HHMF proudly presented the FXR Snocross Mobile Medical Unit with a $10,000 check for a 2nd year in a row. It exists to provide world-class medical care on track at all AMSOIL Championship National Snocross events.
#43 Logan Christian Gives "Em Something To Talk About"
Fertile, MN (January 7, 2019) - Christian Brothers Racing (CBR), #43 Logan Christian started out the New Year (2020) with his first visit of the season to the Pro podium at the Snocross National in Shakopee presented by Country Cat. In an exciting Sunday main event Christian finished on the box in third place. With over 15,000 fans packing the stands of Canterbury Park, the three days of snocross racing brought action packed bar to bar entertainment.
Fertile, MN (November 27, 2019) - Christian Brothers Racing (CBR) charges into the national snocross season with two teams representing two different Pro classes.
Flying the Pro class flag for Christian Brothers Racing aboard his Arctic Cat ZR6000R SX, is the fan favorite and all-around good guy, Logan Christian. The Team 43 trailer is backed by the talented ace wrenches of Betsy Steffl, D.J. Ekre, Mike Carver and Kelland Bjerke. Christian enters the Duluth opener on a high note after closing out last season on the podium at the Lake Geneva finale.
Fertile, MN (April 8, 2019) - In a departure from the normal ditch, woods and ice format Christian Brothers Racing cross-country riders normally see, the final event on their calendar was held on the slopes of Andes Tower Hills ski area in Alexandria, Minnesota, April 5-6. Joining the team for the weekend was Pro snocross rider Logan Christian.
Fertile, MN (March 18, 2019) - One of the most anticipated races on the snocross calendar is the Grand Finale at Grand Geneva Spa & Resort in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Featuring a massive track on the slopes of The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva ski hill and with spring-like weather, it?s a favorite of both fans and racers. Christian Brothers Racing was set to wrap up its season at Lake Geneva this past weekend, March 15-17, and they did it in grand fashion, scoring multiple podium finishes at the three-day event.
Fertile, MN (March 6, 2019) - The penultimate event on the Christian Brothers Racing 2018-2019 race calendar took place this past March 2-3 in Naytahwaush, Minnesota. Held at Pinehurst Resort the Naytahwaush 200 was part of the local Snodeo celebration, drawing in fans from around the region. Riding a wave of success, the tandem of Zach Herfindahl and David Brown were looking to build on their season points totals headed into the last event. Terrain played into the team's hands with ample snow and a variety of terrain that rewarded rider talent and machine setup.
Fertile, MN (February 24, 2019) - Christian Brothers Racing traveled to Salamanca, New York, this past February 21-22 to compete in the Eastern swing of the snocross National tour. The event featured a track with a huge triple jump and technical, divided sections of track. Line choice was critical and played in the hands of the veteran team of riders on the Christian Brothers Racing team.
Fertile, MN (February 11, 2019) - The Winnipeg to St. Paul I-500 is a legendary race in the world of snowmobiling. It was perhaps the first big money, big exposure race to enter the sport. It captured the essence of snowmobiling - traveling cross-country in the dead of winter, a task no other vehicle on earth was equipped to handle. This year's famed 500 took place February 9-10, around the Northern Minnesota towns of Goodridge and Grygla, where volunteers from the local snowmobile club and community took it upon themselves to make sure the 500 got its due in 2019. The two-day race featured a loop format, with a 250-mile run and multiple fuel stops each day, and a home base of Goodridge. The course was made up of the terrain that has defined the race including woods, river, ditch and fields.
Fertile, MN (February 4, 2019) - Soaring Eagle Resort and Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, played host to the fifth of eight stops on the snocross National tour for Christian Brothers Racing this past weekend. Race organizers built a massive track that included brutal downhill sections and technical step-up jumps. After a week of below zero weather, frigid temps slid out of the area leaving near perfect conditions for the race weekend.
Fertile, MN (January 30, 2019) - Sub-zero temperatures and good snow were the story for the Christian Brothers Racing cross-country team this past January 26-27. The Thief River Falls Seven Clans TRF 250, held in Thief River Falls, Minnesota, was a two-day event that pitted riders against each other as well as against the ditches, woods and river that make up the terrain in northern Minnesota. Riders posted times both days, with cumulative times making up final results. Riders left according to class and time on Sunday, so the fastest riders led the group off the line.
Fertile, MN (January 28, 2019) - The Days of '76 Rodeo complex in Deadwood, South Dakota, played host to the fourth stop on the snocross National tour this past January 25-26. With snow coming down both nights, weather played a factor in the event, hurting visibility for the riders. Deadwood is also just shy of a mile high, so altitude meant there was a little less oxygen in the air for both riders and machines.
Fertile, MN (January 22, 2019) - Christian Brothers Racing brought home top honors at the USXC Park Rapids Heartland 200, which was held on January 19-20 in Park Rapids, Minnesota. Battling sub-zero temperatures, the race featured a two-day, I-500-style format. Riders left according to class ranking on Saturday, then on Sunday they left based on class and finishing time from the previous day. Despite low snow across most of the state, Park Rapids was hit with swaths of the white stuff during December and early January, making conditions really good for the event. The 120-mile course featured trail, ditch, woods and ice and riders made one fuel stop each day.
