DEADWOOD, S.D. — The sport is back for winter racing sports lovers.
Snocross, in its ninth year at Deadwood, is set to begin races on Friday afternoon at the Days of ’76 Event Complex.
The event will feature 17 different classes with about 150 professional racers from around the world. A new event is also set to add a little spice for spectators.
Snobike is coming to the Deadwood Snocross, drawing more contestants and crowds that want to see riders on one skinny track instead of two.
“If you think it’s technical to race a snowmobile on this course man, try it just on two skinny tracks because that’s what a Snocross bike is, it’s like a Motocross bike with snow tracks on it and so that’s just really awesome to see,” said Amanda Kille, the Marketing and Sponsorship Director of the Deadwood Chamber of Commerce.
While it’s a smaller course for racers, officials say that the scenery and crowd keep them coming back.
“We love it out here, it’s usually beautiful, you know the scenery is fantastic,” said Carl Schumitzke, the President of AMSOIL Championship Snowcross. “Everyone is really really welcoming and it’s a fantastic event. Like there’s a lot of people, a lot of excitement and the energy makes us look forward to it every single year.”
Up the hill, the U.S. Air Force, which is a title sponsor of Snocross, made the annual appearance with two of the world’s top professional racers at Lead-Deadwood High School.
The Air Force answered questions about their service while students gained a general understanding of life on the fast track.
“I think we had a pretty good turnout,” said Brandi Robinson, a Staff Sergeant E5 of the Air Force & Rapid City Recruiter. “A lot of the kids had a lot of questions just about the people’s experience with racing. How it was like for them and just their life in general with racing.”
It was another year of Snocross fun and educating students on serving in a branch of the military.
The gates for the rodeo grounds open at noon while racing starts at 12:50 p.m. On Saturday, racing starts at 8 a.m.