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    AmSnow's Weekend at the Races!

    Posted by Tyler Nelson
    on Monday, March 19, 2018

     The Grand Finale of the 2018 ISOC National Snocross Series took place this last weekend in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin at the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa. AmSnow was there mainly to cover an upcoming story on the FXR Mobile Medical Team but still got a chance to take in some of the racing.

    If you've been keeping up with ISOC this season, you know the big story is Tucker Hibbert's domination in the Pro class, but that's only a small portion of the racing that was happening in Lake Geneva. Over 30 different categories of racing were held in the three-day weekend of the finale.

     As this was my first time at a Snocross event, I didn't know what to expect. Parking on the old runway next to the golf course on the property, I made the trek in on a shuttled school-bus with more fans than I thought were going to be there, since Friday morning and early afternoon were mainly for practice.

    I was lucky enough to have a pass to get into the pits and walk around with the racing teams and riders. I couldn't believe how open and welcoming everyone I came across was! One thing I've noticed with the snowmobiling community in general is that everybody seems to have everyone's back. 

     As I spent time in the the FXR Mobile Medical trailer, a lot of racers stopped in to get taped up for their races or to have some soreness checked out. Even while waiting with other racers there that they were competing against, I noticed some high-fives and positive conversations. I don't know if I've seen participants in another sport that seemed to be as supportive as the racers I came across.

    During the practice runs, I got to go on the hill with medical director Dr. Ken Parsons and EMT Thomas Paull. They really know what's going on out there! They watch the track during all runs and try and see where problem-areas could be. They spread out to cover as much of the track as they can and stand guard like superheroes waiting to spring into action. I felt safe just being around them. At times, Thomas had to run off, mid-conversation after witnessing a little contact on the track that resulted in a couple roll-overs, but no injuries.

     I can't tell you how many riders stopped to chat to members of the team and express their gratitude for their presence out there on the hill and in the trailer. The medical team became an extension of their Snocross-family. Athletic trainer Amy Metiva usually has at least a couple regulars who stop by and visit her for custom tape-jobs before their races.

    For the finale on Sunday, I was out on the middle of the hill for the final Pro race. Tucker Hibbert was already the winner for the series, but that didn't mean he was going to phone the race in or sit it out. Unfortunately, he wrecked after missing a turn early in the race. He wasn't hurt, but he left the race shortly after he got back on his sled.

     Kody Kamm went on to win the final Pro Championship race and ended up taking second place overall. For the full list of results for the weekend and the rest of the season, visit the Snocross website.

    I had a great time covering ISOC this season and an even better time at the races than I thought! I can't wait to get back out there next season and maybe get to another couple of races around the Midwest.

    Stay tuned for a full article on the FXR Mobile Medical Team and what they're all about.

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