Fertile, MN (January 10, 2019) - Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, has played host to snocross for more than a quarter century and, with its location near the metro areas of Minneapolis and St. Paul, is perhaps the premier event on the snocross calendar. Unseasonably warm temperatures, huge crowds and a talent-filled rider lineup made this year's event one to remember.
Fertile, MN (December 18, 2018) - Pine Lake, near Gonvick, Minnesota, traditionally has played host to the opening round of cross-country racing for decades. Usually a bitter cold experience, but this past weekend, December 15-16, racers and fans got a treat - two blue sky days with balmy temperatures. With little snow anywhere in the region, it was a pure ice lemans event with a lake course that rewarded speed, machine setup, and a rider who can rail through the corners.
Fertile, MN (December 12, 2018) - The ski resort town of Jackson, Wyoming, played host to the second event on the Christian Brothers Racing snocross schedule this past December 7-8, 2018. While best known for skiing, Jackson is also known for its incredible snowmobiling, which makes it a mecca for deep powder mountain riders. But snocross was the main focus this past weekend, and Christian Brothers Racing's Anson Scheele claimed the first podium on the team's 2018-2019 campaign. Jackson's Snow King Resort featured a huge track with challenging uphill and downhill runs, making it not only a skill track, but one that required meticulous machine setup given the track layout and altitude - Snow King sits at 6,200-feet.
Fertile, MN (November 28, 2018) - What began as a mild, wet race weekend on Friday, turned into one that was cold and not-so-kind to the Christian Brothers Racing snocross team the following two days. Recognized as the unofficial start of the snowmobile racing season, the Duluth National Snocross took place this past November 23-25, at Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota. With new Arctic Cat snowmobiles and a new season ahead of them, CBR riders Logan Christian, Jacob Yurk and Anson Scheele were looking forward to getting off the team's Fertile, Minnesota test track and in front of the throng of snocross fans packing the post-Thanksgiving event. But a challenging track and an unforgiving downhill dogleg turn had other plans for the team.
Fertile, MN (April 6, 2018) - Emerging from the snow-covered deep freeze of another successful snowmobile racing season, the numbers show that Christian Brothers Racing brought the heat in 2017-2018. After 25 events, the team's snocross and cross-country riders brought home 46 podiums, 22 wins and two championship plaques to add to the wall. The snocross team was awarded the prestigious"Team of the Year" award by the Amsoil Championship Snocross series.
Fertile, MN (March 20, 2018) - The Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, has been the culmination of the snocross season for two decades. Held on the slopes of Mountain Top at Grand Geneva, the race features one of the most challenging tracks on the schedule, with massive uphill and downhill runs. This year, the track ran in the opposite direction, forcing riders into more challenging right-handed turns, and the the Joker Lane introduced a wild card into the weekends racing. Lake Geneva is also where champions are crowned, and this past weekend one of those champions was flying the colors of Christian Brothers Racing.
Fertile, MN (March 13, 2018) - Christian Brothers Racing traveled to the slopes of the Sundown Mountain Resort in Dubuque, Iowa this past weekend. In its' second year hosting the AMSOIL Championship Snocross National, the track this year consisted of a high speed downhill sweeping start, crowd pleasing big jumps and two downhill sections. Competing in six classes, Christian Brothers Racing riders brought home six podium finishes.
Fertile, MN (February 27, 2018) -The Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino in Mount Pleasant, Michigan played host to Rounds 11 & 12 of the Amsoil Championship Snocross Series. Despite several inches of rain leading up to the event, the ISOC crew did a remarkable job preserving snow and building a crowd pleasing track. The riders transitioned from the tight, technical track at the last event to the longer layout of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, with its elevation changes and massive whoops. After posting five podium finishes at the most recent race in New York, the Christian Brothers Racing snocross team was looking to maintain the momentum and they did just that.
Fertile, MN (February 26, 2018) -Situated on the shores of Lake of the Woods in far northern Minnesota, Warroad has played host to numerous different cross-country snowmobile events over the past three decades. One thing they all share is a challenging mix of terrain and ice, which makes it a favorite of riders on the cross-country circuit.
Fertile, MN (February 19, 2018) - Seneca Allegany Resort & Casino in Salamanca, New York, played host to Rounds 9-10 on the snocross schedule this past February 16-17. Riders competed on a tight, technical track that featured multiple lines and rewarded rider fitness and machine setup. Christian Brothers Racing riders scored five podiums including a win and three second place finishes.
Fertile, MN (February 13, 2018) - Fresh off the Soo I-500 enduro victory, there was little time for celebration as the Christian Brothers Racing cross-country team traveled back to their home turf of northeastern Minnesota to compete in another 500-mile race, the USXC I-500. The three day race featured a loop format in and around Thief River Falls the first two days, then a point-to-point run from Thief River Falls to Bemidji to complete the race on Day 3. As has been the theme for this year's racing, the team was met with bitter cold all three days, but bright sunny skies made for good visibility and good racing conditions.
