August 22, 2011 Posted by khelgeson in Entertainment, Lifestyle, Local, News, Outdoors, Sports
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Montana XC dirt bike race draws racers from across the U.S., Canada

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 courses.

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.