MASTERS – Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb returns…with a BIG expansion!

May 15, 2019

The second annual MASTERS Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb returns to Whealkate Bluff in South Range, Michigan, on Saturday, July 6. For many years during the 1970’s and 1980’s, this steep hill hosted a motorcycle hillclimb on the 4th of July weekend.

After Treist Forest Products invested thousands of dollars in construction work on the hill, roads in and out of the site, and expanded fan and pit parking, the event makes a return this summer.

This year’s hillclimb will include a class for snowmobiles to run straight up the hill. The 3 fastest snowmobilers will qualify for the “King of the Dirt” run and the winner of that pocketing $150.00! 

“Since we have the Sno-Bikes run at our snowmobile hillclimbs, it’s only fair that we have the snowmobiles run at the motorcycle hillclimb,” commented Jason Kleinschmidt, MASTERS Director of Race Operations.

This year two motorcycle classes allowing for modified suspension will be added to the competition. All the classes that ran last year will return, including classes for the children to run the smaller “cc” bikes.

Plans are underway in looking at making improvements to the entrance and exit to the grounds. Once again this summer, work will need to be done on the hill, especially after the amount of snow and spring runoff on the hill.

“This event draws a lot of racers and fans to South Range. It is a good benefit to the area’s economy,” commented Jeremy Schmidt, MASTERS official.

The MASTERS, which is an acronym for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers, has been involved or sanctioning hillclimbs since 1991. Last year was the first time that the MASTERS sanctioned a motorcycle hillclimb. However, the MASTERS had run other forms of off-road vehicle races in the past.

For racer information, including the classes and registration, you can call the MASTERS at 906-884-9101 or see the links at the top of this page.

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