Fertile, MN (February 7, 2018) - The Christian Brothers Racing Soo I-500 team of Zach Herfindahl and Wes Selby, had work ahead of them after qualifying in the 18th spot. However, the No. 17X AMG Peterbilt/Country Cat/Arctic Cat machine piloted by Herfindahl and Selby paced themselves and at the end of the 500-mile, 500-lap event it was the 17X leading the pack across the finish line.
Fertile, MN (January 24, 2018) - After taking the first two events on the cross-country schedule by storm, Christian Brothers Racing riders traveled to Park Rapids to compete in the USXC Park Rapids Heartland 200. The Heartland 200 transitioned the team from the pure terrain of the last event in Manvel, North Dakota, back to an ice lemans format. Held entirely on the surface of Fish Hook Lake, the event featured mild temperatures, a departure from the sub-zero weather the team had become used to dealing with. It also brought fog, which delayed racing before the Pro Stock 600 final on Sunday.
Fertile, MN (January 24, 2018) - The Days of 76 rodeo complex in downtown Deadwood, South Dakota, played host to Rounds 7-8 of the snocross National tour this past January 19-20. It was borderline t-shirt weather in the Black Hills, with warm temperatures and sun during daytime racing and mild evenings. Christian Brothers Racing riders Logan Christian, Jacob Yurk and Anson Scheele brought the heat to their respective classes with all three riders finding steps on the podium.
Fertile, MN (January 17, 2018) - Manvel, North Dakota, played host to Round 2 on the USXC cross-country schedule, the Turtle River Rough Rider 100. While the riders were greeted by the same sub-zero temperatures found at Round 1, the terrain changed drastically from ice to woods, trail and ditch. A winter storm blew through the area days before the race, dumping snow across the landscape. With fresh snow on the ground, the course got rough, catering to the skill and preference of Christian Brothers Racing riders Zach Herfindahl and Ryan Trout.
Fertile, MN (January 9, 2018) - The New Year started off on a high note for Christian Brothers Racing with its riders claiming three wins at one of the biggest snocross races on the National schedule this past January 5-6. Sub-zero temperatures meant riders had to deal with clouds of snow dust and an icy, unpredictable track at the event held at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota. Despite the weather, race fans persevered with a "sold out" crowd.
Fertile, MN (January 3, 2018) - The Christian Brothers Racing cross-country tandem of Zach Herfindahl and Ryan Trout kicked off their season at a New Year's Eve weekend event held December 30-31 on Pine Lake near Gonvick, Minnesota. The team not only faced the task of getting their brand new Arctic Cat machines fine-tuned for the ice lemans style event, they also had to deal with below zero temperatures all weekend, with the mercury dipping into the -30 Fahrenheit range Sunday morning.
Fertile, MN (December 12, 2017) - Best known for its skiing and as host to the snowmobile hillclimb world championships, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, can now add snocross to its list of premier events. Race organizers built a challenging, half-mile track set at the base of Snow King mountain, complete with an uphill run and a mix of turns and jumps. The track, combined with the 6,000-plus foot elevation, made the race tough for racers and crew members alike.
Fertile, MN (November 29, 2017) - Christian Brothers Racing kicked off its 2017-2018 race season November 24-26 at the Duluth National Snocross in Duluth, Minnesota. This annual post-Thanksgiving event marks the traditional start of the snowmobile racing season, and is where the manufacturers and the team get their first taste of competition.
The Christian Brothers Racing trio of Pro rider Logan Christian, Pro Lite rider Jacob Yurk and Junior/Sport rider Anson Scheele went into Duluth hoping for a fast start to the season. All three riders were rewarded at the end of the week-end with finishes that secured their positions within the top 5 in the point standings.
Fertile, MN (November 24, 2017) - During the 2017-2018 race season Christian Brothers Racing will be giving away a 2018 Arctic Cat ZR 200 snowmobile to one lucky fan. The giveaway is open to fans 17 years old and younger and they must be signed up by a legal parent or guardian. There will be opportunities to sign up at each ISOC National Snocross event, and only one entry will be allowed for each eligible fan per event. The winner will be drawn Saturday, March 17, 2018 at the ISOC Lake Geneva Grand Finale in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and need not be present to win.
Fertile, MN (February 13, 2017) - Cross-country is the bread and butter of snowmobile racing, and it was the original Winnipeg to St. Paul race that gave cross-country snowmobile racing the glamor and mystique that drove it into the modern era. Run from 1966 to 1980, the race defined cross-country and even today sparks dreams of glory in the minds of snowmobile racers. This past weekend, 51-years after those first 57 riders set out for the first time in 1966, a group of riders once again lined up with sleds pointed toward the U.S. border.
Fertile MN (February 7, 2017) - Christian Brothers Racing shifted gears again this past weekend, with the cross-country team heading to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, to compete in the Soo I-500 which took place on Saturday. Run on a one-mile ice oval, the Soo is one of the oldest and most prestigious snowmobile races in the sport. The 500-mile event rewards endurance, race strategy and machine setup.
