To say our inaugural season for Cor PowerSports as the pro national xc series has been a challenge is definitely an understatement. We typically spend 10-12 months planning and coordinating our events with local businesses, snowmobile clubs, and city officials but with COVID restrictions changing just weeks prior to Pine Lake in late November that started our ever changing scramble to still get eight point races in this season. We can not thank the venues that have hosted these last minute events, our racers for going with the flow, and most of all our crew for their flexibility to change direction as needed.
With all this scrambling to find replacement venues there has been a silver lining, we have brought the national series to new markets and are now fielding more interest in hosting events for future that we are having to build a list of the who, what, where, and why. As we need to adjust for updated restrictions we this list and look at the who and where information then what is the course options. One thing became clear right away, A LOT of people are excited about cross country racing and are wanting to step up to host events.
In January we started receiving requests to get on the 21/22 schedule so as we evaluated venues for stepping into a rescheduled date for this year we also discussed next year. We met a lot of great, toured some amazing locations, and ultimately have come up with our 9 race 21/22 schedule that brings Cor PowerSports to many new and return to a number of favorite venues for next season. The schedule will consists of four lake races, four terrain races, and one ski hill.
Here is the tentative 2021/22 Cor PowerSports Race Series schedule:
• Dec 11/12 Gerald Dyrdahl Memorial Gonvick, MN
• Jan 1/2 Hugo Nightriders 100 Scandia, MN
• Jan 15/16 Okoboji 100 Okoboji, IA
• Jan 29/30 Heartland 200 Park Rapids, MN
• Feb 12/13 I500 Goodridge/Grygla, MN
• Feb 26/27 Grand View 200 Nisswa, MN
• Mar 5/6 Snodeo 200 Naytahwaush, MN
• Mar 19/20 Roseau 200 Roseau, MN
• Apr 8 TBD Ski Hill (Banquet Saturday night)
Our focus for the remainder of the 20/21 season is to finish strong and get the eight points races in that we announced, late last night we found out that due to ongoing COVID restrictions and other issues that Giants Ridge Resort would not be able to host our event and year end banquet this year. At this time we are in talks with multiple potential venues and hope to have location set within the next week.
Remaining schedule for 20/21 is:
• Feb 27/28 Heartland 200 Park Rapids, MN
• Mar 6/7 Snodeo 200 Naytahwaush, MN
• Mar 17/28 Whitecap Mountain XC Upson, WI
• Apr 10/11 Ski Hill TBD
This year due to COVID restrictions we had to drop the Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge (MESC) style events from our schedule, these events were some of our favorite events from the past six seasons. In past years it was a battle to fit everything in over two days as hillcross, hillclimb, and xc numbers were growing rapidly. This was something that was not an easy decision but with commitments to sponsors for eight points races and event size restrictions for COVID we needed to focus on just the xc series. For the 21/22 season we have been working on something for our hillcross and hillclimb racers; next season MESC will return BUT it will be its own series and will feature two days of hillcross and hillclimb racing! This allows both disciplines to grow without the time constraint of fitting everything in on one day. MESC will be a 3-4 race series starting at Whitecap Mountain in Upson, WI March 26/27, 2022, the remaining dates and venues are currently in the works but we are excited to see Midwest Extreme Snowmobile Challenge continue to grow in the future.