By Ursula Ryan
First published on Latest Issue, September 28th 2017

Sinclair Ryan is an avid snowmobile enthusiast who recently traveled over 3000 km, along with his wife Rochelle, to attend the largest snowmobile event in North America. Ryan, a former resident of Guysborough who now resides in Havre Boucher, attended Hay Days 51 in North Branch, Minnesota on September 9th and 10th, capturing 3rd place overall in his 800 Shoot-Out class. Ryan says there were over 19,000 people in attendance at this event and everyone he met was very kind hearted and accommodating. He said it felt like he was back home in Nova Scotia. Ryan was very pleased to compete with the male and female racers and he saw some of the fastest sleds in North America. Most racers have factory teams and big sponsors, for a small-time racer to compete at this level and place 3rd overall was quite an accomplishment.


In May of this year, Ryan began building his sled, an Arctic Cat XF800.  It arrived as a large pile of parts but he put it together with a lot of hard work. Ryan’s first race with the new sled was at Rivers Edge Dragway in New Brunswick. It is a 3-race points series and he currently stands second in points in two divisions and 1st in points in the third division with two races remaining. The next race is in Oromocto on September 30th, followed by a third event in Epping, New Hampshire.  He says the Epping event is one of the largest on the east coast of North America so he is looking forward to it.


Looking ahead to the future,  Ryan hopes to get more test time on his sled as he only has two races under his belt with the new machine and he says you consistently have to make changes between the various race tracks, also taking into consideration the weather conditions.

Securing sponsors is of huge importance as snowmobile racing is a very expensive sport. Ryan would like to thank Guilford Group, Dalton Industries, Scotia Air Balance, Hi-Tech Mechanical & Coatings, Subway (Auld’s Cove), RBN Fisheries, Micro Machine (Linwood), Green Diamond (Antigonish), Richard Jameison General Contracting, Medicine Shop (Port Hawkesbury), Wilde Bros. Construction, Mac Motor, Admiral Auto Glass (Antigonish) and Ron MacGillivray Chev-Olds.  Winter is just around the corner and Ryan is hoping to get sponsors for races in the Maritimes and in Quebec.

He would also like to thank his family, friends, his wife Rochelle, who supported him throughout the competition and D&D Performance, a team from New York who competed against him but who took the time to answer a small time racer’s questions.


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