Fertile, MN (January 31, 2017) - Widely viewed as the biggest race in snowmobiling, the Winter X Games snocross places riders on a world stage. With millions of viewers, winners at Winter X become household names. But with its high profile nature comes higher stakes and bigger challenges. This year's race featured one of the most difficult start chutes riders have seen and a downhill chute that led into an off-camber hairpin, two terrain features most snowmobiles don't handle well.
Fertile, MN (January 23, 2017) - For the second weekend this season, Christian Brothers Racing cross-country and snocross riders faced huge, but very different challenges. Cross-country riders Ryan Trout (Country Cat/Royal Distributing/Arctic Cat) and Zach Herfindahl (AMG Peterbilt/doc/Arctic Cat) traveled to Park Rapids, Minnesota, to compete in the Park Rapids 106. Warm temperatures in the area have decimated the snowpack, leaving behind mud and fog. Not ideal for cross country racing, but obstacles that had to be overcome.
Heavy snowfalls in the area earlier in the season meant that, even with the warm temperatures, conditions allowed race organizers to lay out a 100-plus mile loop course. Park Rapids marked the first event of the season where riders were taken off the ice and onto terrain, making for a more traditional cross-country racing format. Herfindahl remained perfect in the premier Pro 600 class, winning by a dominant 2-minutes and 21-seconds. Herfindahl also finished 3rd in the Pro Open class.
Fertile, MN (January 17, 2017) -The second stop on Christian Brothers Racing?s cross-country schedule, Detroit Lakes marked the second weekend in a row the team had the sleds lowered for lake racing. Run completely on the frozen surface of Big Detroit Lake right next to downtown Detroit Lakes, riders competed on a twisting, 9.4-mile lemans-style course that rewarded machine setup and rider stamina. Once again, the CBR riders and crew showed they are the masters of both, taking away wins in the two top classes on the circuit.
Fertile, MN (January 10, 2017) -January 6-8th was the first weekend coming off the New Year, and it was a busy one for Christian Brothers Racing. The teams snocross riders competed at a triple-header and the cross-country team claimed a handful of wins at its season opener. Adding to the hectic weekend, frigid temperatures had a grip on the area, and CBR riders had to battle the cold as well as the competition.
Fertile, MN (December 20, 2016) - This past weekend, Adventure Snow Park in Fraser, Colorado, hosted Rounds 3 and 4 on the Christian Brothers Racing Snocross season calendar. Race organizers built a fast track featuring uphill and downhill runs where speed and horsepower played a big factor. Fraser's altitude of more than 8,500-feet, bitter cold, snow dust and a snow storm were also thrown into the equation making it an interesting and exciting weekend of racing for the team.
Fertile, Minn. (November 29, 2016) - For 25 years Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota has played host to the opening round of the Snocross National circuit. Perched on the high ground next to Lake Superior, the track at this year's event featured a challenging downhill dogleg as well as the usual uphill step-up and a downhill rhythm section.
Fertile, MN (July 11, 2016) -With the 2016-2017 snocross season on the horizon, Christian Brothers Racing is making roster moves, signing Jacob Yurk to race Pro Lite on the ISOC National circuit. A veteran Sport class racer, the upcoming Duluth National will mark Yurk's debut in the Pro Lite class. Yurk, who hails from Grand Blanc, Michigan, was a top racer in the Sport class last season, finishing second in points and taking four wins and eight podium spots in the class.
Fertile, MN (February 9, 2016) - Fresh off the Winter X Games, Christian Brothers Racing made the cross-country trek from Aspen, Colorado, to Salamanca, New York, to compete in the U.S. Air Force Snocross National. Logan Christian, Dave Joanis and Tyler Adams entered the second half of the season with solid performances and a podium finish.
Fertile, MN (February 2, 2016) - Unseasonably warm temperatures greeted Christian Brothers Racing riders at the USXC Park Rapids 106 held in Park Rapids, Minnesota, this past January 30-31. Run entirely on the surface of Fish Hook Lake, the ice lemans-style course featured blazing fast straights mixed in with twisty sections that challenged both the horsepower and handling of the team's Arctic Cat snowmobiles.
Zach Herfindahl, fresh off two straight sweeps of the USXC Pro Classes, was looking to make it three in a row, but he fell victim to tight racing that was the theme of the two-day event, earning a second place in Pro Open and a 5th in Pro 600.
Fertile, MN (February 1, 2016) -Set on a world stage, the Winter X Games snocross is the biggest race in snowmobiling. Broadcast around the world, there is no snowmobile event that offers bigger exposure or where the win is more coveted. Just getting an invite to the race is an achievement, and qualifying for the medal round is something to hang your hat on.
