Snowmobile races slated on Lake Champlain

TICONDEROGA Mother Nature came through in a big way for the Adirondack Trailriders this past week. Sub-zero temperatures froze Lake Champlain near the Ti ferry landing, clearing the way for snowmobile racing this weekend. The track is plowed, the ice is excellent, said Tracy Smith, president of the Adirondack Trailriders Snowmobile Club, which sponsors the races. The ice is smooth and is a least a foot thick. Everything is great. Ticonderoga will host a leg on the Eastern Speed Association snowmobile race series Feb. 10 and 11 on Lake Champlain at the Ticonderoga boat launch. Racing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. each day. The local snowmobile club will be selling refreshments and hot drinks. The races were scheduled for Feb. 3 and 4, but were pushed back a week to allow more ice to form on the lake. Unseasonably warm weather has been a problem for the Eastern Speed Association snowmobile race series this winter but that may be a good thing for the Ticonderoga event. All the scheduled races to date have been cancelled or postponed, which will make the Ticonderoga event the first of the season. I expect a real good turn out of racers and spectators, Smith said. This will be the first event of the winter and a lot of people are very anxious to race. This will also mark the first time the winter race series has come to Ticonderoga. The past two years Ti hosted snowcross racing in Bicentennial Park. Eastern Speed Association events scheduled in Schroon Lake and Port Henry last winter were cancelled because of lack of ice. The Schroon Lake event scheduled for this weekend has been cancelled, while the Port Henry races Feb. 24 and 25 are still on the calendar. The Eastern Speed Association was formed in hopes of revitalizing snowmobile drag racing in the region. Its mission is to create, and then maintain, a new ice drag circuit. ESA applied for, and was granted, an International Snowmobile Racing affiliation in April 2000. ESAs goal is to promote and judge as many races as possible. The Ticonderoga and Port Henry races will all feature novice and professional classes. Eastern Speed Association will follow general competition rules and equipment requirements and regulations as outlined by ISR in the current ISR rule book.

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