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Snow bike races continue despite McCall Winter Carnival cancelation

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-29 18:26:06-05

CASCADE, Idaho — The organizers of the McCall Winter Carnival made the difficult decision to cancel the carnival, it would have taken place this weekend.

Normally thousands of people make their way to McCall for this annual tradition, but despite the cancelation due to concerns over the coronavirus one event was able to continue.

On Saturday, a unique race with deep ties to Idaho will take center stage in Cascade.

“This is the world’s oldest snow bike race," said Ron Dillon the founder of the National Championship Snow Bike Series. "We first did this event in 2009 and that was literally the first snow bike race because Idaho invented snow bikes."

Dillon told us that 2 Moto, a business out of Nampa invented the snow bike and they have been racing ever since, and now there's an entire series.

“It’s basically motocross on snow, it will be a three-quarter of a mile track with jumps, bumps and turns," said Dillon. "They are plowing all the way around the track so people will be able to walk out and have great visibility.

The is one of the keys to this event being able to happen, it allows for people to easily social distance outdoors while enjoying some racing.

“I like to say we are the last man standing from the McCall Winter Carnival," said Dillon. "They canceled everything else, but we are running tomorrow for year 13.”

The races include snow bikes, snowmobiles and UTV's. If you are interested in attending the race will take place off Warm Lake Road just north of Cascade.

The race features several local sponsors and the United States Air Force.