Fertile, MN (January 26, 2016) -Christian Brothers Racing cross-country riders competed on home turf this past weekend, January 24-25, at the USXC Seven Clans Thief River Falls 250. Thief River Falls is home to Arctic Cat snowmobiles, the very same snowmobiles that power the team to victory every race weekend. Staged out of Seven Clans casino, the two-day event brought riders on a course that traversed some of the same ground the prestigious I-500 has used over the past decade. Riders made a loop to the town of Goodridge on Day 1, and on Day 2 headed for Plummer and Oklee, racing mainly road ditches both days. And, in a break from the past two race weekend, temperatures were mild, hitting mid-20s both days.
Fertile, MN (January 25, 2016) - Once the wildest of wild west towns, Deadwood, South Dakota, got wild again this past weekend, January 22-23, when it hosted the U.S. Air Force Deadwood Snocross. Held on the Days of '76 Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood marked the fourth stop on the national tour schedule and the mid-point of the season. Warm temperatures resulted in a rough track and wet snow roost that coated the goggles of riders caught in the pack. Christian Brothers Racing riders Logan Christian, Dave Joanis and Tyler Adams were looking to put in strong performances and score maximum points and were successful on both count.
Fertile, MN (January 19, 2016) - The USXC Grafton 100 held in Grafton, North Dakota, is a perennial racer favorite that challenges riders with its varied terrain that includes river, ditch, field and woods. Just like at Devils Lake the weekend before, a second wave of sub-zero arctic air swept over northern Minnesota just in time for this past weekend?s race, adding freezing temperatures to the list of obstacles competitors would have to overcome. It also marked the second weekend in a row Christian Brothers Racing riders would top the time charts, with Zach Herfindahl leading the charge with two wins and a Pro class sweep. -
Fertile, MN (January 18, 2016) - Known as the "Snowmobile Capital of the World" Eagle River, Wisconsin plays host to the World Championship Snowmobile Derby, which is one of the longest-running, most prestigious snowmobile races in the world. The Derby typically takes place the third weekend in January which historically is the coldest week of the year. The 2016 edition was no exception. Christian Brothers Racing riders Logan Christian and Dave Joanis who were both at the event competing for the snocross portion of the World Championship this past January, 15-17 were greeted with sub-sero temperatures.
Fertile, MN (January 12, 2016) - Below-zero temperatures greeted Christian Brothers Racing cross-country riders at the USXC Devils Lake North Dakota 250, a two-day event that challenged riders along its 60-mile course that was all ditch running. With plenty of snow blown into the ditches and no wind to blow snow dust away, riders needed quick reactions to negotiate obstacles along the course route. After two days of racing, CBR riders Zach Herfindahl, Ryan Trout and Hunter Houle found themselves standing on the podium in every class they entered, but it certainly wasn't easy.
Fertile, MN (January 11, 2016) - Canterbury Park in Shakopee, Minnesota, hosted Rounds 5-6 of the ISOC Snocross National schedule January 8-9. Mother Nature brought a temperature swing of -30 degrees from Friday night to Saturday night. As Logan Christian had his best weekend of the season taking home two 4th place finishes, teammate Dave Joanis came out on Friday charging but his weekend was cut short due to a knee injury. After suffering injuries at the Fargo event, Pro Lite rider Tyler Adams returned to competition.
Fertile, MN (January 7, 2016) - Eager anticipation led up to the traditional cross-country opener held on Pine Lake near Gonvick, Minnesota. Delayed because of warm weather, the race took place January 2-3, kicking off the new year with the speed and handling required to turn fast laps on the northern Minnesota lake. Riders faced an 11-mile course filled with fast straightaways and plenty of twisty sections, making it a challenge for both riders and crew to keep the machine set up and turning fast laps.
Fertile, MN (December 14, 2015) - With the warm temperatures blanketing the region putting a damper on snow making, the Christian Brothers Racing team arrived at the second stop on the Snocross National tour to find a small, tight track awaiting them at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota, site of the Fargo National. The small track made passing tough, and wet snow roost coated the goggles of anyone caught in the pack. Starts were key throughout the weekend!
Fertile, MN (December 1, 2015) - The Duluth National Snocross kicks off a 17-race ISOC National snocross schedule for the Christian Brothers Racing team. Just a couple weeks ago, mild temperatures still plagued the Midwest, but this past weekend the slopes of Spirit Mountain in Duluth, Minnesota, were covered in snow for the team's first competitive outing of the race season. New Pro Open class rules greeted CBR racers Logan Christian and Dave Joanis. The Pro Open finals now feature inverted starts, so the top qualifier gets the last choice on the front line, but you still have to do well in heats since riders get points. It's a double-edged sword of a rule aimed at making racing more exciting.
L-R: Dave Joanis, Tyler Adams, Ryan Simons, Logan Christian, Ryan Trout, Hunter Houle, Zach HerfindahlFertile, Minn.
(October 13, 2015) - Two big names have been added to the Christian Brothers Racing team roster for the 2015-2016 season. Hunter Houle will race for Christian Brothers Racing on the USXC cross-country circuit. Houle won the Junior 14-17 points championship last season and is the son of legendary racer Steve Houle, owner of Speedwerx.
