Crazier Than You Think!
When we heard of an ice-racing feature, our first thoughts were of crazy Colorado guys with spikes sticking out of their tires Mad Max style. And while these Canadian guys and gals are just as crazy, the spikes were only in the quad and bike classes. We're talking about the Challenge Sur Glace Continental at Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Held every February since 1999, the event comes over from Chamonix, France, where we, having driven those mountain roads in the winter oursleves, figure they are even crazier. Continental Tire is the title sponsor of the event, and they hosted us at the event while giving us some winter driving tips.
The Challenge is held during Carnaval in Sherwood, a local event that offers ice climbing, snow sculptures, skiing, and other winter sports. But the main attraction of their four-day affair is the ice racing, with world-renowned champions competing in this small village outside Quebec. If you're in the area or want to see some full-on nutso racing, check it out at www.challengecanada.com.