Motorcycle hill climb set for return to Copper Country

By Journal Sports Staff

SOUTH RANGE — A snowmobile racing circuit is trying to bring motorcycle hill climbing back to the Copper Country next weekend.

The Ojibwa Casino Motorcycle Hillclimb will be held on Saturday in South Range despite the recent devastation of flooding in the area.

This type of event was an annual tradition in the area during the 1970s and ’80s, according to its sponsors, the MASTERS Racing Circuit. MASTERS stands for Mid America Snow and Terrain Expert Racers.

MASTERS held a successful snowmobile hill climb at the site in March.

“I competed in the last one they ran in 1986 and have been waiting for years to see the hillclimb come back,” Leif Forcia of L’Anse said. “My son, Chaz, is going to compete this year.”

The hill and surrounding property has had major construction for fan parking, a pit area and entrance and exit roads. Work began this weekend on repairing and widening the hill for the competition.

Competitive classes range from children on small 50cc and 85cc motorcycles to adults on higher-revving two- and four-stroke cycles. They will also have a Terra-X class for a pair of motorcycles competing against each other simultaneously.

The day culminates in a King of the Hill competition where the 10 fastest times qualify for this shootout.

Competitive events are scheduled to begin at 11 a.m. with registration starting at 8 a.m. and gates open at 9 a.m.

Admission is $10. Parking will be in three lots, one at the bottom of the hill for VIP parking, another where fans can watch from their vehicles and a regular parking area.

Concession stands selling food and beverages will be on the grounds.

For more information, call the MASTERS hotline at 884-9101 or visit online at www.mastersracing. net or the MASTER Racing Circuit page on Facebook.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is