Alberta's Ryan Simons is no stranger to the world of snowmobile racing. In fact, he?s been at it for so long that he sometimes forgets all the events he's won. The 33-year-old from Camrose has been competing since he was 17. In the early days of his career, Simons was a top contender on the U.S. national snocross league, but after years of bending bars with the best in the business, Simons turned his attention to the nation's professional cross-country circuit. Since then, he's tackled some of the longest and toughest races in the world, such as the I-500 in Michigan and the Iron Dog in Alaska.
In a recent interview, Simons told SnoRiders what he?ll be up to this winter.
Fertile, Minn. (February 23, 2015) - Route 66 Speedway in Joliet, Illinois, played host to Rounds 11 and 12 on the ISOC Snocross National calendar. Nestled between the massive grandstands of the speedway, Christian Brothers Racing riders Logan Christian, Dave Joanis and Tyler Adams were greeted by one of the longest and most challenging tracks so far this season.
Fertile, Minn. (February 12, 2013) - Steeped in tradition, the list of winners of I-500 cross-country snowmobile race reads like a who?s who of snowmobile racing. This past weekend Arctic Cat/DRIFT Racing/Stud Boy Traction/Christian Brothers Racing rider Ryan Simons added his name to that list when he won the 40th running of the prestigious race. Unlike it's original point-to-point format which brought racers from Winnipeg to St. Paul or vice-versa for so many years, the current race centers around the home of Arctic Cat snowmobiles in Thief River Falls, Minn., and riders follow a unique course each day, logging roughly 160-miles a day for three days down frozen rivers, snow-filled ditches, woods and minimum maintenance roads.
Fertile, Minn. (March 20, 2013) The Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI, has been the traditional host to the National Snocross season finale for more than a decade. Typically its slopes host the mid-March event in t-shirt weather, but this years race took place in the midst of a cold front during an already unseasonably cold March making for perhaps the coldest Lake Geneva race ever. Weather aside, Christian Brothers Racing brought some heat to the event in the form of Pro Open racer Logan Christian, Sport racer Tyler Adams and Transition class racer Evan Christian.
Fertile, Minn. (February 18, 2013) With its riders scattered across the globe at different snowmobile racing events, Christian Brothers Racing was able to bring home podium finishes in two different disciplines while at the same time embarking on the longest snowmobile race on the planet. Logan Christian and Garth Kaufman traveled to Tuuri, Finland, to compete in the FIM Snowcross World Championship. With the help of Bengan Westerlund (www.catmaster.se), the team was able to get ready in record time to represent the Untied States on the worlds stage for snowcross.
Fertile, Minn. (October 14, 2013) - Top up-and-coming snocross rider Dave Joanis has signed to ride with Christian Brothers Racing for the 2013-2014 season. Joanis, 21, tallied four Pro Lite wins (Duluth, Bessemer, Traverse City, Shakopee) on the ISOC National tour last season on his way to taking third in Pro Lite points. This season he will bump up to the Pro Open class where he will race alongside veteran teammate Logan Christian.
Fertile, Minn. (August 22, 2013) - Christian Brothers Racing, one of the most prominent snowmobile racing teams in the world, has signed a deal with leading sport performance wear manufacturer VIRUS International for the 2013-2014 season. VIRUS will supply sport performance wear to Christian Brothers Racing team and riders and the team will also make VIRUS International clothing available to fans and consumers through its merchandise trailer, which will be present at all National Snocross and other select snowmobile events this season .
Fertile, Minn. (April 8, 2013) What do you call a podium finish at the last event of the year? We call it going out in style. The Clash Of Nations snocross race in Falun, Sweden, this past March 28-29, was meant to be Christian Brothers Racings last hurrah for the 2012-2013 season and it definitely was. To compete in Clash Of Nations the CBR team once again traveled to Scandinavia where Bengan Westerlund (www.catmaster.se) helped the team get ready to compete on the International stage.
Fertile, Minn. (November 26, 2013) - Temps are dropping and the first rounds of testing are already in the books. As The snowmobile racing world prepares to kick off its season at the Duluth National Snocross this coming November 29-December 1, Christian Brothers Racing is making final preparations to enter the season with a lineup of new and returning riders. New to the team are:
Fertile, Minn. (December 16, 2014) - It might be December, but very March-like weather greeted the Christian Brothers Racing team this past weekend for rounds 3 and 4 of the ISOC National Snocross Series. Spring-like temperatures turned the snocross track of ISOC U.S. Air Force National, held at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota just outside Fargo, North Dakota into a wet, mushy mess for the competitors.
Fertile, Minn. (October 14, 2013) - Christian Brothers Racing has signed Swedish rider Marica Renheim to compete in the Pro Women class for the 2013-2014 season. Renheim, 22, hails from Slen, Sweden, and is a top rider on the European snocross scene. Racing in the United States is a big jump for most riders as the competition is more intense and the tracks tend to be geared more toward bumps and big air, but Renheim is ready.
Fertile, Minn. (October 14, 2013) - Christian Brothers Racing is happy to welcome Canadian powersports outlet Royal Distributing as a team sponsor for the 2013-2014 season. Canada?s retail powersports leader, Royal Distributing will back Dave Joanis? Royal Distributing Christian Brothers Arctic Cat on the ISOC National snocross tour.
