Riding around the world in Whitecourt

by Kirsten Armleder

The Canada checkpoint was by far our favourite on the World Snowmobile Rally. Kirsten Armleder

It’s the fifth and final day of the 2015 World Snowmobile Invasion and we’ve just returned from the rally. With blue skies and temperatures hovering around zero degrees, it was a perfect day to get out on the trails.

Two routes were set up for the rally. Having ridden the North loop yesterday, we chose to follow the South loop, which would bring us through Finland, Norway and Canada checkpoints. Each checkpoint was decorated to reflect the country it was representing. The Whitecourt Trailblazers also had food, drinks and fires going at each checkpoint. It was a chance to meet and mingle with other riders, as well as an opportunity to see what everyone else was riding.

There were a few vintage sleds running the rally, but the most unusual machine I saw today was a Ski-Doo Elite. This two-up snowmobile is designed to carry two people in a side-by-side seating position. After taking a closer look at it, I could see why it didn’t become a mainstay in the snowmobile industry, but under the right conditions, it would be a great machine for touring.

It’s hard to believe that tonight is the final freestyle show. The last five days have been a blur and not for one minute did we feel bored. The Trailblazers did a fine job of organizing this entire event and we are pleased to have been a part of it.

My next report will come after the freestyle show. Stay tuned to hear if Reagan Sieg breaks a world record on his Timbersled snowbike.

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