Posted at: 04/01/2014 3:47 PM
Updated at: 04/02/2014 10:38 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
Most snowmobile competitions take racers on a ride across terrain or around a track. This event was an uphill battle--literally.
Last weekend, Mont du Lac hosted the Minnesota state championship in snowmobile hillclimb.
"This sport is a little different than regular snowmobiling," said Bobby Menne, Virginia snowmobiler. "You go through gates up a hill and you pretty much race against a clock."
Typically a long distance snowmobile racer, Menne decided to give this event a shot.
"Yeah I decided yesterday," he said. "Told my dad I was gonna take the trailer and come down. I just came out here for fun, don't really have any goals so just do the best I can. I'm competitive so I want to win."
He wasn't the only one. Tyler Christiansen and Andrew Inman were also hillclimb rookies.
"I've been snowmobiling my whole life," Christiansen said. "Been out in the mountains and this is as close as it gets here in Duluth so I thought it'd be fun."
"The butterflies get going a little bit and then as soon as you punch her you're in game mode," Inman said.
One by one, they charged up the slopes, twisting and turning around flags, trying to figure out the fastest way to get to the top.
"You gotta carry your speed," Christiansen said. "You can't slow down at all cause you won't get your traction back. Just watch where you're going, don't worry about the whole track, just focus on what you need to do at that time."
These local racers were happy to see an event like this close to home and hope it becomes a new tradition.
"It's fun. I definitely want it to come back every year for sure," Inman said.