Duluth, Minn. (December 1, 2013) - Christian Brothers Racing kicked off its ISOC National Snocross season by taking two class wins at the Duluth National Snocross. In it's twenty-second year, the Duluth National is the traditional season opener for the National Snocross series and is one of the biggest races of the season. It is the first of eight ISOC National events scheduled for the 2013-2014 season.
Bessemer, Mich. (December 8, 2013) - The slopes of Blackjack Ski Resort in Bessemer, Michigan, played host to the second round of the ISOC National snocross schedule. Bitter cold greeted the Christian Brothers Racing team for the Northern Clearing Snocross event December 6-7, 2013. A Friday-Saturday double-header, this race marks CBR's third visit to the Bessemer venue, which again featured a massive track laid out on the slopes of Blackjack Mountain. It is typically one of the largest tracks and longest lap times the team sees during the season.
Gonvick, Minn. (December 15, 2013) - The icy surface of Pine Lake near Gonvick, Minnesota, traditionally marks the kickoff to the cross-country racing season. This year the USXC (Untied States X-Country Snowmobile Racing Circuit) laid out an 11-mile ice-lemans-style course where Christian Brothers Racing riders Zach Herfindahl and Brian Dick showed up to challenge the best at the two-day event that rewards raw speed and machine setup. Frigid temperatures and blinding snow dust made the win a hard-fought one for the Christian Brothers Racing duo.
Shakopee, Minn. (January 6, 2014) - For Christian Brothers Racing the New Year typically means the team is at full throttle heading into the heart of its racing season. The snocross arm of CBR headed to one of the premier events on the ISOC Snocross National schedule, the Canterbury Snocross in Shakopee, Minnesota. Seen by many as the birthplace of modern day snocross, Canterbury is located just outside the Twin Cities metro area and typically draws one of the largest crowds of any of the races on the schedule. CBR riders fought a fine, wet snow on Friday and frigid temperatures on Saturday on the way to racking up a winning weekend.
Willmar, Minn. (January 19, 2014)- The Christian Brothers Racing cross-country tandem of Zach Herfindahl and Brian Dick came into the third race on the USXC schedule, the Willmar Area Lakes 100 in Willmar, Minnesota, as the riders to beat. Herfindahl was points leader in the Pro Stock class and the pair had taken two of three class wins so far. Herfindahl also had a Pro Open win at the last race. With a similar lake race format as the first two events, the pair were looking for more success at Willmar. Held on the frozen surface of Upper Foot Lake, racers competed on a roughly 10-mile ice lemans-style course under clear skies.
Aspen, Colorado (January 27, 2014) - They were in two different locations on two very different stages, but the results were the same: Christian Brothers Racing riders were on the podium. On the world stage that is the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado, Cory Davis flew the CBR colors claiming silver in the Long Jump competition. Logan Christian and Dave Joanis were also at the X Games fighting for a gold medal in X Games snocross. About 1200 miles away in the ditches, rivers and fields of rural Northwestern Minnesota where Arctic Cat snowmobiles were born, Zach Herfindahl claimed a Pro Stock win at the USXC Oslo 100 cross-country race.
Deadwood, South Dakota (February 2, 2014) -Situated in the heart of the Black Hills in South Dakota, Deadwood is a noteworthy city because the entire thing is on the National Historic Register. Christian Brothers Racing made its own form of history in Deadwood last year when Logan Christian scored a second place finish and again this year when Dave Joanis had a breakout weekend with two third place finishes and Marica Renheim taking the win in Pro Am Women. Like the illegal gold rush town that played host to the ISOC Deadwood Snocross Shootout, this past weekend?s race took place on a small, rough-and-tumble track where things went really right or really wrong, depending on your luck.
Thief River Falls, Minnesota (February 8, 2014) - The USXC Seven Clans I-500 is one of the most grueling and prestigious races in snowmobiling. Run in and around Thief River Falls, Minnesota, the hometown of Arctic Cat snowmobiles, the race is the modern version of the famed Winnipeg to St. Paul race that dates back to 1966. The three-day race features roughly 160-miles of racing each day in ditches, woods, river and fields of Northern Minnesota. Christian Brothers Racing rider Brian Dick won the race for the second time in his career this past Saturday, February 8, with teammate Zach Herfindahl finishing about two minutes behind him in second place. Christian Brothers Racing has won the past three runnings of the event with Brian winning in 2011 and Ryan Simons winning in 2013 (2012 was cancelled due to weather).
Mt Pleasant, Michigan (February 23, 2013) - A jam-packed race calendar saw the Christian Brothers Racing team spread across three states and just as many time zones as riders competed in National snocross in Michigan, cross-country in Minnesota and a 2,000-mile race in Alaska. The results were combination of triumph and heartbreak.
