Открытая внедорожная квадросерия Can-Am Trophy Russia, генеральным партнером которой выступает ROSAN, становится узнаваемой за пределами нашей страны.
Подробный репортаж об одном из этапов серии смогли прочесть тысячи читателей американского журнала ATV Magazine. Американские коллеги сравнили крупнейшую российскую квадросерию с аналогами, проводимыми в США и признали Can-Am Trophy Russia самой «жесткой» серией в мире, о чем говорит заглавие статьи: World’s Toughest ATV Race.
"У нас в Северной Америке есть такие гонки как Ironman GNCC, Heartland Challenge, 12 Hours of La Tuque и Baja 1000. Все они являют собой суровейший тест как для людей, так и для машин. Но даже если объединить их все в одно, все равно не получится гонки более напряженной, чем Can-Am Trophy Russia. Да, именно - Russia..." - так начинает статью автор, Fred Krijgsman.
World's toughest ATV race // ATV Magazine
In North America, we have races like the Ironman GNCC, Heartland Challenge, 12 Hours of La Tuque and the Baja 1000. There are among the toughest tests of both man and machine. If you combined all of these events, you still may not have a race as challenging as the Can-Am Trophy in Russia. Yes, Russia.
The Can-Am Trophy is a three-round series that takes place in the Ural Mountains in Russia, right on the European and Asian border. At round one, 66 entries from Yekaterinburg, Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Penza, Kazan, Perm and other Russian cities tacked the brutal elements of this two-day event.
Rounds one consisted of two 80-mile stages on day and 30-mile final stage on day two. All three stages were points to points, meaning they start and finish in different Russian towns. Every mile was a mix of mountains, wooded terrain and deep mud bogs.
There are five classes in the Can-Am Trophy Russia series: ATV stock, ATV modified, UTV stock, UTV modified and UTV all female. In the guad class, a team consists of two machines and two riders and are required to navigate the course in pairs for safety’s sake. Stock classes can have tires up to 25 inches tall, while the open class is limited to 30-inch tires. Most of the 66 competitors ran the open class.
Along with challenging terrain that the competitors ride over, the race organizers placed the checkpoints in areas that are almost impassable on foot; they will find a muddy or sleep section and put the checkpoint right in the middle. Racers are required to come within one meter of the checkpoint in order for it to be counted. On the two-quad team, only one of the two quads has to cross each checkpoint.
The organizers follow the racers’ routes using race-control GPS technology. Each vehicle has its own “blackbox” (track logger), which automatically records the route each team takes. At the end of each stage, the data is downloaded to a race-control computer to be compared with the prescribed path. Each competitor also carries a GPS with the race route programmed in it so they know exactly where to go. Winners of each class usually spend eight hours a day in the saddle. At the base camp, spectators and service crews can follow the teams by satellite monitoring. Spectators can watch the action either on a big screen at the Internet. According to organizers, more than a million fans all over the world followed the Can-Am Trophy Russia in 2010 thanks to satellite monitoring.
The Rosan Company, a distributor of BRP machinery in Russia and the series organizer, presents valuable prizes to the winners at the end of three-race series. Top prizes include an Outlander 4x4, a Commander UTV and Spyder Roadster. Our reporter in Russia would like to thank the Rosan Company for their hospitality and the crew of Andrey Krasilov and Evgeniy Boyarskih.
We wish organizers in the U.S. would bring us an event like this to watch or participate in. In the past, there was a GNCC race called the Black Water 100 that had this sort feel to it with big mud bogs and steep hill climbs. Maybe the Heartland Challenge can actually create a challenge for riders at a future event instead of putting on another high-speed race; It would really test man and machine. If you are planning a trip to Russia and want to check out the next Can-Am Trophy, get a Russian-speaking translator and log on to www.canamtrophy.ru
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