How Will Willford End The RMSHA Season?


(ED-Yamaha has thrown its hat into the professional hillclimbing race circuit this season for the first time in a lot of years and we've asked one of its Pro hillclimb racers, Cable Willford, to share his racing experiences this season. Willford competed last season on a Yamaha Nytro but as an independent. This year he has full race support from Yamaha. Here is his eighth blog, which will be followed by post race blog after the Schweitzer Mtn. Hillclimb near Sandpoint, ID. We think it will be interesting to follow Willford as he helps to try to put Yamaha on the map-hillclimbing wise that is.)

By Cable Willford

Beaver Mtn. was a fun race and a great weekend. As usual, the hill was filled with jumps, whoops and big bermed corners. The well-balanced flight characteristics of our Yamaha Nytros kept us competitive on the high flying course and we qualified fairly well in the 600-700cc classes.

Snow conditions were sketchy at best, but cold temps and a few inches of fresh helped the hill survive on Friday. Saturday's sunny skies and warmer weather made for sloppy conditions similar to a 7-11 Slurpee. The bizarre weather patterns that seem to define this winter were evident as we had both ends of the spectrum in full swing at Beaver Mtn.

RMSHA racing got a glimpse into the future with the introduction of the "Mountain Cross" classes. This bar to bar action was highly entertaining to watch and even better as a competitor. Both Mod and Stock classes were run with an elimination style format and 2-4 sleds would duke it out from bottom to top.

Schweitzer Mtn. will host our next event with the year-end points championships as the Powder Mtn. race near Ogden, UT, had to be cancelled due to snow conditions. The 16-hour drive from Colorado to Sandpoint, ID, will be a tough pill to swallow, but the wide variety of racing at Sledfest weekend promises to make the journey a worthwhile experience. 

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