Warroad, Minn. (March 2, 2014) - Christian Brothers Racing may have been competing 800-miles apart, but they were able to tally the same results - wins on two different race circuits on two completely different stages. It was an off-weekend for the snocross National circuit so Logan Christian and Dave Joanis split up - Joanis went home to Canada to race snocross in Timmins, Ontario, and Logan Christian joined CBR cross-country rider Zach Herfindahl at the USXC Warroad 100 in Warroad, Minnesota.
Glyndon, Minnesota (March 9, 2014) - Two wins and a second place Pro Open podium finish marked Christian Brothers Racing's best weekend of ISOC National snocross racing to date. The U.S. Air Force Snocross was held at Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon, Minnesota, just up the road from the team's headquarters in Fertile, Minnesota. The dedicated racing facility featured one of the largest tracks on the schedule and it made for wide open racing. CBR cross-country racer Zach Herfindahl was also in action as he hit the final event on the USXC schedule in Walker, Minnesota.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin (March 19, 2014) - Nestled in the Southeastern corner of Wisconsin, Lake Geneva has played host to the final National snocross event of the season for over a decade and a half. Carved into the ski slopes of Grand Geneva Resort, the ISOC Grand Finale track was one of the longest and most challenging of the season, boasting features the riders don't even see at the Winter X Games including three uphill and downhill runs. Lake Geneva can make or break you and Christian Brothers Racing was there to try their luck at this three-day points event.
Duluth, Minn. (Dec 2, 2014) - The ISOC Duluth National Snocross traditionally marks the beginning of the snowmobile racing season. Held on the slopes of Spirit Mountain overlooking the Duluth harbor, it's also the first event on the Christian Brothers Racing 2014-2015 racing calendar. A turkey day tradition, the Duluth National always takes place Thanksgiving weekend and this year the CBR team had a lot to be thankful for.
Fertile, Minnesota(December 26, 2014) -The traditional season opener for Christian Brothers Racing cross-country riders takes place on a frozen lake located about about four hours North of Minneapolis. While the location is remote, the drama and competition at the Gerald Dyrdahl Memorial Pine Lake is as intense as you'll find in any form of racing anywhere. With little snow, the 11-mile course laid out on Pine Lake near Gonvick, Minnnesota, was pure ice lemans racing with twisty turns broken up with wide-open straightaways.
Fertile, Minn. (January 5, 2015) - Round 2 of the Christian Brothers Racing cross-country schedule took place this past January 3rd on Big Detroit Lake in the heart of the vacation community of Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Riders tackled a 10-mile ice-lemans style course that featured a mix of tight and sweeping turns mixed in with wide-open straightaways, one over a mile long. Speed and setup were key, and the CBR team came well prepared.
Fertile, Minn. (January 11, 2015) - Christian Brothers Racing rider Tyler Adams claimed the first Pro Lite win of his racing career at Round 6 of the ISOC National snocross race Saturday in front of thousands of snocross fans.
Fertile, Minn. (January 19, 2015) - The little eastern North Dakota town of Grafton, North Dakota, becomes an important place in the world of cross-country snowmobile racing every January. Grafton is typically the best place for riders to "tune up" before hitting the three-day I-500 race that takes place a few weeks later. Despite thin snow, race organizers were able to string together a 24-mile course that consisted of a challenging mix of river, woods, tree line and windswept ditches, the perfect mix of terrain for a cross-country event. Christian Brothers Racing riders Zach Herfindahl and Ryan Trout were on hand Saturday, January 17, to compete in the Pro and Semi-Pro classes.
Fertile, Minn. (January 28, 2015) - Since it began in 1997, the ESPN Winter X Games has become the benchmark for winter sporting competition. A win here puts you among the elite in your sport. The 2015 version of Winter X saw the Christian Brothers Racing team competing in HillCross and SnoCross, two of the most popular and competitive events on the X Games schedule.
Fertile, Minn. (February 3, 2015) - Entering the mid-point of the season this past weekend, Christian Brothers Racing snocross riders Logan Christian, Dave Joanis and Tyler Adams saddled up to race the ISOC Deadwood Shootout snocross in Deadwood, South Dakota. Fast becoming a favorite on the snocross calendar, the Deadwood Shootout takes place in the rodeo grounds right in downtown Deadwood. Once known for its lawlessness, Deadwood is now a tourist attraction and played host to Rounds 7 and 8 on the ISOC National schedule.
Fertile, Minn. (February 11, 2015) - Since 1969 the Soo I-500 has stood as one of the most grueling races in snowmobiling and one of its most coveted wins. Run on a 1-mile ice oval in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the 500-mile Soo rewards machine setup, rider endurance and horsepower. Christian Brothers Racing fielded two teams at this year's race, Ryan Simons and Zach Herfindahl on the No. 52 sled and Brian Dick and Wes Selby on the No. 15 sled. The No. 15 qualified 4th and the No. 52 qualified 10th in a field of over 38-riders.
Fertile, Minn. (March 5, 2015) - Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, played host to Rounds 13 and 14 on the snocross national calendar. Situated smack dab in the middle of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula, Mt. Pleasant featured one of the most challenging tracks the riders have faced so far this season. The penultimate event of the season, the races at Mt. Pleasant were critical for the riders in season points.