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Team Yamaha Breaks Out In Final Hillclimb Of Season

Published online: Apr 16, 2012 News
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(ED-Here is Pro hillclimb Yamaha racer Cable Willford's thoughts on the final RMSHA race of the season last weekend at Schweitzer. We followed Willford all season long as he helped try to put Yamaha on the map-hillclimbing wise that is.)

By Cable Willford

Team Yamaha saved the best for last with some strong finishes during the RMSHA season finale at Schweitzer Mtn. in northern Idaho. We scored eight top tens with four top fives highlighted by my third place 600 Mod run. This is the first ever podium on the RMSHA circuit by a four-stroke powered snowmobile and marks the best finish in more than a decade for Yamaha since returning to hillclimbing.

I ran towards the front of the 600 Mod class and laid down a solid run that felt like it had the potential to be a top 5 time. After returning to the pits, the minutes were tense as I watched my time withstand some of the fastest riders, each one of them gunning for the win. My dad and my wife Megan were keeping score as the final run failed to knock me off the podium and sharing that moment of celebration with two of the most important people in my life is something I will never forget.

The tone was set for the rest of the day and I followed it up with a 5th in 700 Improved and a 6th in 700 Mod. Teammate Kody Malmborg also rode hard with top 5s in 700 Mod and Open Mod, as well as 7th in 800 Mod. Somehow I managed to crash at the bottom of the course in Open Mod and wiped out again in the hillcross race, but nothing could take away from the success we had already achieved.

The course layout at this race was super tight and very technical. Because the hill was shorter, it was gated through the trees and the lift towers with a heavy emphasis towards a boondocking-style discipline. Big holes and bad ruts developed almost immediately, but an abundance of snow kept us out of the dirt and rocks for the most part. Schweitzer Mtn. proved to be an awesome venue for racing with spectacular views, great accommodations and the Sledfest weekend was a good fit for the RMSHA year end points race.

I need to thank Lane Lindstrom and SnoWest for affording me this opportunity and giving me an outlet to share my experiences as a RMSHA racer. I also need to thank all of those involved with the Yamaha race program who made this year possible and thanks to all of the RMSHA racers, members and fans who make it all worth it.

Most importantly I thank my wife Megan, my son Ryder, and my dad Harlan. My family's involvement in my racing efforts help make the highs higher and the lows not so low, without them it just wouldn't be the same.