finished up at the second stop of the USXC series here in Manvel, ND and it was a rough one. The course was a 25-mile lap, made up of mostly ditches, fields, a little bit of woods, and a short section of river. It sounds pretty standard, but it was probably one of the roughest tracks I have raced on. When we arrived to the track on Saturday morning it was a bone chilling -22 degrees. But this weekend the cold didn’t seem to bother me as much. With how challenging the course was, I still found myself sweating as I pulled off.
I felt like I had a good pace early on, being able to make a couple passes on guys who started in groups ahead of me. After the 50 miles, I came across just outside the top ten with the 11th best time out of 20 riders. As a racer, you always strive to be better but I’ll take this finish, since it was my first race on our new terrain sled, an Arctic Cat 2018 6000 RR XC! I got back to the trailer and started catching my breath from the brutal track.
We had a short time before my second race of the day in the Semi Pro Improved class which would also be a two-lap race. We made a few minor adjustments to the sled, hoping to make it ride a little better.
Next weekend we head to Park Rapids, Minnesota for round three of the series. Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram: mitch_sebastian and like our page on Facebook: Mitch Sebastian Motorsports for all the latest racing action!