The slopes of Aspen recently came to life as the Winter X Games rolled into town to dazzle crowds with extreme athleticism. Skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobile riders took to the powder to show off their athletic prowess, but this year, the games did something different. A new event was added to the roster, and it could turn the motorcycling world upside-down.
Winter Isn’t the End of Riding Season Anymore…
For the first time, the Winter X Games featured Snow BikeCross. This new event featured riders racing for gold on a snowmobile course using a new piece of motorcycle technology you may not know much about. You see, companies have made special conversion kits for dirt bikes. These kits remove the bike’s wheels and replace them with a ski and a track. This converts these dirt bikes into snow bikes that are able to fly across winter hills with more speed and grace than most snowmobiles.
This year’s Snow BikeCross competition was won by dirt bike racer Brock Hoyer. During the race, he encountered several challenges including bumpy snow ruts, fallen riders and crashing. That’s right! Early in the race, Hoyer fell off his bike before rejoining the race and hunting down Cody Matechuk. The race became even more intense as ruts in the track changed and lap traffic made it difficult to move forward. However, Hoyer is a veteran of the Canadian Arenacross and Supercross leagues. He walked away with gold and introduced a ton of extreme sports fans to the newest winter motorsport.