For most motorcyclists, snow and ice mean it’s time to put our bikes away. Nevertheless, for hundreds of enthusiasts, winter means the start of a new motorcycle season: ice racing.
I get cold just thinking about it, but if you’re looking for an adventure, consider a trip up to Cadillac, Michigan to enter (or just witness) the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship February 8-9, 2014.
One of the largest ice races in the country, the American Motorcycle Association Ice Race Grand Championship offers athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to come together in front of thousands of fans.
The event, promoted by North American Action Sports, will take place at the Mitchell State Park.
“The winter season isn’t the off season for everybody,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “For many racers, January and February offer prime racing conditions with thick ice and plenty of competition to keep it fun and fast at the AMA Ice Race Grand Championship. We’re looking forward to working with NAAS to offer our racers another great event.”
The Championship features classes for riders from ages 4 to 50+, competing on bikes ranging from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers. Riders will battle for AMA national no. 1 plates in a number of classes. The top riders at the event also will compete for the AMA Ice Racer of the Year award, given to the most impressive rider on the ice, while the youth riders will chase the honor of AMA Youth Rider of the Year.
Once again, Michigan ice racing screw manufacturer Kold Kutter will be sponsoring the Kold Kutter Pro Shootout with a $5,000 purse.
All riders must be a member of the AMA to participate in this event. Memberships will be available for sale in Registration the day of the event.