Trout Scores 4th Place Finish In I-500
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.
Herfindahl (Arcticwear/Arctic Cat/doc) was the 9th rider to leave the line on Day 1, but at the end of the day crossed the line holding an overall lead of more than two minutes. Herfindahl and his Arctic Cat snowmobile devoured the terrain at an average speed of 75MPH over the 180-mile distance, setting fast time of the day. Day 2 dawned and Herfindahl, the defending champion and race leader, looked like the rider to beat once again in this year's race, continuing his race-leading pace from the previous day. But there is no room for error in the I-500 and he fell victim to gremlins mid-way through his run on Day 2.
"Day 1 went great," Herfindahl said. "We worked our way through the pack and set fast time. The team had my sled set up really well. We started Day 2 and it was really looking good until we suffered a cracked cooler and lost all the engine coolant. It's not something you can prepare for, things like this just happen. It's disappointing for the team, but we'll keep going and we're already looking forward to the next race."
Trout (Arctic Cat/AMG Peterbilt/Country Cat) was the 10th rider to leave the line on Day 1, just behind his teammate. Consistency was key for the young rider, and he sat in 7th spot after Day 1. Another solid run on Day 2 moved him up to the 4th spot, just over six minutes behind the overall leader with only the point-to-point run to Bemidji left for Day 3. Crossing the line in Bemidji, Trout had put distance on the riders behind him and kept pace with the leaders, holding the 4th spot as his final finishing position.
"This was my best finish yet in the I-500," said Trout. "Things went pretty well. I moved into 4th on Day 2 and just tried to stay smooth and consistent and it paid off. The team worked hard and put a good sled under me, and that was huge."
Next up for the Christian Brothers Racing cross-country team is the USXC Seven Clans Warroad 100 in Warroad, Minnesota, February 24-25. For more information on Christian Brothers Racing visit www.christianbrosracing.com. Follow Christian Brothers Racing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
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