Back by popular demand, the third annual KLIM Big Sky XC is
coming up soon, Aug. 27 – 28. Located on Big Sky Resort’s ski
slopes, this race has gained a national reputation for its challenging
Several professional racers have already been confirmed for the
event, including X Games athlete Kevin Rookstool of Klamath
Falls, Ore., former national champion Jason Raines of South Carolina,
current national champion Brian Garrahan of California and
current Canadian national champion Jason Schrage.
“This event is unique because there are classes for professionals,
four-year-old kids new to the sport, 60 years and older, and everything
in between,” race promoter Jamey Kabisch said.
The race hosted over 300 racers in 2010, and there is a strong possibly
this year will be even larger, according to the race committee.
The race has received quite a bit of motorcycle industry press and
praise since its inception in 2009.
“It was our hope that this would become a nationally recognized
race, but we couldn’t have predicted it would happen by the third
year,” said Joe Miller, also a race promoter. “Race families are typically
very active outdoor enthusiasts, so Big Sky is a perfect match
for this crowd…I recently spoke with a racer from Florida who
made plans for a weeklong Big Sky vacation with his family.”
Youth and novice racers compete on Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Intermediate, expert and professional classes are scheduled for
Sunday. The expert/pro class leaves the base area at 12:30 p.m. for a
three-hour race.