22-year-old U.S. competitor, Brian Nelson, won the 580-mile (933 kilometres) St. Paul to Winnipeg International?
22-year-old U.S. competitor, Brian Nelson, won the 580-mile (933 kilometres) St. Paul to Winnipeg International 500 snowmobile race on Thursday (22 January) when he crossed the finishing line just 32 seconds ahead of the second placegetter Robert Przekwas.
The event is the most important snowmobiles race in the world and carries total prizemoney of 100,000 dollars U.S. (about 58,000 pounds sterling).
It is contested in four segments...with the competitors covering one segment each day.
The legs are: from St. Paul to Alexandria (Minnesota); Alexandria to Walker (Minnesota); Walker to Thief River Falls (Minnesota) and the final sector from the Falls to Winnipeg (Canada).
The winner is determined by the driver with the shortest time from St. Paul to Winnipeg.
385 drivers started in this year's race, but only 61 crossed the finishing line.
Nelson's time for the journey was 12 hours, 37 minutes and 19 seconds, and after four days and after over 500 miles he still only had a 32 second advantage over Przekwas in the closest finish of the race's 11 year history.
Conditions for the race were considered near perfect, but temperatures were still sub-zero and the small snowmobiles were constantly buffeted by strong winds.