X Games Spots Up For Grabs at First Stop on RMSR Race Circuit

Two-day event at Crested Butte Mountain Resort to attract professional X Game riders and amateur racers alike

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Denver, Colorado – December 9th, 2014 –   Back in the action for 2015, ESPN has returned the Hillcross event to the lineup of the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado on January 22-25, 2015.  This event will be invite-only, with 24 athletes invited to attend. However, there will be 6 invites up for grabs at the annual Roost the Butte event, held at Crested Butte Mountain Resort (CBMR), birth-place of the snowmobile events at Winter X Games.  Roost the Butte will take place on January 10-11, 2015. 

Roost the Butte began in 2013 as the brain-child of Scott Clarkson, marketing director of CBMR, and Snowmobile Sport Organizer Joe Duncan. Now in its third year, Roost the Butte has been able to capitalize on the Winter X Games to draw A-list racing teams like Team LaVallee, Judnick Motorsports and Hentges Racing to use Roost the Butte as the opportunity for high-altitude training. This year, with the addition of the Hillcross Invitational, it is sure to draw a wide gamut of professional and amateur snowmobilers across multiple disciplines. With 100-plus inquires to participate in the 2015 Winter X Games Hillcross, this event was needed to bring the cream of the crop of Hillclimb/Hillcross racers to compete to show off their talent.

“The X-Games are right over the mountain in Aspen, literally 15 miles from here. Having the same or similar elevation, X-Games athletes are able come out here and actually be able to test. They’re able to not only test their sleds for jetting and clutching, but their bodies, to acclimate themselves to the 9,000+ feet. Crested Butte provides a great location, so similar to Aspen, so they can be ready for what, of course, is our Super Bowl of snowmobile events, the X-Games,” said Duncan.

However, this event isn’t just about the X Games. Roost the Butte has gained a huge amount of traction with is partnership with RMSR, a Colorado-based racing circuit led by race director Mike DePalma. Roost the Butte includes not only Hillcross, but Snocross, oval, hill drags, vintage and youth disciplines. RMSR and Duncan both tout that this event really encourages local participation as well as professional competition. The 2014 event brought in 75-plus competitors and thousands of dollars in payouts.

The 2015 Roost the Butte event will take place January 10-11, 2015 with January 9 as a test and tune day. More information can be obtained by visiting www.RMSRracing.com or by emailing info@rmsrracing.com.

About Rocky Mountain Snowmobile Racing

RMSR is the rebranded, reenergized, and expanded XMR, a regional professional snowmobile race circuit collectively coming into the 8th season of winter racing action. Since the inaugural 2007 - 2008 winter season, the racing has been a lot of fun with two-day, multi-discipline race events located throughout the Western Region. All RMSR sanctioned race events offer four disciplines over the course of two-day race events.  For additional information, visit www.RMSRracing.com or contact720.771.1949 and info@RMSRracing.com.

Media Contact: Mike DePalma, Race Director, mike@RMSRracing.com720.771.1949

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