Mod Classes, Snowbikes At Jackson Hole World Championship Hillclimb

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The already steep, daunting terrain of the 1,500-vertical-ft. Snow King Mountain in Jackson, WY, became even more unpredictable as the 40th annual World Championship Hillclimb progressed.

The snowbike portion was divided into two heats with a total of six participants. Racers did not have to stay within the gates and were able to use the whole run as their course. All except one who scored a high-mark conquered the mountain. The champion was Keith Curtis, with a time of 1:00.69.

All of the qualifying runs for mod classes took place on Saturday, with the finals and King of the Mountain runs on Sunday. The arrival of the weekend brought even larger crowds than the previous two days and the street was filled with vendors and customers.

While making it to the top was still a hefty goal, the mod sleds definitely had an edge and more racers succeeded during the last two days. Only three made it on Friday in non-mod classes.

To qualify for a King run, racers had to win their respective classes. Then, the Kings from each division competed to be crowned the King of Kings.

The overall King of Kings was Kyle Tapio, who won the 800 Mod class and Mod King to qualify. Keith Curtis, Stock King winner, took second and Blaine Mathews, Improved King winner, took third. Jadian Pfaff took Queen of Queens on Friday and was the only woman to reach the top.

Results:

Snowbike Results:

1. Keith Curtis

2. Aaron Sterk

3. Gavin Balls

Semi Pro Mod

1. Tanner Meyers               Soda Springs, ID            Polaris

2. Cody Jennings               Victor, ID                        Ski-Doo

3. Clint Covert                  Idaho Falls, ID                 Ski-Doo

Women’s Mod

1. Christy Frisby                Caldwell, ID                    Polaris

2. Jadian Pfaff                   Jackson, WY                    Polaris

3. Jessie Ottobre                Jackson, WY                    Arctic Cat

600 Mod

1. Justin Thomas                Idaho Falls, ID                Polaris

2. Scott Thompson            Logan, UT                       Ski-Doo

3. Russ Tapio                     Battle Ground, WA          Arctic Cat

700 Mod

1. Erin Beukelman             Caldwell, ID                    Polaris

2. Kyle Tapio                     Battle Ground, WA          Arctic Cat

3. Russ Tapio                     Battle Ground, WA          Arctic Cat

800 Mod

1. Kyle Tapio                     Battle Ground, WA          Arctic Cat

2. Blaine Mathews            Pinedale, WY                   Ski-Doo

3. Keith Curtis                   Dillon, MT                       Polaris

Pro Masters Mod

1. Carl Kuster                    Malakwa, BC                    Ski-Doo

2. Trent Handsaker            Kams, UT                         Ski-Doo

3. Faron Gilbert                 Cascade, ID                      Ski-Doo

Open Mod

1. Blaine Mathews            Pinedale, WY                   Ski-Doo

2. Andy Thomas                Afton, WY                       Polaris

3. Keith Curtis                   Dillon, MT                       Polaris

Mod King

1. Kyle Tapio                     Battle Ground, WA          Arctic Cat

2. Erin Beukelman             Caldwell, ID                    Polaris

3. Blaine Mathews            Pinedale, WY                   Ski-Doo

King of Kings

1. Kyle Tapio                     Battle Ground, WA          Arctic Cat

2. Keith Curtis                   Dillon, MT                       Polaris

3. Blaine Mathews            Pinedale, WY                   Ski-Doo

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