The mild winter didn’t stop the Central Wisconsin Ice Racing Association from starting off its season on Fremont’s Partridge Lake Jan. 5-6.
With temperatures well above normal, it wasn’t until the day before that we knew we could pull this off. With the help of Grubby Miller, we had a perfect track for the large amount of racers CWIRA.
The season kicked off Jan. 5 with a nonpoints race that brought more than 100 riders to test their skills against some of the best riders in the Midwest. They can do this and try different set-ups without having to worry about season points.
The first of eight point races throughout Wisconsin Jan. 6 featured more than 200 riders in 29 different classes from nonstudded ATVs to studded ATVs and the always fun to watch studded motorcycles reaching speeds of over 80 mph.
One of the local favorites, Noah Baehnman, finished second in the Junior Bike Class. He was in the lead until he was passed by Cody Funk for the win.
I am very excited to bring CWIRA to the Weyauwega-Fremont area. It is truly the best, most competitive ice racing in the Midwest. We have all varieties of skill levels from beginner to pro and race throughout Wisconsin, including the Fire on Ice program in Weyauwega, scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10.
Events like this would not be possible without the support of local businesses, including Ted’s Grandview Supper Club, Fremont; Frick Ford, New London; Hitching Post, Weyauwega; Goode’s Inn, West Bloomfield; Action Sports, Menasha; Buss Stop, Fremont; TIS Insurance, Weyauwega;
Captain Jack’s, Fremont; Wolf River Marine, Fremont; Janssen Motorsports, Appleton; and Red’s Septic, Fremont.
Yogi Bear Jellystone Park, Fremont, provided access to the lake.